The president of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC
), Mohd Khalid Atan, passed away this morning, reports MTUC Secretary-General N Gopal Kishnam. The MTUC is a Solidarity Center ally.
“MTUC is deeply saddened by the loss of the most credible individual who gives priority to the interests and welfare of workers,” said Gopal in a statement today.
Khalid, 63, was first appointed by the Congress as its president in 2011 and was reappointed in 2013, according to Astro Awani, a Malaysian news outlet.
MTUC is at the forefront of protecting worker rights, including documenting the exploitation of hundreds of migrant workers in Malaysia.