Mid-Term Review of Eighth Malaysia Plan should spell out strategy to reverse the plunge in non-Malay ratio in public service from 29.7 per cent Chinese and 9.8 Indians in 1980 to 8.2 per cent Chinese and 5.2 Indians in 2003 - which is not because Chinese and Indians do not want government jobs but because of unfair civil service recruitment policies
- Paya Terubong DAP Anniversary Dinner
by Lim Kit Siang
DAP rejects the explanation by
the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk
Kamsiyah Yeop when replying to the DAP MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan in
Parliament on Monday that the Chinese do not want government jobs as reason
for the sharp drop of non-Malay civil servants from 29.7 per cent Chinese
and 9.8 Indians in 1980 to 8.2 per cent Chinese and 5.2 Indians in 2003.
Three decades ago, the Barisan Nasional government initiated the 20-year New Economic Policy (NEP) followed by a 10-year National Development Policy to restructure the Malaysian society with the two-prong objectives to eradicate poverty and to end the identification of race with occupation
The statistics are most shocking and a far cry from the early years of the NEP. For instance, the Fifth Malaysia Plan 1986-1990 gave the following ethnic breakdown of the public service for 1980 and 1985, which when compared to the figures given in Parliament on Monday, produce a most astounding contrast in the following:
The shocking revelation of the sharp drop in non-Malay ratio in the public service, from 29.7 per cent Chinese and 9.8 Indians in 1980 to 8.2 per cent Chinese and 5.2 Indians in 2003, violates the Second Outline Perspective Plan (OPP) 1990-2000 targets of 25.3% Chinese and 8.2% Indians in 1990 and 26.3% Chinese and 9% Indians in 2000 - targets which were approved by Parliament in June 1991:
Furthermore, the Mid-Term Review of the Eighth Malaysia Plan should also give a specific report on the targets for ethnic ratios of the civil service employment of the Third Outline Perspective Plan 2001-1010, and how the shortfalls arising from the plunge of the non-Malay ratios in the civil service could be rectified in the mid-term review of the Eighth Malaysia Plan by 2005.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman