PSM slams ‘arrogant’ US embassy

PSM slams ‘arrogant’ US embassy

PUCHONG: Do not buckle under pressure meted out by the ‘arrogant’ US embassy, Parti Sosialis Malaysia tells the Malaysian government.

In a statement, PSM central committee member S Arutchelvan also criticised the US embassy for refusing to participate in a legal dispute involving the alleged wrongful dismissal of its former security guard, L Subramaniam, 11 years ago.

“After more than a decade, the case was finally presented at the Industrial Relations Court last week.

“The case was referred by the Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran, in accordance with Section 20 (3) of the Industrial Relations Act 1967.

“However, the US embassy dismissed the notice sent by the court on May 16, as well as the Service to the embassy, saying it was defective,” he said.

The US embassy argued that under Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the notice cannot be served to the embassy and must be channelled through diplomatic channels, with a 60 days grace period attached to it for them to respond.

The embassy added that the notice should be addressed to the US government.

Based on the two reasons, the US embassy said that it will not file a response or appear at the hearing, and will not recognise the validity of any judgment delivered on the matter.

Taking the US embassy to task, Arutchelvan said it was reeking double standards when it talked about how the former was not given enough time to respond to the notices served.

“They dismissed an employee without any notice or explanation but they have the cheek to talk about how the court did not serve them proper notice,” he said.

Arutchelvan then reminded the Malaysian government on how in 2016, the High Court ruled that embassies and high commissions are not above the Malaysian law and the Vienna Convention only applies to ‘diplomatic agents’ such as the high commissioner himself.

He also said while the case may look like a simple dismissal case, it has far reaching consequences to locals working in embassies and high commissions in the country.

“The case will decide if workers working in the embassies will get any protection under our law, and secondly, it will put the whole question of sovereignty of a nation under question if we cannot summon a foreign government for exploiting our worker in our soil,” said Arutchelvan.

By G Vinod