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MTUC unclear over cause of suspension; to meet RoS Thursday

Abdul Halim Mansor

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – December 23, 2019: After being in a limbo over its sudden suspension for days, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress finally received today received the official letter from the Registrar of Societies.

The RoS, however, has yet to disclose any detail on MTUC’s alleged malpractices which prompted the suspension as the letter was a one-liner notice for a meeting on Thursday.

“They (RoS) want to meet us at 10am at their Selangor office on Dec 26.  It’s a normal meeting notice. No explanation whatsoever.” said MTUC president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor.

The RoS, which is the government’s association regulatory body, had two days ago confirmed MTUC’s suspension which was rumoured since early last week after a picture of its notice, dated December 18, had gone viral in social media.

In its statement, the RoS stated that it had received complaints on July 2 alleging poor management of MTUC, adding that the suspension was to stop those managing MTUC from continuing to violate the rules.

“Until now we have no idea what was our alleged wrongdoing. We have not even received any show-cause letter from the RoS,” Halim said.

MTUC had submitted several documents to the RoS in October, following the July complaint.

“We sent everything to them for scrutiny. There was no reply — until the Dec. 18 notice of suspension. We are puzzled and worried because the MTUC is an umbrella representing every single worker in the country.

“We have representatives in KWSP (Employees’ Provident Fund), Socso (Social Security Organisation) and the National Wages Consultative Council. To do something that can make us defunct will jeopardise the workers,” argued Halim.

MTUC was involved in a dispute with a group known as the Labour Law Reform Coalition that was claimed to have earned the support from Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran to help draft a parliamentary bill to amend Malaysia’s labour laws.

They were trading barbs because the bill was prepared and approved to be sent to parliament without MTUC’s knowledge and inputs.

“I don’t know if this is the cause of the whole suspension controversy but our dissatisfaction on how the bill was prepared was logical given that MUTC is the official representative of Malaysian workers,” said Halim.

The bill was passed by the senate on December 10.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.