As we all know, the two main prongs of the New Economic Policy are to wipe out poverty across the board and to restructure society so that no one ethnic group is stereotyped with a particular occupation - which...
During a ceramah at a Felda scheme in Temerloh, Pahang on Friday evening, Anwar vowed that Pakatan would implement a minimum wage if it came to power. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C48LrGF8xM?rel=0&w=470&h=269] But I couldn't make out the amount. Did he say if...
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...
Today I was chatting with someone who owns a few stationery shops in Penang and I was told that "business is down" because prices have gone up. Later in the evening I chatted with the cashier at a petrol...
Many Malaysians are struggling to make ends meet. Malaysian Institute of Economic Research data reportedly shows that, in 2010, 34 per cent of private sector workers earn less than RM800 per month and 43 per cent less than RM900....
The TPP is "the largest—and worst—trade deal you’ve never heard of," says a campaign on moveon.org. In other words, "Nafta on steroids". You may not have heard of it because the negotiations are all being done in secret. Perhaps...
For many state planners, the diversification to the services sector from manufacturing makes sound economic sense - but does it necessarily mean that workers will be much better off? The recent amendments to the Employment Act to entrench the...
Both the United States and its trade rival, the European Union (EU), have been forced to modify their strategy in South-east Asia in pursuit of their 'free trade' and 'liberalisation' agenda. The Malaysia-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is effectively dead;...
More evidence that workers, especially contract workers, are being shoddily treated. Workers in Tanjung Bunga who appear to be laying cables are living in deplorable conditions. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615 Low-wage contract workers, who are more easily exploited, are increasingly replacing regular local...
What is fuelling the protests and rallies and candlelight vigils and prayer gatherings? If we look at the Hindraf protest, it would be easy to conclude that the main issue is ethnic and religious discrimination, which has left many Indian...

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