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Work in private sector, local grads told

Joseph (third left) presenting a letter of appointment to a recipient as Arpah (second left) looks on

26th August, 2016

By MOHD IZHAM B HASHIM Izham@newsabahtimes.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: Local graduates and job-seekers have been urged to take up jobs in the private sector which offers rewarding career-pathways and lessen pressure on the increasingly saturated public sector.

“In view of the uncertain economic climate, the government is freezing employing new staff for vacancies of non-critical posts left by retirees which will be filled by existing staff being promoted or interdepartmental transfers,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Anak Belaun, adding new recruitment for critical posts are still being sought.

Meeting reporters after officiating the Civil Service Career Carnival on Thursday, he said the current policy on public service employment will continue until economy improves.

Malaysia has among the largest civil service in the world, numbering 1.6 million which is the highest civil servant-to-population compared to many developed countries.

Official figures show a total of 1.3 million applications for public sector jobs were received between January 1 and July 30.

In Sabah, the State civil service provides jobs for 124,834 people.

“The percentage of people employed is already quite high, numbering an estimated 300,000 applicants every year, undeniably the civil service is becoming increasingly saturated and there’s a vital need to ensure a more balanced ratio that’s the same with advanced countries,” he said, and emphasised improving the efficiency and productivity in the civil sector.

Additionally, Joseph advised graduates not to be choosy with jobs especially those entering the job market for the first time.

“Taking up seemingly unrelated jobs provide a wealth of work experience which adds value to your resume, improves employability and gives graduates the edge in future public or private job opportunities,” he said.

About 30 people officially received their appointment letters for various civil service post, presented by Joseph, accompanied by Public Service Commission (SPA) chairperson Tan Sri Arpah Binti Abdul Razak during the ceremony on Thursday, in the presence of over 500 government officials, job-seekers, students who attended the career carnival at the State Federal Administrative Complex here.

For those seeking to work with the public service, Joseph underlined the importance for job-seekers to plan their career pathways carefully by selecting suitable courses and studies that are relevant and needed for the position at the government departments.

“This is important because many driven out of desperation will take whatever is available but unfortunately they cannot compete with those having more fitting qualifications,” he said.

Responding to questions on the number of people with disabilities (OKUs) working in the civil service, Joseph said the government have yet reached its one per cent target allocated for OKUs given the special kinds of jobs workers with disabilities can handle.

The carnival was organised by the Malaysian SPA to provide an opportunity for local job-seekers a career in the government.

In the move to diversify the job employment market, Joseph said the government is doing its level best to help the private sector expand their activities as well as attracting foreign direct investments to drive economic growth which in turn, brings quality jobs for the people.

“For this to happen, we are placing great emphasis on creating innovation to generate greater income,” he said, adding for instance tourism ministry promoting new ideas and innovation to boost the growth of tourism.

“Through innovation, productive ideas that generate greater income, the government can provide better facilities and offer better employment opportunities,” he said.

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