Friday, 09 December 2011

JERIT would like to express its disappointment over the statement made by the Human Resource Minister during an interview session with FMT - Minimum wage to be more than RM740,  Teoh El Sen | December 7, 2011. According to the Minister the National Wage Advisory Council (NWAC) is at its final stage of deliberating the quantum of the wage which could range between RM740 to RM1100.  The Minister also said the NWAC is currently studying the rate and coverage of minimum wage according to sector, job type, area and territory.


JERIT, after looking at the statement by the Minister, is worried that the minimum wage will be fixed slightly above poverty line and only few sectors will get the maximum of RM1100. JERIT and the trade unions have been demanding for RM1500 due to the increase in cost of living and other factors.  Any wage below that quantum is not going to ease the burden of the workers who have been contributing to the economy of the nation.  With the annoucement, JERIT forsee the workers in rural areas, certain sectors in  states like Kedah or Perlis will earn lesser. 


The Minister may have forgotten that these workers too have school going  children, have to pay the same price for basic necessities like rice, chicken, sugar, petrol, school fee and etc. This is why a minimum wage of RM1500 for all workers without any form of discrimination is crucial.


The Minister further said that the World Bank and other studies has cautioned that any figure above RM1,200 could have some challenging impacts on our economy like inflation. If this is true, then why the government has decided a pay hike between 7-13% for civil servants from January 2012. This hike is also meant for high-ranking officers in the civil service.  While JERIT welcomes the pay hike for low waged civil servants, there should not be double standard because the workers in the private sector are more vulnerable and earning much lower and they are the majority forming almost 11 million labour force in the country.


JERIT believes that the Ministry of Human Resorce is not sincere in providing a decent living minimum wage to the workers. It is expected that the government is going to announce the minimum wage by the end of year just as a poitical gimmick and its propaganda for the up-coming general election.  The previous wage council has proven that it has no bite and can never enforce the employers to pay minimum wage like what happened to the security guards. History is going to repeat itself.


If the BN Government is really sincere, then it should listen to the cries of the majority workers (and not World Bank) and use its political will to implement minimum wage of RM1500.

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Friday, 09 December 2011









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:


Last Updated ( Friday, 09 December 2011 )
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Jika ia diteruskan di dewan negara, maka pekerja akan turun ke jalan raya untuk membantah tindakan kerajaan yang degil tidak mahu mendengar suara pekerja di Malaysia.
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Malaysia pada masa kini sedang menjalankan rundingan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas (FTA) dengan Amerika Syarikat melalui Perjanjian Kerjasama Trans Pasifik (TPPA). Perjanjian FTA mempunyai klausa-klausa yang akan memberikan manfaat kepada syarikat –syarikat farmasi negara maju seperti Amerika dan Eropah dimana hakmilik paten sesebuah ubat akan dilanjutkan . Maka ubat –ubat generik yang banyak dihasilkan oleh kilang-kilang farmasi tempatan akan dihalang.



Rakyat biasa akan hilang peluang memperolehi ubat dengan harga yang rendah . Harga ubat akan melambung naik! Bagi memberi kesedaran kepada rakyat, satu risalah telah dihasilkan dan diedarkan di hospital-hospital.

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