- Sime Darby estate workers to get 20-30% salary increase
- Home Ministry to speed up traffic at entry points in a week
- Southeast Asia’s 1st nuclear plant will start in Vietnam in 2020
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 05:44 AM PDT
PETALING JAYA: Some 37,000 estate workers and non-executive staff of Sime Darby will receive a flat wage increase of RM200, under a voluntary effort by the company to give them a better deal, from July 1.
The new wage scheme is expected to increase their basic salaries by 20-30% and will be effective from July 1.
The plantation workers' quarters will also be upgraded to housing estates with mini-townships, Sime Darby president and group chief executive Datuk Mohd Bakke Salleh announced here Monday.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who was present at the announcement, said he hoped other government-linked companies (GLCs) and plantation companies would follow the example set by Sime Darby.
"This is the result of discussions between the Prime Minister's Department and Sime Darby to increase the quality of life for workers.
"The Prime Minister will also enter talks with other GLCs and plantation owners to raise their worker's pay to meet the goals set by the New Economic Model," he added.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 05:42 AM PDT
PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry is to introduce ways to speed up traffic at the entry points of the country within a week.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam said Monday the steps were to overcome delays that visitors faced at a few entry points in the early stages of implementing the biometric system by the Immigration Department.
He said the measures, involving changes in clearance procedures, followed continuous and comprehensive monitoring.
"Among others, frequent travelers who hold the Malaysia Automated Clearance System, Frequent Travelers Facility, border pass and cross-border pass will have their biometric recorded once only," he said in a statement here.
The immigration monitoring system using the biometric technology was implemented on June 1 at 63 entry points of the country.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the biometric system has been identified to help curb criminal activities involving foreigners across borders.
Mahmood said that another procedure involved foreign visitors, where the Nexcode stickers would be issued only once for every valid passport.
He said that counters and equipment would be renovated for the convenience of visitors, and Immigration officers would be placed close by to give assistance. - BernamaFull Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 04:57 AM PDT
MOSCOW: South East Asia's first nuclear power plant will be operational in Vietnam in 2020 after six years of construction, as demand for nuclear energy remains strong in the region in the post-Fukushima era, a nuclear conference was told Monday.
It will be commissioned two years after Bangladesh completes its Roopur Nuclear Power Project and becomes the latest country in the region to develop such energy.
Tran Chi Thank, of the Vietnam Institute of Energy, said the first plant would be built by Russia while Japan would undertake the construction of the second one beginning 2015 and ready for commissioning in 2021.
Both will be built in the Ninh Thuan province, he said.
"The study towards nuclear energy in Vietnam began 30 years ago but was put on hold due to the Chernobyl (crisis in Russia) in 1986. But it was approved in 2009, " he told the AtomExpo 2011 organised by Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) here.
Besides Vietnam, other South East Asian countries that have declared their intention to develop nuclear energy are Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
According to Tran, the biggest challenge facing Vietnam was to develop its nuclear manpower as the number of personnel available now was limited, adding that they were working closely with Russian nuclear institutes to train them.
Shawkat Akhbar from Bangladesh's Nuclear Power and Energy Division said the country was moving into nuclear energy due to limited resources.
"We hope to achieve 20,000 MW of electricity by 2021 from two units. In fact the Roopur site was chosen in 1963," he said, adding that more than 1,600 personnel were involved in the project team.
Both Vietnam and Bangladesh have sent their personnel to undertake intensive training in Russia.
Yury Seleznev, Rector of Russia's training institute CICE& T, said about 1,000 highly trained personnel were required to run a two unit nuclear plant, adding that training must start five years before a plant was commissioned.
"All staff must be already trained two years before the plant starts operation. A training centre that also plays the role of an information centre must be in place five years before the operation," he said. - BernamaFull Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
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