PETALING JAYA - The police's first campaign to recruit Chinese policemen has led to a hot discussion and again raised the people's concern about Chinese youth's lack of interest in the job.
MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said that the MCA Youth is going to help the police to recruit more Chinese personnel.
Chong told Sin Chew Daily that a similar campaign had been carried out in 2007 and this time, the campaign would be improved based on the experience gained from previous campaign.
He said that the MCA Youth understood that generally, the Chinese are willing to join the force as police officers but not police constables. In addition, salary is an important factor, too.
"Many Chinese youths do not want to join the force probably because of their negative perception about the police," he said.
The Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said that Hua Zong is glad to provide the police its assistance in recruiting Chinese policemen.
He said that the police has made a verbal invitation earlier and Hua Zong has expressed its willingness to help and cooperate.
"In the past, the Chinese believe that a good man would not join the army but the mindset has gradually changed today and in fact, more and more Chinese are willing to join the police," he said.
He believes that the lack of Chinese policemen is related to the worry of less promotion opportunities in the force.
"I believe that if more high-ranking policemen could share their experiences and explain the promotion opportunities in the force, it could help in attracting more Chinese youths," he added.
Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said that compared to joining the civil service, Chinese youths tend to prefer starting their own businesses or joining the private sector with relatively high increment rates.
"The private sector is full of challenges and opportunities and the better they perform, the higher pay they can get and thus, it attracts more Chinese youths to join," he explained.
He said that Chinese youths are less interested in joining the police due to the nature of work, safety and low and slow salary increment.
He said that the salary adjustment mechanism in private sector is generally based on performance while it is always based on the length of service in civil services.
Datuk Chin Yew Sin, a member of The Special Committee of Public Services Commission Malaysia, said that there are only about 1,000 Chinese policemen, or less than 2 per cent, among the total more than 10,000 policemen in the country and Chinese mainly joined the force as police officers, while Chinese police constables can hardly be found.
He said that many Chinese youths need to change their mindset as the remuneration for policemen has been greatly improved today.
He said that a policeman with a Bachelor Degree can now enjoy over RM3,000 (S$1,160) of monthly income, including basic salary and allowances. Even a policeman with SPM qualification can enjoy RM1,500 of monthly salary.
"In addition to salary and allowances, civil servants also enjoy other benefits not entitled to employees in private sector, such as medical benefits, low-interest loans, in-service training and scholarships for self-enhancement," he added.
He agrees with the police's move to relax several conditions pertaining to recruitment, including qualifying those with mild myopia and a pass for the Bahasa Malaysia in SPM, as it could encourage more Chinese youths to join the force.
A member of the police's special team to recruit more Chinese youths said that it is better for youths with SPM qualification to join the police than private companies.
He said that an 18-year-old youth could get 1,500 to 1,700 of income, including basic salary and allowance, a month if he joins the police while enjoying free accommodation and uniform allowance.
It was ascertained that a policeman with a diploma qualification could get up to RM3,000 of salary after four or five years.
The special team member also said that although policemen are required to work on weekends, they can enjoy 34 days of annual leave. Also, those with good performance and are able to pass legal knowledge tests could be promoted fast.
Those who are interested to join the police may download the application form here: http://www.rmp.gov.my/.