Harapan's victory promises hope for refugees
Malaysiakini | 24-May-2018
LETTER | Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the general election has provided hope to the more than 150,000 refugees living in Malaysia that the government will legitimise their status and protect their rights in accordance to international standards.

The reforms needed in higher education in Malaysia
Malaysiakini | 23-May-2018
The Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE), also known as Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (Gerak), would like to congratulate Maszlee Malik on being appointed as the minister of education in the new Pakatan Harapan cabinet line-up.

Refer dismissal cases straight to Industrial Court, says Bar
Free Malaysia Today | 22-May-2018
PETALING JAYA: The Bar Council has called on Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran to refer cases of sacked employees directly to the Industrial Court to ensure the speedy administration of justice.

Mobile clinics for Labour Office, Socso coming
Free Malaysia Today | 21-May-2018
PETALING JAYA: M Kulasegaran, who will be sworn in tomorrow as human resources minister, has pledged to have a ministry free of corruption.

Malaysia: Najib Razak And Corruption Fallen From Power!
Modern Ghana (press release) (blog) | 14-May-2018
Extreme greed turns a politician into a cruel autocrat. In the name of serving the people, s/he gets indulged into deception, pretention, mockery and looting of public wealth. Malaysia's defeated premier Najib Razak got infected to the dangerous disease named - corruption. He made hundreds of millions of dollars through corruption. When the Malaysians protested Najib's greed and wrongdoings - he had used the state machinery in supresing the people. Even he was ruthless towards Dr Mahathir Mohamed (92) - the newly elected Prime Minister who successfully defeated Najib on May 9, 2018 general election. Najib had applied all possible tricks in winning the election - by hook or crook. But finally - corruption and Najib were defeated. It was a victory of democracy and the people.

Whether Najib or Mahathir, jobs for youth is key issue
Free Malaysia Today | 04-May-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Young Malaysians are being left behind in the nation’s economic recovery, a key challenge for an incoming leader needing to push the country out of its middle-income trap.

Cover Story: The case for TAX REFORM
The Edge Markets MY | 03-May-2018
CHANGES to the country’s tax regime are on the cards, whoever wins the upcoming 14th general election (GE14). In its GE14 manifesto, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition mentions a revision of individual and corporate income taxes to ensure Malaysia remains competitive regionally while the opposition Pakatan Harapan wants a holistic review of the national tax system. Both sides speak of putting more money into the hands of the people, who should live better as Malaysia progresses towards high-income developed nation status.

Consumer power against unfair labour practices
The Star Online | 02-May-2018
WORKERS are generally exposed to numerous risks since every single activity, including basic day-to-day tasks, has some level of exposure. But those who are forced into certain labour practices, including child labour, are more vulnerable.

Malaysia remains attractive destination for foreign talent
The Borneo Post | 30-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is seen as an attractive location in attracting foreign talent as the government’s aim of achieving high-income status is well-publicised, along with its foreigner-friendly policies.

Sustainable development for future prosperity
New Straits Times Online | 25-Apr-2018
SUSTAINABLE development is an approach to economic planning that attempts to foster economic growth while preserving the environment for future generations.

Bersih: Only 4 working days for postal ballots?
Free Malaysia Today | 24-Apr-2018
PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission has been asked to state exactly how ballot papers will be sent to overseas postal voters and how many days voters will have to return their ballot papers.

Possible Malaysia-Singapore ‘Shinkansen’ Excites World Rail Body | 23-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The possibility of Japan’s world-famous Shinkansen bullet train system making its debut in Malaysia and Singapore has created some excitement within the International High Speed Rail Association (IHRA) with a senior official making a strong pitch for its adoption.

Morocco's child maids suffer like 'slaves'
New Straits Times Online | 19-Apr-2018
RABAT: ‘‘Even a pet animal is better treated,’’ sobs 17-year-old Fatima, one of thousands of young girls exploited and too often abused while working as housemaids for unscrupulous employers in Morocco.

Malaysia’s unemployment rate falls to 3.3pc in February
Malay Mail | 16-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 ? Malaysia's unemployment rate fell to 3.3 per cent in February 2018, down 0.1 per cent from the previous month, said the Department of Statistics (DoS).

Potential impact on earnings if CPO yields do not improve, experts say
The Edge Markets MY | 16-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The absence of a significant increase in palm oil yield over the past decade is worrying because earnings of plantation players could be potentially impacted as it becomes more difficult to achieve amid factors such as crude palm oil (CPO) price volatility, higher production costs, and climate change.

World Bank raises Malaysia GDP 2018 forecast to 5.4pc
New Straits Times Online | 12-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The World Bank has raised its forecast for Malaysia’s 2018 Gross Domestic Prooduct (GDP) growth to 5.4 per cent from 5.2 per cent previously, on sustained high level of private sector expenditure.

Employers have no issue with staff going out to vote on May 9
The Borneo Post | 11-Apr-2018
KOTA KINABALU: Employers have no issue with their employees taking leave to vote on May 9, said Sabah Employers Association (SEA) president Yap Cheen Boon.

Report: Foreign managers earn 40% more than locals
Free Malaysia Today | 10-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Although foreign workers in low- and mid-skilled occupations are paid lower wages than locals, a new Bank Negara report reveals that foreign high-skilled workers earn almost 40% more than locals with the same skills.

Will closure of Backpage dent Britain’s sex slave trade?
Free Malaysia Today | 09-Apr-2018
LONDON: Britain’s sex slave trade is unlikely to be dented by the closure of the sex marketplace website Backpage as traffickers use dozens of sites to advertise and sell their victims, according to police and anti-trafficking experts.

Domestic workers will continue to be abused until there are tougher laws to protect them | 06-Apr-2018
They are the first ones to wake up in the household and often, the last to go to bed. In between, they slave it out – cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and the elderly, grooming and walking pets, washing cars, gardening and attending to all other needs of the household.

Think tank warns against quick economic fixes in popularity pursuit
Free Malaysia Today | 05-Apr-2018
PETALING JAYA: More fundamental shifts are needed, such as much higher hourly wages, higher productivity, fewer working hours and more balanced lifestyles, if Malaysia is to meet its economic aspirations, a foreign think tank analyst has suggested.

Govt may increase levies to stem foreign worker reliance
The Malaysian Reserve | 03-Apr-2018
The government may impose higher levies to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign workers as the country seeks to remedy the economic distortion created by imported labour.

Expect Malaysia’s PPI to be in negative growth trajectory, says AmBank Research
The Edge Markets MY | 02-Apr-2018
KUALA LUMPUR (April 2): AmBank Group Research said Malaysia’s Producer Price Index (PPI) fell for the second straight month, with February’s reading at -3.4% year-on-year (y/y), bringing the average for the first two months to -2.3% y/y

Fitch affirms Malaysia's credit rating; expects the country's strong growth momentum to continue
The Edge Markets MY | 29-Mar-2018
KUALA LUMPUR (March 28): Fitch Ratings, which believes Malaysia's positive growth momentum will continue this year amid a strong external environment after 2017's growth exceeded its expectations, has affirmed Malaysia's long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating at 'A-', with a stable outlook.

Letting foreign workers get pregnant: Bosses say no, union says yes
Free Malaysia Today | 28-Mar-2018
PETALING JAYA: The country’s largest employers group supports the government’s policy of barring female foreign workers from becoming pregnant, saying it is to prevent undesirable social issues from occurring.

Report: Malaysia has most restrictive legal environment for female migrant workers
Malay Mail | 26-Mar-2018
CHENNAI, March 26 — Women migrant workers in parts of Asia risk being deported if they become pregnant, forcing many to have unwanted abortions or abandon their newborns, researchers said today.

Suhakam: Repeal Sedition Act, review Peaceful Assembly Act
Free Malaysia Today | 16-Mar-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has urged the government to repeal the Sedition Act and review provisions of the Peaceful Assembly Act.

Malaysia stands to gain from revised TPP trade pact
Free Malaysia Today | 15-Mar-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia stands to gain from the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

KL ranks poorly in global mobility report for expats
Malaysiakini | 13-Mar-2018
Kuala Lumpur has been ranked at a lowly 126th in the latest ECA International location ratings survey for Asian expatriates.

Call to provide childcare centres
The Sun Daily | 12-Mar-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The government should amend labour laws to ensure that all employers provide childcare centres or nurseries for working mothers.

Freedom to work for all Malaysian women — Yeo Bee Yin
Malay Mail | 07-Mar-2018
MARCH 7 — The world will never realise 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realise their full potential. — Ban Ki Moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations

Argentina’s Macri calls for labour amnesty, defends gradual approach
Free Malaysia Today | 02-Mar-2018
BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he would propose an amnesty law for informal workers in a speech to Congress on Thursday, a sign his administration is scaling back a previously-proposed labour reform that met fierce resistance from unions.

Cover Story: Five-pronged holistic approach
The Edge Markets MY | 01-Mar-2018
Housing affordability is a hot topic these days. According to Bank Negara Malaysia’s 4Q2017 bulletin titled “Affordable housing: Challenges and the way forward”, in 2016, houses in Malaysia remained seriously unaffordable by international standards with a median multiple of 5.0.

Malaysia – Labour productivity rises in fourth quarter
Staffing Industry Analysts | 27-Feb-2018
Malaysia’s labour productivity increased 3.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year according to figures from the Department of Statistics.

Fed up with human trafficking, Hong Kong migrant workers hold vigil demanding justice
South China Morning Post | 26-Feb-2018
Almost 500 people, including migrant workers from Indonesia and several Hongkongers, gathered in Causeway Bay on Sunday for a candlelight vigil and prayed for victims of human trafficking after the shocking death of a young Indonesian domestic worker in Malaysia.

Unite to avoid oppression, security expert tells guards
Free Malaysia Today | 23-Feb-2018
GEORGE TOWN: A security industry expert has urged security guards to unite under a single organisation to avoid being oppressed by irresponsible employers.

Loopholes in labour laws allows for forced labour
The Sun Daily | 22-Feb-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The gaps in labour laws in the country present a significant challenge to addressing the forced labour issue, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Awareness programme of welfare of migrant workers held in Malaysia
The Kathmandu Post | 21-Feb-2018
Feb 21, 2018-An awareness programme relating to the welfare of Nepali migrant workers has been held at Johor Bahru in Malaysia.

Officials crack down on foreign staff documents
Khmer Times | 21-Feb-2018
The Labour Ministry and Interior Ministry on Monday issued a directive to strengthen inspection of foreign workers in Cambodia.

After Hijab Ban In Hotels, Shocking Confessions From Employees Reveal Religious Discrimination That Prohibits Them From Praying | 20-Feb-2018
Malaysians were dumbfounded to have discovered that the local hotel industry are guilty of discriminatory practises, when it was revealed that some female employees were banned from donning the hijab.

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).