Stop the feuding, focus on challenges ahead, MTUC told

  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Jan 2003


PETALING JAYA: An affiliate union of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) wants the feuding leaders of the umbrella body to bury their hatchets and concentrate on countering the current challenges faced by the nation’s workforce. 

The National Union of Newspaper Workers (NUNW) said in a statement yesterday that both MTUC president Zainal Rampak and his deputy Mohd Shafie BP Mammal, who were currently involved in a power struggle, should settle the issue amicably and in private and not turn it into an organisational crisis. 

(Both Zainal and Mohd Shafie had brokered a private agreement prior to the congress' triennial delegates conference earlier this year, which stipulated that the president would make way for his deputy at the end of 2002 in exchange for the latter not contesting against him.) 

NUNW general-secretary R. Chandrasekaran said the agreement between the two, which was in the form of a press statement signed by both, was a tactical move hatched “in the heat of the election campaign” to ensure that Zainal and his team won. 

He added that the MTUC general council and executive committee did not endorse it. 

“Everybody knew that it was an election ploy for Zainal and his team to gain control of the MTUC from the very beginning and that is why Rajasekaran (congress secretary-general G. Rajasekaran) and his team had then vehemently opposed the arrangement as being invalid,” added Chandrasekaran.  

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