Human touch also required in selecting applications: Minister

|     Hakim Hayat     |

THE Public Service Commission has to sift through over thousands of job application for specific job vacancies in government jobs, hence causing the lengthy time for processing, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud shared yesterday.

The minister was responding to a query by Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon on the time-frame of job application processes in the public sector which he said often takes time, at the ongoing 15th LegCo session.

He also relayed his concern with the delay in filling in vacant positions of retired personnel. “Are there any new mechanisms that can be made to speed up the process of filling in vacancies? This will surely help our jobseekers,” he further asked.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti said it is inevitable because at one instance, he shared that over 4,000 applicants applied for a job vacancy that was advertised.

“Because of the number of posts available and the number of applications, this took a long time to go through all these applications despite the utilisation of a computerised system… Because after all, human touch is also required (in selecting the applicants),” he added.

He added that the time-frame of job applications could not be determined precisely in light of this but said that the commission will pay attention to the issue and continue to find ways to speed up the process.