Serious squatter issue in Penampang
New Straits Times Online | 27-May-2019
PENAMPANG: SQUATTER colonies are hindering progress along a stretch of road emerging as a potential boom area in the district here.

Enhancing governance in Malaysia
The Star Online | 27-May-2019
I MUST congratulate and commend the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, for his stern warning to police personnel to cut all links with people associated with gambling and vice syndicates. Read more at

Ban political ownership of news media, says MTUC
Free Malaysia Today | 13-May-2019
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress has urged the government to outlaw political ownership of news media so that employees do not become victims or “political slaves”.

Pay more to keep local workers here, says MP
Free Malaysia Today | 13-May-2019
PETALING JAYA: An MP and a unionist have questioned the need to send Malaysian blue-collar workers to Japan, urging the government to look into raising wages in Malaysia first.

Joy for Nepalis as Malaysia increases minimum wage of workers to Rs29k
The Kathmandu Post | 07-Sep-2018
Malaysian government’s decision to increase workers’ minimum wage would benefit thousands of Nepalis working in Malaysia. The revised pay entitles a worker to receive basic monthly salary of Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 1,050 effective from January 2019.

Malaysia August palm oil stocks forecast to rise to six-month high
The Edge Markets MY | 05-Sep-2018
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 5): Palm oil inventories in Malaysia, the world's second largest producer, are forecast to rise at the end of August for a third month to the highest since February, as output growth outpaced exports, according to a Reuters survey.

A move good for our ecosystem
New Straits Times Online | 04-Sep-2018
THE government’s decision to cancel the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project makes economic and environmental sense. Had construction proceeded, it would have bisected the Rantau Panjang Forest Reserve (RPFR) into two separate forest areas. This would have fragmented over 230ha of forest reserve, cut off any possible safe wildlife corridors, and increased the risk of human-wildlife conflicts and wildlife deaths.

Cover Story: The first 100 days - Five thrusts to sustain Malaysia’s growth trajectory
The Edge Markets MY | 30-Aug-2018
Professor of economics at Sunway University Business School and external member of Bank Negara Malaysia’s monetary policy committee. Formerly group chief economist at RAM Holdings Bhd, Yeah is also director of the Economic Studies Program at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Senior Fellow of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development and vice-president of the Malaysian Economic Association.

What’s wrong with Malaysia’s vocational education and how can a better one help?
CILISOS.MY | 28-Aug-2018
Low pay. Dirty work. No prestige. Uneducated. Not interesting. Useless. These are some of the perceived characteristics associated with vocational students in Malaysia. For many of us, we have been told that our life depends on our academic grades. Coz if we fail, we’re doomed, right?

Malaysia’s labour productivity grew 3.7% in Q2
The Sun Daily | 21-Aug-2018
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's labour productivity rose 3.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, after registering 4.3% growth in the preceding quarter, according to Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

Focus on six Euro nations
The Kathmandu Post | 18-Aug-2018
Aug 17, 2018-A task force, mandated by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to find out new labour destination countries, has suggested that Nepal needs to diversify its labour markets beyond Gulf Council Cooperation (GCC) countries and Malaysia.

Strengthening social solidarity to ease the public burden
Malaysian Christian News | 16-Aug-2018
In the new Malaysia, there are a few things we can do to immediately raise the quality of life for the lower-income group. The first step has already been done: removal of the GST. Yet, many ordinary people are still burdened by several key factors — babysitting, private tuition fees, motorbike and car loans, university fees, private medical costs, expensive housing prices and insufficient retirement savings.

Weekly payment of salary not against the law
New Straits Times Online | 14-Aug-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Employers can make weekly salary payments as the practise is not against the law. Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the government provides regulation for salary payments under Section 19 of the Employment Act 1955 and the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011.

Stop telling women how to dress, activists urge Putrajaya
Free Malaysia Today | 08-Aug-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Various rights groups and activists have slammed the government’s move to prepare a set of shariah-compliant dress guidelines for the private sector.

RM7.43mil of IKSIM's expenditure unaccounted for: Mujahid
New Straits Times Online | 07-Aug-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM7.43 million out of RM7.6 million expenses and payments made by the Institute of Islamic Strategic Research Malaysia (IKSIM) cannot be accounted for, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Legalise them but no citizenship
Daily Express | 01-Aug-2018
Kota Kinabalu: The Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) Sabah will propose to the Government to grant proper documents to illegals and stateless foreign workers in Sabah so that they can work in Sabah or Peninsular Malaysia rather than hiring those from Nepal or Bangladesh.

MAA: Imposing curbs on foreign cars a regressive move
The Sun Daily | 30-Jul-2018
KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — The government’s plan to limit the access of foreign cars to the local market is a regressive move for the growth of the country’s automotive industry, the Malaysian Automotive Association said.

Labour productivity up 3.8% in 2017, beats 11MP target
The Edge Markets MY | 27-Jul-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s labour productivity rose 3.8% in 2017, beating the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP)’s annual target of 3.7% for the first time in five years, helped by growth across five economic sectors under review.

Supermarts under Labour Dept watch
Daily Express | 25-Jul-2018
Kota Kinabalu: Two inspection papers were opened and nine notices of compliance issued by the Sabah Labour Department to supermarket and mini-market operators as part of its exercise to enforce labour laws in the State.

Malaysia Chronicle | 23-Jul-2018
A COMPANY linked to Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is among several private Malaysian companies named in an elaborate scam which allegedly took in more than Rs5 billion (RM185 million) from Nepali workers over the last five years, the Nepali Times reports.

72 employers identified for flouting labour laws
The Sun Daily | 20-Jul-2018
PUTRAJAYA: Seventy-two employers have been identified for flouting labour laws under "Ops Patuh" conducted on 122 premises from June 8 until yesterday (July 18).

Asian Development Bank keeps Malaysia GDP outlook at 5.3% for 2018, 5% for 2019
The Edge Markets MY | 19-Jul-2018
KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2018 Outlook Supplement (ADO) has maintained the bank's economic growth forecast for Malaysia at 5.3% for 2018 and 5% for 2019.

What's News: Jul 18, 2018
The Straits Times | 18-Jul-2018
Malaysia's King yesterday called for national unity as he opened the first session of the country's Parliament after the landmark May 9 elections. The call came as some members of the opposition, now dominated by the Malay majority, sought to stoke tensions by questioning the new government's appointment of non-Malays to prominent posts.

Free bus rides driving safer births for Nepali women
Free Malaysia Today | 17-Jul-2018
RAMECHHAP: As a teenager Meera Nepali was terrified as she went into labour with her first child at home in a remote village, miles from a hospital with nobody but her mother-in-law to help.

Follow law in legalizing illegal immigrants – Jeffrey
The Borneo Post | 16-Jul-2018
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Solidarity Tanah Airku (STAR) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan yesterday urged the State Government to follow the rule of law in legalizing illegal immigrants (PTIs).

Malaysia may miss deadline to ratify CPTPP — Miti
The Edge Markets MY | 11-Jul-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may not be able to meet the February 2019 ratification deadline for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), according to the international trade and industry ministry (Miti).

Paying lip service to child marriage
Free Malaysia Today | 11-Jul-2018
There are many reasons why a child or a young adult is not allowed to do certain things. In Europe, for example, children are not allowed to purchase fireworks, cigarettes or knives. A shopkeeper who does not check the age of a young adult risks a hefty fine and a few years’ imprisonment. The shop also runs the risk of being shut down as the authorities there are serious about laws protecting children.

PH slammed for failing to install 30% women in Cabinet
Free Malaysia Today | 04-Jul-2018
PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has been accused of taking “one step backwards” by failing to fulfil its election pledge of a minimum 30% women’s representation in the Cabinet.

Myanmar Times
Devdiscourse | 03-Jul-2018
25 judges, prosecutors, legal aid practitioners, officials from the Commission on Human Rights, the Ministry of Human Resources and the Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as members of the Bar Council of Malaysia participated in an ILO workshop to increase their knowledge on forced labour.

Inaccurate news report on child labour in Sabah
New Straits Times Online | 27-Jun-2018
THE Forest Trust (TFT) wishes to correct an inaccurate news report by a news agency on June 21 entitled “Child Labour in Sabah: Children Only Accompanying Elders at Work”, stating that “… the Labour Department, Human Resources Ministry, in collaboration with TFT in several districts in Sabah, found that children and youth were only accompanying their elders who worked as farm labourers”.

UNHCR: Allow refugees to stay and work in Malaysia
The Star Online | 25-Jun-2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the newly appointed Pakatan Harapan Government to allow refugees to stay and work in Malaysia legally.

KL wants only Malaysian cooks at restaurants from next year to cut reliance on foreign labour
The Straits Times | 22-Jun-2018
PETALING JAYA (BERNAMA) - Malaysia wants all restaurants in the country to only recruit only locals as cooks from next year in order to reduce dependence on foreign labour, said Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran.

Malaysia and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Live Trading News | 11-Jun-2018
Malaysia’s newly-elected prime minister called Monday for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be “renegotiated,” and urged protection for small countries in international trade.

Malaysia PM Mahathir urges TPP 'renegotiation'
The Business Times | 11-Jun-2018
[TOKYO] Malaysia's newly-elected prime minister called on Monday for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be "renegotiated," and urged protection for small countries in international trade.

Malaysia PM says small countries need trade protection, urges TPP 'renegotiation'
Channel NewsAsia | 11-Jun-2018
Malaysia's newly-elected prime minister called Monday (Jun 11) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be "renegotiated", and urged protection for small countries in international trade. Read more at

PM urges TPP 'renegotiation'
New Straits Times Online | 11-Jun-2018
TOKYO: Malaysia’s newly-elected prime minister called Monday for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be “renegotiated,” and urged protection for small countries in international trade.

Minister proposes scrapping filtering mechanism for Industrial Court cases
Free Malaysia Today | 06-Jun-2018
PUTRAJAYA: The power of the minister in terms of reference and screening before a case is brought to the Industrial Court will be cancelled to enable the settlement of the case between the employer and the employee to be accelerated.

Thailand asked to send back 66 workers caught near border
Myanmar Times | 05-Jun-2018
The government has asked Thai police to repatriate 66 illegal migrants who were to be smuggled into Malaysia but were intercepted in southern Hat Yai city last week, according to the Myanmar labour attaché in Bangkok.

New minimum wage for private sector to be announced by August
New Straits Times Online | 04-Jun-2018
PUTRAJAYA: The minimum wage for workers in the private sector is currently being reviewed and the government is expected to make an announcement on the matter by August this year.

EPF for housewives: Is 2% enough?
Free Malaysia Today | 31-May-2018
PETALING JAYA: A lawyer has welcomed the proposal to give housewives a portion of their husbands’ contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), but says the suggested figure of 2% is too small to reflect the value of their work.

Malaysia: Draw The Line On Sexual Harassment
Mondaq News Alerts | 30-May-2018
On 5 October 2017, the New York Times published an exposé on allegations of sexual harassment spanning several decades against Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.

More calls for sexual harassment laws after tudung ‘lecture’ for Nurul
Free Malaysia Today | 28-May-2018
PETALING JAYA: Two groups who have in the past criticised human rights activists for championing un-Islamic values have urged for clearer sexual harassment laws in Malaysia, after PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar was berated by a caller during a live interview on Facebook for not wearing her tudung “properly”.

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.