(GH) KOTA KINABALU August 28, 2011: SAPP said the federal government should stop treating Sabah as a training ground for new civil servants who were recruited in the peninsula as well as promoting those officials nearing retirement.
Its deputy president Datuk Eric Majimbun said this was still practised by the federal government, using the excuse that the state lacked qualified people to fill available federal posts, despite the many qualified Sabahans for the purpose.
“This even happened in the judicial department in Sabah where magistrates are also imported from the peninsula, and even the kampung librarian posts go to the people from the peninsula…I consider this a tactic by the federal to ensure Sabah and its people remain forever dependant on the federal,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Eric, who is also Sepanggar MP, said the state was celebrating its 48th independence this year but the people here were still seen as incompetent to even do the job of a librarian.
“I know whenever we say things like this the federal will say it is in line with the 1Malaysia spirit, but what is so 1Malaysia when there are many Malaysians in Sabah who are more than qualified but are not given the chance to hold federal posts in the state, even after they have applied for the posts?” he asked.
He said there were many Sabahans already in the federal civil service but had remained holding the same posts or stagnant even after they had become seniors in their respective departments or agencies until time for them to go for retirement.
“The federal must be serious in appointing locals from either Sabah or Sarawak who know best the local culture and tradition…the many local graduates must not continue to be ignored, as they are just as competent if not more than those from the peninsula,” he said.