KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 : The National Union of Banking Employee (NUBE) has slammed Segamat Member of Parliament Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam as the Minister of the Human Resource and urged the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak not to re-appoint Subramaniam as a Minister.
The NUBE claimed that for the past five years, Subramaniam, as the Minister of the Human Resource, had degraded the entire Malaysian work force and defiled the honour of those who had worked hard to protect the rights of the workers for the past 56 years.
They said Subramaniam had chosen to forsake the future of Malaysia by conspiring with Maybank to allow the formation of an in-house union and has refused to cancel the registration despite appeals from the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).
In June and October 2011, Subramaniam blatantly lied to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) by saying that the High Court has decided that the registration of the in-house union in Maybank is valid and it is within the powers of the Director General of Trade Union. However, the High Court has not made any decision on the case, yet.
On April 3, 2012, Subramaniam misled the Malaysian parliament by stating that the scope of the in-house union, which covered the clerical, non-clerical and special grade employees, was entirely different from the NUBE.
Meanwhile, NUBE is advocating for the same workers’ rights for this group of employees.
The NUBE General Secretary J. Solomon said, “If Subramaniam can bend over backwards to please Maybank by lying to the ILO and mislead the Parliament, it shows the extent of conspiracy to drive wedge between NUBE and its members.”
“The role of the Minister of Human Resource is to use his authorities to resolve the issues on unions and its members. However, Subarmaniam is doing the opposite of what is expected from him,” he added.
Solomon said, all this while Subramaniam said the matter is with the court, but in reality, the matter is with the court now because Subramaniam had failed to deregister Mayneu despite having the authority to do so. In fact, even the court is perplexed to why he is yet to make a decision.
The NUBE has called on to the Prime Minister not to repeat the mistake of appointing S. Subramaniam as the Minister of the Human Resource and to undo the injustices brought upon the workers.
They sincerely hope that the new Minister of the Human Resource minister will heed to the Prime Minister’s advice not to be ‘arrogant and cocky’ and re-institute the honour and dignity of the working population.