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Bank Muamalat northern region’s only Indian employee dismissed for not attending training on ...

Posted: 25 Jun 2013 01:51 PM PDT

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Looking at the circumstances, we believe that Katheriene is a victim of targeted racism as she is the only Indian staff at the bank. The other staff who gave the same reason for not attending the training was not reprimanded by the bank.

 
J Solomon, Hon. General Secretary N U B E 

Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (BMMB) wrongfully dismissed the only Indian employee Katheriene Vimala a/p D Aricasnin from the Kulim BMMB branch by giving the most absurd reason; failure to attend training on her rest day.

Katheriene is the only Indian employee in the whole of northern region BMMB bank branches.

According to the Bank's grounds of dismissal, Katherine was dismissed because she failed to attend the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AMLA/CFT) and Shariah refresher training, which was scheduled on 16th March 2013 (Saturday) at Sunway Hotel, Seberang Jaya Penang.

According to Katheriene, she immediately notified, her unavailability to the officer in charge, and also submitted it in writing. Earlier to that, she also had applied for leave on the 18th of March (Monday) and her leave approved by the bank on 12th March 2013.

She was unable to attend the training as she was scheduled to attend Picket Jelajah, organized by National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) in Kelantan, from 16th March 2013 to 18th March 2013.

However, on Friday 15th of March after office hours at 5.45pm she received an undated letter from Zuraina Harun threatening her with disciplinary action, for not attending the training. In the next few days she was been bullied and discriminated by the HR department and eventually dismissed on 7th of June almost two months later by the Acting Head of HR Rasol Raman Mustapha.

According BMMB, the AMLA/CFT and Shariah training was the last session for the year 2013. However, BMMB held the same training on 22nd March 2013 and 22nd June 2013, which Katheriene has been slotted in as one of the participants, despite her dismissal.

How can the bank claim that the training is the last session for the year, when there are multiple similar training's since then, which she could have attended. The bank's intention seems to be crystal clear on this matter; deliberately use this as an excuse to get rid of Katheriene.

Why were some of the staff who did not attend the training for similar reasons were not given any show cause letters but Katheriene was given one, and eventually dismissed? Is BMMB's HR department practicing double standards?

Looking at the circumstances, we believe that Katheriene is a victim of targeted racism as she is the only Indian staff at the bank. The other staff who gave the same reason for not attending the training was not reprimanded by the bank.

The training was held on her rest day. On top of it, BMMB has approved Katherine's leave, which means, the HR department are well aware of her plans. Missing training on a rest day definitely does not warrant a dismissal.

Or is Katheriene another victim of union busting? Is BMMB using her training attendance as the excuse for a dismissal because she actively advocates unionism? Is this the new tactic used by BMMB to intimidate union officials?

Katheriene has been an obedient staff working for almost 22 years for the bank with an impeccable track record. For all the effort she put in, is this how an Islamic bank shows gratitude?  By discriminating the only Indian staff?

 


Idris Jala, where are you casting your net?

Posted: 25 Jun 2013 01:40 PM PDT

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If the Tan Sri wrote the article, then he needs a head check. If someone else wrote it for him, he still needs a head check.

AsamLaksa

I refer to the article titled "Conversation with a M'sian angry with the Govt" by Tan Sri Idris Jala. http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/6/24/business/13273763&sec=business

My immediate reaction was incredulity followed by the "I pity the fool" feeling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJnKm6ftPu0

Hmmm, then I wondered what was the Tan Sri smoking. Hahahaha! I felt that if the Tan Sri wrote the article, then he needs a head check. If someone else wrote it for him, he still needs a head check. Lastly, I think the editors who allowed publication of the article needs to be institutionalised - This is one article that is seriously counterproductive! Hahahaha!

Ok, now seriously, I understand what Tan Sri Idris Jala (TSIJ) was trying to sell, that things are not so bad under BN rule. Then he appears to try to win over the 'Angry Malaysian' over with arguments citing facts and figures.

I agree that things are not so bad in Malaysia under BN rule. In fact things are improving but doesn't mean that I'll just sit back and spend my days under the sun (mind you, when it is not hazy). Does TSIJ expect Malaysians to be the docile domestic abuse victim that makes excuses like, "he/she used to punch me every day before but now it is just every other day so I am alright as things are improving"?

I give a big FAIL on the part of trying to win over Angry Malaysian and I do not even need to refute the facts and figures provided. Firstly, TSIJ used a counterproductive approach and secondly he misses the point completely! Now, I am not here to refute his individual points because I'll just end up like him, missing the whole point. It is like discussing about the quality of the dog bark rather than finding out why is the dog barking at all.

On TSIJ's approach, his first error is in labelling the critics of the Malaysian government as 'angry'. Grrrrrrr! You do not use a negative adjective to describe those you want to reach out to. Imagine going into peace talks with the Taliban and addressing them as the 'terrorist' Taliban.

His second error is in trying to squeeze in facts and figures without balanced analyses including the pros and cons thus showing a lack of sincerity.

Thirdly, there is no point shoving facts and figures when the other person perceives that the real life situation is not mirrored in the facts in figures. What does it mean to you that crime rate is falling when you were mugged yesterday?

An additional note, there is the customary diversionary sort talk of "not everyone in X country is better" which never convince anyone. You can pick and choose to highlight things better or worse off in every country in the world.  Even Gaddafi's Libya had free education including tertiary level and every citizen gets a roof over their heads.

The end result is basically highlighting TSIJ giving a talk which he could have more effectively convey his message in bite size articles that deals with one topic at a time. The danger of having too many points in one article is that you lose your audience and that one error and you risk discrediting the whole article.

I say TSIJ misses the whole point in trying to address the concerns of Malaysians. TSIJs need to find the real Malaysians and then decipher their real grouses. Instead what he did with this article is him reasserting himself as a part of the propaganda machinery.

If you ask Malaysians what trouble them in Malaysia, they can give you a long list which would include crime and security, corruption, race relations, religion, economy, taxes, and so on. In fact, these are not unique to Malaysia. The same headache list occurs all over the world. The truth is that we all live with this headache list and life goes on.

So, what really ails the BN led Malaysian government? This is where TSIJ misses the point or does not want to mention. He was in business so he should know what makes a deal go smoothly.

The answer is trust. The fact is that many Malaysians have lost trust and faith in the BN led government and government machinery. The BN led government and Malaysian government machinery appears self-serving and out of touch of the day to day lives of Malaysians (this is also a warning to PR which may end up with their own brand of 'Angry Malaysian').

You can quote Bank Negara few will believe it as they do not trust it. You can quote drop in crime and corruption and few will believe it because everyone knows someone who has paid a bribe to the police or knows someone's property which was burgled. You can quote Transparency International but few really care or understand what the numbers mean.

What any Malaysian government needs is to foster trust towards the government and government machinery. You do not do this by quoting facts and figures. You do not do this by arguing with logic. All you need to do is speak to the people who put the need of the nation above themselves, race and religion. Many mentioned answers but time and time again the Malaysian government refuses to listen. If you were to scream out over and over again and you are ignored, my dear TSIJ, you would either become very angry or raving mad.

 

Care to share some of your finest smokes, Tan Sri?  

Is this transformation when two Ministers with fake degrees are responsible for human ...

Posted: 25 Jun 2013 01:37 PM PDT

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Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Zairil Khir Johari, Julian Tan Kok Ping  

It is truly disappointing that on the first day for Ministerial replies in the first parliamentary sitting since the 13th General Election, Malaysians have to accept the reality that Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Razak has appointed two Ministers with two 'dodgy' degrees each from institutions which are degree mills.

The first Minister in question is Richard Riot, formerly the Deputy Foreign Minister and now the Minister for Human Resources (MoHR). According to a previous entry in the website of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was listed as having a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Chartered Institute of Business Administration (Ireland), Teoranta in 1994 and a Masters in Business Administration from Preston University in the USA.

Not only could we not find any website belonging to the abovementioned Chartered Institute of Business Administration (Ireland), Teoranta, Preston University is a well-known bogus university as reported by numerous newspaper reports.[1]

The second Minister in question is "Dr" Ewon Ebin, the new Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI). The MoSTI website lists the Minister as having obtained his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) from Golden State University, Wyoming.[2] Although not stated in the MoSTI website, we were informed that the Minister obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Commonwealth Open University which is based in the British Virgin Islands. Both of these 'institutions' are listed down as 'unathorized schools and invalid degrees' by the state governments of Oregon and Maine in the United States.[3]

What makes this revelation more ironic is the fact that both Ministers are in charge of ministries where human capital development, proper accreditation, certification and standards are key responsibilities. For example, the Ministry of Human Resources has the responsibility "To revise, update and develop the syllabus of skills training (NOSS), Skills Certification System (MOSQ) and skills standard for implementation."[4] The Department of Skills Development / Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran, which is under the Ministry of Human Resources, has to manage the quality assurance and accreditation of the Malaysian Skills Certification program.[5]

Not only does the MoSTI give out millions of ringgit in grants (ScienceFund, TechnoFund, InnoFund, NanoFund), it is also responsible for the protection and safeguarding of Intellectual Property (IP) rights. One of its agencies, the Departments of Standards Malaysia, is also responsible for the accreditation process for many laboratories across Malaysia.[6]

Therefore, to entrust two Ministers with fake degrees with the serious responsibilities of human capital development and the management of certifications and standards is not only a gross embarrassment but also most ironic for a Prime Minister who has made transformation his clarion call.

In February earlier this year, German Education Minister Annette Schavan had to resign because it was discovered that part of her doctoral thesis had been plagiarized.[7] Given the much more serious nature of this discovery, we call upon Prime Minister Najib to immediately ask these two Ministers to resign if he is serious about protecting the integrity and credibility of his Cabinet.

 

[1] http://www.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20080906-86167.htmlhttp://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/8/23/focus/4575051&sec=focus

 

[7] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21395102 

NFCorp sues PKR Strategy Director Rafizi Ramli and MalaysiaKini

Posted: 25 Jun 2013 01:36 PM PDT

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National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) chairman has filed a legal suit against the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Strategy Director and MP for Pandan - Mohd Rafizi bin Ramli, and MKini Dotcom Sdn Bhd – owner of news portal MalaysiaKini in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur on 3 June 2013.

Case Management before deputy registrar Puan Siti Nur Shafrida binti Hashim came up today.

 

The suit is for damages suffered by the plaintiffs as a result of lies, misleading information, exposure of confidential banking information and slander by the defendants.

 

On 7 March 2012, Mohd Rafizi Ramli had claimed in a media news conference held at the PKR headquarters that eight loans had been taken for the purchase of KL Eco City properties at the peril of a government loan deposit placed at the bank.

 

At his news conference, Rafizi Ramli had disseminated confidential banking information from Public Bank Berhad flouting BAFIA rules to support his lies and distortions. 

 

Rafizi Ramli claimed that Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh bin Ismail had a paltry sum in his bank account, was not qualified to have secured the loans, had defaulted on the servicing of the loans in July and August 2011, and therefore, was apt to jeopardise the government loan deposit. 

 

However the truth of the matter was that no loans had ever been taken from the bank for the purchase of the eight KL Eco City Properties.

 

Lawyer for Datuk Seri Dr Salleh, Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin also pointed that "There could never have been any loan service defaults in July and August 2011 as alleged by Rafizi Ramli as the S & P Agreement for the eight KL Eco City properties were only signed on 15 December 2011, thus underscoring that there could never have been any loans taken from the bank for the KL Eco City properties at the material time.

 

"Therefore, Rafizi Ramli has to justify his allegations specifically on this matter in his defense."

 

In his statement of claims, the NFCorp chairman had sought for general damages, exemplary damages, aggravated damages, interests, costs and other appropriate reliefs from the court.

 

Datuk Seri Dr Salleh had also sought for an injunction to prohibit the defendants from further misleading and deceiving the public on the KL Eco City property purchase as the defendants continue to this day to publicise and exploit the banking information to lie, mislead, deceive and rile the public.

 

MEDIA STATEMENT BY
WAN SHAHRIZAL WAN LADIN
LEGAL COUNSEL
WAN SHAHRIZAL, HARI & CO
 

 

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