Public Service Department aims to fill 40,729 positions

The positions would cater to the operation of completed facilities and critical services schemes in the health, safety, education, and enforcement sectors, PSD Director-General Shafiq Abdullah shared.

Malaysia's Public Service Department (PSD) has approved and opened up a total of 40,729 positions across ministries, departments, and agencies for job applications.

According to Bernama's report, the positions, PSD Director-General Shafiq Abdullah shared, would cater to the operation of completed facilities and critical services schemes in the health, safety, education, and enforcement sectors.

As cited in the report, DG Shafiq said: "PSD is always committed to the filling of positions for all ministries, departments and agencies to ensure the delivery of Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) services is at the optimum and best level, especially when the country is in the transition to endemic phase and national recovery.

"All ministries, departments, and agencies must follow the existing eligibility requirements and rules for filling positions that have been approved."

In a separate event, Chief Secretary Zuki Ali mentioned during his closing speech at the Malay International Symposium 2022 that the Department has to consider imposing "corrective and punitive actions" on those who "deliberately" take the use of the national language (i.e. Malay) in the public service lightly, which is something the Government's Service Circular No.1 2020 advocates for.

This issue, he explained in another Bernama report, came to light because in the civil service, the move to strengthen the Malay language as the main language among agencies and civil servants "had always been the top priority".

"This circular not only details the role of agencies and civil servants in official affairs locally and abroad, but also states the government's serious commitment to enforcing monitoring of its implementation through language audits. However, if we look at it closely, audit alone is not enough, because no action can be taken against irresponsible parties not complying with this directive as some are less interested in recognising the efforts in elevating its status," the Chief Secretary said.

He added that the purpose was not to intimidate but to ensure that the Malay language is not taken lightly as the national language.

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