PUTRAJAYA, Sept 23 — The police was recently swamped with over 40,000 applications from fresh graduates for 200 inspector positions, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today, adding that they were largely Malay.
“The response is great. That’s why when we opened up jobs for 200 inspectors but the applications we received are almost 40,000 over,” the Inspector-General of Police told a news conference after launching the police community carnival here.
However, response from the minorities was poor, he added.
He said Bukit Aman even initiated a special intake to recruit officers from the ethnic Chinese community, in response to concerns that the force was increasingly dominated by one race, but had few takers.
“It is all about the interest. If they are not interested to join the police, what can we do?
“We did special intake for Chinese community but the response was not too great. It’s not to say the police force is just for Malays,” he said.
Khalid did not provide further details on the recruitment drive for the ethnic Chinese, or if there were special intakes targeted at the other minorities including ethnic Indians.
The national police chief urged jobless degree holders to venture into policing as a career, saying they might get to climb up the ranks easily with their academic qualifications.
“They can apply if they want to join the police force. A lot of constables now have degrees. They can get promotions because the minimum requirement for a constable is still SPM,” he said.