The sackings at PKNS have shown up the rivalry between Azmin Ali and Khalid Ibrahim in Selangor.
Azmin Ali came out with a statement this morning, which read:
PKNS sacking of contract employees illegal and inhumane
The sudden sacking of 30 employees of PKNS Holdings Sdn Bhd (PHSB) under the orders of Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is not only a violation of employment laws but is grossly inhumane.
It is completely against the principles espoused by the Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor that all employees must be treated with dignity and compassion. While the sudden dismissal is harsh and will cause great financial loss to the employees, a severance pay of two months’ salary only adds insult to injury.
I call upon the powers concerned to immediately revoke the dismissal letters and apologise to the people of Selangor for such an inconsiderate and high-handed action. In the interest of justice and good governance, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid must stop using the PKNS as a personal weapon against his perceived political rivals.
Mohamed Azmin Ali
But yesterday, Malaysiakini reported on Khalid’s take of the situation:
PKNS saga: MB assumes Azmin innocent, for now
Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim will “assume the innocence” of Selangor PKR chief Azmin Ali pending a probe to find out who is responsible for hiring redundant and highly-paid contract staff into the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).
He said this after revealing that those who had their contracts terminated were hired into positions which were already filled upon recommendation of the PKNS board of directors, which then included Azmin.
By virtue of his position as menteri besar, Khalid is also the chairperson of PKNS, while other political appointees in the board are Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and now exco member Iskandar Samad.
He said PKNS whistleblowers complained that some of these contract staff did not go through interviews and received remuneration as high as RM 30,000 per month.
To a question, he said: “I assume it is not true (that Azmin hired them), and if it is true I will double check the veracity of the information.”
“People are to be assumed innocent (before proven guilty),” he told reporters.
As they say, the truth is somewhere out there.
I suppose the larger question here is, were those hirings of highly paid contract staff in PKNS justified in the first place and were they properly hired following due process?
If you are a PKNS staff, it would be interesting to hear your view from the inside.