More bad news in the electronics industry in Malaysia. German firm Qimonda, which has a plant in Malacca, has filed for bankruptcy in Munich - thanks to a global glut in memory chips. From the Qimonda website: Region: Malacca / Senai Established: 1973 No....
Dr Jeyakumar, along with his father, speaks about what drives him, his experience in detention and the ludicrous allegations levelled against him and his party. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnw_DKLmr0?rel=0&w=470&h=385] Incidentally, today, 1 August, is exactly 51 years since the ISA came into...
Electronics contract manufacturer Jabil Circuit is set to cut its manufacturing capacity in certain regions and close 10 of its facilities worldwide. It will reportedly retrench 3,000 of its 85,000 workers; 90 per cent of these retrenchments will take place...
After what's been happening in Egypt, I thought I would draft a memo to dictators and authoritarian leaders around the world to give them some free and unsolicited advice. Dear Mr Dictator/Authoritarian Leader Recent events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere...
I was shocked when I read that a recent SMS poll conducted by The Star revealed that 76 per cent of 769 respondents were against the idea of allowing domestic workers (maids) a day off every week. Let's see if...
Here's more evidence to show that a minimum wage can actually keep the economy purring. This time, we go to the United States. San Francisco-based journalist, Dick Meister, a specialist on labour issues, is actually calling on the US administration to...
You may not have noticed, but a classic PR battle is being waged between the agrichemical industry and anti-paraquat campaigners. Round One went to the anti-paraquat campaigners, when they succeeded in getting the Malaysian government to ban the dangerous pesticide. The...
Back from a rejuvenating day at Penang Forum 2, where 170 concerned individuals, including representatives from 35 Penang-based NGOs, grappled with the question, 'Has anything changed after two years?' The participants passed two resolutions: they supported the Penang state government's...
Between 500 and 1000 workers have marched from Central Market to Dataran Maybank to mark Workers' Day. Many are disappointed that Najib's newly introduced minimum wage of RM900 for the peninsula and RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak falls...
Do you know that 24 per cent of Malaysian households are struggling to make ends meet, earning less than RM1,500 a month? The figure would be higher if you define "low income" as households with a monthly income of...

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