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