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Posted: 20 Oct 2011 10:04 PM PDT
Posted: 20 Oct 2011 03:42 AM PDT
Source: Guang Ming
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Posted: 19 Oct 2011 11:57 PM PDT
Source: The Malaysian Insider
October 10, 2011
OCT 10 — The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) would like the government to suspend the progress of the amendments to the Employment Act 1955, though it does seem as though the government has disregarded the voice of the trade union movement in the country, as represented by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).
When the amendments were debated in Parliament, it was clear as to who among the wakil rakyats properly understood the matter or really cared about the interest of workers.
The matter of facilitating the further development of labour contractors will result in a loss of security of tenured workers, the depression of wages, dismantling of trade union rights, and will consign the position of workers in the country and place workers similar to chattel.
This will give the licence to employers to abuse workers. Though some Members of Parliament (MPs) argued that such abuse is rampant, it will have to be recognised that we cannot establish a system that will allow for such abuses. It is a case of institutionalising a system that caters towards abuse of workers.
NUBE would like to congratulate the Members of Parliament who argued on behalf of workers, YBs such as Charles Santiago, R. Sivarasa, Khairy Jamaluddin, Abdullah Sani, Chong Eng, and Khalid Abdul Samad. Clearly, they have the interest of workers at heart and in doing so, they are arguing for a system where labour and capital can exist with respect for each other.
It was very distressing to hear Datuk Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, the wakil rakyat for Pasir Salak, where he argued that foreign workers should not be allowed to join unions and participate in their activities.
YB Datuk Haji Tajuddin would do well to remember that the denial of trade union or basic human rights to any individual or any party is a threat to trade union and human rights for everyone else. Seeking the containment of trade union activity is an anti-union act.
It is a real concern as the YB from Pasir Salak is involved as part of the management of government-linked companies (GLCs) in the country. If this is the position of GLCs, the GLCs are taking a position against the rakyat, who really own the GLCs.
The Minister of Human Resources Datuk S. Subramaniam stated in Parliament during the debate that without employers there will be no trade unions. The Honorable Minister should recognise that without the rakyat, there will be no employers and no government, for that matter. The people and the interest of the people have to come before anything else.
It does not have to be done to the exclusion of investment, but this is a case of abusing workers to benefit employers. The interest of the vast majority of Malaysians has taken second place to the interest of a small group of people.
These amendments will have the effect of making the Malaysian employment landscape to be one of slave owners and slaves. NUBE will mobilise its resources to continue to oppose such draconian moves to abuse Malaysian workers.
* J Solomon is general secretary of the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE
Posted: 19 Oct 2011 11:48 PM PDT
Source: The Sundaily
Posted on 20 October 2011 – 05:26am
Last updated on 20 October 2011 – 09:27am
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19, 2011): The government must tread with caution with regards to the ongoing negotiations with the European Union (EU) on the Free Trade Agreement, said Klang MP Charles Santiago (pix).
Talks, which started yesterday, is the fifth round of negotiations to date.
Charles, who has in the past served as Expert Consultant for the European Commission, Brussels, said Malaysia needs to reject all pressure from the EU in order to protect its regulatory space and sovereignty.
He said one of the most worrying specific terms of the FTA is the investment chapter that the EU wants Malaysia to adopt.
"The purpose of the investment chapter is to ensure that the interests of investors are protected,” said Charles who is also director of Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN), a Malaysian based NGO think-tank.
Speaking to reporters at Parliament today, he said: "The investment chapter, specifically contains provisions that allow investors to sue governments directly.”
Most importantly, the state-investor dispute mechanism allows investors to by-pass the domestic legal system and sue government before international arbitration panels if it perceives that state policies jeapordise company profits, said Charles.
"If Malaysia agrees to the chapter, it will put national sovereignty at stake and render Parliament useless.
"Here in Parliament, we are making laws in the best interests of the nation. But these laws can be over-turned by an international arbitration panel if judged as detrimental to investors," he said.
Citing a case last year, Charles said tobacco giant Philip Morris filed a request for arbitration against Uruguay with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
He said the company argued that tobacco regulations enacted by Uruguay violated several provisions of the Switzerland-Uruguay bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
Charles said Philip Morris is challenging three provisions of Uruguay's tobacco regulations.
"Clearly, Philip Morris is critical of the health policy of the Uruguayan government as it will impact on its profits," he added.
He said Malaysia could learn from countries like Australia, that opposes greater rights for foreign companies and inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.
Posted: 19 Oct 2011 11:44 PM PDT
Source: Malaysia Chronicle
MALAYSIA – The government has yet to make a final decision on the proposal to build a nuclear power plant in the country, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.
He told the house during question time that various studies need to be carried out to look into the ability and readiness of the country to manage a nuclear plant.
“My ministry invited several consultants in July to get advice on implementing public education and awareness programmes. But based on the government’s advice, the programme was not carried out,” he said in reply to a question from Charles Santiago (DAP-Klang).
Chin said the ministry had suggested that such programmes be carried out early and continually to find out if Malaysians wanted nuclear power.
Posted: 19 Oct 2011 11:40 PM PDT
Posted: 19 Oct 2011 11:30 PM PDT
Source: The Star
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