without wages for 5 months
salaries for five months, Putatan district council workers are
'suffering in silence', says Sabah Progressive People's Party.
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KOTA KINABALU: Its been five months since the 50 staff at the Putatan
district council, in Sabah, received their salaries.
During this period there was a government announcement on price hikes
on oil and fuel to complement an earlier round of subsidy withdrawals
which resulted in the cost of everyday necessities to spiral beyond the
reach of the low-wage earners.
Throw-in school reopening, Christmas and now Chinese New Year expenses,
does the ruling administration understand the nightmare it has caused
the wage earning council workers?
Well, Sabah Progressive Peoples’ Party (SAPP) does not think so.
"This is ridiculous…How do you expect the workers to make ends meet
when they do not get their pay for five months?
"Maybe the ministers and assemblymen should not be given payments for
five months and let’s see how they feel about it," snapped SAPP
vice-president Dullie Marie.
He was chastising Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin for his flippant
‘its just a transitional glitch’ explanation.
Yahya had attributed the delay in salary disbursements to council
workers to the splitting of Putatan and Penampang into two separate
No where to go
Dullie contended that in the first place the Local Government and
Housing Ministry should not have taken the Putatan district out of the
Penampang district council if they could not handle such crucial
"We are talking about non-payment of salaries for five months here
which certainly could not be due to transition glitches.
"Is there a cash-flow problem? This cannot be because allocation for
salaries of the state government staff was already been approved in the
"There should be no reason for such a delay," he said.
Dullie also slammed the local government’s decision to split the
"Why split it into Penampang district council and Putatan district
council but then can’t afford to pay the workers their salaries?
"This shows that the government is weak. Such problems could also
affect the delivery systems, which in the long run could cause much
difficulty to the people," he said.
He also took to task Putatan MP Marcus Mojigoh for failing to help the
affected workers until their plight was highlighted by the opposition
"These affected council workers are suffering in silence … they cannot
seek help from the Labour or Industrial Relations Department because it
involves a government agency," he quipped. (Queville To)