Look beyond government service for employment

By Medecci Lineil

I refer to the news article “Civil service freezing all hiring” dated May 3, 2015.

According to the report, the Public Service Commission (PSC) confirmed all recruitment for civil servants has been frozen.

For the majority of Dayak communities in Sarawak who have been crying for more young Dayaks to be hired in the federal civil service since last year, this is disappointing news.

I am a young Dayak too. Unlike other Dayaks, I don’t believe working with the civil service will be any better for ourselves and society in the long run.
I believe the glory days of working with the civil service are over. Everyone knows the fact that the government cannot afford to finance a growing number of civil servants forever.

The main difference between me and a civil servant is: I’m the earner and the civil servant is the spender.

There is too much spent to keep these servants alive at the expense of taxpayers’ hard-earned money.

Dayaks should be encouraged to be involved in businesses and create jobs for their fellow Dayaks instead. Be the earner.

For example, a group of young ambitious Dayaks I know are currently working in sales.

They realise the fact that to perform the job and meet the sales target is very tough, especially in Kuching: small market, small companies and small purchasing power.

Since many of them come from rural areas and are poor, they have to figure out everything for themselves.

In spite of that, their persistence, persevering for the first two years to prove “Dayaks can do sales” is simply amazing.

They repeatedly meet the sales target. Competing with each other. Improved personalities. The mindset “Dayak cannot do sales” is now gone.

They probably do not earn as much as a teacher or policeman, but they live in comfort (not rich) while earning well-deserved wages.

They don’t feel shy about calling themselves sales consultants anymore. They are proud of what they are doing and plan to open up businesses in the future.

This is the sort of real challenge that other young Dayaks must overcome to succeed both at the individual and social level.

On the other hand, the so-called Dayak intellectual groups must be determined more than ever to do something to meet the challenge.

Busy lobbying and convincing government officials and politicians to secure 100,000 Dayak applicants in the federal civil service is a futile and unproductive effort. It’s going nowhere.

Of course, for many political and cultural reasons, they will disagree with my view. I strongly urge young Dayaks to look for something else beyond government jobs.

First published at at The Malaysian Insider on May 7, 2015 and The Star on May 8, 2015.

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