Hiring too many public sector workers would be unproductive, says Malaysian government minister

Author: PM editorial | Date: 7 Sep 2016

The Malaysian civil service is hiring extra staff and is not contributing to unemployment figures, according to minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun.

Speaking to reporters at the Career Carnival in Kota Kinabalu, he said it has been suggested that the civil service is not hiring enough. But to ramp up hiring simply to give someone a job would not beneficial or productive.

“Imbalance in the ratio of civil servants to the number of people served would result in unproductivity in the civil service,” said Entulu.

From January to July this year, 9,506 people received job offers in the public sector – out of 77,349 who were called for interview and 44,175 who actually turned up.

The minister was announcing plans to offer permanent jobs to government employees with 15 years or more of service. This would benefit around 15,000 people employed in the sector.

Entulu said the offer was open to all levels of staff in any department. “We are still in the selection process and there are several aspects which have to be looked into, like discipline and health of the contract employees,” he told the Borneo Post.

At the Career Carnival, he also advised those who aspire to work in the civil service to choose wisely when considering higher education. “Don’t settle for a course simply for the sake of getting into university,” said Entulu. “When you settle for a course that is incompatible with the current need of the employment sector, you end up being unable to compete with those who possess the right qualification.”

The minister’s comments come against the backdrop to new rules affecting foreign nationals in the country. Changes to the Category III employment pass will bring in a stipulation that employees hoping to renew their pass for a fourth year must first exit Malaysia for a three-month ‘cooling-off’ period.

The Category III employment pass currently allows lower paid foreign nationals (earning less than US$1,240 or 5,000 ringitts a month) to work in Malaysia for a year. The pass can be renewed twice for two further years.