The government should reserve jobs for minorities

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 June, 2003, 12:00am

I appreciate the articles that Ravina Shamdasani wrote regarding South Asians in Hong Kong. I am not surprised about the unemployment situation ('40pc of South Asians without work', June 9).

I believe that the Hong Kong government is not doing enough for minorities. The government itself has shut all doors to the civil service for minorities, as mandatory Chinese (written and spoken) has been required for all applicants after 1997.

Just before 1997, Chinese (written and spoken) was not a requirement. All those who did not learn Chinese and found it was too late to start (those who were in secondary school or above in 1997) never could apply for a civil service job.

All were ignored by the government without any advance notice or warning.

It would be best for the government to reserve some vacancies for the minorities and set an example for Hong Kong's private sector.

A marketing manager myself, I want to speak out about the unpleasant situation faced by South Asians in Hong Kong, but like everyone else I do not know where to do so.

RAJINDER SINGH, Eastern District