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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | MYT 8:50 AM

Help Lubuk Sekinta estate workers, PM urged

PENANG Deputy Chief Minister Prof P. Ramasamy has called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step in and solve the problems faced by 29 former estate workers in Lubuk Sekinta, about 50km from Sungai Petani in Kedah.

According to a Tamil Nesan report, Prof Ramasamy said the workers, who had spent most of their lives in the estate since they were young, had been promised jobs in the estate after receiving their compensation.

But, he said, the estate management had hired foreigners to replace them.

They had been left without jobs for the past one year and now, they would have to vacate the estate’s quarters by the end of the month.

He said since talks with the estate management by the National Union of Plantation Workers were not fruitful, the union had filed a lawsuit against the management for the injustice to the estate workers.

Malaysia Nanban reported that Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said plans were afoot to make the state a global hub of university education.

At the 155th convocation of Madras University in Chennai on Saturday, she said that the higher education sector in Tamil Nadu was moving at an accelerated pace to meet the increasing demand in terms of research and development and many schemes had been implemented with this in view.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a > sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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