Friday, November 23, 2012


Dipetik: Daily Express (22 Nov 2012)

KOTA KINABALU; More than 85 percent of director posts in the Federal Government are now taken up by Sabahans, said Public Service Commision (PSC) Chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam, Wednesday.

He said the positions would be given ti qualified Sabahans depending on availability. On other jobs in the Federal civil service, he said a total of 98,708 applications were made by Sabah communities through the PSC between Nov 9, 2011 and Nov 9, 2012. "Of the number, 3,539 people were appointed to various posts, "he said. (see table)

Mahmood said sometimes promotion are not filled should there be no one qualified for the positions, hence the reason why penisular officers are posted to Sabah. "Nevertheless, we will try to priorities Sabahans," he said.

Mahmood gave the assurance after having an interaction and dialogue session with government agencies and departments as well as non-governmental organisasions (NGO's). These included the Federal of Sabah Hokkien Association, Bajau Association, Sabah Kedayan Association, Sabah Murut Association, United Sabah Dusun Association, United Sabah Bisaya Association, Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association, Sabah Nursing Association and Sabah Youth Council.

The session was held as part of a tour series and Sabah was the eleventh stop to gather feedback on issues and input on their expectation of the PSC, he said. "We sit with them and talk to them of their problem. And some of them have for warded their problem to us.

"It will be used in order for us to fight against bad perceptions and explaining  to them what is really happening," said Mahmood, adding that PSC had introduced a total of 22 initiatives to improve its services. He said some of the problem raised during the session had to do with job posting and access to vacancies, especially those in the rural areas.

He said PSC will use the radio and news papers to access the masses, especially those in the rural areas. However, Mahmood said one of the problem is that PSC does not have the numbers as agencies, departments and ministries do not update them on the figure. He felt the numbers should be updated so that PSC could help advertise, instead of individual advertisements.

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