"I have stated before that civil servants must not get involved in any gathering against the government as they had taken the oath... so whether they like it or not, they must abide by the rules....If they are dissatisfied and wish to take part in such a gathering, they should leave the public sector..." - Cuepacs president Azih Muda
CUEPACS is a labour centre whose members are public sector employee unions. The employer of these employees is the government. Is there protest occurring within CUEPACS over the statement issued by its president Azih Muda? We do not know. The Malaysian Trade Union Congress(MTUC), the labour centre repreenting 300 over unions, and who is recognized by Malaysia and even the International Labour Organisation(ILO) as the representative of workers in Malaysia sadly have kept quite...No statements in the media (which may not have carried such statements or reported it) ...and when we look at the MTUC website, we also see no response...
He should have stressed that as employees of the government, they will do the work they are employed for professionally and as required, without bringing in their own 'politics' and other beliefs during working hours.
As CUEPACS President, he should have criticized the usage of threats of transfer, etc directly against workers in the public sector who exercised their rights as citizens outside working hours as these are contrary to the principles of democracy. Likewise, promotions should also just be based on work skills/ability - never on any other factors like whether he is a union leader or not, political affiliations, religion, ethnicity, other involvements in the exercising of rights outside work...
But alas, Azih Muda is a NEW Cuepacs president, maybe also awed by the occasion which was attended by the PM - he may learn to be a better advocate for worker rights ... [We never got hold of the full text of his speech or a record of all that was said to the media - for after all, media can also be guilty of just picking this and not that...to report.] I do hope that Azih Muda would come out and clarify whether what was stated in the Bernama report, carried by NST and Malaysian Insider was accurate or not ...I do hope that what was reported was wrong...
Interestingly, the employer(the government or the PM) did not come and warn workers about their 'service pledge', or call them 'traitors' or even ask them to resign as public sector employees in the said media reports.... so it was just the CUEPACS leader that saw this as an issue ...not even PM Najib Razak
Union fights for workers, and should never become or be seen as employer's agents
Below the relevant reports, and some responses that appeared in the media
As a comparison, see how another union of public sector employees acts ... NUTP objects attempts by employer(government) to violate personal rights, freedom of opinion,...of teachers
Civil servants involved in GST protest are traitors, says Cuepacs chief – BernamaPublished: 1 May 2014 | Updated: 2 May 2014 2:20 AM
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