Yes - the government must step in and do the needful to assist these workers - the same level of assistance that is promised to and given to the terminated workers of MAS Bhd should also be present for all workers of private companies or public sector that gets laid off...
Government woos foreign investors to open factories so that workers in Malaysia will have employment and income. To do this, many forms of preferential treatment are offered these investors - tax holidays, special rate for basic amenities, good infrastructure are provided... but alas, too easily many of these multi-national companies(MNCs) and employers will pick up and move their factories elsewhere when they get a better deal.
These MNCs really must start caring more for the welfare and well-being of their workers - and not just close down or move because they can make better profits elsewhere...Workers are not commodities to be used and disposed - but must be seen as partners in business, and as human persons with family and dependents...
Governments, both Federal and State, need to re-strategize when it comes to ensuring its workers have continuous employment and income - a necessity for survival in modern Malaysia.
Security of employment must be of paramount importance - that means secure regular employment until retirement > not precarious forms of employment like short term contracts or allowing the usage of large number of workers from labour suppliers('contractors for labour') where these workers will end up in factories where they will not even be considered employees and are deprived the right to even join unions representing factory employees.
In some countries, short-term contract employment is discouraged. In fact for work involving the 'core business' of the employer, only regular employees are permitted. Short-term contract employment is limited to temporary work - or matters not considered part of the 'core business'. Maximum quota of 10% for non-regular employees at a workplace could be set.
Sadly, in Malaysia, the government seems to be more concerned about the wellbeing and profits of businesses - rather than the economic security, welfare and wellbeing of workers and their families. What is happening to the Malaysian Airlines employees may be good example of this kind of this attitude > the obvious concern seems to be saving the airline...not so much the welfare and wellbeing of workers and their families.
Since 1/1/2013, workers in Malaysia continue to be entitled to an extremely low minimum wage of RM900 - despite the fact that cost of living has most definitely increased quite a bit in the last 2 and a half years..
Hope Gerakan would also raise more worker issues - and other politicians and political parties would also follow suit. MPs and ADUNs should also be out there preventing unemployment and assisting workers.
Penang Gerakan concerns over impending layoff of 1,000 workers when Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc closesBy Audrey Dermawan - 30 July 2015 @ 11:00 PM
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan is concerned with the laid back attitude of the Penang state government over the impending layoff of some 1,000 workers when Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc closes its manufacturing plant here in December.State Gerakan Youth committee member Teo Yin Horng said the state government should focus on helping the affected workers, find them alternative jobs, and other means to ease their financial burden.“They should be serious and concerned with getting ready to face the consequential impact on the state’s economy and employment market opportunities,” he said.It was reported earlier that the state government had said “the closure of the plant will not hamper the development of the semiconductor industry in Penang.”Teo said the issue needed immediate attention, not just on the general development of the semiconductor industry, but how the DAP-led state government was going to work with the federal government to help the workers.“Also, whether the closure will have a domino effect, prompting other manufacturers to move out of Penang. This is the crux of the problem.”Teh also pointed out that downstream industries, including the local suppliers and other related operators, would be affected.Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc, Teo said, was among the first batch of eight multinational companies which set their foot in Penang in the 1970s.“For the past 50 years or more, they have provided bread-and-butter for the people of Penang ... one generation after another. Such a dedicated manufacturer.”Teo said during the reign of former chief minister Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, the people of Penang witnessed the mushrooming of factories in Penang. His successor, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, further expanded the industrial base by increasing the number of factories many-folds.“Today, we see a slump in the industry. The state government should take initiative to woo the foreign investors.” - New Straits Times, 30/7/2015