KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 — MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel today expressed disappointment over the Public Services Commission’s (PSC) recruitment of 21 graduates with first-class honours as no top Indian students were among them.
In a statement, he said there were Indian graduates with first-class honours and second-class upper degrees, some from government universities, but they were rejected for some reason.
Yesterday, PSC chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam announced that the PSC was going straight to local and foreign universities to look for top talent under a new meritocracy-based and fast-track recruitment system.
Through the system, the PSC offered jobs to 18 Bumiputera students and three Chinese engineering graduates and directed them to report for duty at the Works Ministry.
Palanivel, who also minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he had brought the matter many times to the attention of the government and also to the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting recently.
He added that he had already submitted the rejected list of Indian candidates to the prime minister as requested.
“Competing and offering jobs before the private sector does is a step in the right direction and this is a very proactive and good move but I want PSC to also pay particular attention to Indian students who have done well.
“It does not matter if they had missed out on first-class honours but if they have obtained a good second-class upper degree, it should be good enough to warrant PSC’s attention,” he said. — Bernama