Johor SME owners urge the Government not to increase the levy for foreign workers
The Star Online | 21-Sep-2017
JOHOR BARU: Business operators hope that the Government will not increase the levy for foreign workers in the upcoming Budget 2018 as the move could become counterproductive.

Indian brick workers treated ‘worse than slaves’
Free Malaysia Today | 20-Sep-2017
NEW DELHI: Millions of Indian brick workers are trapped in bonded labour and regularly cheated out of their wages, an anti-slavery group said Wednesday as it demanded government action.

What to do if you think someone you know is being trafficked
Free Malaysia Today | 19-Sep-2017
The likelihood of you encountering someone who has been trafficked in your everyday life is surprisingly high, and you might not even have given it a second thought. But the possibilities are everywhere, from the Indonesian maid following her employer’s family around the supermarket, to the Vietnamese woman working on your nails in the salon, to the Bangladeshi construction worker you may have passed by in your car on your way to work.

Human Resources practitioners play a vital role today
New Straits Times (Malaysia) | 13-Sep-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The role of Human Resources (HR) practitioners is more crucial today in any organisation unlike in the past where it is usually tucked away amidst ‘administrative’ duties. Court of Appeal judge, Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid said the role played of a HR practitioner and their proficiency is important, especially when it comes to industrial relations, which will certainly impact the number of cases reaching the Industrial Court

France insists it will go through with labour reform, day after protests
The Star Online | 13-Sep-2017
PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that he would pay attention to demonstrations against his planned labour reforms but pledged to push through with them, a day after protests took place nationwide.

Achieving ‘Malaysia First’ along with ‘America First’
The Star Online | 12-Sep-2017
ON Sept 12, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will meet President Donald Trump, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of ties between our two countries. It is customary on such occasions to speak about our common bonds, shared values and our success over the past six decades. I have no doubt the leaders will do so.

Malaysia as a middle power
Malaysiakini (subscription) | 11-Sep-2017
MP SPEAKS | A country without a huge population or a massive economy is almost always not defined as a big power. Yet Malaysia, since its first foray into international politics, has tried to punch above its weight.

Minister laments poor occupational safety and health awareness among employers
Malay Mail Online | 08-Sep-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 ? The level of awareness on occupational safety and health, particularly on exposure to diseases and poisoning among employers and industries, was still low, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.

Labour participation rates expected to rise in Malaysia
Human Resources Online | 07-Sep-2017
Written by Louis Kuijs, Head of Asia Economics, Oxford Economics; he said: “We expect the participation rate to rise further in Japan and forecast significant increases in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. But we see only a modest increase in China and a mild fall in Australia.”

Over 230 Myanmar migrants from Malaysia return Myawady
Eleven Myanmar | 06-Sep-2017
MYAWADY- More than 230 Myanmar migrant workers from Malaysia are already returned Myawady yesterday evening via Thailand as they are worried about their life in Malaysia due to Rakhine issue.

Cambodian arrested for trafficking maids to Malaysia
Free Malaysia Today | 05-Sep-2017
PETALING JAYA: A Cambodian woman who allegedly deceived unsuspecting local women into being trafficked to Malaysia where they were forced to work as maids under harsh conditions has been arrested by the country’s police.

Public-listed companies in Malaysia with no woman directors to be named and shamed: Najib
The Straits Times | 05-Sep-2017
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Public-listed companies (PLC) in Malaysia that do not have any woman on their boards of directors will be named and shamed, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Only 2% of employers willing to pay fresh grads RM3,000
Free Malaysia Today | 30-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: Only 2% of employers are willing to pay fresh graduates a starting salary of RM3,000, according to online employment company JobStreet Malaysia.

Aug 30: Ringgit opens lower against US dollar
New Straits Times Online | 30-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened lower against the US dollar today as the greenback rebounded on positive US Consumer Confidence Index, dealers said.

Human trafficking eyes in the sky
Malay Mail Online | 29-Aug-2017
SEPANG, Aug 29 — Airline staff can play a vital role to stop human trafficking in Southeast Asia and around the world, as they are at the front line of the fight against a crime which sees victims transported on major flights on a daily basis.

Critical to relook government programmes to raise productivity
The Edge Markets MY | 28-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s labour productivity levels have shown resilient growth over the years with an average rise of 2% a year. But, to meet the country’s average growth target of 3.7% per annum by 2020 would require a more micro assessment of certain issues, in particular the rationalisation of government programmes, said the World Bank.

Being Malaysian is a privilege
New Straits Times Online | 25-Aug-2017
IT was 60 years ago on Aug 31, that our beloved Tunku Abdul Rahman cried out with resounding joy, “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka…” at Stadium Merdeka. So overwhelmed by the historical significance of the occasion was he that he shouted out “Merdeka” not thrice as he had planned, but seven times!

Suicide continues to be the main cause of death among working-age Japanese
HRD Singapore (blog) | 25-Aug-2017
Japan’s suicide rate hit a record low last year, with 21,897 having taken their own lives in 2016. But the nation still ranks sixth highest in the world, and suicide continues to be the leading cause of death among working-age Japanese men and women.

Workers repatriated from Malaysia
Khmer Times | 24-Aug-2017
Eighteen Cambodian migrant workers were repatriated from Malaysia this week after being cheated by brokers to work abroad illegally, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday.

HR practitioners comment on the recruitment landscape in Malaysia
Human Resources Online | 23-Aug-2017
Although unemployment in Malaysia has been capped at a low of 3.4% as of May 2017, recruitment has been a challenging task in building up a pool of high-skilled talent.

IKEA to establish US$212m regional hub in Malaysia
Channel NewsAsia | 22-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer, will be establishing a regional distribution and supply chain centre for ASEAN in Malaysia, with an investment of RM908 million (US$212 million).

Protect migrant workers too
The Star Online | 22-Aug-2017
THE South-East Asian region is home to major labour-sending countries (Indonesia, the Philip­pines, Myanmar) as well as labour-receiving countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, which also receive large numbers of labour migrants from Nepal, Bangladesh, India). Read more at

Malaysia’s Dr Jemilah lauded for humanitarian efforts
Free Malaysia Today | 21-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: An Australian newspaper has praised the head of medical voluntary body Mercy Malaysia, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, for her dedication to her work.

Ghosts in the Malaysian immigration system
Free Malaysia Today | 18-Aug-2017
Malaysia is a blessed country where shared prosperity is the guiding principle in maintaining peace and stability among its citizens.

Labour activists to push for criminal prosecution in Maxim case
Daily Express | 17-Aug-2017
The working conditions of 156 staff rescued from a bird’s nest factory in Klang have been described as “hell on earth” by none other than Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali, who was present during the multi-agencies operations in March.

Pestech unit wins TNB job
The Star Online | 16-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: Pestech International Bhd’s unit has been awarded a contract worth RM79.5mil by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

Young Bangladeshis tricked into forced labour in Malaysia
The Straits Times | 15-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA • They are sold a dream of a ticket to study and work in a foreign country. But after spending all their family savings, thousands of young men from Bangladesh are caught in the harsh reality of being trapped in exploitation and extortion in Malaysia.

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship
Free Malaysia Today | 15-Aug-2017
SYDNEY: Australia’s “accidental Kiwi” deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to topple Canberra’s conservative government.

Expectations for progress
The Straits Times | 14-Aug-2017
OUR country will soon be celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence. We can take much pride and satisfaction for the progress that has been achieved in building the country to become one of the most successful among the developing countries. Not many former colonies have survived as a democratic state with a strong economy

On the brink of a new trade war?: The Star columnist
The Straits Times | 14-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) - Are we on the brink of a new trade war unleashed by the Trump administration?

Skills Job Fair offers 5,000 job opportunities
Free Malaysia Today | 11-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Skills Job Fair programme that will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Central Zone Skills Malaysia Carnival at the Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skills Training (CIAST), Section 19, Shah Alam, Selangor, beginning this Saturday, offers 5,000 job opportunities from numerous sectors.

Malaysia’s EPF partners with ITC-ILO to establish regional training initiatives
Human Resources Online | 10-Aug-2017
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in Malaysia has partnered with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO, ITC is the training arm of ILO), for the joint implementation and development of training activities in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.

EPF and ILO unit to set up regional worker training centre
The Star Online | 09-Aug-2017
KAJANG: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has signed a partnership agreement with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), which will pave the way for the development and implementation of future training activities in Malaysia and other countries in the South-East Asian region. Read more at

The controversy over the Employment Insurance Scheme
Free Malaysia Today | 08-Aug-2017
Human Resources Minister Richard Riot Jaem tabled the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) Bill 2017 at the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday for first reading.

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo
Free Malaysia Today | 8-Aug-2017
SILICON VALLEY: Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the centre of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry

Report: No ‘high-income’ hope if Malaysia stays on current track
Free Malaysia Today | 7-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia risks remaining in a middle-income trap if it stays on its current track, says a senior fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

Malaysia’s Rohingya dilemma
Free Malaysia Today | 4-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: Twenty years ago, a 17-year-old boy named Mohammad Rafique Khairul Bashar left his home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on foot, looking to escape an oppressive regime which he says would have put a young man like him into forced labour.

Foreigners recruited to address labour shortage — FGV
Free Malaysia Today | 4-Aug-2017
KUCHING: The intensive programme carried out by Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV) to overcome labour shortage at its plantations is seeing positive results.

Employees getting bigger share of corporate earnings
The Sun Daily | 3-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has seen a steady growth in labour income share by almost 5 percentage points to 35.3% for the past six years from 2010 to 2016, according to MIDF Research.

Labour income share ‘highest ever’ at 35.3% in 2016 — MIDF Research
The Edge Markets MY | 3-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Employees’ share of income generated in 2016 was almost 5% higher compared with 2010, pushing labour income share to gross domestic product (GDP) to 35.3% — its highest ever — while corporate earnings declined by 5.1% to 59.5% from 64.6% in the same period, said MIDF Research.

MEF: Employment Insurance Scheme may encourage retrenchment
Free Malaysia Today | 2-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has expressed reservations over the proposed Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS), saying it might lead to further retrenchments instead of retaining current workers.

Four types of allowances payable to retrenched employees under new scheme
Malay Mail Online | 2-Aug-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 ? The government has listed four types of allowances for retrenched workers under the newly proposed Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS), hoped to take effect beginning January 1 next year.

EDITORIAL: Relief finally
Himalayan Times | 2-Aug-2017
In the area of compensation or relief at least, Nepali migrant workers have received a little sense of security in case of serious injuries sustained or losing lives while working overseas. In the latest amendment to the Foreign Employment Regulations, several improvements have been made. One makes even those migrant workers who become critically ill eligible to claim compensation.

HRDF to fund new training programme
The Sun | 1-Aug-2017
The Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), which phased out the 1Malaysia Globally Recognised Industry and Professional Certification (1MalaysiaGRIP) programme last year, will be participating in another training and certification programme for which it will provide funding.

Productivity alchemy
New Straits Times Online | 8-Jun-2017
THE first of its kind, the Malaysia Productivity Blueprint, launched last month by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, rightly asserts that wealth comes from productivity growth. Productivity grows when each firm produces more and better quality products and services at lower costs. launches online tools for SMEs
Digital News Asia | 7-Jun-2017
COASTAL Hectare Sdn Bhd through its brand of, on June 6 launched two products to further streamline human resource (HR) work processes for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Nepal fails to stop exploitation of migrant workers: AI
Republica | 7-Jun-2017
KATHAMANDU, June 6: Nepali migrant workers continue to pay exorbitant fees to manpower agencies and agents to get employed in the Gulf and Malaysia due to the Nepali government's abject failure to properly enforce the low cost recruitment scheme, popularly known as free-free-ticket-policy, according to a new report released by Amnesty International on Tuesday.

HRDF comments on Malaysia’s progress towards industrial revolution 4.0
Human Resources Online | 6-Jun-2017
Malaysia’s Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has responded to comments by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, that increased technology use could see Malaysia lose 65% of the current jobs by 2027. Agreeing with the eventuality, HRDF has said that the fourth industrial revolution 4.0 (IR4) would bring about more automation and eliminate the need for manpower in routine and repetitive jobs.

Is labour mobility enough?
New Straits Times Online | 6-Jun-2017
AMIDST rising protectionist sentiments worldwide, Asean, turning half a century in August, continues its integration towards achieving a people-centred, people-oriented and resilient community.

Chinese investors eyeing M’sian durian orchards
The Star Online | 5-Jun-2017
COMPANIES and businessmen from China are hankering for one of Malaysia’s most famous exports – the Musang King. China Press reported that many Chinese nationals are keen to acquire orchards in Malaysia, to ride on the durian craze in their country.