Contest for all positions in MTUC election
SHAH ALAM:- The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) for the first time since its formation in 1949 will see a contest between its incumbent secretary-general and president for the national union's top post at its triennial delegates conference next month.
The spotlight will be on the contest for the post of president at the election on Dec 22 between incumbent secretary-general, Abdul Halim Mansor and president, Mohd Khalid Atan.
Abdul Halim, who is general secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Chemical Industry Workers when contacted by Bernama confirmed that he would be contesting for the top post for which he had received nine nominations while Mohd Khalid who received 18 nominations, said he would defend his post.
Abdul Halim said another person who was nominated for the MTUC president post was Malaysia Airlines Employees Union (Maseu) president Alias Aziz who received one nomination.
The nominations for the MTUC election which opened on Oct 1 and closed on Nov 1, showed there would be contests for all important posts.
Incumbent MTUC deputy president, Mohd Jafar Abd Majid received 10 nominations for the deputy president post, while Abdul Razak Md Hassan, who is president of the Railwaymen Union of Malaya and Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid from Club Employees Union received 15 and two nominations respectively for the same post.
Abdul Halim said a five-cornered fight was expected for the post of secretary-general involving the general secretary of the National Union of Transport Equipment and Allied Industries Workers, N. Gopala Krishnan, Maybank Executive Union general secretary, A. Prem Kumar and three others.
Incumbent deputy secretary-general, Samuel Devadasan will face R. Jey Kumar from the All Malaysia Estate Staff Union, Kamarul Baharin Mansor from Southern Waste and incumbent vice-president A.Balasubramaniam, in defending his post.
A total of 23 unionists were nominated to contest for five vice-president posts representing the private sector, seven nominated to contest three vice-president posts (public sector) and six to contest three vice-president posts (statutory bodies).
Abdul Halim said 555 delegates from 129 unions were entitled to elect MTUC office-bearers for the 2013-2016 term during its triennial delegates conference on Dec 21-22 at a venue to be confirmed later.
The National Union of the Teaching Profession will be sending the largest delegation comprising 42 delegates to the conference.