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Apple Daily: Not good that so many want to be civil servants

2013/07/09 16:41:36

A total of 146,209 people registered for this year's junior and senior civil servant examinations, with an acceptance rate of 3,542, or 2.42 percent.

Among them, 65,632 registered for senior positions, including 315 PhD holders and 17,701 master holders, with an acceptance rate of 4.83 percent.

So many people taking part in the civil servant exams is not a good sign. In a mature modern democracy, the top-notch people go to enterprises, while the second and third-tier people enter the government.

People in the private sector are different from those in the government in nature of the subculture. The former requires innovation, ambition, efficiency and daring to venture and acceptance of the rigorous tests of the market, while the latter acts gingerly and cautiously to avoid making mistakes and affecting their lucrative retirement benefits.

Civil servants are afraid to be innovative and venturous. The work ethics of civil servants in Taiwan can be encapsulated in "the more done the more errors and the less done the fewer errors."

So the enthusiasm to enter the sector reflects several things.

First and foremost, the economy is really bad, and the unemployment rate is serious, so that people want to seek stable jobs. It also shows that the younger generation has lost the spirit of innovation and ambition to achieve something.

Furthermore, it shows that most young people don't want to enter productive sectors, but would prefer to hide behind the walls of government buildings to live uneventful lives, which is detrimental to economic development.

The enthusiasm for the public sector also shows that civil service positions are quite secure, and have little risk of being sacked, which further implies that political parties have formulated such a system to offer generous protection to civil servants, which we believe is another way of vote-buying in elections.

This also shows that the benefits for civil servants have far surpassed those in the industrial, agricultural and labor sectors, which tends to create class confrontation and leads to social injustice. (Editorial abstract --- July 9, 2013)

(By Lilian Wu)