RUM membantah keras rancangan MMC mengambialih KTMB daripada kerajaan. Mereka juga turut persoal langkah MMC tersebut kerana KTMB ada entiti yang rugi saban tahun RM200juta setiap tahun dan kini akan bertambah rugi RM 50juta apabila PM Najib mengumumkan 50% diskaun tambang KTM Komuter yang merupakan sumber perniagaan utama KTMB.
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 300 workers braved rainy weather to protest against the possible privatisation of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), Malaysia’s largest train company.
“Why do they (MMC) want to take over KTMB? To trample (menganiaya) on us! We say no!” RUM president Abdul Razak Md Hassan told the crowd.He was accompanied by several workers’ rights groups including the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) and PKR-Kuala Langat MP Abdullah Sani.
The workers later dispersed peacefully at around 6.30pm.Abdul Razak said that previous attempts to privatise the wholly-owned Finance Ministry company resulted in disaster, citing a lack of confidence in MMC.
KTMB, according to him, was a social service, and MMC’s takeover would not only bring down the company, but also put its 5,500 workers at risk. (More than 3,500 KTMB workers are RUM members.)
He is concerned that if MMC were to take over KTMB, it would not only lead to an eventual restructuring, but also the layoff of thousands of workers.Abdul Razak (photo right) also asked why MMC wanted to take over the company, when it was losing RM150 million to RM200 million every year, largely due to its low, government-fixed service fares.
The upcoming 50% KTM Komuter discounts to low-income earners, announced in the recent Budget 2013, Abdul added, would mean that KTMB would lose a further RM50 million every year.
Going by this, he said it made no sense for MMC to push its privatisation agenda.
In August, MMC Corp proposed taking over KTMB from the federal government, after a due diligence exercise by the company to see if such a move was feasible.