May 26, 2008
RETRENCHED workers of the Royal Perak Golf Club (RPGC) are urging the Pakatan Rakyat state government to reinstate them as employees of the club.
Club Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia secretary-general Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid said he wanted the state government to settle the case before it went to court.
“The workers want their jobs back with wage increments,” said Abdullah Sani, who is also Kuala Langat MP.
“The state government should be thoughtful of the retrenched workers who have been jobless since they received their termination letters,” he told a press conference at the Perak DAP headquarters in Ipoh recently.
Echoing Abdullah Sani was Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran who said that it would take a long time to settle the case in court.
He said the present state government could help resolve the issue because RPGC Bhd was owned by the state government.
“The state government should order RPGC Bhd to reinstate the retrenched workers and give them backdated wages,” he said.
“A government that cares for the people must understand that it is its duty to help citizens,” he added.
RPGC is managed by RPGC Bhd, which is a public company formed under the State Secretary Incorpo-rated.
A total of 115 of the club’s employees had been retrenched following the previous Barisan Nasional state government’s takeover of the club in May 2006.
Forty workers were terminated on Oct 26, 2006, and 75 on Feb 28, 2007.