Zainal agrees to Cuepacs meeting


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003

BY K. SAITHURUKA

KUALA LUMPUR: MTUC president Senator Zainal Rampak has agreed to a dialogue proposed by Cuepacs president Datuk S. Siva Subramaniam to help solve the leadership crisis but wants it to be held on another date as “I have things to do on Monday (tomorrow).” 

The proposed meeting was to be attended by Siva Subramaniam, MTUC deputy president Mohamed Shafie B.P. Mammal, MTUC secretary-general G. Rajasekaran and Cuepacs secretary-general Abdul Rahman Manan. 

“Datuk Siva approached me and I agreed to the meeting. But I told him to give me some time and that I needed another date because I have things to do on Monday,” Zainal said yesterday. 

He said he had also told Siva Subramaniam to “let the dust settle down and let everyone cool down” first. 

Zainal and Shafie are locked in a dispute over the former's decision not to honour a pact he made to step down and hand over power to his deputy.  

The pact, 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. 

Zainal said there was no hurry to hold the dialogue, stressing that issues affecting workers were more important. 

He said the new date for the meeting could be anytime soon. 

On reports that factions aligned to him and Shafie may go to court on the issue of whether the pact was indeed an MoU or just a press statement jointly signed by the duo, Zainal refused to comment, saying he was not aware of the matter. 

On whether he would agree to give up the post to Shafie during the proposed meeting, Zainal said he would attend the dialogue with an open mind. 

“I don’t want to speculate on what will happen,” he added.  

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