1.56 million applied for 25,000 civil service jobs in 2015

Nik Imran Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Service Commission (PSC) received more than 1.5 million job applications annually over the past two years, Parliament was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun said applications far outstripped vacancies of about 25,000 annually over the period.

He said the PSC received 1.56 million applications for 25,046 vacancies last year, and 1.63 million applications to fill 24,606 vacancies in 2015.

"From a (human resource) perspective, the high number of applications allowed the government to select only candidates of quality for appointment in the public service," Joseph said in reply to Datuk William @ Nyallau Anak Badak (BN-Lubok Antu).

William had asked why applicants for civil service vacancies were not being called in for interviews.

To a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan), who queried if qualified applicants are denied securing government posts for not having inside contacts, William said such a thing does not happen for applications which go through him.

"If my officers hide the applications from me, I will have no knowledge (however)," he added.