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Abdullah’s first priority on
his return from “honeymoon”-cum-official visit to Russia, Bosnia and
Herzegovina and Italy should be to meet MTUC leaders and initiate tripartite
dialogue on MTUC demands for minimum wage and Cola to avert large-scale
(Parliament, Wednesday): I have today given notice to the Speaker, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah for an urgent parliamentary debate on the demand for minimum wage and cost of living (Cola) for private-sector workers in a motion of urgent definite importance on Monday.
This is the motion I will move on Monday:
I am shocked to learn from the MTUC President, Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud that in his 44 months as Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had not had any single meeting with the MTUC leaders despite repeated MTUC requests for such a dialogue.
I can understand the depth of disenchantment of the MTUC leaders with Fong Chan Onn as the capability, influence and even seriousness of the Human Resources Minister come under grave question when he is unable to arrange even a single meeting between the Prime Minister and the MTUC leaders in 44 months.
Abdullah’s failure to meet with the MTUC leaders even for once in 44 months also casts an adverse reflection on the Prime Minister’s inclinations and sympathies, as a pro-labour Prime Minister would have had several meetings with MTUC leaders already in the 3 years and 8 months that Abdullah had been Prime Minister.
This is a great failing in Abdullah’s 3 year 8 month premiership which he should rectify immediately.
For this reason, Abdullah’s first priority on his return from “honeymoon”-cum-official visit to Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy should be two-fold:
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman