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.

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.