MALAYSIA: Malaysian HR minister, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, says firms can now take action against workers who refuse the Covid-19 vaccination, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Saravanan confirmed this in a press conference last week, and further elaborated that workers who refused to be vaccinated could be deemed as an occupational hazard to their colleagues.
A premises that doesn’t have a safe air ventilation system according to current regulations can also be held accountable under the same act.
Although there are no special provisions on vaccinations in Malaysia, this act can be implemented to ensure a safer and healthier working environment, the Minister said.
"We should not dispute the need to be vaccinated because the public is aware that we want to be free from Covid-19. So we need to do it together by getting vaccinated."
With almost half of its population fully vaccinated, Minister Saravanan said that there is no need for a specific act to expedite vaccination.
On 30 August, the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) urged employers not to sack workers and instead consider the needs of workers who refuse to get vaccinated, as there are many factors behind such a decision.