Govt hiring staff as usual despite Covid-19, says PSC

PSC chairman Zainal Rahim Seman says priority staff placement will be given to agencies involved in tackling the pandemic.

GEORGE TOWN: A government body in charge of hiring civil servants today said recruitment will go on as usual despite the economic stress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Public Services Commission (PSC) chairman Zainal Rahim Seman said it expected to hire 13,000 to 15,000 permanent workers yearly as before, with the numbers rising to 22,000 if contract workers were included.

He said priority placement would be given to agencies directly involved in tackling the pandemic, such as the health ministry.

“Covid-19 has no effect on available vacancies in the civil service. We supply workers yearly to the departments.

Zainal Rahim Seman.

“Say, they need more staff, doctors, nurses in hospitals, we would look into their proposals and try to make it happen.

“Even at the height of the pandemic, we have recruited thousands into the civil service to meet demand.

“We are creating more jobs, it (pandemic) has not stopped that.”

Zainal was responding to a question as to whether the pandemic had forced the government to reduce recruitment.

Separately, he refused to comment on a call made by civil service workers’ union Cuepacs to reinstate the full-time staff status to 55,000 contract workers, saying it was under the purview of a “different department”. He did not elaborate.

Earlier, Zainal opened PSC’s new interview centre at Komtar’s Urban Transformation Centre to cater to those wanting to start a career in the federal civil service.