KUALA LUMPUR: Incumbent MTUC president Mohd Khalid Atan managed to retain his post at the triennial delegates conference on Sunday.
The deputy’s post was won by PKR’s Kuala Langat MP, Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.
Mohd Khalid received 297 votes to beat incumbent secretary-general Abdul Halim Mansor who garnered 173 votes.
The race for the deputy president’s post saw a three-cornered fight with Abdullah Sani walking away with 213 votes.
In 2010, Abdullah Sani failed in his bid to become the MTUC secretary-general.
Speaking to reporters, Abdullah Sani said his first course of action would be to form a parliamentary bipartisan research committee to discuss workers’ issues.
“I will visit all the states to listen to the problems before submitting them to this committee so that they can be debated in Parliament,” he said, adding that the issues include minimum wage, foreign labour and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on trade liberalisation.
Mohd Khalid said MTUC was facing a challenging road ahead.
“We have to work together to improve MTUC, and focus on unity and solidarity among ourselves,” he said.
A total of 473 delegates participated in the vote for the new leadership that will serve from 2014 to 2016.
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