The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) notes that the Ministry of Human Resources has stated that the government is still discussing the proposed anti-discrimination provision for job seekers under the Employment Act.
We are glad that the provision is still under consideration, and we are optimistic that the human resources minister and the cabinet will ensure job seekers are not left out of the Employment Act.
Protecting job seekers is crucial because discrimination often happens during recruitment. About 40% of women surveyed said that they had been asked by interviewers if they were pregnant or had plans to become pregnant, according to a WAO survey. There have also been cases where hotels have banned frontline staff from wearing the tudung.
Currently, there is no protection against discrimination in the private sector, leaving many victims of discrimination without redress.
We welcome further engagements with the ministry as we work to establish better employment laws in Malaysia.