Lo urges RoS to take action against rogue MTUC officials, not MTUC

Andrew Lo

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KUCHING, Dec 23: Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak asserts the Registrar of Societies (RoS) should take action against alleged rogue MTUC officials and not the organisation as a whole.

Its secretary Andrew Lo believes that what these top officials did has put the organisation at risk.

“Regrettably, we are not surprised that the shenanigans of the top officials of MTUC has put a 70-year-old organisation and almost 200 affiliates who represent more than half a million workers, at risk.

“We would also urge the Registrar that, should there be any serious discrepancies, omission or failures to comply with the MTUC constitution and/or relevant provisions in the Act, actions should be taken against those officials involved.

“We would like to believe that Sarawak Division has complied with all provisions of the Constitution of MTUC as well as the relevant provisions of Akta Pertubuhan 1966. We have submitted all returns, minutes of meetings and financial statements to the Registrar through MTUC headquarters.

He appealed to RoS that the organisation not be deregistered as the interest of workers would be at risk.

“We appeal that MTUC should not be deregistered. Such deregistration will put the interests of affiliates and their members, and most importantly, million of workers at risk.

“They should not suffer due to the actions of rogue officials,” Lo emphasised in a statement today.

RoS recently issued a notice under Section 13 Akta Pertubuhan 1966 warning MTUC that it may be deregistered until and unless the organisation can provide acceptable explanations was to why MTUC should not be registered.

Lo revealed MTUC Sarawak is concerned over the issue.

“We believe that the action by the Registrar is not (to be) taken lightly and was done after investigations.

“MTUC Sarawak Division has not been informed by MTUC headquarters of any prior investigations. We will extend full cooperation to the registrar and will provide any relevant information and documents where necessary.”

The RoS has suspended MTUC following complaints lodged against the management.

RoS received complaints on July 2, alleging poor management in MTUC and the suspension was to protect the interests of the organisation.

MTUC has been given 30 days from the date of notice (Dec 18, 2019) to explain why it should not be de-registered. — DayakDaily