PORT DICKSON, Oct 8
(Bernama) -- Sime Darby Berhad will continue to provide tarred roads
and better facilities in four estates here, said Human Resources
Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam.
He said existing facilities in the four estates - the Salak
(Atherton), Sua Betong, Siliau and Bradwall estates - would also be
The company gave the
assurance in a meeting with me on Monday. It had also agreed to provide
a reasonable salary," he told reporters after visiting the Sua Betong
Estate here Thursday.
He said the company would build a new community hall and another hall for the Maha Mariamman temple in the Salak Estate.
"Sime Darby will also solve flooding in a low-lying area in the
Sua Betong Estate while the drains in the Hindu and Christian
cemeteries there will be repaired.
He said the company would provide a photostat machine and a fax machine for a Tamil school in the Siliau Estate.
Subramaniam said Sime Darby had tarred a road along shophouses in
the Bradwall Estate and a road leading to a temple in the Sua Betong
Estate, and built community halls in all estates and a badminton court
in the Sua Betong Estate.
Subramaniam said he had proposed to Sime Darby to set up the
Estate Workers Housing Aid Fund to help workers own houses when they
retire like that of Felda settlers.
"Under the scheme, employers' contribution can be kept for the
workers, who will be entitled to withdraw the money when they meet the
requirements like after working for 10 years at the estate.
"They can use the money to pay the deposit for a house," he said.
On estate workers salary, he said in a survey conducted by the
Labour Department showed that estate workers in Port Dickson earned
between RM600 and RM1,200 monthly in the past four months.