New Straits Times (Online): 24/07/2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will closely monitor China-based automobile manufacturer Zhejiang Geely Holdings Bhd to ensure that it so does not neglect to hire Malaysian workers for national carmaker Proton.

In giving this assurance during the Dewan Rakyat proceedings today, Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran said the ministry will ensure that Geely abides by the nation's labour laws.

"With regards to Proton, we will carry out comprehensive investigations if they do not abide by the law," he said, adding that foreign firms are still bound by Malaysian laws on the employment of foreign workers.

Kula Segaran was replying an additional question by Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PH-Kapar) regarding what steps the government would take to ensure Geely hires local workers despite it acquiring 49.9 per cent of Proton in September last year.

The minister's answer to the additional question was set against the backdrop of his answering Abdullah Sani's main question on what steps the government would take in the event that foreign companies that take over local ones refuse to hire Malaysians.

During the additional question, Abdullah Sani also raised the issue of the Labour Department having only 400 inspectors to monitor employers and ensure they follow the rules on the hiring of foreign labour.

Kula Segaran admitted that there was a shortage of labour inspectors to check on businesses.

"There are only 350 labour inspectors at present. We have applied to the Ministry of Finance to increase the number of officers," he said.

Earlier, in answering the main question from Abdullah Sani, Kula Segaran told the Dewan Rakyat that there were 1,781,598 registered foreign workers employed in five formal sectors and one informal sector as of May 31 this year.

The minister said employers are barred from firing local workers in order to hire foreign ones, in line with Section 60M of the Employment Act 1955.

He also pointed out that in the event that employers need to reduce their workforce due to over-abundance of employees, they must first let go of their existing foreign workers before they could terminate the services of local workers, in line with Section 60N of the same Act.

21/07/2018 - 8,165 JOB VACANCIES IN KEDAH – MAHFUZ


Malaysian Digest (Online): 21/07/2018

SUNGAI PETANI – Job seekers in the state are urged to fill 8,165 out of the total 14,830 job vacancies involving various categories and professional positions offered throughout Kedah this year.

Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said based on information on the job search portal Jobstreet, so far, 6,665 of the total vacancies had been filled.

To date, there were 14,034 registered job seekers registered in Kedah with 4,089 registered new job seekers this year, he said after holding a Walkabout session in conjunction with the Career Carnival @ Sungai Petani at the Sungai Petani Municipal Council’s (MPSPK) Dewan Kenangan near here, today.

Also present were State Manpower Department director, Azrul Hisham Kamaruzzaman, and State Human Resources, Chinese Community Affairs, Environment, and Green Resources Committee chairman, Simon Ooi Tze Min.

The carnival, which ran from 9 am until 4 pm today, offered 1,200 vacancies from 25 employers nationwide.



New Straits Times (Online) : 15/07/2018

IPOH: The People’s Service Counter implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources will be extended nationwide, said its Minister M. Kulasegaran.

He said the programme which was started in Perak on July 7 aims at bringing the departments and agencies under the ministry such as the Social Security Organisation (Socso), Labour Department and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) closer to the local community.

Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP said the opening of the temporary counter in the public market would make it easier for the local community to report various complaints and to seek employment insurance claims and other services provided.

“We’re not done yet in Perak, it may take three months to complete the exercise in all the public markets in the state and after that we will go to another state.

“We have received positive feedback from the public regarding the opening of the counter,” he told reporters after opening the counter at the Bercham Public Market here today. - Bernama


New Straits Times (Online): 20/07/2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum wage order for workers is expected to be gazetted within two months, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulagesaran said the National Wage Consultative Council (MPGN) had concluded its study on the matter and would submit its findings to the government soon.

“If there is no hindrance, the new minimum wage order will be gazetted in one or two months,” he said in reply to a question by Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (BN-UMNO Beaufort).

Kulasegaran said the minimum wage of RM1,500 would be standardised nationwide in line with the government’s 100 days’ 10 promises.

He said the minimum wage would be reviewed every two years.

He hoped that the implementation of the new rate, which would be carried out in stages, would reach the targeted RM1,500 by the end of Pakatan Harapan’s first administration term.

“Various factors would be taken into consideration when reviewing the minimum wage order. They include the socio-economy factor like the consumer price index, productivity growth rate, employers’ capability in salary payment, unemployment rate, poverty threshold income.

“Apart from that, views from all quarters through a tactful approach that balances the interests of employers, workers and the government will also be put into consideration,” he said.

Kulasegaran said the implementation of minimum wage would not differentiate workers based on their nationalities and the government’s view on both the local and foreign workforce would be based on several aspects including the Equal Remuneration Convention (No 100).

“It states that the minimum wage policies must not discriminate workers based on their nationalities.

“In addition, Section 60L of the Employment Act 1955; Section 118B of the Sabah Labour Ordinance; as well as the Sarawak Labour Ordinance prohibits any form of discrimination on the local and foreign workers,” he said.

Kulasegaran said the enforcement of the minimum wage order for private sector workers would incur additional cost.

Thus, he said, the government would ensure that it would be carried out with tact and done in tandem with the government’s efforts in improving the country’s financial position.



Bernama (Online) : 11/07/2018 

RAWANG: A total of 711 fatal accident cases were recorded at the workplace throughout the country last year.

Deputy Minister of Human Resources Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the record from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) also showed an increase in the number compared to 2016 which totalled 688 cases.

“In 2017, there was an average of 116 workplace accident cases per day equivalent to 42,513 cases a year,” he said while launching the Occupational Safety and Health Week 2018 at the Perodua Training Centre here yesterday.

Mahfuz said both employers and employees should work together in identifying hazards at the workplace by conducting effective risk analyses and controls.

He said the government through DOSH also sought to improve enforcement and safety monitoring at the workplace.

“Last year alone, DOSH conducted 269,877 inspections on workplaces and machinery.

“From those inspections, a total of 23,006 notices and 1,028 compounds were issued while 324 cases were charged in court,” he said. —  Bernama



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