Sarawak’s civil service includes local Kajang, Mierek, Saban, Tagal officers

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 26: Sarawak’s civil service, which comprises 47 ethnic groups, also includes ethnic minorities such as those from the Kajang, Mierek, Saban and Tagal communities.

Second Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said in an effort to maintain an efficient workforce, the Sarawak government feels it is important to appoint only Sarawakians who are qualified and meet the requirements of the field of work.

“Therefore, a merit-based recruitment and selection system will be adopted to ensure that the appointment of staff into the civil service is based on qualifications, capabilities and competencies regardless of quota, race and background.

“This system is also used by the Sarawak Statutory Body and Government-Linked Companies (GLCs),” he said during his ministerial winding-up speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.

On a similar topic, Awang Tengah, who is also Bukit Sari assemblyman, said the Sarawak government is constantly striving to increase the number of permanent and pensionable posts based on the needs of the civil service.

However, Article 112 of the Federal Constitution requires the approval of the Federal government to create or add new permanent and pensionable posts, he said.

“In this regard, the Sarawak government through the Socio-Economic Working Committee under the Special Council on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) requested that this matter be given special attention by the Federal government to ensure the performance and service delivery of the Sarawak government is not affected,” he added.

He said the committee is also striving to ensure that positions in Federal departments in Sarawak are filled by Sarawak natives, through the Borneonisation process. — DayakDaily