Cuepacs hit with cheating allegations as MTUC awaits lift of suspension

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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: After the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) had its suspension lifted by the Registrar of Societies (ROS), another union, Cuepacs, which represents over one million civil servants, may see itself in for some controversy.

Its former financial secretary Razali Singah is expected to hold a press conference today concerning a police report lodged in Shah Alam.

The report outlined claims of cheating and contravention of rules during the recent union elections, as well as a complaint letter to the Selangor Trade Union Affairs Department.

An email was issued to the media to attend a press conference on the issue at Universiti Putra Malaysia, which was confirmed by Razali when contacted.

Earlier, in a statement, MTUC said ROS had lifted its temporary suspension of the union imposed on Dec 19.

According to MTUC, the suspension was lifted because ROS was satisfied with MTUC’s explanation on several issues that were raised based on complaints lodged by “certain disgruntled individuals”.

ROS had suspended MTUC after it received complaints last July that MTUC was not being managed properly.

“In a letter to MTUC received on Tuesday, ROS also informed us that it would not take any action to deregister MTUC,” said MTUC in a joint statement issued by president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor and secretary-general J. Solomon yesterday.

In the letter, ROS also instructed MTUC to issue relevant notifications as soon as possible to organise the MTUC triennial delegates conference (TDC) in accordance with MTUC’s constitution.

“ROS said it will monitor MTUC, especially in ensuring that the conference is held in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed in the MTUC constitution,” the MTUC statement said.

Abdul Halim and Solomon said the MTUC leadership had already called for a special general council meeting on Feb 2 in order to hold the TDC.

At this meeting, they added, the council would decide on all relevant matters and preparations pertaining to the TDC, in accordance with the rules of MTUC’s constitution.

They also called on all MTUC members to fully support the leadership in the coming weeks to ensure that the TDC was held in the true spirit of democracy and integrity.

“The MTUC elections held at the TDC must strengthen and reinforce our organisation’s credibility in the eyes of the workers and the rakyat.

“The MTUC leadership will undertake all measures necessary for TDC to be held with full transparency and integrity. The ROS’ desire to play a role towards this end is acknowledged and appreciated,” the statement said.

Abdul Halim and Solomon said they were pleased that the ROS had made its decision “speedily in the interest of workers and trade unions in the country”.

They also said the decision by ROS to revoke the suspension and not take any action to deregister MTUC proved that MTUC had carried out its functions responsibly and was able to satisfactorily reply to queries by ROS.

Bernama reported an ROS source confirming that it had sent the letter on the lifting of the suspension to the union.

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