Set up Equal Opportunities Commission to take Malaysia forward, urges G25

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is ready for a law to address inequality in both the private and public sectors, the group of influential Malays known as the G25 said.

In a report entitled Invigorating Economic Confidence in Malaysia, it said an anti-discrimination law would help streamline non-discrimination in employment in all government departments and the private sector.

It also proposed the establishment of an Equal Opportunities Commission, as recommended by the New Economic Modal. This is “to ensure fairness and address undue discrimination when deceptive abuses by any dominant group are encountered.”

G25 said: “Malaysia has reached a mature economic status to put in place the anti-discrimination law (outlawing discrimination on basis of race, gender, religion) to give the legal basis underlying the proposed Equal Opportunities Commission. Read more

Dealing with discrimination — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAHREDZAN JOHAN

Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. Pic taken from the Star.

Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. Pic taken from the Star.

Our Constitution prohibits discrimination against citizens, but it applies to the public sector only.

IT was recently reported that frontline staff working in certain hotels are forbidden to wear the headscarf (hijab).

Many have criticised the “hijab ban”, stating that the practice is discriminatory.

According to the president of the Malaysian Association of Hotels, the hijab ban is not discriminatory but the standard operating procedure (SOP) in the industry. It was also said that this is a “uniform policy” that has been in practice in international hotel chains for a long time.

The donning of the hijab is generally believed to be in accordance with the religious beliefs of Muslims. A Muslim woman who wears the hijab does so usually because of her faith. Read more

Rights groups support anti-discrimination laws

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Several non-government organisations (NGOs) urged the government today to enact anti-discrimination laws, after a PKR lawmaker suggested legislating against workplace discrimination.

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) said such laws were necessary after a recent incident involving an international hotel not allowing its front desk staff to wear headscarves.

“All policies should uphold the basic principle enshrined under Article 8 of Federal Constitution that guarantees equality and non-discrimination on the basis of gender and religion.

“Towards this aim, we call for increasing urgency to adopt a Gender Equality Act for Malaysia that would end gender discrimination in the workplace and other spheres of life,” the group said in a statement today. Read more