CONSUMERIST: MINIMUM WAGE WHAT I SAID 15/06/10

BASIC WAGE – ANOTHER FLIP FLOP AND MISTAKE!

June 15, 2010 on 10:49 am | In General |

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

My reasoning very simple if you want the private sector to be the engine of growth then you need to address issues they face for them – ‘time is of the essence – time is money’ – because as far as I am concerned the public sector has failed to inspire, excite, rejuvenate or simply move forward as they are obese, incompetent, slow, in comatose and there is far too many inconsistencies and duplication within!

We have the record of the largest civil service per population at perhaps 1.45 million?

We have created duplication and multiples of it and thus today this sector is unproductive and too politicized with their numerous – Pengarahs, Timbalan Pengarahs, Penolong Pengarahs, Ketua Penolong Pangarahs and what have you!

If this is not enough we are now creating more and more – ‘Public Commissions or Suruhanjaya’?

And they are headed by retired politicians and civil servants with very high salaries and perks and why?

I remember the days the government was run very efficiently just by a competent and hardworking chief clerk! – Dr Jacob George

BASIC WAGE – ANOTHER FLIP FLOP!

 



It is rather sad and distasteful that we have backtracked on our pledge to enforce a minimum-wage policy for security guards starting July 1.

In fact, as I indicated in my television interview on Astro Awani (live) on the eve of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s launch of the 10th Malaysian Plan in Parliament that the time is upon us to initiate and introduce minimum wage across the board in Malaysia!

My reasoning very simple if you want the private sector to be the engine of growth then you need to address issues they face for them – ‘time is of the essence – time is money’ – because as far as I am concerned the public sector has failed to inspire, excite, rejuvenate or simply move forward as they are obese, incompetent, slow, in comatose and there is far too many inconsistencies and duplication within!

We have the record of the largest civil service per population at perhaps 1.45 million?

We have created duplication and multiples of it and thus today this sector is unproductive and too politicized with their numerous Pengarahs, Timbalan Pengarahs, Penolong Pengarahs, Ketua Penolong Pangarahs and what have you!

I remember the days when government offices were run and run efficiently just by one competent Chief Clerk?

The public sector is too bureaucratic and full of anomalies that simply put – it sucks!

How can we move forward if we continue renewing and extending the contracts of those who are in leadership positions who have simply failed to energize proactively or transform the system and long past retirement age frustrating the younger and more open minded down the tier?

All these ‘old farts’ are good at is at apple polishing!

Coming back to this issue – there has been far too many decades we have been having a policy sucking up to the investors and employers and this MUST END!

You do not need mental Viagra for this just plain honesty, dedication, commitment and a heart that feel the pain for the marginalized among our community of workers!

I fully agree with my learned friends that this sudden freeze of implementation allows the numerous employers in the country to continue exploiting their workers with a meagre RM300 to RM400 wage a month!

What is worst is that this flip flop is a another reversal against the Human Resource Ministry’s National Wages Council’s recommendation in 2008 that wages for the estimated 150,000 security guards be set at between RM500 and RM700.

When I meet the Minister next I must ask him the real reasons for this major turn about that is an embarrassment to governance!

The pertinent question is was the plan reversed again because the ‘fat cats of industry’ appealed to him?

There is no excuse this time around for this flip flop as the industry and others had been studying the minimum wage proposal since 2004, and thus industry players had ample opportunity to provide vital feedbacks!

I am really disgusted because this whole matter was given prominence and hope after an announcement by the Minister of Human Resources himself in April that the minimum wage for security guards would be raised to between RM1,100 and RM1,450 monthly following the enforcement of the new policy.

The reason was also justifiable as the cabinet I am told felt this move was a means of encouraging locals to take up the job to replace foreign security guards, currently estimated to be 40,000 strong.

For the employers to say they need at least six more months to resolve issues involving private firms, government-linked companies and the government is absolute rubbish!

It is elementary – if the wages go up then the government too must pay higher wages per security guard they use in their many government ministries across the country!

I am embarrassed by this move and I do not know about others?

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