Cut wages for Dec 9, says Kadir after Kelantan declares holiday

Kadir Jasin points out that part of the salaries for the Kelantan civil service is being paid by the federal government. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin today proposed that the federal government cut a day’s wages from the salaries of Kelantan civil servants.

This comes in the wake of the Kelantan government declaring Dec 9 a holiday, in conjunction with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) rally set to take place in Kuala Lumpur the day before.

Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob was reported by Malaysiakini as saying that the holiday was to encourage all its citizens to attend the rally, which will be held near Dataran Merdeka.

Kadir made the proposal in a Facebook post as part of the salaries for the Kelantan civil service is being paid by the federal government.

“I hereby propose that the federal government cut a day’s wages of their salaries.

“If they are still paid for that day, it is akin to hiring them to take part in protests,” he said.

Kadir added that it had now become clear that PAS was hiring Malays to take part in demonstrations.

It was reported that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had given the green light to the rally organisers.

Mayor Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said DBKL would only allow the organisers to use the area in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Jalan Raja for the rally, which is scheduled to be held from 2pm to 6pm.

On Nov 23, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying that the Pakatan Harapan government would not ratify ICERD and would continue to defend the Federal Constitution.

Following the statement, Ummah secretariat head Aminuddin Yahaya announced that this Saturday’s rally would still go ahead as a “thanksgiving” gathering.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the party would join the rally to show its gratitude to the government on its decision not to ratify ICERD.

Both Umno and PAS have given their assurance that the rally will be peaceful.