We’ll derail BN, railwaymen warn Najib

By Patrick Lee | July 28, 2011
Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: In a letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the Railwaymen Union of Malaya (RUM) warned him of protest votes against the Barisan Nasional in the next polls.

The letter penned by union secretary-general Jaafar Alias in his capacity as the Tampin Umno information chief also panned the Najib admnistration’s tagline.

“They (KTMB staff) said the slogan of ‘people first, performance now’ does not seem to be relevant… where the views of union members and KTMB employees have been ignored,” he said.

Jaafar also reminded Najib that there were nearly 2,000 KTMB employees in the Lembah Pantai Parliamentary constituency, where PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar reigned.

“There are many voters working for KTMB all over the country,” he added in the July 22 letter.

The letter complained about the inaction against Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president Aminuddin Adnan, whom RUM blamed for massive financial losses.

According to the union, nearly RM200 million in cash reserves and a RM100 million overdraft belonging to the national train company have disappeared.

“Not one achievement can be seen through Aminuddin’s leadership and the RM200 million cash reserves and RM100 million overdraft have been spent in less than than two years,” read the letter.

Jaafar was referring to Aminuddin’s tenure as KTMB president, which the latter had assumed since Aug 1, 2009.

He also said that the company had nothing new to show for, adding that KTMB’s performance suffered during Aminuddin’s reign.

This detail is one amongst many reasons why the union, fed up with Aminuddin, would hold a picket against him tomorrow at the KTMB’s headquarters at 6pm.

The union men were also sore that the train boss’ contract would be extended for another two years; to July 31, 2013.

‘Whose interests?’

Bringing this to bear, RUM questioned the interests behind the decision.

“KTMB’s board of directors, including senior officials from the Finance Ministry and the Transport Ministry said they are not happy with Aminuddin’s performance,” Jaafar wrote further.

He was also convinced that there were “orders from the top” making sure that Aminuddin stayed where he was.

(KTMB is overseen by the Finance Ministry, which Najib leads as minister.)

Jaafar then alleged that the KTMB president was connected to the RM1.8 billion contract involving China-made Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains.

Malaysia was due to receive the first of these EMUs this September, with another six on the way in December and the rest by June 2012.

FMT previously reported that the Transport Ministry awarded the EMU contract to a Chinese company, known as CSR Zhuzhuo Electric Locomotive Co Ltd last May.

The deal was alleged to be RM500 million more expensive than intended, prompting a report to be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

This did not stop the government from going ahead with the deal. The MACC refused to divulge any information over the case.

Jaafar also wrote that RUM had met with Najib on July 14 last year in protest over Aminuddin’s position.

“We explained our problems in length… and you (Najib) seemed to understand, while asking us to be patient and give Aminuddin a chance because of his newness (in KTMB),” he said.

But the meeting was to no avail.

RUM said that the event created a bigger divide between Aminuddin and the union, causing the former to view the latter as “enemies”.

Jaafar also alleged that senior KTMB officials friendly to the union were also treated with animosity by the company president.

Because of this, Jaafar alleged that there was a “culture of fear” within KTMB’s higher levels.

  1. #1 by DAP man on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 1:48 pm

    Come on RUM, Aminuddin is an UMNO faithful and strong supporter of Najib.
    No way he will be moved and no action will be taken against him for the disappearance of money.
    You must know UMNO can make disappear. They have magical powers.
    As for the Lembah Pantai vote. Najib doesn’t care about your votes since Nurul is going to retain that seat with our without RUM support.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 2:30 pm

    Ignore this UMNO fellow. He’s just a mosquito.

    Just concentrate on the big issue – where the RM 300 million was spent or wasted on.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 2:54 pm

    Ai yo yo, no heard of “U help me, I help U” meh fr d pinky lips?
    Somemore went 2 complain 2 him, liao lat lor
    Some ppl r digging fast n furious b4 d fall of d evil corrupt regime
    Now Moo also dishing out big fat duit 2 BN MPs, fast n furious

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Cronyism permeated every corner of Najib’s administration.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Ai yah, NR baru called 4 rakyat 2 accept/embrace multiracial M’sia
    Betul ka? Race-based UmnoB/MCA/MIC/etc hv been actively dividing rakyat in2 races 2 rule
    NR happily accepted Perkosa n I Bra Him, n now he pretended 2 b above race

  6. #6 by k1980 on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 3:41 pm

    //nearly RM200 million in cash reserves and a RM100 million overdraft belonging to the national train company have disappeared.//

    So that was why the subsidies for sugar, diesel and petrol were cut earlier this year

  7. #7 by ablastine on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 5:26 pm

    “According to the union, nearly RM200 million in cash reserves and a RM100 million overdraft belonging to the national train company have disappeared.”

    It doesn’t take very much brain to figure out that the RM300 million was probably shared with those who can ensure Aminuddin will remain in his position to continue siphoning whatever that is left from KTMB. Are you guys frustrated because you are not one of the beneficiaries.

  8. #8 by waterfrontcoolie on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 6:22 pm

    By now, you all should realize that Ministers are NOT INTERESTED to manage anything they are just interested in spending especially large projects. In the case of KTM, maintaining a locomotive too many years means no new ontracts on purchase. I was told, the wokers were encouraged to canabalize all parts so that the locos can be written faster!

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