URGENT APPEAL : RESTORE WATER TO EX-ESTATE WORKERS! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 December 2011

URGENT APPEAL

 

 

RESTORE WATER TO EX-ESTATE WORKERS !

G – TEAM HAS NO IMMUNITY TO CUT WATER SUPPLY TO ESTATE WORKERS

 

 

 

Since 21st. November 2011, water supply to fourteen ex-workers in Ladang Tumbuk, Tanjung Sepat, Selangor has been disconnected after G-Team refused to settle outstanding water bill to workers of Ladang Tumbuk.

 

G-Team took over from Maika Holdings which belonged to MIC. Then in 2006, Maiko Holdings signed an agreement with the National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW) where they promised to build low cost houses and that workers will be allowed to stay in their quarters until the houses are built. The houses are to be built in 2008 and should have been completed by now. Today the promise of the house has yet to be built while G-Team plans to sell the land piece by piece for profits.

 

Then in 2010, Maika Holdings was taken over by G-Team which belongs to billionaire Tan Sri Ganalingam. G-Team then started to force the Ladang Tumbuk Estate workers to take RM 25,000 each but refuse to built houses. Workers were threatened to take the money and they have lodged police report on this. Now currently 12 workers who refused to take the money are facing a new eviction threat when G-Team by disconnected the water supply in order to force the workers to leave the estate.

 

The Human Resource Department tried to ask G-Team to reconnect the water but they have refused to do so and instead want the workers to remove caveats that they have put on the land.  It is illegal to disconnect water supply to ex-workers when the issue of housing is yet to be settled. The current practice is the plantation owners have to supply basic amenities until the housing issues are resolved. This has been the practice till now and until the issue of relocation is settled , the status quo has to be maintained. Here it seems that G-Team has an immunity not to reconnect water and the Human Resource Department seems unable to force them to do so. It looks like G-Team seems to have special immunity to cut water supply. If this is allowed, then G-Team will the first plantation owner given the privilege to cut water supply when housing issues of ex-plantation workers are not solved.

 

The G-Team representatives at the meeting held in Klang Labour Office yesterday (6-12-2011) said that they can settle the money but refuse to do so. The representatives also warned and threatened estate workers who refuse to accept his terms including members of JERIT who attended the meeting. The gangster style attitude has made negotiation difficult and basic rights denied.

 

The former estate workers who toiled for Maika Hoildings now have to live without water supply after they were earlier cheated when houses promised were not built. For Ganalingam, it won’t take him much to pay the outstanding bills but will he do so or will he punish the workers by not supplying water.

 

By JERIT Secretariat

 

 

Urgent action needed:
 
Please write protest letters to the Minister of Human Resource, Labour Department  and  MIC President   to express your objection on the denial of water supply  in Ladang Tumbuk  Please also demand tthem to immediately reconnect water supply to the Ladang Tumbuk resident as it their basic right. Please send us a cc copy. 

Please call and send your protest letters to:

 

  1. YB Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam

Menteri Sumber Manusia

Kementerian Sumber Manusia

Y.B. Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam

Menteri Sumber Manusia                                            
Aras 6-9, Blok D3, Parcel D,                                 

Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 
62530, Putrajaya.                                                                         

 Faks : 03-88892402 

E-mel:

 

 

 

  1. Pengarah

Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia,
Kementerian Sumber Manusia,
Aras 5, Blok D3, Kompleks D,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
62530, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Telefon: 03-88865000
Faks: 03-88892368
E-Mel: 

 

 

 

  1.  Datuk G. Palanivel

Presiden MIC

Headquarters, 6 th floor,
Menara Manicavasagam
No.1 , Jalan Rahmat,
50350 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:03-4042 4377 / 4042 4540

Faks: 03- 4042 7236

E-Mail:

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Letter

 

 

Kepada,

YB Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam

Menteri Sumber Manusia

Kementerian Sumber Manusia

Y.B. Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam

Menteri Sumber Manusia                                            
Aras 6-9, Blok D3, Parcel D,                                 

Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 
62530, Putrajaya.                                                                         

 

YB Datuk,                                                     

 

HENTIKAN TINDAKAN G-TEAM MEMBULI PENDUDUK LADANG TUMBUK

SAMBUNG BEKALAN AIR DENGAN SEGERA

 

Dengan ini kami merujuk kepada perkara di atas.

Kami daripada ........................................(Organisasi)  memandang serius tindakan pihak G-Team yang telah memotong bekalan air di Ladang Tumbuk, Tanjung Sepat, Selangor. Tindakan memotong air yang merupakan satu keperluaan asas dan adalah satu jenayah dan taktik kotor untuk mengusuir penduduk keluar dari ladang tersebut secara paksa.

Untuk makluman Y.B Datuk, Ladang Tumbuk ini telah diambil alih oleh G-Team daripada Maika Holdings pada tahun 2008. Pada tahun 2006, Maika Holding telah menandatangani satu perjanjian dengan NUPW bahawa rumah kos rendah akan dibina untuk pekerja di ladang ini. Rumah tersebut sepatutnya siap pada tahun 2008 tetapi malangnya perjanjian itu tidak dilaksanakan. Oleh itu, para penduduk kini terpaksa berjuang untuk hak perumahan mereka.

Kini G-Team hanya mahu mengusir penduduk keluar dari ladang tanpa menyelesaikan masalah perumahan mereka. Beberapa rundingan telah diadakan tetapi ianya menemui jalan buntu. Jadi kini G-Team menggunakan taktik kotor dengan memotong bekalan air supaya penduduk terpaksa keluar.

Untuk makluman Y.B Datuk juga, satu rundingan mengenai perkara ini telah diadakan di Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Klang pada 6/12/2011. Nampaknya, Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Klang juga gagal menyelesaikan masalah ini kerana wakil G-Team meletakkan banyak syarat dan terus berdegil.

Amalan sehingga kini adalah semua pemilik ladang perlu mengekalkan kemudahan asas sehingga isu perumahan pekerja diselesaikan. Ini telah berlaku di semua ladang lain. Tetapi G-team tidak mahu berbuat demikian dan Jabatan Tenaga Kerja tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa seolah-olah G-Team mempunyai sesuatu keistimewaan. Mengapa wujud pilihkasih ini ? Adakah G-Team dilindungi oleh sesiapa?

Oleh itu, kami mahu YB Datuk untuk campurtangan dan menyelesaikan masalah air ini dengan segera. Kami mahu penduduk Ladang Tumbuk diberikan bekalan air dan G-Team harus menghentikan tindakan membuli penduduk tersebut.

HENTIKANA ISU AIR DENGAN SERTA MERTA

 

Yang ikhlas,

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