MALACCA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam turned troubleshooter yesterday after learning that 478 workers in a rubber glove factory were shut out of the premises.
Eleven of the workers, who met him at his office to seek help, saw Mohd Ali spring into action after hearing about their plight.
Mohd Ali picked up the telephone to make two calls; one to the exco member for industry, science and technology Datuk Ahmad Hamzah and the other to state immigration department director Zainudin Abd Hadi.
He instructed Ahmad to get the Labour Department to help the workers get their retrenchment benefits and told Zainudin to impound the passports of the factory owners to prevent them from leaving the country.
The workers reported for work at the Super Latex Sdn Bhd factory but were told by a new group of watchmen that the factory premises were closed.
Mohd Ali also asked Zainudin to look into the plight of 222 foreign workers – from Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia - who were made jobless.
The workers’ representative Rusli Daud, 51, said they were given a three-day notice by their employer on June 9.
He said the workers did not receive any retrenchment benefits and they came to know of the factory closure yesterday when they read a notice, signed by factory managing director Tan Kok Yong.
Mohd Ali also got a short briefing from deputy state human resources director Zainal Abidin Zainudin on the workers’ plight.
Zainal Abidin said he met the factory management after receiving complaints from the workers a few days ago.
He informed Mohd Ali of the factory management’s claim of financial problems and that it did not give the workers the stipulated one-month notice.
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