Wednesday, April 9, 2008

MIC wants more Indians in public service

Saturday April 5, 2008

MIC wants the Government to increase the recruitment of eligible Indians into the public sector to up to eight per cent, the Malaysia Nanban reported.

Currently, annual recruitment rate of Indians into the public sector was lower than five per cent, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu told reporters after chairing the party’s central committee meeting at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

He said the number of Indians recruited was not enough to tackle unemployment in the Indian community.

Samy Vellu said MIC would also ask the Government to consider speeding up the process of recruiting Indians in government-linked companies (GLC), as well as in the private sector.

The Barisan Nasional would get back the support of the Indian community if it met some of MIC's requests under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

He said the requests included expediting measures to increase equity for the Indians through provision of a fund and the setting up of a foundation like Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) with the aim of increasing Indian equity to 3% by 2010.

He said that this was crucial because Indian equity had dropped to 1.2% from the previous 1.5%.

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