EPF urges government to formulate legislation for rights, protection of elderly

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tunku Alizakri said the public and private sectors need to come up with ways to unleash the potential of an ageing population in terms of employment and economic activities. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Tunku Alizakri said the public and private sectors need to come up with ways to unleash the potential of an ageing population in terms of employment and economic activities. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 ― The government has been urged to formulate legislation that emphasises the rights and protection of the elderly, including a re-employment policy, as well as elimination of age discrimination.

“We must also come out with ways to encourage them (retired workers) to return to work, without having them sacrifice the family structure, they have developed,” said Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Strategy), Tunku Alizakri Alias.

He said this at the International Social Security Conference 2016 here today. Read more

WAO: Just one in eight women fought pregnancy discrimination

Source: The Malay Mail Online

It is presently not illegal in Malaysia for prospective employers to ask job candidates if they are pregnant or planning to conceive, while such questions are prohibited in the US under PDA. — AFP pic

It is presently not illegal in Malaysia for prospective employers to ask job candidates if they are pregnant or planning to conceive, while such questions are prohibited in the US under PDA. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 ― Lack of awareness caused nearly 90 per cent of pregnant women who faced discrimination at work to lodge formal complaints, according to a Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) survey.

In its “Workplace Discrimination Survey” that polled 222 women, the group said many who were dismissed or overlooked for promotions due to pregnancy did not speak out as they did not know their rights or feared reprisals.

“A woman should be free to choose if and when to have children. She should not have to fear losing her job because she has a baby,” said Sumitra Visvanathan, executive director of WAO. Read more

Communications minister ends FFM debate, says Best Picture now open to all

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 ― There will only be one Best Picture category and it will be opened for nominations to all locally-made films in this year’s Malaysia Film Festival Awards (FFM), Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak announced today.

The minister also announced a new awards category, Best Film in the National Language, which effectively reverses the previous category for Best Picture made in a non-Bahasa Malaysia language that was introduced in 2011.

“We are always willing to hear grouses from the industry players and at the same time, we don’t neglect our responsibility of empowering Bahasa Malaysia as the national language,” Salleh said in a statement to Bernama.

He said the decision was made after taking into account the views and suggestions from all parties, including film industry players and members of the public.

Salleh was forced to intervene this week after debate over FFM’s language segregation policy blew up last week after two critically-acclaimed movies Chiu Keng Guan’s Ola Bola and Shanjhey Kumar Perumal’s Jagat were disqualified from the Best Picture category due to their mixed languages. Read more