Kula: Abol­ish­ment won’t af­fect lo­cals

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KULIM: Lo­cal em­ploy­ees will not be af­fected by the abo­li­tion of the Work­men’s Com­pen­sa­tion Act 1952, said Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter M. Ku­lasegaran.

He said abo­li­tion of the law would not af­fect lo­cal work­ers.

“I’ll make sure lo­cal work­ers will not get less (than what they are earn­ing now). I will work to en­sure that they earn more,” he said dur­ing a work­ing visit to the Kulim Ad­vanced Tech­nol­ogy Train­ing Cen­tre (Adtec) here yes­ter­day.

He said the abo­li­tion of the act was to safe­guard the wel­fare of for­eign work­ers in terms of in­sur­ance cov­er­age, as well as to show that the gov­ern­ment did not dis­crim­i­nate against them.

The move, he said, was in line with the Equal­ity of Treat­ment (Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion) Con­ven­tion 1925 (No. 19) and the Con­fer­ence com­mit­tee on the Ap­pli­ca­tion of Stan­dards un­der the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ku­lasegaran said un­like lo­cal work­ers, their for­eign coun­ter­parts were not pro­tected un­der the So­cial Se­cu­rity Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Socso) and the gov­ern­ment could take ac­tion against em­ploy­ers who did not sub­scribe for their em­ploy­ees.

“For in­stance, re­cently rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment met me and re­quested for our peo­ple to work there be­cause their pop­u­la­tion is get­ting older.

“So, we must make sure our peo­ple who go there (Ja­pan) to work are cov­ered by (a form of ) in­sur­ance.

“We don’t want an in­ci­dent like in Bukit Kukus to hap­pen where it in­volved many for­eign work­ers. Those killed got noth­ing (com­pen­sa­tion), which is not fair,” he said re­fer­ring to the land­slide at Bukit Kukus, Pe­nang, on Oc­to­ber that killed nine peo­ple.

On his visit to Adtec, Ku­lasegaran said ef­forts should be made to pro­mote the cen­tre to get more youth to take up tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (TVET).

He said the mar­ketabil­ity of TVET grad­u­ates was high and the pub­lic stigma to­wards vo­ca­tional grad­u­ates had changed.

M. Ku­lasegaran

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