Just heard from Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid, the chairman of MTUC Penang, that some 1,800 workers turned up for the MTUC picket near the Prai Industrial Estate, adding their voices to the call for a RM900 minimum wage and a RM300 cost of living allowance.
This exceeds the turnout for the earlier 25 June picket, in which some 1,000 workers took part.
Razak said that a few more new groups joined in today’s picket. He added that similar pickets were also held in about half a dozen locations across the country – Ipoh, KL (in three locations), Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.
So the issue is not dying out – there is still disquiet among the low-income working class. And a general election is looming.
The ball is now in PM Abdullah Badawi’s court.