Malaysia addresses forced labour issues with the US, UK

Updated: Apr 27

MALAYSIA: Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan has affirmed the country’s commitment to cooperate with the US and UK in addressing human trafficking and forced labour issues, through meetings with both countries’ representatives under Malaysia’s National Action Plan on Forced Labour (NAPFL).

Saravanan noted that human trafficking and forced labour are major challenges faced by the Ministry in 2022, especially in terms of protecting workers’ rights and compliance with Malaysia’s labour laws.

“The issue of forced labour has become one of the main points of discussion in bilateral cooperation negotiations with source countries for foreign workers.

“My ministry will also collaborate with the International Labour Organisation to organise a National Dialogue on Forced Labour which will involve all stakeholders,” he said.

The minister added that the MOHR would have proposed amendments to the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) in March with provisions related to forced labour.

US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian D McFeeters and UK High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay expressed their countries’ willingness to share best practices with Malaysia in addressing the issue of forced labour.

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