‘HMs union under threat of being closed down’


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

Compiled by Derek Yong and C. Aruno

THE National Union of Heads of Schools president Wong Sheet Fatt warned that unless laws are amended, the union is under the threat of being closed down, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Many headmasters, said Wong, were unable to rise in ranks in the union as there were provisions under the Trade Unions Act 1959 which disallowed university-educated employees from taking up a post in its national council.

“If we don’t change the law soon, we will one day be under the threat of being deregistered. This is because we will soon be out of headmasters without a university degree.

“Even teachers need a university qualification nowadays. This is a problem we can’t avoid, ” he said after attending a conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

He pointed out that the union had 998 members, of whom only 201 had no university degrees and are fast approaching retirement age.

The union, said Wong, hoped to meet Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran to discuss the issue.

“We have met him once and we hope to meet him again with our legal adviser, ” he said.

> China Press reported that an Australian tourist ended up paying S$176 (RM536) for 2kg of durian in Singapore recently.

A furious Li Jingjie wrote a letter complaining about the store in Chinatown.

“I told the owner to pick a good durian for us. He picked one and told us it weighed 2kg. I wanted to pay first but he told us to pay only after we finished eating, ” she wrote.

After her family finished eating the durian, they were told to pay S$176.

Unhappy with the price, Li got into a row with the owner.

When contacted, the durian store owner confirmed that he had an argument with a customer but claimed that he had informed her that the durians were being sold at S$88 per kg.

He said in some years when supply was low, prices could even go beyond S$100 (RM304) per kg.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.


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