Federation of Chinese Associations appeals for more balanced racial representation in civil service

Abang Johari (second left) witnessing the installation of the Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak officer bearers (2022-2025) at a local hotel here today (Oct 3, 2022).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Oct 3:  Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak appeals for a more balance racial representation within the civil service composition.

Its president Dato Richard Wee said following the realisation of that fact that very few Chinese applied for civil service jobs, the Federation had taken practical action of explaining to the Chinese community with regards to the pay and benefits of civil servants.

“…with regards to the composition of racial mix in the civil service, we hope that we can work towards the objective of achieving a more balance make up to reflect the demographic of our population,” said Wee.

He said before the pandemic, the Federation had worked closely with the Human Resource section of the State Secretary office in organising a joint programme throughout Sarawak to explain and highlight the salary package, welfare and benefits of the civil service in encouraging them to consider the civil service as their career path.

The Federation started the first session in Kuching and received promising response from the public. It intended to rollout the programme through the Federation of Chinese Associations in various divisions in Sarawak.

Unfortunately the exercise was interrupted by the pandemic.

“It is our intention to relaunch the programme soon. We sincerely seek the blessing and support of YAB (Premier Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) for this programme of ours and we are confident that we can achieve the intended results with the effort and collaboration between our government and Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations,” said Wee at the installation of Federation of Chinese Associations Sarawak cum Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian held at a local hotel here this evening.

Wee affirmed full support for all the people centric initiatives and inclusive policies of the Sarawak Government such as infrastructure building and provision, the fights for greater autonomy based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963, free tertiary eduction for Sarawakians, the setting up of Sarawak Sovereign Fund, among others.

“This series of policies and initiatives from Sarawak government is premised on the basic principles of inclusiveness for and acceptance by all our communities.

“Our racial harmony, religious freedom and traditional cultural acceptance, our cultural heritage and legacy are not just our proud heritage, but the envy of many of our brethren in other states in Malaysia,” said Wee.  — DayakDaily