Thursday, September 06, 2007

MTUC, Politics, Power and Getting 'what they want'.

Reading this report in Malaysiakini by Muda Mohd Noor, I disagree with the so called components trade union organisations who called for MTUC to desist from its political stance and affiliation. Its not that MTUC 'joining' or supporting Oppositionm parties, but rather the Opposition parties are supporting MTUC in its fight for minimum wage and better working conditions.

I believe that if MTUC make its political stance, suporting whatever party that support and fight for MTUC's causes, then MTUC would make headway in its fight for minimum wage and better working conditions.
Why do I say that?
Well, in Malaysia, and any other democratically governed countries, political clout would get you in power, and power would translate to gettting things done in the form of law provisions. When things are written in law of the country, then citizens has to do things according to the law.
Do you see the missing link here? MTUC doesnt have the political clout, hence cannot elect or sway MP's who are symphatetic to its causes. So whatever MTUC want, e.g. Minimum Wage Law, the MPs couldnt give a damn. Or its probably the case whereby our MPs are already swayed by parties who doesnt want Minimum Wage Law.

Reads this report also in Malaysiakini which stated that Ketua Pemuda Umno Johor, Datuk Razali Ibrahim discourages MTUC from getting involved in politics, meaning this fellow knows that if MTUC is a political force, which deliver a block vote of 10 million plus, then any political parties which rub MTUC the wrong way would be finished!

Human Resources Ministry under Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn knows about this too. So he is using his deputy, Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar to threaten MTUC with deregister.

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