Protest against Pahang JBA corporatisation

TEMERLOH (Jan 29, 2012): A total of 1,700 officers and staff of Pahang Water Supply Department (JBA) will stage a major protest if their request for the postponement of the corporatisation and privatisation of the agency was not addressed.

Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman said the corporatisation and privatisation of the agency scheduled for Feb 1 must be postponed as the staff had yet to be given complete information and rational explanation about the matter.

"Cuepacs, together with all staff of the agency, have no other choice but to stage a major protest if the government decided to implement the corporatisation of the agency.

"On behalf of the agency's staff, I would like to call on Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob to use his power to postpone the corporatisation so that all issues pertaining to the matter can be resolved for mutual benefit."

He said this after attending a briefing on the new Public Service New Remuneration (SBPA) system and the corporatisation of Pahang JBA here yesterday.

Omar said the postponement of the corporatisation was vital because no official meeting was convened with the workers' union representatives to discuss the matter which would clearly affect the staff's future.

He said 80% of the Pahang JBA staff had already signed the approval form as directed by their respective heads of department without knowing the details of the new service under the proposed corporatisation.

"At the same time, those who have signed the approval form have been deployed to work at new locations regardless of their age and skills.

"The relevant authorities should solve the SBPA issue first before trying to implement the corporatisation of Pahang JBA in such a short notice to the extent of raising questions, especially among the Pahang JBA staff," he added. -- Bernama