Riot's rea­son for deny­ing hear­ing for MAS work­ers case wrong – DAP

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KUCHING: Sarawak DAP chair­man Chong Chieng Jen al­leges that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had used dirty tac­tics to deny the laid-off MAS work­ers a le­gal re­course to claim their right­ful en­ti­tle­ment.

He said the de­ci­sion of the Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Dato Sri Richard Riot not to re­fer their com­plaints to the In­dus­trial Re­la­tion Court (IRC) Tri­bunal on grounds of un­jus­ti­fied dis­missal was most un­ac­cept­able.

“Riot had said that the gov­ern­ment can­not do any­thing and will not re­fer the case to the In­dus­trial Re­la­tion Court as MAS is no longer in ex­is­tence, leav­ing all the 3,600 re­trenchedMAS em­ploy­ees with no le­gal re­course.

“The de­ci­sion by Riot was most un­rea­son­able and can­not be ac­cepted be­cause MAS is still un­der spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tors and not bank­rupt.

“Aside from that, MAS is also a gov­ern­ment link com­pany (GLC) and not purely a pri­vate en­tity,” he told a press con­fer­ence at DAP head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Chong, who is Ban­dar Kuching MP, said the wind­ing-up tac­tic is a very com­mon dirty tac­tic used by some ‘crooks' in the pri­vate sec­tor to cir­cum­vent the re­quire­ment of the law to prop­erly com­pen­sate their em­ploy­ees.

He said by not re­fer­ring the com­plaint of the re­trenched MAS work­ers to the In­dus­trial Court be­cause the air­line had al­ready wound-up, Riot was telling Malaysians that the gov­ern­ment it­self was adopt­ing the dirty tac­tics of some pri­vate busi­nesses to deny the em­ploy­ees of MAS from get­ting their right­ful en­ti­tle­ment.

“In other words, this gov­ern­ment is as bad and dis­hon­est as some ‘crooks' in the pri­vate sec­tor.

“I'm not say­ing all busi­nesses in the pri­vate sec­tor are bad be­cause there are also busi­ness­men who are hon­est. Although they close down their com­pany, they still pay their work­ers.

“But there are some busi­ness crooks us­ing such a tac­tic or such an ex­cuse to deny their work­ers,” he said.

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