Sarawak business bodies slam Human Resources Ministry for rejecting their joint nominee to sit on the board of Perkeso

KUCHING: Two business bodies today expressed their deep disappointment with Human Resources Ministry for appointing an “unknown” person to represent employers from Sarawak in the board of Social Security Organisation (Perkeso).

“Sarawak Business Federation (SBF) and Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) are upset that the ministry did not appoint their nominee to represent Sarawak employers to the board of Perkeso, but instead picked someone who operates a petrol station in Serian,” SBF deputy president Datuk Philip Ting told reporters here.

He said normally SBF and SCCI would jointly nominate a candidate to sit on the board of Perkeso as was the practice for more than 25 years under all the former ministers of Human Resource.

He said SBF and SCCI does not recognise the position of the person appointed by the Human Resources Ministry to the sit on the board of Perkeso.

Ting said SBF and SCCI will lodge a complaint with Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg against the Human Resources Ministry’s rejection of their nominee.

“We, therefore, request the state government to assist us in rectifying this situation,” Ting said, adding that SBF will submit another nominee to the state government for onward transmission to the Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot for consideration.

He said Sarawak employers, who are represented in the council of SBF, collectively contribute more than RM200 million a year to Perkeso.

“As an important stakeholders, they have a direct interest to be involved in the management of Perkeso,” he said, adding that during the past two decades or so, the Ministry of Human Resources have always consulted the Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF), who in turn consulted SCCI whose nominees were all appointed to the board of Perkeso.

“Without any prior consultation, this practice was not followed during the recent appointments to the Perkeso board,” Ting said.

He said Sarawak employers recognise the importance of their interests being represented and their collective voice, heard.

Ting said it is important that the correct person from SBF be appointed to the board of Perkeso so that he would speak on behalf of the Sarawak employers. –