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TJ MK Sun: Hampir 2,000 Pekerja Dibuang ..; Piket MTUC Diteruskan
6/5/2001 3:37 am Sun
HAMPIR 2,000 PEKERJA DIBUANG SETIAP MINGGU
The Sun melapurkan antara 1,000 hingga 2,000 pekerja terbuang
setiap minggu berikutan kemelesetan ekonomi Amerika.
Menteri Buruh dan Sumber Manusia, Fong Chan Onn menyatakan
kebanyakan pekerja itu sudah mendapat kerja lain. Fong juga
menyebut ada 46,000 jawatan kosong dalam sektor perkilangan.
Namun bilangan angka untuk kekosongan jawatan para jurutera
tidak dinyatakan pula.
MTUC mengatakan lebih 90,000 akan kehilangan kerja. Sektor
elektronik menyumbang lebih 50% ekspot negara di mana Amerika
adalah rakan dagang terbesar Malaysia. Permintaan negara itu
terhadapan barangan Malaysia telah menolong Malaysia pulih
semasa krisis ekonomi 1997-98 tetapi kelembapan ekonomi A.S.
ketika ini dijangka akan menggugat Malaysia.
Beberapa ribu pekerja sudahpun dibuang tahun ini dan bilangan
itu dijangka akan bertambah lagi.
MTUC: PIKET DITERUSKAN
The Sun juga melapurkan MTUC akan meneruskan piketnya terhadap
KWSP selepas menolak tawaran Fong. Fong kelihatan letih dan penat
selepas mesyuarat selama 90 minit dengan wakil MTUC itu. Beliau
hanya mampu menyelesaikan satu tuntutan sahaja di dalam enam isu
yang dikemukakan oleh MTUC yang mewakili 550,000 pekerja itu.
Fong akan mencadangkan satu formula yang sesuai kepada cadangan
MTUC agar skum anuiti KWSP digantung dan skim khairat kematian
serta faedah hilang upaya hidupkan semula.
Antara isu yang tidak dapat diselesaikan adalah
-Terjemahan Ringkas Man Kubur-
Malaysia Minister Says Up To 2,000 Workers Laid Off Wkly
KUALA LUMPUR (AP)--The government says between 1,000 and
2,000 workers are being laid off weekly due to an
economic slowdown caused by shrinking demand from the
U.S., a news report said Saturday.
The Sun daily cited Human Resources Minister Fong Chan
Onn as saying that most of the laid off workers have
found other jobs.
The ministry's officials couldn't be reached for comment
Saturday as government offices were closed for the
The Sun quoted Fong as saying that there were about
46,000 vacancies in the manufacturing sector. He also
said electronic companies had vacancies for positions
such as engineers but didn't give any figures.
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress says that more than
90,000 Malaysians will soon lose their jobs in the
electronics sector due the slowdown in the U.S., the
nation's largest trading partner.
Electronics goods comprise more than 50% of Malaysia's
The U.S. appetite for Malaysia's exports of electronics
goods helped Malaysia recover from the 1997-98 Asian
financial crisis, but the slowing U.S. economy is
expected to crimp Malaysian growth this year.
Government officials say several thousand workers have
already been laid off from factories and the figure is
expected to increase.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires 05-05-01
By K. Ravindran
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs: The MTUC will go ahead and picket
against the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) after rejecting a
last-ditch effort by Human Resources Minister Datuk Fong Chan
Onn. While Fong vowed to continue efforts to avert the May 12
action that will coincide with Workers' Day celebrations to be
attended by Asean labour ministers, the MTUC says there will be
no more talks.
However, the congress accepted a proposal made by Fong -
that workers need not use Form 17A to keep their EPF
contribution at 11%. Instead, employers can submit a group
consent by employees. The government, in a move to encourage
spending and boost a slowing economy, had reduced the
employees' contribution to 9% for a year from April 1.
A weary-looking Fong told reporters after a 90-minute meeting
with MTUC leaders today that he could resolve only one of the
six issues irking the 550,000-strong private sector labour centre.
He said he will propose a suitable formula to MTUC's proposal to
suspend the EPF annuity scheme and restore the death and
The other issues are:
Asked about the planned picket, Fong said: "It is up to MTUC."
The MTUC officials left the meeting immediately without speaking
to the press. However, its secretary-general G. Rajasekaran,
contacted later, said: "The message, as we perceived during the
meeting, is not encouraging although we appreciate the minister's
sincerity in trying to seek a solution.
"We have no reason to review the general council's unanimous
decision to picket as planned. "We sensed that Employees
Provident Fund (EPF) did not demonstrate similar enthusiasm. It
seemed to be bogged down with procedural matters more than the
need to address the issues raised," he added.
The ministry was also represented by its secretary-general Datuk
Dr Syed Mohamad, industrial relations director-general Datuk
Ismail Rahim, Labour Department director-general Muhamad
Saufee Ab. Muain and Trade Unions Department director-general
Izhar Harun. The 10-member MTUC delegation was led by its
president Zainal Rampak. On Monday, Fong met the MTUC after
a separate meeting with the new EPF management team.