PUTRAJAYA: Want to be a government employee? You must have at least a pass in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced this yesterday, saying there will be no exception to this from now on. This reverses an earlier government statement exempting certain trainee doctors who had studied abroad seeking work here on a contract basis.
At present, housemen seeking permanent positions in the civil service must pass the BM paper in SPM.
According to the Malay Mail Online, it will also soon be mandatory for all housemen to undergo a two-year training programme to be medical officers.
“The Cabinet also requested and suggested that the Medical Act 1971 be amended to include the clause to make the two-year training after housemanship mandatory, and to insert a prerequisite to pass BM,” the deputy prime minister told a news conference here yesterday.
“Therefore, the Cabinet has decided to revoke the relaxation given to trainee doctors who are doing their housemanship; and we have also decided to retain the prerequisite to pass BM for all government position intakes in the country,” he added.
Presently, medical graduates who have completed their housemanship programme can choose to either serve two years as medical officers, or resign.
At another news conference earlier yesterday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said the government was reversing the BM pass waiver and would allow medical graduates training here now to take the SPM examination for the subject and pass before being appointed medical officers.
Both Ahmad Zahid and Dr Subramaniam said those who intended to take the BM paper for SPM would not have to sit for any other subject.