Govt Urged To Improve Worker’s Rights In Malaysia – DAP’s Phoong

DAP lawmaker, Jimmy Wong, second left, and other officers contributed several cartons of water to STIEU leaders for the picketing SFI workers.

SIPITANG: DAP Sabah publicity secretary Phoong Jin Zhe slammed Sabah state government, saying its silence in solving the wage issues of the Sabah Forest Industries workers is rather pathetic.

He said the despite being a minority shareholder, the state government had a moral responsibility in solving the problems faced by the workers, and keeping quiet was not a good sign.

Phoong said the government should at least be seen to be siding the workers as after all, it had approved the sale of the company to a foreign entity and retained a 2 per cent stake in the company.

“Keeping silent won’t make the problems go away,” he said in a statement.

“The workers have families, financial commitments and other responsibilities too, and if they don’t get their salaries in time, they will be affected.”

Phoong said DAP sympathised with the workers and hoped that a solution would be reached soon.

The SFI workers who have been picketing since Wednesday are expected to continue with their picket on Monday.