One day I went to Vincent Tan’s house, I fired him at night in his house. I said bloody hell, if you don’t do this who will do it? All these people, Tun Eusoff Chin, Datuk Ahmad Fairuz, Tan Sri Zainol (?) all fought for …hat. Then he called Tengku Adnan. Tengku Adnan he said, saya bukan Perdana Menteri Malaysia lah, you know. If the old man doesn’t want to listen to me, go to hell.
Who might "Tan Sri Zainol" be?Who is this man who fought for Vincent Tan.
The answer appears to be Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid whose recent postings included:
a)Director-General of the Manpower Department; 1994-1998
b)Secretary-General, Human Resources Ministry,1998-2000
c)CEO Inland Revenue Board
Instances where Zainol's decisions in favour of the Berjaya Group is apparent:
a)The Federal Court has held that the Human Resources Minister was wrong in not referring to the Industrial Court a dispute between Berjaya Industrial Bhd and its former vice- president and general manager.
Federal Court judge Datuk Haidar Mohd Noor said it would be best for the Industrial Court to deal with the suspension of Thong Chin Yoong who had claimed constructive dismissal.
"It seems clear that the Federal Court was asked to consider an issue which was not determined by the High Court as well as the Court of Appeal.
Thong had claimed constructive dismissal on May 4, 1994, after he was suspended (with full pay) pending investigation and inquiry into his alleged misconduct.
He made representations to the Director-General of Industrial Relations seeking reinstatement and the Minister was informed of the dispute after a failure to reach an amicable solution.
The Minister decided that Thong's representation was not fit to be referred to the Industrial Court.
(Source:`Minister wrong in not referring case' 31 July 2001
The New Straits Times)
b)The case of Ganesh Sahathevan v Sun Media Sdn Bhd
This writer can report the following history of that case from his own records.Readers can determine for themselves whether or not the case had been handled fairly:
i) The matter commenced with the dismissal on January 1997
ii) Between February and May 1997 the matter was before the Director-General of Industrial Relations for arbitration which failed
iii) Almost one and a half years later, in late 1998, the Director-General of Industrial Relations advised that the matter had been referred to the Industrial Court
iv)The matter was heard between early 1999 and middle 2001,before court chairman Datuk Abu Bakar Awang .The hearings had been stretched out over that period of time becuase of adjournemtns sought by counsel for Sun Media, Dato Sivaparamjothy and instructing solicitor, later counsel, Dato VK Lingam.
v)Final submissions,again delayed by Sun Media, were filed only in early 2002.
vi) Sometime in 2004, parties were informed that the matter had been set for mention, for re-hearing of the entire matter before a new chairman. The parties were advised that a new hearing was necessary because Datuk Abu Bakar Awang who had heard the matter had been forced to resign (his contract not renewed) before he could hand down his decision. The Industrial Relations Act 1967 expressly forbids the Minister from terminating the services of a court chairman while a matter is still pending.
vii)The matter was then re-assigned to court chairman Saufee Affandi, a former justice of the Sessions Court.
viii) In late 2006 , almost 10 years of the dismissal, Saufee Affandi handed down a decision in favour of Sun Media.Following in the footsteps of many other prominent judges who had presided over matters in which Berjaya and or Vincent Tan were party,Saufee Affandi created new law which appeared tailored to suit the needs of the favoured party.
Ahmad Sarji also announced the appointment of Economic Planning Unit human resources director Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid as the new director-general of the Manpower Department. He replaces Encik Asnan Pi'i who retired on October 19.
(ARIS REJOINS FINANCE MINISTRY AS DEPUTY SEC-GEN.
By Kamarul Yunus.
4 November 1994)
THE Human Resources Ministry is re-engineering itself to boost its effectiveness, reduce operational costs and become a "one-stop service centre".
The ministry's new secretary-general, Datuk Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid, said the revamp will involve the merging of offices and departments as well as the redeployment of staff.
(Source:Ministry poised to `re-engineer' itself.
By Hamisah Hamid.
6 February 1998
Human Resources Ministry secretary general Datuk Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid will be the new Inland Revenue Board (IRB) ch ief executive officer effective August 1.
(Source:Human Resources Ministry secretary general .......
26 July 2000
Bernama Daily Malaysian News