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    Is Muslim Requirement Bias?

    Dear All,

    I read the article "DAP slams ROS for query
    " at URL http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=14671 .

    The last section really caught my attention as Lim Guan Eng took PSDC Internation Sdn. Bhd. (subsidary of Professional Services Development Corporation Sdn Bhd under the Works Ministry of Works) to task. PSDC Internation published an advertisement at Jobstreet which as of now can be acessed from URL http://my.jobstreet.com/jobs/2006/6/.../10/297159.htm

    The advertisement is as follows: -

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    (Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur)

    Requirements:
    *Malaysian Muslim male below the age of 45 preferred.
    *Strong command of English both oral and written is essential whilst knowledge of Arabic will be an added advantage.
    *Experience in the Gulf Region is an added advantage.
    I guess Lim is suggesting that this Muslim Requirement is bais.

    I guess he is suggesting that there are some non-muslims who know and have knowledge of Arabic and perhaps have experience in the Gulf Region.

    What do you guys think ?
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    I think this is similar to what our DPM comments about mandarin languange as a prerequisite for jobs. If that is race bias, then this one is no different from the rest. Anyway, I believe every company has the right to pick the most suitable person they think qualified for the position to meet the job specifications.
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    No wonder we see so many unemployed graduates LOL.

    These sort of advertisements should be removed
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    In this case, it is indicated in the description of available position, that being Muslim and in good command of Arabic is instrumental for being successful in the position, simply because it's about doing business in the Middle East.

    Furthermore, it states 'Malaysian'. In other words a Chinese or Indian Muslim can apply.

    Such a requirement cannot be deemed racist or religionist, at least not without further information about the requirements for the position.
    See you...

    Isa Rahim
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    Well said, sir!

    Why do we always assume that a Malaysian Muslim has to be an ethnic Malay? Is that stereotyped thinking or what?

    In any case, I would think that the employer has the right to specify what type of candidates they are looking for? And in this case, I would think it would be a person who would be comfortable in the Middle Eastern environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isarahim
    In this case, it is indicated in the description of available position, that being Muslim and in good command of Arabic is instrumental for being successful in the position, simply because it's about doing business in the Middle East.

    Furthermore, it states 'Malaysian'. In other words a Chinese or Indian Muslim can apply.
    Such a requirement cannot be deemed racist or religionist, at least not without further information about the requirements for the position.
    but my point is, a Malaysian non-Muslim Chinese / Indian / etc. cannot apply
    If there is someone who is a non-Muslim Chinese / Indian/ etc. who has a degree(s) related to the Arabic Language and Muslim culture, and familiar with the Gulf Region he cannot apply rite ?
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    Just my point of view, perhaps the advert should read

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    Requirements:
    *Malaysian below the age of 45 preferred.
    *Knowledge on Islamic culture would be essential as you would be dealing with Muslim clients
    *Strong command of English both oral and written is essential whilst knowledge of Arabic will be an added advantage.
    *Experience in the Gulf Region is an added advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirgalahad2010
    Well said, sir!

    Why do we always assume that a Malaysian Muslim has to be an ethnic Malay? Is that stereotyped thinking or what?
    No. No. I do not assume that a Malaysian Muslim is a Malay.
    I have a Chinese relative who is Muslim
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    This has gone far enough.

    The advert specifically said it is a job in the Middle East and Isarahim had pointed it out very clearly. No way it indicates race. Religion, yes, they prefer Muslims. In the Middle East, it is probably easier to deal with the staff and clients if the position was held by a Muslim. If the Muslim is an ethnic Chinese or Indian, why not? This is counter to what SweeAnn is thinking.

    Let us not see everything on racial lines. This is stretching the issue beyond limits. I don't see how much further we can discuss this.

    I am closing this thread so that no bigots will latch on to distort the issue.
    IP

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