Shafie agrees to meet, Zainal yet to respond


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 04 Jan 2003

BY SUSAN TAM

PETALING JAYA: The first step towards resolving the leadership crisis in MTUC has been made possible with its deputy president Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal accepting Cuepac's invitation to a dialogue on Monday. 

MTUC president Senator Zainal Rampak who is yet to make an official response, is said to be reluctant.  

According to his close aides, he prefers to meet Shafie personally. 

Shafie said the dialogue would pave the way to create greater confidence in the leadership of the union and avoid all misgivings, fears and reservations expressed in the media recently. 

“I have received numerous pledges of support and appeals for the matter to be settled amicably and hope to have a fruitful dialogue to resolve this issue,” he said in a statement yesterday. 

He was responding to Cuepacs president Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam's call for a meeting on Monday among Zainal, Shafie, secretary-general G. Rajasekaran and Cuepacs officials.  

Shafie and Zainal are locked in a dispute over the latter’s decision not to honour a pact he made with his deputy to step down and hand over power this year. 

The pact, which was made in February last year before the triennial delegates elections, was for Zainal to hand over his post to Shafie in return for the latter not contesting against him in the elections. 

Zainal could not be reached for comment.  

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