PRS calls on GPS to look into Dayak participation in civil service
SIBU, April 24 (Bernama) -- Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) has called on the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to seriously look at ways to increase Dayak participation in the state civil service, especially at the executive level, to reflect the composition of Sarawak’s population.
PRS acting president, Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, said that the imbalance in posts and appointments in the Sarawak civil service was very significant and had been an issue for a long time.
“The duties of the public service commission need to be overhauled to be more transparent in hiring. The same situation also exists in government-linked companies (GLCs). GPS must find a way to address this issue,” said Salang.
He said this after the opening ceremony of the 5th PRS Triennial Delegates Conference (TDC) by GPS chairman, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, here today.
He also called for more Dayak participation in business and trade.
“Apart from a small group, our people did not have time to grab the opportunity, to apply and secure concessions allocated by the government.
As the former president of the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Salang said that he knew that the Dayak community was still unaware of the many opportunities in the core of economic development, which included real estate, exploration, quarrying and mining.
He also expressed hope that the Sarawak Premier, who is also GPS chairman, will be able to ensure that the ministries involved give due consideration if there are applications from Dayaks.
In terms of infrastructure development, utilities and telecommunications, Salang, who is also a former deputy minister of Information, Communication and Culture, urged that urban and rural development be balanced by bringing development to the rural areas.
On the issue of Yayasan Pendidikan Teknikal Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), which is synonymous with PRS, Salang said that it had contributed a lot to more participation of residents of Sarawak in the technical field.
He said that the foundation’s funds had dwindled, and needed an annual allocation from the Sarawak government to continue to help those in need.