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Monday, August 10, 2015

PRM : Pihak memerintah harus patuhi Peraturan biar penyiasatan IMDB dijalankan licin dan selesai segera



09-08-15


PRM : Pihak memerintah harus patuhi Peraturan biar penyiasatan IMDB dijalankan  licin dan selesai segera


Bagi Parti Rakyat Malaysia, punca asas  timbunan masalah besar dan buruk yang melanda negara hari sama ada ekonomi, politik, pendidikan, sosial, alam sekitar dan  sebagainya  disebabkan oleh pihak memerintah yang tidak mematuhi dan menghormati peraturan atau undang-undang negara yang sedia ada  yang digubal oleh dirinya, atau memindakan peraturan-peraturan, contohnya dalam pemerintahan selama melebihi 50 tahun sejak 1957, Perlembagaan Negara telah dipinda lebih daripada 100 kali, supaya apa-apa perbuatan yang   tidak legal dijadikan legal. 


Belakangan ini, perkembangan  perkara 1MDB dan wang derma 2.6 bilion atau 2600 juta ringgit lebih menonggol masalah setakat mana seriusnya  yang disebut di atas. Sejak pasukan petugas khas yang ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat masalah hutang 1MDB sebanyak 42 bilion ringgit, tiba-tiba rakyat saksikan siri peristiwa yang berlaku   untuk mempengaruhi penyiasatan, mengejutkan rakyat negara ini dan di kalngan antarabangsa .


Apa yang disaksi, fungsi pasukan petugas khas tiba-tiba hilang, anggota pasukan petugas khas iaitu Peguam Negara dibuang dan diganti dengan Peguam Negara baharu, 4 orang ahli  Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara Parlimen dilantik menjadi timbalan menteri,  prosiding berhenti, media cetakan the Edge digantung penerbitan  selama 3 bulan dan pihak bertanggungjawab akhbar  dikena tindakan, dan pihak polis menahan penyiasat dan pengarah serta menyerbu pejabat SPRM, kemudian pengarahnya dipindah  ke Jabatan Perdana Menteri. 


Selama ini, orang ramai  meragui kedudukan kebebasan badan-badan tersebut, selepas peristiwa belakangan ini, keyakinan rakyat pasti menurun dan menjadi lebih menipis. 


Apa lagi, gimik politik dipermainkan dengan mencetus perkara lain seperti dana politik  untuk mengalihkan tumpuan rakyat daripada skandal  1MDB.


Parti Rakyat berpendapat, Perdana Menteri mendabik dada dan lantang menyatakan bahawa 1MDB adalah untuk negara dan untuk rakyat, bukannya untuk kepentingan peribadinya, beliau pasti bertanggungjawab,   serta mencabar pembangkang mengumumkan dana politik mereka. Perdana Menteri patut membiarkan pasukan petugas khas yang ditubuhkan menjalankan siasatan dengan bebas, dan mengambil inisiatif dengan mengumumkan status sebenar derma 2.6bilion ringgit itu.


Sekiranya pihak yang memerintah tidak mematuhi dan menghormati Peraturan, tidak menunjukkan teladan yang sepatutnya, tidak mengambil langkah-langkah yang boleh mempengaruhi kebebasan agensi-agensi  menjalankan tugas mereka, tidak bergunanya digubal 100 Akta untuk mengawal pendermaan untuk dana politik, Akta-Akta bukan sahaja tidak dapat memperbaiki dan menyelesaikan masalah teruk negara, politik wang, bahkan keadaan akan menjadi lebih buruk dan serius, rakyat akan menderita dan menanggung bebanan berat.


Jika keadaan terus memburuk, rakyat akan hilang kesabaran dan turun ke jalan raya, menuntut PM meletakkan jawatan, bahkan menuntut PM ditangkap dan diadili, sampai masa itu, janganlah salahkan rakyat tidak menghormati dan mematuhi Peraturan dan Undang-undang, serta melanggar sistem dan institusi Parlimen Berperlembagaan.


Setiausaha Agung Parti Rakyat Malaysia



Koh Swe Yong
012-2766551

人民党:执政当局须遵守条规让1MDB 调查工作顺利快速 完成

09-08-15


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人民党:执政当局须遵守条规让1MDB 调查工作顺利快速 完成
PRM : Pihak memerintah harus patuhi Peraturan biar penyiasatan IMDB dijalankan  licin dan selesai segera

马来西亚人民党总秘书辜瑞荣今天发表文告指出,我国今天出现一大堆问题,不论经济、政治、教育、社会、环境等等严重问题,根本原因是执政当局不尊重遵守既有条规或自己订立的国家法律,不然就是进行修改条规,例如自1957年至今执政50多年,就修改我国宪法超过100次以上,以让执政者所作所为成为合法。

近来,1 马发展(1MDB)和26亿捐献金演变,更加突出上述问题的严重地步。自从当局成立特别行动小组调查1发展的42亿债务问题,突然发生了一系列令国人和国际大跌眼镜的干扰和试图影响调查事件

展现在大家眼前的是,1马发展特工队突然失去操作功能,特工队成员的总检查长被撤职取代、有意见的副首相和部长在内阁改组丢官、4位属于巫统的国会公账委员会主席和成员在内阁改组升官为副部长,顿使公账会无法操作、详细报道1MDB来龙去脉的the Edge媒体执照被吊销三个月,其负责人被对付,警方甚至逮捕和突袭特工队成员之一的反贪污局的成员和主任。让人民原本怀疑执法机构的独立性,更加没有信心。

更甚的是,政治献金被大炒起来,以转移人民视线。

马来西亚人民党认为,首相既然拍胸大声公布他的1马发展是为国、为民,不是为自己个人私利,并会负起责任,还挑战反对党公布政治献金来源,他就应该让当局成立特工队独立进行调查工作,以身作则率先公布26亿献金真相。

如果执政者不尊重遵守条规,不以身作则,不采取会影响执法机构独立执行任务的步骤,即使再多加订立一百条管制政治捐献的法令,都是毫无意义的,不但无法改善解决国家面对的难题,金钱政治,甚至致使问题日倾严重,人民生活更痛苦。

到时,如果人民走上街头抗议,促请首相辞职,甚至催促逮捕审判首相,不能怪人民不遵守尊重法律,违反议会民主制度了。

马来西亚人民党总秘书

辜瑞荣
012-2766551

Sunday, August 9, 2015

PRM hendak tahu status penyiasatan kes rasuah Perdana Menteri

08-08-15

Kenyataan Media

PRM hendak tahu status penyiasatan kes rasuah Perdana Menteri

Parti Rakyat Malaysia(PRM) hendak segera mengetahui  status penyiasatan kes rasuah Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.  

Dakwaan kini adalah sejumlah besar wang, dikatakan lebih kurang RM2.6 billion telah ditemui dalam akaun bank peribadi Perdana Menteri.

Setakat ini, penemuan tersebut belum dinafikan. Itu sahaja memadai untuk memulakan penyiasatan kesalahan rasuah.
Isu sama ada wang tersebut datang dari 1MDB atau Syarikat Berkaitan Kerajaan atau Government-Linked- Company (GLC) lain adalah perkara lain.

Kalau melihat undang-undang mengenai rasuah, apa yang pendakwaan perlu tunjukkan adalah hakikat wang atau derma telah diterima oleh penjawat awam. Dalam pada itu,  wang tersebut bukan daripada gaji, elaun atau pendapatan biasa yang lain.

Lepas itu, yang perlu membuktikan bahawa penerimaan wang bukan tujuan rasuah adalah penerima wang tersebut – di mana, memandangkan dalam kes ini orang yang disyaki adalah Perdana Menteri.

Oleh itu, perlu keputusan dibuat oleh Mahkamah berkecuali sama ada beliau bersalah atau tidak. Keputusan bersalah atau tidak, tidak boleh dibuat oleh polis, MACC atau pihak lain yang di bawah kuasa atau pengaruh kerajaan semasa, yang boleh dianggap tidak berkecuali dan rakyat akan sukar mendapatkan kepastian dan diyakinkan bahawa PM  tidak terlibat dalam rasuah.

Maka, apa yang patut dilakukan sekarang adalah tangkap dan tuduh Najib di Mahkamah. Ini bukan bererti dia bersalah, kerana undang-undang menganggap seseorang itu tidak bersalah sehingga dibuktikan bersalah. Proses dan keputusan Mahkamah akan lebih meyakinkan rakyat samada Najib bersalah atau tidak.

Kini, ada pihak yang berusaha  menimbulkan isu-isu lain untuk mengalihkan perhatian rakyat daripada persoalan asas, iaitu sama ada Najib Tun Razak bersalah melakukan jenayah rasuah.


Koh Swe Yong
Setiausaha Agung PRM
012-2766551

No. 7D Jalan PJS 1/48 Petalaing Utama, Petaling Jaya Selangor

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PRM & 63 groups say 'Repeal MAS Act that suspends/deny worker rights'



Media Statement-    4 August 2015

Repeal MAS Law That Suspends Or Deny Existing Worker And Trade Union Rights And Access To Justice – Laws that deny worker rights to assist businesses should never be enacted
We, the undersigned 64 civil society organizations, trade unions and concerned groups, are disturbed by the Malaysian government’s unjust use of an Act of Parliament to suspend and/or deny existing worker rights in law, including also access to justice mechanisms, for the benefit of a private business and employer, being the Malaysian Airlines System Berhad(MAS Bhd), now wholly owned private company by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, a company.

Malaysia tabled and passed speedily the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (Administration) Act 2015 [Act 765], which came into force on 20/2/2015. This Act is most unjust to workers and trade unions of employees of the airline.

The Act, in section 11, states that “…on the appointment of the Administrator, a moratorium shall take effect during which… (e) no proceedings and no execution or other legal process in any court or tribunal may be commenced or continued with, and no distress may be levied, against the Administered Companies or their property except with the prior written consent of the Administrator;” – whereby the Administered company includes MAS Bhd, its wholly owned subsidiaries and some partially owned subsidiaries. The Administrator was appointed on or about 25/5/2015, and the period of administration could last for a maximum period of 2 years commencing from the date of the appointment of the Administrator. 

What is disturbing is that when administration and moratorium ends, all monies, assets and business of MAS Bhd would most likely be transferred to a new legal entity Malaysian Airline Berhad(MAB). MAS Bhd would most likely be left an empty shell.

Worker Claiming Rights Cases Against MAS Bhd – Stopped and May Not Proceed
There are currently many cases initiated and filed, now pending before access to justice mechanisms, including tribunals and courts between workers and MAS Bhd, the employer,   claiming wrongful dismissal and/or other worker rights, or between trade unions and MAS Bhd. The effect of the moratorium is that all these actions and cases will stop, and not proceed further until administration of MAS Bhd ends.  

At the end, when moratorium is lifted, MAS Bhd would most likely be an empty shell – with no work and no money. Hence, it will be workers and trade unions that will suffer. Workers and Trade Unions do not just lose their right to justice, but also will have to shoulder additional loses, including all the monies utilized for lawyer and court fees,  time and others. For many workers, it may also mean loss of wages for the days they could not work because they had to attend at relevant departments, tribunal or court in their pursuit for justice. Hence, not only will workers and trade unions be denied justice, but will suffer even more injustice by reason of this anti-worker legislation.

Right To Join Parties To Satisfy Worker Claims Against MAS Bhd Denied
Normally, when the employer has lost the ability to provide remedies, damages or compensation to satisfy the claims of the worker, to ensure justice, the worker can proceed with an application to join third parties to the suit, possibly the owners (Khazanah Nasional) or others. 

This MAS Act now unjustly prevents this ability to join parties, in amongst others, in section 25(2), which states that “ The Malaysia Airlines Berhad, the appointer and the Administrator shall not be named as a party in any claim or application made or joined as a party in any proceeding commenced or continued by or on behalf of any employees or former employees of the Administered Companies pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act 1967 [Act 177], Employment Act 1955 [Act 265], Sabah Labour Ordinance 1950 [Sabah Cap. 67], Sarawak Labour Ordinance 1952 [Sarawak Cap. 76] or the Trade Unions Act 1959 [Act 262].’

In fact, section 25(1) says clearly, amongst others, that ‘…the Administered Companies, the Administrator, appointer or the Malaysia Airlines Berhad shall not(a) be regarded as the successor, assignee or transferee or a successor employer to the Administered Companies; (b) be liable for any obligation relating to any retirement plan or other post-employment benefit plans in respect of the employees or former employees of the Administered Companies or any predecessor of the Administered Companies that exists prior to the assumption of control or appointment; or (c) be liable for any sum which is calculated by reference to a period of time prior to the Malaysia Airlines Berhad becoming the employer of the person in question…’

Same Owner of both MAS Bhd and new Malaysian Airline Berhad(MAB)
Considering that the it is Khazanah Nasional that is the sole owner of MAS Bhd, and also the new company MAB, clearly all that is happening is really nothing other than the ‘same person changing shirts’ – and justice would demand that the new entity MAB or the owner, Khazanah, should be justly taking over the obligation and responsibility of MAS Bhd especially for cases involving worker and trade union rights.
The new MAB and MAS Bhd, both owned by Khazanah, really is nothing other that the same owner forming a new company to escape responsibility and liability to workers, is also supported by the following:-
a.      Christoph Mueller, the new chief executive of MAS Bhd was appointed on 1/5/2015, would later assume the same position with MAB. Same CEO for MAS Bhd, and new MAB?

b.      When the employees of MAS Bhd received their termination letters in early June 2015, those that were offered employment by the new MAB, were offered a different termination package from those not offered employment in MAB. Those offered employment in MAB, which was to take effect from 1/9/2015, were asked to continue coming in to work in MAS Bhd, while the others, about 6,000, were asked to stop coming in to work with the assurance they will continue to receive normal salary but could not commence employment with another employer before 31/8/2015 unless they first get approval of MAS Bhd’s Human Resource Department. For many airline employees, other than basic wages, income from allowances and such if they are working makes up sometimes 50% or more of their monthly take home income. Rightly, all employees of MAS Bhd, irrespective of whether they will be later employed in MAB, should have received the same benefits and ex-gratia on termination by MAS Bhd.

In the name of justice, MAB or Khazanah or the Malaysian government should really take over the obligation of any or all claims of employees and trade unions against MAS Bhd.

Avoiding Just Principles of Lay-Off and Termination
When an employer wants to reduce staff, they would justly retrench the number of workers they no longer need – and there are just  requirements that need to be complied in any retrenchment exercise like the ‘Last In First Out’(LIFO) principle. Here, this is avoided by MAS Bhd simply terminating all employees on 31/8/2015. Justly, the about 6,000 who were no longer required to come into work since June, should have been laid off then and there and paid all their entitlements.

Union Busting?
With the termination of all employees of Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS Bhd), it would also mean the demise of about 7 in-house trade unions

The only national trade union, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia, managed to  show support of 62.73% of the qualified employees, and obtain the Minister’s order that made it  a recognized union in MAS Bhd. Rather than accept this, MAS Bhd  went  for judicial review challenging the Minister’s decision. NUFAM alleges that only 2 out 10 executive committee members of the Union, who are employees in MAS Bhd have been offered employment in the new MAB. 

As such, this ‘restructuring exercise of the airline’ and this new law can also be considered a means of union busting.

Loss of Regular Employment Until Retirement
Many workers who are regular employees until retirement in MAS Bhd, who have been offered employment in the new MAB find that they will now become precarious employees on short-term contracts, some even on 3 or 6 months employment contracts. There is no law in Malaysia that stipulates that short-term contract employees will continue as employees if the work they were hired to do still exist. Short-term and other precarious forms of employment also would likely deter union formation or involvement, deter workers from claiming rights and facilitate easier exploitation of workers.

Ignoring Worker and Families Financial Security and Wellbeing
Workers in Malaysia have families and dependents, and also many now have monthly loan-repayment obligations, and justly they should be provided secure regular employment until retirement, whereby they still could be terminated for misconducts, or laid off where the employers has to reduce jobs.
Whilst Malaysia says that it is concerned about the airline business, it has demonstrated a serious lack of concern for the welfare and wellbeing of workers.

We therefore urge:-

That the said Malaysian Airline System Berhad(Administration) Act 2015 be repealed, and the effect this Act has had on workers and trade unions be reversed. No law should be enacted to suspend/deny worker rights for selected employers;

That all pending cases with regard to labour matters, be it with workers or unions, shall be justly resolved or settled forthwith by MAS Bhd, and its owners Khazanah Nasional;

That for all worker and trade union cases against MAS Bhd,  MAB and Khazanah Nasional shall agree to be joined in as parties and assume obligations of MAS Bhd to workers;

That if the Malaysian Airlines is desirous of reducing the number of employees, it be done by letting go employees in compliance with the Last In First Out(LIFO) principle and other established just legal principles;

That if the Malaysian Airlines is to be taken over by another entity, like the Malaysian Airlines Berhad(MAB), workers should be employed by MAB as secure regular employees and not by means of precarious forms of employment like short-term contracts;

That Malaysia considers the rights, welfare and wellbeing of workers and their families are just as important, if not more, than the wellbeing and profits of government-owned or linked businesses.  

Charles Hector
Syed Shahir bin Syed Mohamud
Mohd Roszeli bin Majid
Pranom Somwong

For and on behalf the 64 organisations, trade unions and groups listed below

ALIRAN
Airlines Workers' Union Sarawak
Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma)
Asia Monitor Resource Centre(AMRC), Hong Kong
Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral, CEREAL (Labour Studies and Action Centre), México
Center for Orang  Asli Concerns (COAC), Malaysia
Clean Clothes Campaign
Club Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia
Committee for Asian Women
CWI Malaysia (Committee For Workers’ International, Malaysia)

Daeduck Employees Union-Ind., CEPZ, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines
Eagle Ridge Golf Course and Residential Estate Employees Union, Cavite, Philippines
Electronic Industry Employees Union (EIEU) Southern Region, Peninsular Malaysia
Electronic Industry Employees Union(EIEU) Northern Region, Peninsular Malaysia
Garment and Allied Workers Union, Haryana, India
Globalization Monitor
Hye Sung Workers Union, CEPZ, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines
Institut PEREMPUAN (Indonesia)
Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia(JKOASM)
Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perodua

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Mitsui Copper Foil(MCFEU)
Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja MHS Aviation Berhad(MHSEU)
Kesatuan Eksekutif AIROD
Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd
Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (KPP Proton)
Knights For Peace, International
MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)
Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia(NAMM)
Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Keyrin(trade union), CEPZ, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines
North South Initiative

Malaysian Humanist and Rationalist Movement ("myHARAM")
Malaysian Trade Union Congress(MTUC)
Metal Industry Employees' Union(MIEU), Malaysia
MAP Foundation, Chiangmai, Thailand
Masyarakat Akar Rumput (MAKAR Indonesia)
Migrante International
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
National Union of Transport Equipment & Allied Industries Workers (NUTEAIW)
National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM)
National Union of Hotel, Bar and Restaurant Workers (NUHBRW)

National Union of Journalist (NUJ) Cawangan Utusan Melayu
National Union of Tobacco Industry Workers(NUTIW)
National Union Employees in Companies Manufacturing Rubber Products(NUECMRP)
Non-Metallic Mineral Products Manufacturing Employees Union (NMMPMEU)
NUBE (National Union of Banking Employees)
Paper Products Manufacturing Employees’ Union of Malaysia (PPMEU)
Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)
Peoples Service Organization (PSO)
Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)
PERMAS (Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan)

Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor
Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur
PINAY (Filipino Women's Organization in Quebec), Canada
Pusat KOMAS
Railwaymen's Union of Malaysia (RUM)
Sahabat Rakyat (人民之友)
School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly and Treading humbly (SALT)
Solidarity of Cavite Workers, Cavite, Philippines
Tenaga National  Berhad Junior Officers Union (TNBJOU)

Tenaganita
Workers Assistance Center, Inc (WAC),
WH4C (Workers Hub For Change)
Yayasan LINTAS NUSA Batam – Indonesia

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Langkah Melarang Pengkritik 1MDB ke Luar Negara Silap Mencabul Semangat Demokrasi



Kenyataan Media - 23/7/2015

Langkah Melarang Pengkritik 1MDB ke Luar Negara Silap  Mencabul Semangat Demokrasi  

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) mengkritik pihak berkuasa membuat kesilapan dengan langkah melarang pengkritik 1 MDB ke luar negara  terhadap 11 orang termasuk wakil rakyat, pengusaha media, aktivis sosial dan lain-lain.

Perbuatan pihak berkuasa menyekatk hak kebebasan bergerak pengkritik , melarang mereka ke luar negara, serta menyatakan bahawa ada usaha tertentu hendak  menumbangkan kerajaan  telah melanggar semangat demokrasi, tidak menjawap dan menyelesaikan keraguan dan polimik isu 1MDB. 

Langkah tersebut tidak akan melenyapkan kritikan dan keraguan rakyat, bahkan akan menaikkan ketidakpuasan rakyat, tidak membantu usaha kerajaan UMNO-BN mencuba membina semula keyakinan rakyat  terhadap kerajaan , sebaliknya langkah itu akan menyebabkan rakyat percaya, dalam isu 1MDB, pihak berkuasa ada sesuatu hendak disembunyikan. Larangan warganegara ke luar negara hanya menunjukkan sikap tidak demokratik kerajaan dengan menyekat kebebasan hak rakyat memperoleh maklumat . Dengan demikian, pihak berkuasa mencuba mengalihkan tumpuan rakyat terhadap masalah 1MDB, melemahkan krititkan dan pihak yang membangkang. 

Oleh sebab isu 1MDB melibatkan kepentingan rakyat dan negara,  wakil rakyat, pengusaha media atau aktivis sosial atau sesiapapun berhak untuk mendesak pihak berkuasa  menjelaskan dengan segera. Antara mereka yang dilarang ke luar negara menyerahkan maklumat berkaitan kepada petugas khas penyiasatan, menolong dalam penyiasatan.

Sebagai kerajaan yang terbentuk melalui pilihan raya umum, jika dasar-dasar atau perbuatannya bercanggah dengan kepentingan rakyat, rakyat berhak untuk mengkritik dasar dan perbuatan kerajaan pilihan itu, bahkan boleh mendesak kerajaan yang terbentuk dan dipilihnya untuk berundur. Desakan  sebegini adalah munasabah dan amalan demokratik. Jika  rakyat mengkritik, kerajaan memerintah mesti hendak dengar dan membalas, serta respons terhadap kritikan, memberikan penjelasan, supaya kritikan itu diselesaikan, bukannya dengan cara merampas hak demokrasi rakyat, menyapu sampah ke bawah permaidani.

Oleh itu, PRM mendesak kerajaan UMNO-BN menarik balik larangan bergerak ke luar Negara, memulihkan hak kebebasan bergerak, serta memberikan jawapan yang memuaskan supaya apa-apa keraguan yang timbul dalam polimik  1MDB  dijawap dan dihentikan dengan segera.

Setiausaha Agung Parti Rakyat Malaysia
Koh Swe Yong