23 June 2016
Don’t blame high number of jobless Bumi grads on Chinese
Former deputy higher education minister says Bumiputera graduates should further improve their qualifications, including pursuing professional courses.
PETALING JAYA: The employability of graduates, including Bumiputera graduates, ultimately depends on their qualifications, former Deputy Higher Education Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said.
Therefore, he said, people should avoid making sweeping statements such as a high number of Bumiputera graduates from public universities are jobless because “the Chinese prefer to hire Chinese graduates”.
Instead, he said, Bumiputera graduates from public universities should be encouraged to get internationally accredited qualifications.
An engineering graduate, for instance, should strive to get the Ir professional qualification.
“The real issue is about the qualifications and employability of graduates. This is the way to solve the problem. Not by using the race equation,” he told FMT.
The former Umno deputy minister was asked to comment on Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali’s view that Chinese firms in the private sector preferred to hire Chinese staff. Ibrahim said employers who cited the poor command of English as a reason for not hiring Bumiputeras who graduate from local public universities were just using it as an excuse.
Saifuddin said research done by Universiti Malaya professor, Lee Hock Aun did show there were Chinese-owned companies that preferred Chinese graduates over Bumiputeras.
“But I don’t think a person should make a sweeping statement such as the one made by Ibrahim. The issue is quite complex. For instance, there are also Bumiputeras who prefer not to work in Chinese-owned companies. In this case, you can’t say the company does not want to hire Bumiputeras.”
22 June 2016
Perkasa: Private sector biased against Bumiputera grads
Ibrahim Ali says Chinese companies prefer Chinese graduates and the claim of public university Bumiputera graduates being poor in English is just an excuse.
PETALING JAYA: A Malay lobby group has accused the private sector of not employing Bumiputera graduates from public universities, using the “excuse” that they have a poor command of English.
Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali said the excuse was not acceptable as Chinese graduates were employed in the private sector despite not being able to speak and write English well.
“They seem to be biased against Bumiputera graduates from public universities. The Chinese companies prefer to take Chinese. It is all about colour in Malaysia,” he told FMT.
He said race issues in Malaysia were getting from bad to worse and it was affecting local graduates. “The Bumiputera graduates have no choice but to be employed by the Government.”
Ibrahim was commenting on an observation of former Universiti Malaya Vice-Chancellor Ghauth Jasmon that the number of unemployed people graduating from local universities was set to rise further. Ghauth had added that 80% of the 400,000 unemployed graduates today were Bumiputera. This, he said, was largely due to their poor command of the English language.
Ibrahim however said he was sceptical about Bumiputra graduates having a poor command of English because Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) medium of instruction was English and students at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia spoke good English.
“Try speaking to UKM and USM students. They speak good English. How different are they from private college students?” he asked.
He claimed the Chinese seemed to cooperate with the Chinese in business, not giving the Malays a chance to do business, such as in the construction sector.
“Chinese contractors offer up to six months credit terms to their own but only accept cash from the Malays. The Malay contractors have no choice but to seek government help for cash or get bank loans. They have to pay interest. Due to that a lot of them go bust,” said Ibrahim.
He said it was hard to a find solution to the problem as long as the private sector continued to be biased against Bumiputera graduates from public universities.