Chairman can keep post, says MTUC

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  • Saturday, 02 Aug 2008

Abdul Razak retired from his job in August 2007.

PENANG MTUC chairman Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid can keep his post although he is no longer in the working industry.

MTUC secretary-general G Rajasekaran said Abdul Razak had not broken any union regulations by becoming Penang MTUC division chairman after retiring from his job in August 2007, as his union had no objections.

“Abdul Razak was nominated to MTUC by the textile and garment workers union in Seberang Prai, Penang, which is one of our 230 affiliated unions.

“He was elected by his union and sent to MTUC as a delegate, and as long as his union has no objections to him holding the chairman post after retirement, he has done nothing wrong,” he said yesterday in a telephone interview.

Rajasekaran was commenting on a complaint that Abdul Razak could not be Penang MTUC division chairman, as he had already retired in August 2007.

He said a retired person could be employed to work in the union full-time after retiring from the industry.

He also said the MTUC was not capable of attending to every complaint from the public, but if the complaints came from members of MTUC’s affiliated unions around the country, the organisation would look into the matters put forward.

“In fact, if Abdul Razak’s union still nominates him for the post again when the current term ends in 2010, MTUC can still accept him,” he said.

Abdul Razak came under fire from Deputy Chief Minister Dr P. Ramasamy for making a sweeping and irresponsible statement over the retrenched Nikko Electronic Bhd’s workers issue.

Dr Ramasamy’s special assistant M. Ramachandran said Dr Ramasamy was very upset and unhappy with Abdul Razak for alleging that he was not doing anything to help the affected workers in times of need.

“Abdul Razak should check his facts before making any damaging statement. In fact, Dr Ramasamy had instructed me to look into the matter as he was away in London at that time.

“We are in constant contact with the workers who need our help. Most of the workers are in Parit Buntar and Kulim and only about 300 of the 948 are in Penang.

“We helped them file claims for wages at the Labour Office in Butterworth and we have also met the office’s senior staff for discussion over the matter,” he added.

Abdul Razak had criticised the state government, especially Dr Ramasamy, for letting down the laid-off workers.

He also claimed that none of the exco members had brought up the issue in the recent state assembly sitting.

To this, Ramachandaran produced a copy of Dr Ramasamy’s speech on the matter in his winding up speech during the state assembly.

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