Tuesday January 29, 2013
Pilots in Sarawak, Sabah claim airline prejudiced in recruitment
By KERNI PUAH
KUCHING: Alleged lopsided recruitment procedure by an airline company is said to have deprived a sizeable number of qualified pilots from Sarawak and Sabah of job opportunity.
The pilots and their parents are said to be deeply disappointed with the manner the airline conduct its recruitment exercise as well as selection of suitable applicants.
According to sources, the airline would always give priority to applicants from Peninsular Malaysia.
“Even if the jobs available are more appropriately taken up by applicants from either Sarawak or Sabah because they concern servicing the routes within the two states, they would still be given to applicants from the peninsula,” the source, who requested not to be named, added.
The source, in exposing this yesterday, said the Government needed to know this because those pilots from both states had been deprived of the job opportunities in their homeland.
They claimed the vacancies were never advertised in the media and that the interviewees (applicants) were those called up by the officer in-charge to attend the interview.
“By right those jobs should be given to Sabahans and Sarawakians especially in Sarawak where those from Peninsular Malaysia are required to obtain work permits in order to work,” he said.
According to the source, to date they are no fewer than 40 qualified pilots from the two states who remained unemployed.
“Their parents are angry because they have spent so much money to send them to flying schools. Some (of the parents) even withdrew their life savings while others took study loans or even mortgaged their properties to finance their children’s education,” the source said.
The source then urged the Govern-ment to seriously look into the matter so as not to continually deprive qualified pilots from Sarawak and Sabah of the jobs they deserved.