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.

MTUC: Law doesn’t prevent foreign workers becoming union members
Free Malaysia Today | 07-Nov-2017
PETALING JAYA: Foreign workers can become union members but they cannot hold leadership posts, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) clarified today.

Malaysia shows steady progress on wage equality for women
Human Resources Online | 06-Nov-2017
However, the report showed that Malaysia ranked quite high (12th) when it comes to wage equality for similar work. The response was gathered from a survey question: “In your country, for similar work, to what extent are wages for women equal to those of men?”

Minimum wage review every two years
New Straits Times Online | 02-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum wage order will be reviewed at least once every two years. Deputy Human Resources minister Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib said the move is in accordance with the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 (Act 732), where the review will be conducted by the council (MPGN).

Unpaid employees have rights too
Free Malaysia Today | 01-Nov-2017
It is both demotivating and depressing when wages are not paid on time. When caught in such a situation, does one dig their heels in or resort to more drastic but justified action?

‘Employment Insurance System not sustainable at current deduction rate’
Free Malaysia Today | 31-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Employment Insurance System (EIS), which provides a safety net for retrenched employees, may not be sustainable if the contribution rate remains at 0.4%, says the Social Security Organisation.

[EXCLUSIVE] Malaysians, here's how to hire a maid yourself
New Straits Times Online | 30-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of Malaysian hopefuls, who wish to secure help at home, have begun sourcing for foreign maids themselves, although most have yet to make any inroads.

Malaysia says more job vacancies as labour market remains stable
The Edge Markets MY | 03-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 27): Malaysian job vacancies increased to 926,359 between January and August 2017 from 433,634 a year earlier, led by the manufacturing sector.

Cover Story: A central banker’s venture capital experience
The Edge Markets MY | 26-Oct-2017
When Tan Sri Dr Lin See-Yan retired in 1994 after an illustrious career as a central banker, a friend challenged him to try his hand at running a commercial bank. The vagaries of such an enterprise, however, were nothing new for the former deputy governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Why most Malaysians cannot afford to retire
Free Malaysia Today | 25-Oct-2017
Malaysia is ageing, and the population of those over 65 should hit 15% by 2035. Current EPF savings for most Malaysians are barely enough for a decent life after retirement.

Escaping middle income trap a continuous challenge for Malaysia, says S&P Global Ratings
South China Morning Post | 24-Oct-2017
Escaping the middle income trap would continue to be a challenge for Malaysia, S&P Global Ratings said, adding that the modest income levels and vulnerability to global economic conditions constrain the country’s economic resilience.

Time to call construction industry to account
Free Malaysia Today | 23-Oct-2017
By Migrant Workers Right to Redress Coalition The hillside collapse which has claimed the lives of one Malaysian, possibly eleven migrant workers and at least two refugees at Tanjung Bungah, Penang is sadly not much of a surprise.

Despite ‘election budget’ Putrajaya still needs to tackle long-term problems
The Malaysian Insight | 20-Oct-2017
SITI Nursyazalina Zailani is the face of a deep, long-standing problem of the economy that threatens Malaysia’s aim of becoming a sustainable high-income nation – youth unemployment.

Looking for ASEAN in Laos
Myanmar Times | 19-Oct-2017
It has been 20 years since the Lao People’s Democratic Republic officially become a member of ASEAN, and although many Lao people don’t feel connected to the group, they generally believe that their country’s membership in it can only bring benefits.

Continued weakening of labour movement in post-independent Malaysia
Aliran Monthly | 17-Oct-2017
Will workers and unions choose to remain in the ‘restricted space’ provided for them by the British colonial government and now the Umno-BN government, wonders Charles Hector in the final part of a three-part series.

PKS launches GE14 manifesto
The Borneo Post | 16-Oct-2017
KENINGAU: Defending the rights of Sabahans is one of the manifestos of Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS) that was launched at a hotel here on Saturday.