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MIC wants 7.4% quota in GLCs

KUALA TERENGGANU, 31 July 2009: The MIC wants at least a 7.4% quota in employment for Indian Malaysians in government-linked companies (GLCs), including in senior managerial and executive positions, party president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said today.

He said the quota was based on the minimum 7.4% target set by the government for the recruitment of Indian Malaysians in the civil service.

“We are aware that many GLCs have increased the recruitment of Indians [Malaysians] but more can and should be done,” he said when opening the Terengganu MIC delegates conference here.

Yesterday, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S Subramaniam secured Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s pledge to recruit more people from the Indian Malaysian community to fill the 7.4% quota as agreed to by the Public Service Department.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also MIC secretary-general, had said that to date, the number of Indians in the company comprised only 4.6% and this needed to be raised to show a more racially-balanced workforce in the public sector.

Samy Vellu also said that the MIC had formed a special committee to be headed by Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria to prepare a comprehensive report on the plans, policies and programmes for the Indian Malaysian community under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (2011-2015).

He said he would also meet Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said soon to seek more business opportunities for Indian Malaysians in the state.

“Although the number of Indian [Malaysians] in Terengganu is less than 1%, many are involved in small businesses and as contractors. The state government could allocate certain government contracts to them,” he added. — Bernama

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