I am surprised to read the allegation by Deputy Minister of HR Abdul Rahman Bakar that Malaysian Trades Union Congress members are fed up with its leadership because it is anti-establishment.
He continued: "They are influenced by the opposition whose leaders are always present at rallies organised by the MTUC," he said, as he rattled off the names of opposition stalwarts.
Rahman said the opposition kept harping on things like minimum wage and other pet issues of the MTUC."The opposition is doing this to get their sympathy. It is not interested in their cause but is out to score points with workers."
Rahman should take note that the MTUC leaders do not have a choice but to accept the support of opposition leaders who are sensitive to the cause. This happened because the BN is overly focused on the employers and not the average working class Joe.
Is the MTUC fight for a minimum wage (RM900) and COLA (RM300) deemed unreasonable? It is impossible to expect workers especially those in the private sector to live comfortably with something lower than that amount. In fact, it would be deemed inhumane! No wonder, the rich got richer and the poor got poorer.
It showed that Rahman is so out of touch as a politician and a deputy minister of HR. He is shouting 'wolf' on every movement in the woods.
He gave an example of the hotel workers and commented that it is another lost cause to try to get a minimum wage for hotel workers."They have allowances, accommodation is provided, food is provided and they get bonus."
I am not sure where he got his details about the hotel industry. In fact, some workers take home such a small pay check that it is impossible to motivate them to provide a top notch customer service.
It is time for Rahman to 'turun padang' and if he needs help, I am sure many of us are willing to point him to the right direction.
In the mean time, stop being so arrogant, for goodness sake!