26 Feb 2016
NGO: One drain cleaner can’t sustain minimum wage issue
Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) has questioned whether one man’s act of taking on a job of cleaning drains can really push the issue of minimum wage and workers’ rights in the country.
Its national coordinator on workers’ issues, M Sivaranjani, said it was not enough for one person to challenge this issue. “We need a movement, an action plan to bring up this issue nationwide,” she argued.
Azrolnizam Sidek, who holds a diploma in business management, has taken up Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s challenge to youths to take up “dirty jobs” by working as a drain cleaner at a cement factory in Negeri Sembilan.
“I’m not sure how long he (Azrolnizam) can sustain this. Maybe for a stunt, for a short period, But how long will the people remember this?” Sivaranjani told Malaysiakini.
She said it was only when this issue reaches a wider audience nationwide that the government would listen to the people.
Although Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has announced that the minimum wage will be raised to RM1,000 a month, it only takes effect in the middle of this year, which means for now, the minimum wage is still RM900 a month.
Commenting on Azrolnizam earning only RM800, Sivaranjani said Jerit “disagreed totally” with that amount
“What he’s getting is not right and not worth what he is doing as a job,” she said.
25 Feb 2016
Will Zahid accept drain cleaner Azrol’s challenge?
Youth becomes drain cleaner, challenges Zahid to raise 3D wages
Diploma holder Azrolnizam Sidek has heeded Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s challenge to youth to take up “dirty jobs”.
In turn, Azrolnizam, too, has challenged the home minister to raise wages for the 3D (dirty, difficult and dangerous) job takers.
Azrolnizam, who took on the job cleaning drains at a cement factory in Negeri Sembilan two weeks ago, said the RM800 a month he is getting is barely enough to survive amid the rising cost of living.
“I have accepted his challenge to take up a 3D job… I now challenge Zahid to increase the wage of 3D workers from RM800 to a more reasonable level,” he said.
As part of his new job, Azrolnizam said, he and his team have to clean drains making up 8km in total length each day.
The 24-year-old, who is holds a diploma in business management, also rebutted the statement made by Zahid’s daughter Nurul Hidayah, who claimed that youths in the country are too lazy to take up 3D jobs.
“The youths aren’t lazy as claimed and I have proof (from my experience), for those working with me include a student who has just completed his SPM,” he said.
Azrolnizam said he had also worked as a waiter before, when he was still in school.
To justify the policy of bringing in 1.5 million Bangladeshis, the Government says that Malaysians don’t want 3D jobs, those that are Dangerous, Dirty and Difficult.
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