Selangor Journal

CUEPACS urges postponement of Tourism offices closure

BY: LIZAWATI MADFA
SHAH ALAM, JAN 26: The Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia (CUEPACS) has urged the Federal Government to postpone plans to close down all Tourism Malaysia offices in the country.
Its President, Datuk Azih Mida said the decision made earlier was seen as quite impulsive and has affected employees’ morale and welfare.
He said the decision which was made without prior notification to workers, was also very disappointing.
“The announcement was made so suddenly without prior notice and information to the workers who are currently serving their duties.
presiden cuepacs datuk azih
“The instruction to close the offices immediately was only made known through media reports and workers are confused about their statuses,” he said in a media conference at Wisma Cuepacs on January 25.
He also demanded that a thorough study be made on the proposal before any decision is carried forward.
“This is because the offices play a very important role in promoting and encouraging Malaysian tourism products. It can’t be that just to save RM6 million, workers’ welfare is being disregarded.
“I appeal to the prime minister to give these workers a clearer picture on how they are going to be reassigned,” he said.
On January 23, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz announced the closure of all Tourism Malaysia offices due to functional overlaps with state tourism offices.
It is expected that 232 Tourism Malaysia employees throughout the country, including 33 who are on contract, will be affected by the decision.

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