INDIAN YOUTH: Base civil service recruitment on merit
IT is good to learn that 3,000 Indian youths will be drafted into government agencies. This is long overdue and in part an answer to points on employment opportunities for Indians raised at the Malaysian Indian Congress' annual general meeting last year.
It comes at a time when questions are being raised about MIC's political clout and relevance in representing the community as only 36,729, or 3.27 per cent of the 1.4 million civil servants and staff of government-linked companies, are Indians, with Chinese making up 29,400 or 2.1 per cent.
The latest move comes in the wake of Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa's statement that the civil service should reflect the best of various races in the spirit of 1Malaysia.
This will be all the more possible if there is a balanced approach, based on meritocracy, in the recruitment of civil servants, especially non-Bumiputeras.
The other issue is the long waiting period for Indian civil servants to be promoted. The Public Service Department must review cases of civil servants of all races who are stuck in their grades.
If this is not done, those with tertiary qualifications may opt for the private sector.
C. Sathasivam Sitheravellu, Seremban, Negri Sembilan