Malay Indians seek greater representation in states civil services

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Kuala Lumpur, June 13 : The Malaysian Indian Congress has announced that it would meet Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers from Barisan Nasional-ruled states soon to seek higher Indian representation in the civil service.

MIC president S. Samy Vellu said that most of the BN-ruled states, with the exception of Johor and Negri Sembilan, did not have many Indian civil servants.

He ruled out meeting the governments of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor.

"It is not easy for us to talk to those governments because we are part of the (BN) federal Government," The NST Online quoted Samy Vellu, as saying.

"When there is an understanding between the State governments and the Federal government, then we can start negotiations," he added.

Samy Vellu said, however, he was not very hopeful of this happening in the near future.

Speaking after chairing a Central Working Committee meeting, he said the party was disappointed that very few Indians were employed in state administrations.

"You can hardly find an Indian employee in the state civil sector," Samy Vellu said.

He lamented that Indians were grossly underrepresented even at the administrative level of local authorities such as district and municipal councils.

Samy Vellu claimed that Indians were already finding it difficult to secure jobs in the federal administration departments.

Another area, which the MIC was not too pleased about, was how the recent Public Service Department scholarships were awarded.

Samy Vellu thanked the Government for awarding 161 PSD scholarships to Indians this year, more than double compared to last year.

ANI

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