Blaming Mahathir’s ‘viciousness’, DAP man tells Anwar to break Malay monopoly in civil service

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy has urged Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to reform the civil service, saying the sector is currently dominated by the Malays due to what he said were policies implemented by former leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

(MalaysiaNow) – “The old argument in favour of a Malay domination of the civil service to counterbalance the Chinese domination of the economy is no longer valid,” the DAP leader said.

“This was among the arguments used by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to institutionalise Malay hegemony in the public sector, particularly the civil service,” said Ramasamy, adding that there was also “covert racial discrimination” when it came to the prospect of promotions for non-Malays in the public sector.

Ramasamy said there had been a policy of “counterbalancing” Chinese economic dominance by bringing in foreign investors, as well as through the growth of government-linked companies.

“Given the diversification of the economy as to ownership and control, it doesn’t make sense to ensure that the civil service remains completely in the hands of the Malays.

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