DAP rebukes ‘flawed, racially charged’ job discrimination study


DAP’s parliamentary research office has refuted the Centre for Governance and Political Study (CENT-GPS) recent study on racial discrimination in the job market, saying it is used to further racially charged political agendas.

DAP said in a statement yesterday that the methodological flaws include the small sample size of the study and lack of transparency on how the total of seven résumés were sent out to any private firms.

“By just using a handful of résumés to check on multiple factors, there is very little confidence that any one factor can have a significant influence on callback rates,” the statement read.

“While it is understandable that the report would not want to publish the full names of each of the companies involved, it is still expected for them to provide demographic details of the companies involved (ie size of company, ownership, job scope, type of business, etc).”

DAP also called the lack of transparency as problematic, as it is difficult to tell what are the inherent biases or issues from the list of employers.

“We do agree that there is a problem of racism with employment of Malaysia, as noted in the quoted report by Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid and Dr Lee Hwok Aun, and addressing these issues is important for the country as we move forward,” DAP said, adding that CENT-GPS studies need to be critically interrogated.

“It appears to be that the basis of this report is to reinforce stereotypical views of different ethnic groups and to further racially charged political agendas.

“Dishonest studies like these do little to actually improve the current situation but instead pander to societal fears and further worsen inter-race relations,” it added.

Last week, CENT-GPS said its study revealed that employers in the private sector still prefer to hire based on racial lines, with Chinese female getting more callbacks for interviews while Malay and Indian jobseekers are likely to face discrimination. — TMR