Seeking action: Some of the sacked contract staff posing for a photo at the Selangor labour department. — Bernama
SHAH ALAM: All 23 contract staff sacked from PKNS Holdings Sdn Bhd are seeking legal recourse against its parent company Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).
PKNS Holdings staff Dr Aliff Aiman, who was seconded to PKNS as marketing head several years ago, was among the 23 terminated and met with officials from the state labour department yesterday. He said they were told that they have a case against the state corporation.
“I really hope we get reinstated as it would be difficult to cope with the cost of living after this,” he said.
Dr Aliff said as compensation, PKNS promised the fired staff two months’ salary, which he said was “unacceptable”, adding that he received his termination notice on Tuesday morning without any justification from the senior management of PKNS Holdings.
Malaysian Trade Union Congress Abdullah Sani Abdullah Hamid, who accompanied Dr Aliff to the labour office, said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and PKNS were at fault and must do the necessary to reinstate the 23 staff.
“This is an unfair move. If they wanted to fire the staff, PKNS could have at least offered a VSS (voluntarily separation scheme),” he said.
Abdullah Sani, who is also a PKR MP for Kuala Langat, compared the immediate termination of the staff to the controversial sacking of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as PKNS board member.
“It has happened again. And when you ask Khalid, he will claim ignorance just like in the sacking of Azmin.
“That is why I say he (Khalid) should be changed,” he said.
The sacked staff are seeking legal recourse under Section 20 of the Industrial Relations Act 1967. The act protects workmen in Malaysia from unfair dismissal.
Meanwhile, PKNS public relations manager Ishak Hashim told Bernama that the service contracts of the 23 staff were terminated to avoid job duplication in the operations of the corporation.
“PKNS is of the view that there is no necessity to continue the services of the 23 officers as similar expertise and experiences are available among the permanent staff in PKNS,” he said in a statement.