TIOMAN ISLAND: The Defence Ministry plans to propose amendments to the Employment Act to make it mandatory for employers to release their workers for Territorial Army training.
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the proposed amendments would be forwarded to the Cabinet for approval.
He said his ministry had received complaints from reservists that they had difficulty in getting time-off from employers and had to sacrifice their annual leave to undergo training.
His ministry would hold discussions with employers who would be made to understand the need for their staff to join the Territorial Army on a voluntary or part-time basis for the sake of the country’s security, he said after opening the Territorial Army supporters’ committee chairmen conference.
“In general, there should be understanding between the employers and their workers who are Territorial Army reservists.
“They join the Territorial Army for the benefit of the country’s defence.
“When the country’s security is up to the mark, then its stability will ensure that the employers can carry out their business in peace,” he said.
Najib said the Territorial Army programme would not clash with the national service programme since all Territorial Army members were already above 18 years old.
“It is not compulsory for employees in private firms or civil servants to join the Territorial Army,” he said.
Najib said there were now 45,000 Territorial Army reservists and his ministry planned to have a one-to-one ratio of Territorial Army members to regular army members.
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