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Cool Hand Luke
14-01-2004, 09:41 AM
The Straits Times Singapore (14th January 2004)

Review Police Recruitment: MCA
Party wants to know why 100 Chinese youths were rejected

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Chinese Association has called on the police to review the applications of 100 Chinese youths who were academically qualified to become officers last year but were still rejected.

MCA Youth chief Ong Tee Keat said the youths should be given another chance as they were rejected even though they had successfully undergone interviews.

'All of those who applied had diplomas and degrees but were still unsuccessful,' he said, adding that he could not provide details of the rejections as the police and the MCA Youth were still discussing the matter.

The MCA, the senior partner in the ruling Barisan Nasional, has been helping the authorities to recruit more Chinese youths into the police since last September, to correct a racial imbalance.

The party has also drawn up a five-pronged strategy to identify reasons for the decline in the number of Chinese officers and soldiers, and ways to rectify this.

The strategies include fact-finding, people-friendly interaction with non-governmental organisations, production of a VCD on a police career and the drafting of a memorandum for submission to the home and education ministries to introduce the police cadet corps in Chinese independent schools.

At present, Chinese make up only 2.6 per cent of the 80,000 police personnel nationwide.

On Chinese applicants who failed to make the force, Datuk Ong said: 'The MCA has received several letters from these applicants expressing strong interest in joining the force and appealing to us to help them.' -- New Straits Times

Timo
14-01-2004, 10:58 AM
2.6%? Wow, that's a low number. Much lower that I had expected. I had always thought that chinese numbers in the police force was due to disinterest of the chinese, but perhaps someone is trying to keep the chinese out of the police force? The first step to a Malay controlled state is to control the military and police, right?

A possible solution? Keep personnel evaluation transparent, and even perhaps keep applications free of any racial information (i.e. race, name, etc).

lady-o-leisure
15-01-2004, 08:58 AM
Wasnt there an article not too long ago about how the govt wants more chinese and indians in the police force? If not for this slow connection of mine,, i would go search for it. I am very sure i read about it recently.

jericho
15-01-2004, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by lady-o-leisure
Wasnt there an article not too long ago about how the govt wants more chinese and indians in the police force? If not for this slow connection of mine,, i would go search for it. I am very sure i read about it recently.

Lady-O

Don't worry, your brain still serves you good. :D Indeed there was an issue about not getting enough Chinese and Indian recruits for the police force not too long agp.