Saturday, November 3, 2012

Private sector job favour Chinese, Discriminate Malay

Race is obviously a touchy subject in Malaysia, and frankly there’s not enough research into the area of discrimination to provide informed evidence on what is a potentially flammable subject. There is a lot of subjective and anecdotal evidence, but hardly much in the way of hard reproducible statistics.

This is where this new research comes in. What the two researchers, Lee Hwok Aun and Muhammad Abdul Khalid, have done is to send resumes (differentiated by race and academic achievement) to job advertisers in engineering and accounting fields. The number of people calling back counts as interest in the candidate.

What the results show were fascinating, though I won’t go into all the details. On an overall basis, Malay candidates are on average 16.7% less likely to be called, and the effect is stronger in engineering than in accounting. On a side note, the overall call-back ratio is just 13.1%.

Some of the other findings:
  • Chinese language proficiency matters more than English (in fact it appears to be the single most important determining factor, apart from race), and the effect is stronger in engineering jobs;
  • Which university you go to matters, but even more so for Malays – being a UiTM graduate appears to be a relative handicap, though less so in engineering than in accounting;
  • Academic qualifications also matter, but is also a more significant factor for Malays than for Chinese candidates;
  • And before anyone starts grumbling about racism, the preference for Chinese candidates is pretty much across the board, whether the company doing the advertising is Chinese controlled, foreign controlled, or (astonishingly) Malay controlled.
So here’s some firm evidence that discrimination is alive and well in Malaysia.

Read on in Economics Malaysia


  • Anonymous says:
    November 3, 2012 at 5:40:00 PM GMT+8

    Ironically, even GLCs especially subsidiaries of Khazanah is discriminating the Malays and favours the Chinese.

  • Anonymous says:
    November 3, 2012 at 6:50:00 PM GMT+8

    Very much agreed with you when we talk about discrimination in job service especially in company or industries belonging to Chinese owner. If you a Malays same qualification with Chinese , when you join the company, both report duty in the same day, as Malays salary different is about 50% less of what they pay to Chinese. If you hold diploma , Chines with get at least Supervisor position and Malay only as clerical . Even you have experience.

    You can check the practice is such big comapny , Lion Group, Hong Leong etc. Just check them. What the government can do ? Nothing because ????

  • Anonymous says:
    November 3, 2012 at 6:59:00 PM GMT+8

    research findings are very much linked to the research methodology. i take in good faith that you yourself have seen the methodology and in your intellectual opinion it is acceptable. since the finding seems to suggest that racism is alive, the next quest would be to research the extent of job racism and the factors contributing to it (this is more helpful and the two kind gentlemen may continue). only then we would move forward meaningfully.


  • salleh telegu says:
    November 3, 2012 at 7:35:00 PM GMT+8

    So what. ......even PAS and ABU Goons Party (PKR) shunned Malays and applied Apartheid policy on Malays....

  • salleh telegu says:
    November 3, 2012 at 7:35:00 PM GMT+8

    So what. ......even PAS and ABU Goons Party (PKR) shunned Malays and applied Apartheid policy on Malays....

  • Anonymous says:
    November 3, 2012 at 7:53:00 PM GMT+8


    ~ TAN ABULAH ~

  • Anonymous says:
    November 3, 2012 at 10:29:00 PM GMT+8

    macam tu pun Melayu tak sedar diri...sokong cina tak tentu pasal, ada kedai Melayu tak masuk, suka lagi beli dikedai cina padan muka Melayu...bising2 buat apa Melayu tak da selfestim dan integriti... lingkup Melayu dalam 10 tahun lagi...

  • Anonymous says:
    November 4, 2012 at 9:15:00 AM GMT+8

    I had the difficulty to get job in most GLCs. Correct, they are now discriminating the Malays especially UiTM graduates.

    Whenever the HR do screening and came across of UiTM CVs, they would VERY likely to ignore, skip and sort accordingly following overseas grad, um, ukm, and finally uitm.

    When i had an interview with Maybank, the interviewer (Chinese lady) keep on asking me stupid questions. Claiming herself as HR Analyst, asking me questions like Can you tell me what are the 8 pillars in Maybank?

    I talked to myself, is this bitch a dumbass? Even if I can answer that bloody lame question, will that makes me extra ordinary from the other candidates? Can that answer REALLY change her preference towards me?

    So I decided not to answer the question because I would like to see her response. She told me "Oh, it looks like you didn't do your homework before coming here. Let me explain to you the 8 pillars of Maybank".

    She is officially a retard. Well, no wonder she works for Maybank :S

    I then interviewed by Citibank and got hired a week after.

    Conclusion here to make is, GLCs SUCKS, so their employees.


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