Lim Kit Siang says despite the Dayaks making up the majority of the state, the 'Malaysia Human Development Report' shows that federal civil service departments have hired Sarawak and Sabah Bumiputeras at lower than their population share. — TRP file pic
The Rakyat Post: PM must note allegations made by East Malaysian natives

By Nawar Firdaws

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1, 2014: As the Senate begins its 12th day budget meeting, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang called urged the Prime Minister to take serious note on the discrimination allegation made by Sabah and Sarawak’s natives.

Lim said the Dayaks in Sarawak and the Kadazan-Dusun-Murut communities in Sabah have been complaining of their inequitable representation in the federal civil service as a list of promotions said to be done in the Sarawak Road Transport Department recently, were seen as proof of the alleged discrimination.

The list, Lim said, was posted on social media where eight Malay enforcement officers were congratulated in securing promotions. three Dayak officers were also listed but only as the reserves.

“Datuk Seri Najib Razak should take the occasion to make a Ministerial statement in Parliament on Dayak grouses about discrimination in the federal civil service, as this constitutes an important part of the Malaysian Agreement which stated that Sarawak and Sabah Bumiputeras take charge of the federal civil service in their states.

“He should not only give a full account of the process of Borneonisation of the federal civil service in Sarawak and Sabah in the past 51 years since the formation of Malaysia in 1963, stating the number of federal departments which are now headed by Sarawakians or Sabahans, but also the representation of Dayaks and Kadazan-Dusun-Murut groups in the overall federal service,” said the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament.

He added, in a statement today, that Najib must state the highest government posts ever held by the natives, and if any of them have been given the post of Ketua Setiausaha (Chief Secretary).

“To the Dayaks, the list confirms what they have felt all along and what has also been noted in the just-released Malaysia Human Development Report 2013 — that discrimination exists within the Bumiputeras working in the civil service, with Malays given preference over natives.”

The Dayak ethnic group make up more than 50% of Sarawak’s population followed by the Chinese with 25% and Malays 22%.

Lim said despite the Dayaks making up the majority of the state, the Malaysia Human Development Report showed that federal civil service departments had hired Sarawak and Sabah Bumiputeras at lower than their population share.

“In 2009, 4.9% of Bumiputeras from Sarawak, or 1,631, and 6.5% of Bumiputeras from Sabah, or 2,170, were hired in federal departments, the report said, citing statistics from the Implementation and Coordination Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.

“This was lower than their population share at 8.7% for Sarawak and 11% for Sabah.”

The report had however, acknowledged that steps were being taken to increase the non-Malay Bumiputeras representation in the civil service, and that there had been an increase in recent years.

It warned that emphasis should be given to strengthen representation at the management and professional levels as such imbalances could lead to “increased racial polarisation and perceived discrimination in our civil service”.

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