13th GE - MANIFEST WORKER’S RIGHT NOT MONEY-FEST POLITICIAN TOLD PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2013

Malaysian Workers’ Manifesto was launched today in the presence of the workers and political parties’ representatives.

 

What is so special about it .. well it’s the first kind of it in this decade with the uprising of the proletariat’s struggle in Malaysia.  Jaringan Pekerja Malaysia (JPM) successfully compiled the labours ’demands into a manifesto in the event of upcoming 13th General Election.

 

 

Some did ask, political parties already have their manifestos then why wasting time with another one”. The answer is the people are tired with all the empty promises and sweet talk by the seasonal politician who merely wanted votes. Going by true democracy, the people has all the right to demand their needs fulfilled. So it’s time for the politician listen to the people and not the other way round.

 

 

 

In a nutshell, the manifesto comprises these 5 main points;

1.       Assurance of basic salary of RM1500.

2.       Assurance of Worker’s basic rights affirmation

3.       Assurance of Social Security Protection

4.       Assurance of workers ‘ health and safety

5.       Assurance of workers’ welfare.

A short review on the content of manifesto was done in forum-like setting with 4 speakers. Every speaker applauded the manifesto and shared their experiences. Among interesting lines are

 

the majority in this country are workers and we are the voters too so it’s our right to decide on our lives and it’s NOT the 1%, says Arul ; grassroot activist.

 

The ruling government should be labour friendly, however it’s not for past 50 years  and expecting it to change  overnight  is ridiculous’ says Sivananthan from National Union of Drink Industries.

 

The workers deserve more than what in this Manifesto, nevertheless this is a good start – Dr Jeyakumar. 

 

The launch event includes of submitting the Manifesto to the political parties’ representatives who are present to endorse it. Despite having all the Barisan National and Pakatan Rakyat invited, only few of them turned up. YB. Sivanesan from DAP, Dr Nasir Hashim – PSM and Rohana Ariffin from PRM came to collect the Manifesto. 

 

The event came to end with press conference and light refreshment.  

 

‘ WORKERS ARE THE POWER OF CHANGE’

Share |
Joomla Templates and Joomla Web Sites
link