‘Separate law needed to protect foreign maids’

Source: The Star

The Star

Das: The current Employment Act does not fully apply to foreign workers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaganita has called for a separate legislation to protect the rights of foreign ­workers, saying the current Employment Act does not have the provisions to do so.

Tenaganita director Glorene Das said incidences of abuse among domestic workers were on the rise due to existing loopholes in the Act.

“For example, a labour inspector cannot enter the private domains of a house to inspect how domestic workers are doing.

“That is why a separate legislation with proper terms and conditions are needed,” she told ­reporters at an event to mark International Migrants Day.

“After studying the current Employment Act, we realised that it does not apply fully to foreign ­workers,” she said.

Das praised the Government’s efforts to introduce the system to hire maids directly online, as it would eliminate middlemen in the process.

“Tenaganita supports direct ­hiring because domestic workers are better protected and there will be more accountability since the employer will be hiring directly from the Government,” Das said.  Read more

Klang MP calls for inquiry into custodial death case

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Klang MP Charles Santiago has called for an official inquiry into alleged police negligence following the death of a detainee while en route to hospital for medical treatment yesterday.

Ganeshwaran Gunasigeren, 29, had been arrested for allegedly breaking into a factory in Bukit Tinggi.

Santiago said he was calling for the inquiry given the contradictory statements by the South Klang police chief and Ganeshwaran’s mother, in the interest of public accountability and good governance.

He said Ganeshwaran’s mother had disputed the police statement which claimed there were no signs of discomfort when Ganeshwaran was transported to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, and that he was “looking healthy and talking normally”.  Read more

30% Club makes progress in bid to have more women on corporate boards

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight

The 30% Club is intensifying efforts to have at least one woman director on all-male boards, particularly the top 100 companies out of the 923 listed on Bursa Malaysia, by next year. – EPA pic, December 19, 2017.

THE Malaysian chapter of the 30% Club, a group driving a business campaign to increase women’s representation on corporate boards, made good progress this year, said founding chairman Zarinah Anwar.

Since its launch in Malaysia in May 2015, the 30% Club’s initiatives, such as the Business Leaders’ Roundtable, mentoring programmes and the placement of women directors, had yielded positive results, she said in a statement today.

Zarinah said the 30% Club was intensifying efforts to have at least one woman director on all-male boards, particularly in large market capitalisation or the top 100 companies out of the 923 listed on Bursa Malaysia, by next year.

The 30% Club also aims to help Malaysia achieve 30% women’s representation on public-listed corporate boards by 2020, as more qualified women make themselves available for board appointments.

“We are seeing more boards acknowledging that gender diversity makes good business sense,” said Zarinah.  Read more

Deceased man allegedly told mother he was being beaten in police custody

Source: The Star

KLANG: The family of a 29-year-old man alleged that he died in police custody four days after he was arrested to assist into the investigation of several break-in cases.

The family members of G. Ganeshwaran, who had been remanded, claimed that he was beaten up when they saw him at the court house on Friday (Dec 15).

The despatch rider was arrested last Thursday by police officers from the South Klang district police headquarters (IPD) and was still under remand.

Ganeshwaran’s sister, who did not want to be named, said that when her mother went to the court Friday for his brother’s remand, he told her that he was beaten up in the lockup. Read more

Bar: Non-binding Asean consensus on migrant workers a concern

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar says it is concerned that an agreement among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for its 10 member states to uphold foreign workers’ rights in their respective countries is not legally binding.

In a statement in conjunction with International Migrants Day today, its president George Varughese said the Bar welcomed the adoption of the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers on Nov 14.

“However, we are concerned that the Asean Consensus is non-binding, and implementation of the articles is subject to national laws, policy and regulations of Asean members states, which are, as they stand at present, inadequate to protect the rights of migrant workers in the region,” he said.  Read more

Court lifts obstacle on EC to start redelineation process in Selangor

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) can now conduct its local inquiries in Selangor, paving the way for the redrawing of electoral boundaries, after the Court of Appeal today set aside a stay order by the High Court 11 days ago.

The 2-1 majority decision was made by bench chairman Idrus Harun and Justice Yaacob Md Sam while Justice Rhodzariah Bujang held the status quo should remain to preserve the Selangor government’s appeal.

Idrus said the majority agreed with the arguments put forward by government lawyer Amarjeet Singh in lifting the interim stay as sought by the EC. Read more

Police should drop investigation into law don, legal rights group says

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, December 19, 2017.

Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi is under investigation for his article, ‘Religious Radicalism on the Rise’. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, December 19, 2017.

POLICE should have used its discretion and dismissed a report against constitutional law expert Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi over an article he wrote about diversity in Islam, a legal rights advocacy group said.

Lawyers for Liberty said the criminal investigation into the emeritus professor at Universiti Malaya was “shocking and unacceptable” as he had merely written an opinion piece.

“The police should have summarily dismissed the report as frivolous and not criminal in nature instead of troubling the professor and other witnesses and having their statements taken.

“The wide investigative powers that are vested in the police come with a necessary degree of discretion and good faith, as not all police reports against government critics or dissidents must be investigated,” LFL’s executive director Eric Paulsen said in a statement today. Read more