Allow staff time off to vote, companies told

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008

PUTRAJAYA: The private sector has been urged to allow time off for its employees to vote in the March 8 general election. 

Those who need to travel far to other states to cast their votes should also be allowed to either take the day off or take their annual leave. 

Labour Department director-general Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim said under Section 25 of the Election Offences Act 1954, every citizen including workers had the right to cast their votes. 

The Act also stated that employers could not directly or indirectly refuse their staff time off or leave to cast their votes. 

“Under this Act, the employer is required to allow reasonable time to their staff to vote without cutting their salary or benefits, or imposing a penalty for being absent from work,” he said in a statement here yesterday. 

Ismail added that employers who failed to adhere to the requirements of the Act could be fined RM5,000 or jailed for a year.  

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