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NEWS: MPSP wants to hire more non-Malays

Source: The Star

THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) will review its employment system to ensure more non-Malays are recruited, said its president Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

She said she wanted to see more Chinese and Indians apply for jobs at all levels in the council.

“We will place advertisements in Chinese and Tamil newspapers as well as get our non-Malay municipal councillors to spread the word among Chinese and Indian community leaders about vacancies that are available,” she said when chairing a full council meeting at the council headquarters yesterday.

At present, she said, job vacancies in the council were advertised online on the council’s official website as well as in Malay dailies only.

Maimunah said she would also look into allegations of application forms going missing, applicants who passed their written tests but were not called for interviews as well as the reasons behind the use of pencils for the written tests.

Councillor Steven Sim Chee Keong had, in a written question earlier, asked for a breakdown of new council employees hired according to race and job category between 2008 and this year.

He also suggested that the names of those who failed to obtain jobs in the council, especially for the post of general workers, be recommended to the council’s private contractors for consideration.

Council secretary Rozali Mohamud said between January and April this year, 142 Malays and 10 Indians obtained jobs in the council’s Support Group Two category (for those with SPM qualification and below).

In 2010, he said, 31 Malays and an Indian, obtained jobs in all three categories — Professional Group (for degree holders), Support Group One (for those with diploma qualification) and Support Group Two, while in 2009, 80 Malays and six Indians were employed in those categories.

In 2008, he said, 17 Malays were hired in Support Group One and Support Group Two.

Councillor M. Ramachandran said out of the 200-odd Indians who sat for written tests for openings in Support Group One and Support Group Two last year, only 10 were called for interviews and were hired this year.

Fellow councillor Teoh Seang Hooi said the council should employ more Chinese and Indian employees, as they could relate better with ratepayers who preferred to communicate in their respective mother tongues.

“Indian general workers, for example, will be more sensitive toward their community’s culture and belief, especially when carrying out cleaning work near Hindu temples and in the estates,” he added.

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