PSM, NGOs call for end of military action against Iran

PSM, NGOs call for end of military action against Iran

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 ― About 50 people representing non-governmental organisations staged a protest outside the United States’ embassy today, calling for an end to military action against Iran.

Led by Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), the group managed to submit a memorandum to the embassy which stated five demands.

The five demands are ― to put an end to the belligerent actions and war-mongering rhetoric coming from the US; the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq; restraint on the part of both the Iran and the US to avoid another war happening in the Middle East region, end to sanctions on Iran and close down all US foreign military bases outside of its country.

The memorandum was undersigned by 47 NGOs which include Suarat Rakyat Malaysia, Aliran, Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim), G25, Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth and Socialist Alliance (Australia), among others.

“Those who will die, like the soldiers are ordinary people, not those in high places sitting at the comfort of their offices.

“We want to urge everyone to speak up. Injustice is injustice, it doesn’t matter what race or religion. People of all races must come out otherwise these problems will continue to happen,” said party chairman Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj when met by reporters on Jalan Tun Razak.

“Like the war in Iraq, it will destabalise the regime and create very extreme groups.

“When you push, this will cause chaos. Especially when you back one militia against the other militia (arm the Sunni to fight the Shiah, arm the Shiah to fight the Sunni). These are the problems that will arise, and you cannot turn it off,” Dr Jeyakumar said.

He also pointed out that the whole Islamic State and extremism is caused by Americans and Britains, not due to the religion itself.

“After 30 to 40 years of mishandling the issue, it takes a long time to negotiate peace.

“We are a global community, what happens there will affect us. Malaysians will also get pulled there and get radicalised,” he said.

The protest today came after the US government’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike in Iraq last Friday.

The general was one of 10 individuals killed as he departed from his plane at the Baghdad International Airport, where he had just arrived from either Lebanon or Syria. Largely considered a national hero in his homeland, Qasem was alternately held by the US government to be a terrorist who assisted Iran’s allies in their attacks on American troops based in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, PSM central committee member S. Arutchelvan, who was also present at the protest ,said peace can only be achieved in the Middle East when US military bases are removed.

“If we want world peace, the US troops must leave the Middle Eastern countries.

“As long as they are there, problems in relation to Syria, Libya, and most recently Iran, will continue.

“For the first time to date, we see that the Iraq community is calling for the US troops to leave the country. This is a strong message indicating that the US troops are no longer welcomed in Iraq,” he said.

He added that there was no reason for the US military bases to be stationed in Iraq anymore.

“What’s the point of the US remaining there (Iraq). Just to sell their weapons?” he questioned.

It was reported in the Washington Post that in the immediate aftermath of Soleimani’s killing, Iraq’s Parliament had voted to expel the estimated 5,200 US forces stationed in the country to fight the Islamic State group. This is a nonbinding measure that needs the approval of the Iraqi government.

No profit in affordable housing, subsidies a must, says PSM

No profit in affordable housing, subsidies a must, says PSM

Source: The Star

SEMENYIH: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) has hit out at the Pakatan Harapan government for its definition of affordable housing, saying that the appropriate price should be around RM100,000.

PSM secretary-general A. Sivarajan said that with the current monthly minimum wage set at RM1,050, defining affordable housing prices as being between RM250,000 and RM300,000 is “illogical”.

He said the government should set house prices that the people could truly afford, instead of following the demands of housing developers.

“It should look at affordable housing from the ground up,” he told a press conference in the PSM by-election war-room near here on Thursday (Feb 21).

This would not be enough for them to afford a house as they would have only have brought in about RM100,000 in three years, he said.

He proposed that affordable houses be priced at RM100,000, saying that they should not be affected by market factors.

“You have to take out affordable housing from the market because the problem is that developers always say the valuation is higher for this location, the land costs are high, building materials are high.

“Affordable housing has to be subsidised. You cannot see profit from it.

“Subsidy is not a dirty word – if you give subsidies to corporations, it’s called ‘incentives’,” he said.

The government should make it compulsory to impose a quota for the types of housing built for mixed development projects, he added.

For instance, Sivarajan said, 30% of mixed development projects could be dedicated purely for low-cost housing.

“With this, developers can cross-subsidise. They can still sell luxury homes and the profits from this can subsidise the low-cost housing,” he said.

His other suggestions for tackling the issue included setting out a concrete plan for government-linked companies to lead in undertaking affordable housing projects and to halt forced eviction of those who cannot afford their own homes.

 

PSM’s Jeyakumar urges Malaysians to reach out across ethnic divide

PSM’s Jeyakumar urges Malaysians to reach out across ethnic divide

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should “walk a mile in the shoes of the other” and reach out across the ethnic divide to build a happy future for the nation and their children, urges Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, chairperson of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

In his New Year message on Wednesday he said Malaysians need to find a formula to counter the ethnic politicking that has been poisoning our nation and the thinking of ordinary Malaysians for the past 60 years.

He said PSM would like to suggest an antidote to all this toxic politicking – that is, for ordinary citizens to “walk a mile in the shoes of the other”.

“This means that non-Malays should take some effort to understand the economic problems faced by the Malay community – why has rural poverty persisted despite five decades of subsidies?

“Why is Bumiputra participation in the SME sector still so weak? How can we overcome the squalid conditions of low-cost flats that house so many of our urban poor? And together with Malay civil society groups lobby for the solutions of these problems.

“Similarly, Malays who want to build inter-ethnic bridges should try to understand the issues that upset the non-Malays – poor non-Malays having limited access to government programmes for the poor, unilateral conversion of minors, poor access to government jobs, statelessness among those who despite being born in Malaysia are in a limbo because their parents didn’t have documents or were careless with them. And work with non-Malay civil groups to address these issues, ” he said.

Dr Jeyakumar said Malaysians need to reach across the ethnic divide so that they can re-affirm their common humanity.

He pointed out that is Malaysia’s only hope and it has the potential of developing a common Malaysian agenda. We need to recognize that many, on both sides of the ethnic divide have been “wounded” by ethnic politicking and policies and by unfair economic structures.

“The only way to heal that hurt is by reaching out in humility to understand the other and to play a role in the solution of the problems faced by them.

“Unfortunately, most of the existing political parties cannot spearhead this initiative because they are still rooted in their respective ethnic silos, and their leaders compete among themselves to demonstrate that they are the best ‘defenders’ of their community.

“We need a broad-based multi-ethnic civil society movement to deliver this “antidote” (of reaching across the ethnic divide). This is the only way forward for our nation.

“And we really need to come together to tackle the serious problems facing us – climate change is one and mass youth underemployment due to expansion of Artificial Intelligence and the Gig economy is another, just to mention a couple, ” he said.

 

Edgenta UEMS mungkir janji dan terus mangsakan ahli kesatuan pekerja

Edgenta UEMS mungkir janji dan terus mangsakan ahli kesatuan pekerja

Niat syarikat Edgenta UEMS Sdn Bhd untuk menghancurkan kesatuan pekerja dengan taktik kotor dan keji nampaknya tidak pernah dibatalkan.

Edgenta UEMS, anak syarikat kepada UEM Edgenta, sebuah syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC), telah mengambilalih kontrak pembersihan 22 buah hospital di negeri Perak dan Pulau Pinang daripada syarikat NS Medik mulai 1 Januari 2020.

Namun, Edgenta UEMS telah berniat jahat untuk menghancurkan kesatuan dari awal lagi dan sudah mula membuli pekerja yang menyertai Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Swasta Perkhidmatan Sokongan di Hospital Kerajaan Semenanjung Malaysia (KPSPSHKSM) sejak bulan 2019 lagi, iaitu sebelum ia mengambilalih kontrak kerja pembersihan.

Pelbagai taktik kotor telah digunakan oleh Edgenta UEMS untuk mematikan kesatuan. Pekerja telah diugut dan dipaksa oleh penyelia atau penolong penyelia syarikat Edgenta UEMS di setiap hospital untuk mengisi borang permohonan kerja UEMS, surat berhenti kerja, dan surat tawaran kerja UEMS yang telah dikurangkan faedah. Para pekerja tidak puas hati dengan pengurangan faedah dalam surat tawaran kerja oleh Edgenta UEMS dan telah menyatakan bantahan mereka.

Pihak telah membawa isu ini kepada perhatian Kementerian Kesihatan. Selepas perundingan pada 26 Disember 2019, di mana telah dipersetujui oleh semua pihak bahawa pekerja-pekerja yang diupah di bawah NS Medik sebelum ini akan disambungkan perkhidmatan di bawah Edgenta UEMS dan bukannya sebagai pekerja baru, para pekerja mula meminta surat tawaran baru yang mematuhi persetujuan yang dicapai untuk diisi kerana bantahan secara keseluruhan telah dibuat oleh kesatuan melalui surat bantahan kepada Edgenta UEMS. Namun demikian, penyelia dan penolong penyelia Edgenta UEMS di hospital masing-masing telah sengaja melambat-lambatkan pemberian surat tawaran baru dengan alasan mereka tidak menerima apa-apa maklumat daripada pihak atasan. Pekerja terpaksa berulang alik beberapa kali ke pejabat untuk mengambil surat tawaran baru. Penyelia Edgenta UEMS langsung tidak menghiraukan pekerja.

Pada 1 Januari 2020, 6 orang pekerja (4 orang dari Hospital Batu Gajah dan 2 orang dari Hospital Parit Buntar) yang juga merupakan ahli kesatuan KPSPSHKSM, termasuk pemimpin kesatuan setempat, tidak diberi surat tawaran kerja baru dan tidak dipanggil ke kerja. Ini merupakan satu tindakan yang memungkir janji dan berniat jahat.

Amat jelas sekali, Edgenta UEMS memang berniat jahat untuk menghancurkan kesatuan dan memangsakan pekerja.

KPSPSHKSM akan memfailkan kes terhadap pihak majikan Edgenta UEMS di Jabatan Perhubungan Perusahaan (JPP) berkenaan dengan perkara ini dan terus melawan pemangsaan terhadap pekerja yang menyertai kesatuan.

Maszlee – behind the black shoes

Maszlee – behind the black shoes

Source: Malaysiakini

 

COMMENT

| I am inspired to write this article after reading all the comments bashing Maszlee Malik and I am sure this piece will end up in the same tone too.

Maszlee’s sudden resignation took many people, and me, by surprise. It seems that he was forced into the resignation by the prime minister. One wonders what the plan is as until Maszlee was appointed, the only other person who was interested in the job was Mahathir himself. Maszlee’s resignation speech – reading between the lines – would confirm that Mahathir wanted him out.

Maszlee has definitely been made a scapegoat here. He has been always made to look like a dumb minister who doesn’t know his job. Sensational media reporting, and often unfair headlines, put him always in a defensive mode.

He was polled as the second-lowest – 27 out 28 in Malaysiakini’s poll on ministers’ performance. This is understandable because most of the readers are middle-class, mostly non-Malay, and have a definite bias against him. They feared that Maszlee with his Islamic credentials was going to turn our education system into an Islamic one. Most DAP leaders scored high points in the poll. Now imagine if Harakah conducted a similar poll – you will know how the outcome would be.

The “black shoe” labelling never left Maszlee and it was always used to ridicule and undermine him. I am sure if we took a vote among students, they would prefer black shoes to white. Anyway, that is not the point here.

Mahathir has decided to replace him and therefore it would be easy now to put all the blame on Maszlee for the Jawi issuematriculation and other controversial stuff. Two of Mahathir’s staunch supporters Daim Zainuddin and Rafidah Aziz have constantly taken swipes at Maszlee and that was a further indication that he has fallen out of favour with the “Mighty M”.

Let me share a personal experience and tell you why some of us have a soft spot for Maszlee. JPKK – which is a network of contract workers in government departments – had been campaigning over the years to improve the plight of contract workers who are mainly cleaners and security guards in schools. We have previously tried in vain to meet with the previous education minister. The only people who met us were some officers and department heads who were not in a position to make decisions.

 

But Maszlee quite readily gave us an appointment to meet and have a dialogue with us. I was very sceptical before the meeting based on the bad image formed in my mind about him. Before the meeting, his office asked for our memorandum and proposal which was itself quite out of the ordinary.

At the meeting, we were pleasantly surprised to note that he had actually read our memorandum beforehand. He was not pretending as if he knew everything, which most ministers only try to do. He addressed each of our proposals and directed his officials to act on them. He then told us that he will bring up our proposals in the cabinet meeting the next day.

I thought he was pulling a fast one because that is what most ministers will tell you. True to his promise, he issued a media statement after the cabinet meeting, saying that he had raised the issue of parasitic and underperforming crony contractors and they would be blacklisted and replaced.

He also said the whole system needed to be relooked at and agreed to look into our proposal to employ workers directly and not through a middleperson who in many instances ended up taking a portion of workers’ salaries. This was the first minister who actually looked at the fundamental issue rather than giving the usual excuses.

Since then, we had the pleasure of working with some of his officers, specifically “Shaza”, who used to update us on a weekly basis, working past office hours, listening to the many complaints we raised about the problematic contract system in school. This attitude changed our view that most of those working in the government were “makan gaji buta” and just worked form 9 to 5. For that, let me salute them.

Now let me touch on other issues not raised in the current petition going around supporting him. For example, under Maszlee, student activists were more protected; he prevented university authorities from taking action against students each time they expressed themselves through protests and other actions. In the previous administration, the minister always stood with the establishment and not the students. Maszlee did something which helped students to express themselves knowing well that they had protection from disciplinary action.

 

I was also told by many teachers that Maszlee made many reforms in the school system but many of his reforms did not go well on the ground because the bureaucracy was not assisting. It is not surprising that the teachers’ union, NUTP, speaks so highly of him. Many teachers, too, have since expressed how Maszlee did actually address some of the main issues raised by teachers.

True, he made many U-turns after bringing matters to the cabinet. This can be seen with the matriculation issue and Jawi. It is maybe that he is inexperienced (as he has always stated himself) or maybe he should have talked less like the many Pakatan Harapan ministers who don’t say much, preferring to be silent in order to survive.

Most of these issues were tough issues like Jawi, matriculation and the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) – all difficult issues. These are issues which have been there for six decades which Harapan as a team have been unable to address as they will end up playing the same racial game like BN. Therefore, it is unfair that Maszlee is blamed when on all occasions, the cabinet took the decision with, of course, “Ayahanda Mahathir” sitting at the helm.

On other issues – free quality breakfasts, opening up of hotel swimming pools for students, doing away with streaming and exams, making education accessible to OKUs (the disabled) and undocumented children, these are huge achievements compared to the black shoes for students, all which hardly got mentioned.

It was reported that he opened 10,200 classes to cater for 24,998 OKU special children. On all these initiatives, I am with him because he has contributed towards creating a more caring society and opening up public spaces for the common people.

Since coming to power, he has resigned twice. Once, after being appointed as the president of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) when students and many spoke about conflict of interest and now. On the first occasion, even Mahathir supported his appointment but Maszlee took the right decision to resign but this time it is a no-choice situation as Mahathir called for his resignation and it could be likely part of a cabinet reshuffle.

Maszlee should feel happy that he was not removed due to corruption or other scandals. He went in without a datukship and came out without one.

To Maszlee, all the best.


S ARUTCHELVAN is PSM deputy chairperson.

 

 

Dr Kumar disiasat kerana Perhimpunan Memperingati Perjanjian Damai Hatyai

Dr Kumar disiasat kerana Perhimpunan Memperingati Perjanjian Damai Hatyai

KUALA LUMPUR – 11 DISEMBER 2019: Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, Pengerusi Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), telah dipanggil polis untuk diambil keterangan di Ibupejabat Polis Bukit Aman pada hari ini, berkenaan dengan siasatan polis terhadap Perhimpunan Memperingati Perjanjian Damai Hatyaiyang diadakan baru-baru ini.

Pihak polis sedang membuat siasatan terhadap perhimpunan untuk memperingati ulangtahun ke-30 Perjanjian Damai Hatyai yang diadakan pada 1 Disember 2019 di Kajang. Siasatan tersebut dibuat di bawah Sekyen 505 Kanun Keseksaan (kenyataan-kenyataan yang mendatangkan khianat awam) dan Seksyen 233 Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia (Penggunaan tidak wajar kemudahan rangkaian atau perkhidmatan rangkaian, dan lain-lain lagi).

Sebelum ini, Ronnie Liu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor untuk kawasan Sungai Pelek, juga telah dipanggil untuk rakaman percakapan di Bukit Aman berkenaan dengan kehadirannya dalam program memorial Perjanjian Damai Hatyai. Selain Dr. Jeyakumar dan Ronnie Liu, program tersebut juga dihadiri bekas Timbalan Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Syed Husin Ali dan Profesor Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Abdul Rahman Embong. Program tersebut dianjurkan oleh beberapa persatuan masyarakat termasuk sekumpulan bekas ahli Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM), untuk memperingati ulangtahun ke-30 pemeteraian Perjanjian Damai Hatyai yang menamatkan konflik bersenjata di negara kita yang berlarutan selama lebih 4 dekad.

Menurut Dr. Jeyakumar, beliau dimaklumkan bahawa terdapat 72 aduan polis telah dibuat terhadap perhimpunan tersebut, khususnya dibuat di balai polis di Melaka. Dr. Jeyakumar percaya bahawa adanya pihak cuba mewujudkan isu daripada satu perhimpunan yang sekadar memperingati detik sejarah yang membawa keamanan kepada negara kita. Dr. Jeyakumar berkata, “saya tidak mendengar sesiapa bercakap tentang membangkitkan semula perjuangan bersenjata dalam perhimpunan itu.”

Terdapat sesetengah pihak cuba membuat spekulasi dan menuduh bahawa Perhimpunan Memperingati Perjanjian Damai Hatyai itu cuba menghidupkan semula “komunisme”, sedangkan program tersebut hanya memperingati satu perjanjian penting yang menamatkan konflik bersenjata dan membawa keamanan berkekalan kepada negara kita. Perjanjian Damai Hatyai ialah satu perjanjian yang ditandatangani secara bersama oleh Kerajaan Malaysia, Kerajaan Thailand dan PKM. Perjanjian Damai Hatyai ialah satu proses pendamaian yang diiktiraf oleh Kerajaan Malaysia sendiri, tetapi masih adanya pihak menjadikan isu PKM sebagai isu perkauman untuk agenda politik sempit.

Konflik bersenjata di negara kita yang melibatkan PKM, adalah sebahagian daripada Perang Dingin yang sudahpun berakhir sejak 3 dekad yang lalu. PKM sudah meletak senjata 30 tahun dahulu, dan satu perjanjian damai sudah dimeterai. Adalah tidak memberi apa-apa makna kepada kemajuan masyarakat kita sekiranya masih membangkitkan semula naratif anti-komunis zaman Perang Dingin yang biasanya digunakan sebagai alasan untuk melenyapkan suara yang mengkritik golongan berkuasa.

Siasatan polis terhadap satu program yang meraikan ulangtahun satu perjanjian damai yang membawa keamanan kepada negara kita adalah sesuatu yang membuang masa. Adalah tidak masuk akal untuk negara kita masih terperangkap dalam kerangka pemikiran sempit zaman Perang Dingin dan mewujudkan halangan mental untuk maju ke depan.

Bacaan lanjut: Perjanjian Damai Hatyai 1989: Pengakhiran tragedi sejarah yang dipaksakan imperialis Zaman Perang Dingin

5 isu pekerja kontrak di sekolah kerajaan dibangkitkan dalam pertemuan dengan KPM

5 isu pekerja kontrak di sekolah kerajaan dibangkitkan dalam pertemuan dengan KPM

Mesyuarat antara Jaringan Pekerja Kontrak Kerajaan (JPKK) dan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) bermula dengan nada serius apabila semua talefon bimbit telah dilarang untuk dibawa masuk ke dalam bilik mesyuarat. Setelah wakil JPKK mengadu, dua telefon dibenarkan untuk dibawa masuk. Selain itu, semua beg diperiksa oleh pihak keselamatan. Walaupun wujudnya ketegangan di luar bilik mesyuarat, namun ia tidak berpanjangan apabila Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Pembangunan) Kementerian Pendidikan, Dato’ Azizan bin Mohamad Sidin, berkata bahawa beliau bersedia untuk mendengar keluhan JPKK.

Wakil daripada Jaringan Pekerja Kontrak Kerajaan (JPKK) dan Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) telah bertemu dengan Dato’ Azizan selaku Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha KPM pada 12 Disember 2019, untuk membincangkan masalah-masalah yang dihadapi oleh pekerja kontrak di premis sekolah, terutamanya pekerja pembersihan dan pengawal keselamatan. Turut hadir bersama dengan Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha KPM, adalah pegawai-pegawai KPM daripada Bahagian Perolehan dan Bahagian perundangan, serta pegawai daripada Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia (JTKSM) dan Jabatan Perhubungan Perusahaan (JPP) di bawah Kementerian Sumber Manusia (KSM). Ini merupakan mesyuarat susulan setelah JPKK berjumpa dengan Menteri Pendidikan Maszlee Malik pada 27 Mac 2019.

JPKK telah mengutarakan beberapa isu kritikal yang melibatkan hak dan kebajikan pekerja kontrak di premis sekolah yang semakin hari ditindas oleh kontraktor. Pihak KPM turut memberi maklumbalas terhadap isu-isu tersebut.

Time Medi – gaji 5 bulan pada tahun 2015 masih tidak dibayar sehingga kini

Dalam mesyuarat tersebut, isu utama yang diutarakan oleh Rani Rasiah selaku Penyelaras Nasional JPKK, adalah mengenai pekerja pembersihan di sekolah sekitar Kinta Utara, Ipoh, Perak, yang dimangsakan oleh kontraktor Time Medi tanpa membayar gaji dari bulan Ogos hingga Disember 2015. Kontraktor tersebut mengisytihar muflis pada bulan April 2015 dan pekerja terus bekerja di sekolah-sekolah tanpa gaji untuk 9 bulan. Setelah usaha oleh Jabatan Tenaga Kerja, tunggakan gaji sehingga bulan Julai 2015 dapat diselesaikan dan bakinya masih belum diterima oleh pekerja-pekerja. Pengarah Jabatan Perolehan memberikan satu penerangan yang panjang lebar di mana kebanyakannya berkaitan dengan isu birokrasi, perundangan dan lain-lain lagi.

Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha KPM berjanji akan menubuhkan satu “pasukan petugas” (taskforce) untuk mengumpulkan maklumat tentang kes ini dan berkomunikasi dengan JPKK. Mengulas tentang perkara ini, S. Arutchelvan selaku Timbalan Pengerusi PSM berkata, “Perkara yang terutama adalah pekerja telah berkhidmat, tetapi gaji belum dibayar, wang kontraktor masih di Kementerian Kewangan dan kerajaan perlu menggunakan kesungguhan politik untuk mengambil wang itu supaya menyelesaikan isu ini”.

Pembuangan kerja secara mengejut terhadap pekerja pembersihan

Perkara kedua yang dibangkitkan oleh JPKK adalah tentang isu pembuangan pekerja pembersihan di sekolah seluruh Malaysia pada 31 Mei 2019 kesan daripada pemotongan belanjawan secara tiba-tiba. JPKK turut menyatakan bahawa pekerja dikurangkan lebih 70% di kebanyakan sekolah, iaitu daripada 13 orang pekerja kepada 3 orang pekerja, dan 3 orang pekerja ini terpaksa menanggung beban kerja yang tinggi. Pihak JPKK menegaskan bahawa pihak sekolah sebenarnya meletakkan tekanan ke atas pekerja. Ada juga sekolah tidak membenarkan pelajar untuk menggunakan tandas selepas waktu rehat dan mengunci tandas kerana tiada pekerja untuk membersihkannya, kata seorang ahli JPKK dalam mesyuarat tersebut.

Setelah mendengar keluhan ini, KPM menyatakan bahawa baru-baru ini ada keputusan di peringkat Kementerian untuk meningkatkan pekerja pembersihan di sekolah-sekolah secara berperingkat-peringkat, tetapi akan menggunakan sistem yang sama iaitu jumlah pekerja ditentukan berdasarkan keluasan sesebuah sekolah. Selain itu, pekerja boleh mengadu tentang isu beban ini kepada KPM untuk tindakan. 

Kerja syif pengawal keselamatan sekolah

Isu ketiga adalah berkenaan dengan mengembalikan sistem kerja 2 syif untuk pengawal keselamatan di sekolah. Pada pertengahan tahun 2019, sebahagian kontraktor telah menukar sistem di mana pengawal keselamatan 2 syif ditukar menjadi 3 syif. Ekoran daripada itu, JPKK mendapat banyak aduan daripada pekerja kawalan keselamatan bahawa penukaran ini telah mengurangkan pendapatan mereka dan meletakkan seorang pengawal sahaja pada waktu malam turut menimbulkan kerisauan tentang keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerja tersebut.

Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha KPM mengmumkan berita baik bahawa selepas ini akan kembali kepada 2 syif. Beliau mengumumkan bahawa semua kontraktor baru yang mengambilalih pada bulan Januari 2020 akan mula mengamalkan sistem kerja 12 jam.

Walaupun begitu, JPKK dan PSM menyatakan bahawa kami menyokong sistem 2 syif ini dengan hati yang berat kerana pekerja pilih untuk kerja 2 syif (12 jam) oleh kerana gaji untuk kerja 8 jam tidak mencukupi. Dalam keadaan gaji rendah, apakah pilihan yang ada pada pekerja? Oleh itu, wakil pekerja menuntut peningkatan gaji minimum kepada RM1800 sebulan. Kami juga mengingatkan KPM mengenai cadangan Bank Negara bahawa seseorang pekerja harus mendapat gaji sebanyak RM2700 sebulan untuk hidup di bandar sekarang.

Senaraihitamkan kontraktor yang mangsakan pekerja

Pada 27 Mac 2019, salah satu isu kritikal yang dibawa kepada perhatian Menteri Pendidikan Dr. Maszlee adalah mengenai syarikat-syarikat kontraktor yang sering melanggar undang-undang buruh dan memangsakan pekerja. Dalam mesyuarat tersebut, Menteri berjanji akan menyenaraihitamkan kontraktor yang berbuat demikian. Pihak JPKK bertanyakan tentang status mengenai janji tersebut dalam mesyuarat kelmarin. Pihak KPM berkata bahawa mereka telah menghantar lebih 20 nama syarikat kontraktor pada 28 November 2019 kepada Kementerian Kewangan dan menyarankan untuk menyenaraihitamkan syarikat-syarikat tersebut. Kini keputusan di Kementerian Kewangan, kata pegawai daripada Bahagian Perolehan KPM dalam mesyuarat ini. Pihak JPKK juga diberitahu supaya meneruskan usaha menghantar aduan terhadap syarikat yang memangsakan pekerja kepada pihak JTKSM dan KPM. 

Kerja 7 hari seminggu, 365 hari setahun

Wakil JPKK Batu Arang, Cecilia, telah membangkitkan isu pekerja kawalan keselamatan yang bekerja 7 hari seminggu, 30 hari sebulan tanpa cuti rehat. Ini adalah satu fenomena yang berlaku di seluruh negara. Mengapa pihak KPM mahupun KSM tidak memberi sebarang garisp anduan kepada kontraktor-kontraktor untuk menepati cuti rehat? Ini adalah sesuatu yang wajib diperuntukkan mengikut Akta Kerja 1955, tetapi semua pihak membiarkan kontraktor untuk terus melanggar perkara ini dengan selesanya.

Munir selaku wakil JPKK Negeri Sembilan berkata bahawa gaji yang dibayar oleh kontraktor-kontraktor juga adalah berbeza. Adakah KPM mempunyai standard yang berbeza dalam memberi kontrak? Pihak KPM berkata bukan sebegitu, malah pihak JTKSM turut menjawab bahawa ini hanya perlu ikut pengiraan gaji minimum. Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha KPM berkata bahawa pihak KPM akan cuba memperbaiki keadaan ini.

Hapuskan sistem kontrak

Kebanyakan tuntutan JPKK yang dikemukakan semasa pwrjumpaan dengan Menteri Pendidikan pada Mac 2019, berjaya dicapai dalam mesyuarat susulan ini. Namun, JPKK berpendirian bahawa harus terus berjuang untuk membawa perubahan dalam isu-isu asas seperti sambungan perkhidmatan.

Sentimen tersebut turut dilihat apabila Thina selaku wakil JPKK Negeri Sembilan dengan suara lantang meminta pada pihak KPM supaya jangan mencuci tangan. Beliau berkata bahawa semua penindasan yang berlaku kepada pekerja kontrak di premis sekolah adalah kerana sistem kontrak yang diamalkan oleh Kerajaan. Penyelesaian untuk semua masalah adalah menghapuskan sistem kontrak. Adakah KPM komited untuk berbuat demikian? Pegawai Khas Menteri Pendidikan, Puan Shaza, berkata bahawa KPM tidak cuci tangan dan memang sedang berusaha untuk menyelesaiakan masalah ini dengan kekangan kewangan yang terhad.

Bagi pihak JPKK dan PSM, selagi wujudnya sistem kontrak, selagi itu akan terus wujudnya orang tengah yang akan mengambil sebahagian wang yang sepatutnya disalurkan kepada rakyat B20.

Walau bagaimanapun, JPKK mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pihak KPM atas usaha ini dan juga memanggil pelbagai agensi lain untuk turut serta dalam mesyuarat ini. Namun, kakitangan yang hadir mesyauarat ini tidak boleh melakukan banyak perkara jika tiada pembaharuan dasar di peringkat atasan. JPKK berharap bahawa ibu kepada segala permasalahan, iaitu sistem kontrak yang diwujudkan untuk membela kroni politik, dapat ditangani sepenuhnya. Kerajaan sekarang ini harus mengembalikan dasar yang pernah diamalkan sebelum tahun 1980-an, di mana gaji untuk pekerja di sekolah dibayar terus kepada pekerja melalui sekolah. Ini dapat menjimat wang selain daripada memberi jaminan pekerjaan kepada pekerja pembersihan dan pengawal keselamatan yang berkhidmat di sekolah-sekolah seluruh negara.

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M. Sivaranjaniialah Setiausaha Pekerja Kontrak Kerajaan (JPKK)yang juga merupakan Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

Penduduk Kampung Segambut Permai yang diusir akan dapat rumah alternatif

Penduduk Kampung Segambut Permai yang diusir akan dapat rumah alternatif

KUALA LUMPUR: 33 buah keluarga di Kampung Segambut Permai dapat berasa lega seketika selepas pelaksanaan notis pengusiran terhadap mereka telah ditangguhkan selama dua minggu sementara Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan telah berjanji untuk mengaturkan perumahan alternatif untuk penduduk yang terlibat.

Kampung Segambut Permai menghadapi pengusiran paksa pada 9 Disember 2019 apabila wakil pemaju Kemasekutu Sdn Bhd datang ke kampung tersebut dengan notis pengusiran dan jentolak. Namun, penduduk kampung telah membuat sekatan jalan untuk menghalang perobohan rumah.

Aktivis Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), termasuk A. Sivarajan selaku Setiausaha Agung PSM dan Soh Sook Hwa selaku Bendahari PSM, telah hadir di situ untuk bersolidariti dengan penduduk Kampung Segambut Permai yang melawan pengusiran paksa. Hannah Yeoh, selaku Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Segambut yang juga merupakan Timbalan Menteri Wanita dan Pembangunan Keluarga, turut berada di situ bersama dengan wakil daripada Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan.

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Setelah rundingan di tapak kampung, wakil pihak pemaju telah bersetuju untuk menangguhkan pelaksanaan notis pengusiran selama 2 minggu, sementara Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan akan mengatur rumah alternatif untuk penduduk kampung yang terjejas oleh pengusiran.

Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan telah mengeluarkan satu surat pada 9 Disember 2019 juga, memberi akujanji untuk menyediakan perumahan alternatif bagi penduduk-penduduk yang terjejas dalam tempoh masa dua minggu dari tarikh surat tersebut.

“Terima kasih kepada pihak Menteri kerana dapat mendesak tuan tanah untuk tangguhkan dua minggu lagi sehingga Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan mengatur rumah ganti untuk orang kampung. Namun, masalah pokoknya belum selesai. Kenapa peneroka bandar yang telah berusaha membangunkan tanah selama 40 tahun dinafikan hak mereka?” kata A. Sivarajan selepas pengusiran ditangguhkan.

Sivarajan menegaskan, “Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan perlu menggubal undang-undang yang mengiktiraf dan melindungi hak peneroka bandar. Daripada pengalaman hari ini, diharapkan Menteri-menteri dan wakil-wakil rakyat dapat berusaha menuju ke arah itu. Jika tidak, satu lagi peristiwa perobohan rumah kampung peneroka bandar menanti pada masa terdekat.”

Kampung Segambut Permai, dahulunya dikenali sebagai Kampung Ayam, telah diteroka dan didiami penduduk sejak tahun 1960-an. Pada tahun 1981, Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) telah mendapat hak pemilikan pajakan tanah Kampung Segambut Permai tanpa pengetahuan peneroka asal. Perkara ini hanya terbongkar apabila seorang penduduk kampung cuba memohon lot tanah Segambut Permai di Pejabat Tanah Wilayah pada tahun 2000. Pada tahun 2002, pemilikan pajakan tanah dipindahmilik daripada PKNS kepada Kemasekutu Sdn Bhd tanpa pengetahuan penduduk asal sekali lagi. Penduduk kampung mula menerima notis pengusiran yang dikeluarkan oleh Kemasekutu Sdn Bhd pada tahun 2012. Satu Penghakiman Persetujuan yang bertarikh 17 Oktober 2013 menyatakan persetujuan penduduk untuk mengosongkan premis masing-masing, tetapi perkara itu berlaku tanpa pengetahuan penduduk. Sejak itu, penduduk asal kampung ini telah diancam pengusiran paksa.

UEM Edgenta: A Government Linked Company and a Union Buster?

UEM Edgenta: A Government Linked Company and a Union Buster?

by A. Sivarajan

PSM condemns the actions of government owned company UEM Edgenta Mediserve Sdn Bhd (100% owned by UEM Edgenta) for ill-treating its workers who work as cleaners in government hospitals. Yesterday nearly 150 workers from government hospital cleaning services submitted a memorandum to YB Dr Dzulkefly Health Minister, complaining about UEM Edgenta. The company, being a government GLC owned by Khazanah Nasional should be ashamed of behaving like a ‘union buster’. Government hospital cleaners who were government staff previously had a change in fate when cleaning, laundry and maintenance services were privatized in the mid 1990’s.

The Health Ministry then gave away privatized concessions to companies for a period of 20-30 years approximately, divided into northern, central and southern regions. UEM Edgenta Mediserve Sdn Bhd has been the concessionaire for the northern region for 15 years from 2010 to 2025. managing government hospitals in Perak, Penang etc. UEM Edgenta Mediserve then appoints several sub-contractors to employ these workers in cleaning services.

Lately, UEM Edgenta Mediserve Sdn Bhd through its subsidiary Edgenta UEMS Sdn Bhd (UEMS) has been reported to be harassing the workers to resign and sign up as new employees with them. Most of these workers have a long record of service of more than 20 years and UEMS is maliciously trying to break the continuity of service and the workers’ union. UEMS Site supervisors have been recorded to have threatened the workers with termination if they refuse to resign and apply afresh.

UEMS too has declared that they refuse to follow the ongoing Collective Agreement signed by the National Union of Workers in Hospitals Support and Allied Services when they take over, effective 1st January, 2020.

While the Human Resources Ministry has made the right move to amend the Industrial Relations Act 1967 to remove hurdles to unionization and collective bargaining , a wholly government owned company UEM Edgenta is behaving like a union buster. PSM acknowledges that the system of privatization of cleaning services that has led to the work insecurity and loss of benefits of the workers today was the doing of the previous BN regime. Nevertheless, Dr Dzulkefly the PH Health Minister has the responsibility to correct the many wrongs and reevaluate these concession agreements given out to union busting employers.

Government owned GLCs should instead practice healthy industrial relations with unions and workers to set an example for employers in the private sector, but UEM Edgenta is clearly out to destroy the union and trample upon workers rights. Their concession agreement should not be renewed if they fail to buck up and respect workers’ rights.

A.Sivarajan
PSM Secretary General

3rd December 2019