MTUC: Why impose levy if foreign workers not protected?
Free Malaysia Today | 14-Feb-2018
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has slammed the government for its failure to protect foreign workers in the country, especially since a levy is collected for that purpose. It’s secretary-general J Solomon said levies imposed on foreign workers are meant to be used for their social protection so there should be no excuses or shortage of funds.

The plight of the stateless in Malaysia
Free Malaysia Today | 12-Feb-2018
By Eric Paulsen Of all the tragedies to befall the stateless community in Malaysia, perhaps the greatest one is that they are treated as little more than a political gimmick, a useful way to earn votes as election season swings around.

We need to strengthen protection for migrant labour in Malaysia
The Malaysian Insight | 12-Feb-2018
THE tragic death of 21-year old Indonesian domestic helper, Adelina, infuriated our nation. We received a tip-off from neighbours on Saturday (February 10) about a domestic helper being abused and visited the employers’ home to investigate the very same day.

Hotels lift ban against tudung-wearing employees, says report
The Malaysian Insight | 09-Feb-2018
THREE major hotel associations have signed a pledge with the Human Resources Ministry not to bar Muslim women staff from wearing the hijab, the New Straits Times reports.

Oil palm: Labour shortage worries EMPA
Daily Express | 09-Feb-2018
Sandakan: Long-run sustainability of oil production will be at stake if immediate solutions are not initiated, said East Malaysia Association (EMPA).

'Don't let them operate here'
Daily Express | 07-Feb-2018
Kota Kinabalu: The 60 members of the Sabah's Foreign Worker Recruitment Agencies Association (Pappas) here is calling the State government not allow two peninsula-based online service companies to expand their operations to the State.

Malaysia's economic performance in tandem with job creation, says Rahman Dahlan
The Star Online | 06-Feb-2018
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s economic performance matches strongly with job creation in the labour market, said Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan.

Baru: Hadi’s statement on two-tier cabinet system misplaced in a democratic Malaysia
The Borneo Post | 05-Feb-2018
KUCHING: Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s statement’s on his two-tier cabinet system is misplaced in a democratic Malaysia, said state Parti Keadilan Rakyat chairman Baru Bian. “His statement appears to bring in his theocratic ideology into a secular Malaysia which is based on a Constitution, the supreme law of the land and which has clearly provided for the composition and set up of the three main organs of the Government for check and balance i.e. the executive, legislative and judiciary.

Argentina’s Macri downgrades labour reforms after union reforms
Free Malaysia Today | 02-Feb-2018
BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s government is scaling back and delaying a planned labour reform after pressure from union leaders and a violent protest over changes to pension laws late last year.

13 hotels in Malaysia lift hijab ban for staff
Human Resources Online | 30-Jan-2018
The president of Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC), Datuk Mohammed Shafie BP Mammal, said the issue was confirmed to him by the director general of the Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM), Datuk Mohd. Jeffry Joakim in a meeting in Putrajaya yesterday (Jan 29).

Illegal workers in South Korea: Fake job ads lure Malaysians in search of better wages
The Star Online | 29-Jan-2018
SEOUL: Twenty-five-year-old Malaysian Rina (not her real name), had imagined a life similar to what she saw on Korean dramas when she responded to an advertisement about jobs in South Korea.

5 ways government can help youths get jobs, achieve potential
Free Malaysia Today | 26-Jan-2018
By Yeo Bee Yin We need to rethink and restructure the economy to create more jobs for the youths, not only jobs, but good jobs – jobs that give them decent incomes, meet their aspirations and develop them to their full potential.

Myanmar seeks M’sian FDI in energy, plantations
The Malaysian Reserve | 25-Jan-2018
MYANMAR is seeking more foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows from Malaysia to help develop its key economic sectors.

Cambodian maids to head to Malaysia in June
The Phnom Penh Post | 24-Jan-2018
Cambodia plans to send maids to Malaysia in June after a more than six-year ban, the minister of labour said yesterday, while a new online recruitment system has been launched in Malaysia.

Stand-alone law better for discrimination
The Star Online | 17-Jan-2018
RECENTLY, the Human Resources Ministry announced that the proposed draft of an amendment to the Employment Act 1955 to address the issue of workplace discrimination is being finalised.

Sarawak hotels say no such thing as ‘tudung’ ban
Malay Mail | 15-Jan-2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — There is no ban against the use of “tudung” or headscarves by female Muslim employees of hotels in Sarawak, a hotel association’s Sarawak branch has said.

Let dads rock the cradle too
The Star Online | 11-Jan-2018
ALBERT Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Myanmar lifts worker ban to Malaysia
Myanmar Times | 11-Jan-2018
Myanmar lifted its year-long ban on sending workers to Malaysia, paving the way for the resumption of deployment of labourers as early as next month to the predominantly Islamic Southeast Asian neighbor, the Ministry of Labour Immigration and Population said Wednesday.

Workers’ rights should not be hindered by government
Aliran | 09-Jan-2018
We, the 32 undersigned organisations, trade unions and groups are shocked that Human Resources Minister Richard Riot had decided not to refer the claim of about 3,600 Malaysian Airlines (MAS) workers claiming wrongful dismissal and reinstatement to the industrial court – hence denying these workers the right for their claim to be heard speedily and determined.

Raw deal for local workers
The Sun Daily | 08-Jan-2018
THE Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) told theSun last week to expect 50,000 more retrenched employees this year. The sectors affected will be manufacturing, insurance, banking and retail, according to the federation. I would have thought the plantations industry would be involved, but apparently not.

50,000 expected to be laid off in 2018, says report
The Malaysian Insight | 04-Jan-2018
The English daily quoted Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan as saying manufacturing would be the main sector affected, followed by the services (insurance, banking and retail) and construction sectors.

Rohingya genocide must end
New Straits Times Online | 03-Jan-2018
IT is believed that two-thirds of Myanmar’s Rohingya population have been forced to leave the country over the last five years, the majority of whom are taking shelter in an extremely limited space in Bangladesh’s coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. They are still arriving every day — sick, hungry and exhausted.

Malaysian left in pain for a week in South Korea
The Star Online | 02-Jan-2018
PETALING JAYA: Another case of a Malaysian working illegally overseas has been exposed.

MCC’s 7-day meeting notice ‘double standard’ — DAP
The Borneo Post | 27-Dec-2017
MIRI: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is bringing the issue of the seven-day notice, which is required from those who want to attend any of Miri City Council (MCC) meeting, to court for judicial review. DAP Sarawak secretary Alan Ling Sie Kiong views the regulation imposed by MCC as being ‘double standard’, adding that the council should be open and transparent to the public as of the right stated under the Local Authority Ordinance 1996, Section 21 (6).

Dispatch of workers to Malaysia to resume: Labour secretary
Eleven Myanmar | 26-Dec-2017
Myo Aung, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population talks to officials from overseas employment agencies. The government will resume the sending of Myanmar workers to Malaysia following a one-year suspension, said Myo Aung, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.

Foreign worker levy to start Jan 1
Malay Mail Online | 21-Dec-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — Employers must start paying the levy for hiring migrant labour beginning 2018, said the Human Resources Ministry today.

Workers rights should not be hindered by the gov't
Malaysiakini | 20-Dec-2017
We, the 32 undersigned organisations, trade unions and groups are shocked that the Human Resources Minister Richard Riot had decided not to refer the claim of about 3,600 Malaysian Airlines (MAS) workers, claiming wrongful dismissal and reinstatement, to the industrial court – hence denying these workers the right for their claim to be heard speedily and determined. This is grossly unjust.

Migrant rights groups propose new law to protect domestic helpers
Malaysiakini | 19-Dec-2017
While there are numerous laws that protect the rights of workers in Malaysia, migrant rights group Tenaganita and the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has drafted new legislation aimed solely at introducing better protection for domestic helpers. Read more at

Not an offence to refuse 90 days’ maternity leave, MEF tells ministry
Malay Mail Online | 18-Dec-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) told the Human Resources Ministry that private corporations cannot be punished if they do not provide 90 days’ maternity leave as there is currently no legislation requiring it.

Employers must allow female staff 90 days maternity leave
Malay Mail Online | 14-Dec-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — Private sector employers can be investigated and prosecuted if they dismiss female staff who take 90 days maternity leave.

Bangladesh arrests cleric over fatwa against women farming
Free Malaysia Today | 13-Dec-2017
DHAKA: A Muslim cleric accused of issuing a fatwa banning women from working on farms has been arrested in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday.

IMF gives thumbs up to Malaysia
Free Malaysia Today | 12-Dec-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected Malaysia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to be at 5.5%–6% for 2017, better than expected.

Malaysian side lagging on MoU
The Phnom Penh Post | 08-Dec-2017
A memorandum of understanding meant to beef up protections for Cambodian maids in Malaysia is still on hold after Malaysia’s human resources minister said he was not aware of the agreement, according to Malaysian media.

Against The Grain: The precariousness of democracy in Malaysia
The Edge Markets MY | 07-Dec-2017
The Malaysian state has managed to maintain a relatively democratic regime since independence. Objections are likely to be raised as to the characterisation of the Malaysian state as democratic. Some have referred to the state in Malaysia as being authoritarian or neither democratic nor authoritarian. Therefore, it is necessary to justify the designation of Malaysia as a democratic state.

Malaysia's disabled still marginalised, says Suhakam
New Straits Times Online | 06-Dec-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Persons with disabilities (PWD) in Malaysia continue to be marginalised, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said today.

Foreign ownership of local houses
New Straits Times Online | 30-Nov-2017
EARLIER this month (Nov 3), the New Zealand government announced that it would soon implement a new policy prohibiting foreigners from buying houses in the country.

Handling work-related stress
The Star Online | 27-Nov-2017
THE issue concerning workplace stress has become a worldwide phenomenon. To fulfil work demands and at the same time focus on one’s private life and family can create a conflict within the mind and spirit which will eventually give rise to stress

Employers cannot retrench their workers at will
Malaysiakini | 27-Nov-2017
LETTER | With the worldwide economic slowdown, several companies and organisations have no choice but to cut back and downsize their business. As such, retrenchment has become a major issue in the country.

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia offers flood relief programme – 40% discount on parts and labour prices
Paul Tan's Automotive News | 24-Nov-2017
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has joined other manufacturers in offering a flood relief programme to customers affected by recent flood disasters. The company is offering Mitsubishi vehicle owners a 40% on spare parts and labour prices from now until December 31, 2017 for vehicles damaged by flood.

Group claims half of Malaysian jobs at risk from technology
Malay Mail Online | 23-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 ? Up to 54 per cent of workers in Malaysia could be displaced by technology in the next 20 years, said a non-profit international development organisation.

Open up local council meetings to public
Free Malaysia Today | 22-Nov-2017
Budget 2018 has been debated for nine days at the committee stage in Parliament, and MPs are giving their views on the details of each ministry’s budget.

Protect women's rights to wear hijab at work - Bung Moktar
New Straits Times Online | 21-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: A law should be formulated to ensure the rights of women wearing hijabs are preserved, said Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.

Malaysia’s 3Q GDP exceeds expectations, fastest growth in three years — Analysts
The Borneo Post | 20-Nov-2017
KUCHING: Malaysia’s third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) gross domestic product (GDP) generally exceeded consensus’ and analysts’ expectations.

Law fails to stop child labour in Telangana
Deccan Chronicle | 20-Nov-2017
Hyderabad: Prosecution against employers of child labour has become a challenge. The Telangana child labour department rescued 1,706 kids in 2016 and 1,085 employers were booked under the Child Labour Act. The rest went scot-free by flashing age proofs issued by doctors without conducting tests.

The origins of the labour movement in M’sia
Malaysiakini | 17-Nov-2017
FEATURE | The fact that the Malaysian trade unions movement played a significant role in the political, economic and sociocultural life of Malaysia has been forgotten by many.

Minister tells local authorities to delicense hotels with headscarf ban
Malay Mail Online | 15-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Any hotel that bars Muslim frontline workers from donning their headscarves should have their operating licences and permits revoked, Tan Sri Noh Omar said today.

Against headscarf ban? Curb all types of workplace discrimination, Rafizi says
Malay Mail Online | 14-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli explained today that Malaysian Association of Hotels’ (MAH) justification to ban female frontline workers in hotels from wearing headscarves is still lawful, no matter how frustrating it was.

Disagreement over TPP pact as ministers huddle in Vietnam
Free Malaysia Today | 10-Nov-2017
DANANG, VIETNAM: Asia-Pacific nations struggled to salvage the sprawling “TPP-11” trade deal Friday, following America’s pull out from the original pact, with Canada refuting reports an agreement in principle had been struck.

See shares concern on SMA Bill, 2017
The Borneo Post | 09-Nov-2017
SEE Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) shares his concerns on the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) Bill, 2017; whether it is appropriate and sufficient to accord constitutionality and legality of the establishment of the SMA to carry out the activities and to achieve the objectives enumerated in the SMA Bill.

Sacked for being pregnant, Hong Kong maids called ‘dogs’, left homeless
Free Malaysia Today | 08-Nov-2017
HONG KONG: As soon as Indonesian domestic worker Anisa discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her heart sank. Having worked for 13 years in Hong Kong, she was terrified that her employer would fire her, jeopardizing her future and that of her unborn child.