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Bukit Ibam mine workers threatened

Bukit Ibam Mine in HistoryBerita Harian 13 Oktober 1970

Berita Harian, 13 October 1970

Rompin (Pahang), Monday – Some 1,000 workers at Bukit Ibam mine, here will face a bleak future when the mines closed in the middle of this month.

The mine will be closed after facing losses since last year, a few workers told Berita Harian recently.

An employee of the mine, Mr. Sulaiman bin Abdul Manaf, said his employer will begin to retrench the workers in the middle of this month.

Mr. Sulaiman, 37 years have five children, explained that in the past the mine workers were paid satisfactory.

Expensive

“Every employee is paid rather good salary compared to the estate and warehouse workers.

“But now we have to be stop worked. And I do not know what should I do after this, ” his added

Several other workers were told that mine employer have yet to give them further details of the quantum of the compensation.

“But if given the money, it cannot supports our lives forever,” said Mr. Kamal bin Abdullah, representing the workers.

Relocate

Some of the employees propose to open new land for cultivation or start a business when they receive compensation monies.

The others make their recommendation that the Government to enroll them into FELDA land schemes or other land projects.

At present about 200 workers have been moved back to their village to start a new life.

There are several shops in the area also started to migrate for business in other areas.

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