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Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar speaks during Socso’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, on January 19, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

We pay close attention to foreign domestic workers’ mistreatment — Minister

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 13 — The Human Resources Ministry always pays close attention to reports of mistreatment of foreign domestic workers, including employers not paying their wages, says its minister V. Sivakumar.

Sivakumar said he has instructed the Manpower Department (JTK) to take strict action against any employer who mistreated their workers, in line with the ministry’s aspiration to ensure Malaysia is free from forced labour practices.

“It is true that from time to time, there are cases related to domestic workers, and action has been taken. 

“The JTK has gone to observe and save them (workers) and appropriate action has been taken in previous cases,” he told the press at the ministry’s 2023 Deepavali celebration ceremony, here, today.

Sivakumar was asked to comment on Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Datuk Hermono’s statement yesterday that about 90 per cent of complaints received by the Indonesian Embassy related to domestic workers. 

“I’m not saying there are no cases, but the ministry is always wary and ready to take action against any employer who abuses their power to discriminate against any employee, especially in terms of forced labour,” he said.

Sivakumar also asked the Indonesian Embassy to immediately lodge reports on the mistreatment of Indonesian domestic workers in the country so that JTK can take appropriate action against employers who are negligent in the management of domestic workers.

“I will not tolerate this and will make sure JTK drags them (employers) to court,” he said.

In another development, Sivakumar said the progressive wage policy will be complementary to the minimum wage policy so that skilled and highly productive workers can earn better income compared to the current minimum wage of RM1,500.

He said although the minimum wage policy is important for the country in ensuring that every worker, local or foreign, receive a minimum wage, other employee productivity-based models should also be looked into.

He said the progressive wage policy has been discussed in detail and approved by the National Economic Action Council.

On November 8, Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli was reported to have said that the White Paper on the proposed policy will be tabled in Parliament on November 30 to explain its basic characteristics and implementation mechanism.

— Bernama

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