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Malaysia ‘struggling’ with world standards on migrant rights, says activist

Free Malaysia Today, Malaysia, 29 July 2022 - The government is finding it difficult to cope with the international standards set for protecting migrant rights, an activist said.

North-South Initiative executive director Adrian Pereira said it was apparent that Putrajaya was “struggling” to improve standards by amending laws, adding that employers were also rushing to fix the system.

He conceded that improvements in the protection of migrant worker rights had been made by companies “under the spotlight”, but noted that some of the firms were government-linked companies (GLCs).

“If a GLC cannot show a good track record, can you imagine what the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) think they can get away with?”

While amendments to the Employment Act offered better social protection to migrants, Pereira said in reality, they were still unequal to Malaysians.

“As long as there is any form of discrimination or lesser standards, there will be those who try to take advantage,” he said.

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Source: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/07/29/malaysia-struggling-with-world-standards-on-migrant-rights-says-activist/

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