One of two Indonesian fishermen abducted in Sabah escapes captors in Philippines - Nation

SEMPORNA (Bernama): One of two Indonesian fishermen who was abducted at Bodgaya Island here in September has managed to escape from the kidnapping-for-ransom syndicate and reunite with his family.Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah confirmed the matter and said, from the pictures obtained, the victim had met his family but the location of the meeting was unknown.“They (victim and his family) could have reunited either in Manila or Jakarta, but surely the victim has escaped to safety,” he said when met at the district level's Maulidur Rasul celebration here Saturday (Dec 15).The event was officiated by Deputy Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, who is also Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister.Based on a report published by the Manila Bulletin, Usman Yusuf, 35, broke free from his abductors at Barangay Bual, Luuk, in Sulu waters on Dec 6, before being rescued by the security forces.In the Sept 11 incident, Usman and his colleague Samsul Saguni, 40, were kidnapped by gunmen while fishing at Bodgaya Island at 12.30pm.Meanwhile, Omar said the police had identified the suspects involved in the recent abduction of three fishermen at Pegasus Reef, in waters between Lahad Datu and the Philippines.However, he could not disclose more details as investigations are ongoing.Recently, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal urged for offensive action to be taken by the federal government to tackle cross-border kidnapping threats in Sabah.

Source:The Star

December 15, 2018 13:07 UTC


Charles Santiago appointed coordinator for social compliance audit on rubber glove makers - Nation

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Resources Ministry has appointed Klang MP Charles Santiago (pic) as the coordinator of an independent auditor to carry out a comprehensive social compliance audit on rubber glove makers in the country. Minister M. Kula Segaran said Charles, an experienced activist involved in social audit nationwide before being elected as a people's representative, was tasked to prepare reports to the ministry pertaining to the country's rubber glove makers' compliance to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Standards on Migrant Workers. He said among the aspects to be focused on in the report would be the forced labour as well as issue of foreign workers being forced to work excessive overtime as well as several other criteria pertaining to migrant workers as set by the ILO. According to the report, among problems faced by foreign workers, apart from excessive overtime, was exposure to “unsafe” factory conditions, confiscated passports, high recruitment fees that kept them in debt bondage and salaries withheld for months. However, the claims were refuted by Kula Segaran on Tuesday (Dec 11) after inspections carried out by his officers at almost all factories owned by the company here and in Ipoh, Perak, found foreign workers in the company were working overtime voluntarily as they want to earn more to send back to their respective countries.

Source:The Star

December 15, 2018 13:07 UTC


HR Ministry proposes deducting 20% foreign workers’ salaries for Socso to prevent runaways - Nation

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Resources Ministry has proposed that employers deduct 20% of their foreign workers' basic salaries for Socso and to prevent them from fleeing their jobs.Its Minister M. Kula Segaran said the proposal was to avoid employers incurring losses on investments to bring the workers in.The 20% deducted should be remitted to the Social Security Organisation (Socso), he added.He said the issue of foreign workers fleeing was among major problems faced by employers.“The proposal was submitted to the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) last week and it is open for discussion among stakeholders before it is finalised.“If implemented, it is a win-win situation for employers and workers as both parties will benefit from the deduction,” he told a press conference after a dialogue session with 60 employers in the rubber glove industry here Saturday (Dec 15).Kula Segaran said the 20% deduction of foreign workers' wages would be kept in Socso, to be handed over to them when they leave the country, after their work permits expire.“The issue has also been raised in the meeting and the majority of employers welcomed the proposal,” he said, adding that the government did not set any timeframe for the implementation and would leave it to the industry players whether to accept or reject the proposal.He said the proposal was not new to the industry as it had been implemented in Japan and South Korea and it was successful in addressing the issue of foreign workers fleeing.

Source:The Star

December 15, 2018 12:00 UTC


Frog jumping is bad, Umno defectors should quit seats before joining Pakatan, says DAP - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Former Umno leaders should relinquish their elected positions before joining any Pakatan Harapan component parties, says DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai (pic).“DAP has always been firm on our stand and opposes the ‘frog-leaping’ culture as it is a betrayal to people and public trust, especially one elected as a people’s representative under a certain party's banner.“We always maintain that if the party that you opted to cross to differs vastly from your political principles and beliefs, you must relinquish the position held previously,” said Tan, referring to the parliamentary and state assembly seats held by the defecting Umno leaders.“There are Pakatan coalition members who felt that leaders from other political parties are allowed to cross over (to Pakatan) if they have a clean political background.“This means they must not be corrupted and have no criminal records,” he said after the launch of Foton 3S centre at, Jalan Pemberita U1/49 Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam on Saturday (Dec 15).Tan was commenting on the exodus of the Umno MPs and assemblymen from the party.Six Umno MPs announced their resignation on Friday (Dec 15), while five MPs, two senators and nine assemblymen from Sabah Umno left the party on Wednesday (Dec 12).Tan added that DAP has always been advocating an anti-party-hopping law.“But for it to be enacted, there must be a consensus of all component parties of Pakatan,” he said

Source:The Star

December 15, 2018 11:48 UTC


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