Chong to question Riot in Parliament on MAS retrenchment

Chong Chieng Jen

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KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen said he will confront Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot in the upcoming parliamentary session on the latter’s decision to not bring the case involving the retrenchment of 3,600 Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) Bhd staff to be brought to the Industrial Court.

Chong said according to Malaysia’s law, ministerial approval is needed for such cases to be brought to the tribunal and now Riot had said that he would not give the green light.

“Riot’s decision on MAS’ retrenched employees have left them with no recourse,” said Chong.

He pointed out that MAS was a government-linked company and yet the government had resorted to dirty tactics of winding up the organisation and leaving the retrenched staff with no recourse.

“The government is the last entity to be expected to use such dirty tactics on its employees. And Riot is facilitating such a dishonest scheme. It is a shame that he is a Sarawakian,” said Chong.

Chong who is also state DAP chairman and Kota Sentosa assemblyman said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is going to take up a judiciary review while he would would raise the issue in Parliament.

“I will confront Riot by taking whatever opportunity in Parliament to reserve the decision,” he said.

The next parliamentary session will convene from Oct 24 to Dec 1.

MAS was wound up in 2015 with 3,600 of its staff retrenched. The company was later taken over by Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).

Meanwhile, Chong also questioned why Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has the financial means and was willing to spend millions of ringgit to buy aircraft from the United States to help to revive the US economy but not helping his own people in the form of the retrenched 3,600 staff from MAS.