Picket pics and Ministerial response June 26, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Economy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Southeast Asia.
PUTRAJAYA: The Government is willing to set up wage councils by sectors to review low salaries, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn.
He also urged MTUC to call off the planned picket at several parts of the country today.
Another news update from The Star again, this time quoting Fong as saying they’d launch a 6 month survey and we’ll know in November. So the subtext being – please don’t picket because we’re going to give you some survey results at the end of the year?
Fong – did you not read the memorandum handed last week? The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) estimates that 40 percent of Malaysia’s nearly 10 million private sector employees earn less than 700 ringgit ($200) a month, mostly working at plantations or factories.
The appropriate workers’ responses to the Minister are as below.
Yeah Fong… show us the m-o-n-e-y!
Fong…Cakap tak serupa bikin!
NTV7 carried a live feed from the site, and ran an SMS poll during its 6pm newsbreak.
The question was:- Picketing is the most effective way to a resolution. Naturally, we thought, what a loaded question, designed to prick those sensitive anti-protest forces into action.
To our surprise and delight … 85% said YES!
More pics of personalities below.
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim with Rajasegaran (in blue shirt), the General Secretary of MTUC.
To the delight of the crowd, Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, KeADILan president and member of Parliament joins the picket in solidarity despite the drizzle. She had quite a number of younger workers salute her with those “rock-on” signs.
An animated Syed Shahir, president of MTUC with Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of DAP, Wan Azizah and Lim Kit Siang, leader of the Opposition in Parliament (Chong Eng, also an MP from DAP was nearby). Mat Sabu from PAS arrived a little later. Here’s hoping Syed was telling them to get their act together in ensuring straight fights during the looming General Elections.
Coming soon – One day National Strike! (I hope you’re hearing this, Fong!)