M. KULASEGARAN has denied an allegation by the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) that there was no consultation over labour law reforms, including amendments to the Industrial Relations Act (IRA) which were tabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.
The Human Resources Minister said the allegation was irresponsible and uncalled for.
“We have conducted nine National Labour Advisory Council meetings this year and various technical committee meetings since January.
“We have also conducted meetings and stakeholder engagement with various parties.
“I am only required to have two meetings a year and have given the utmost importance to our tripartite consultations by conducting these meetings monthly, ” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon had accused Kulasegaran of lying about consulting with stakeholders before tabling the amendments.
He also accused Kulasegaran of unilaterally deciding to submit proposed amendments to the IRA, Employment Act and Trades Union Act to the Attorney General’s Chambers for approval.
Kulasegaran said online public consultation on the IRA, a ministry’s first, started in December last year.
“The ministry also conducted effective consultations and has consulted state governments, excos, Suhakam, the International Labour Organization, Bar Council and NGOs.
“Solomon’s thoughts are not the only one for consideration, ” he added.
On Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad’s retrenched employees, Kulasegaran said they could make a representation under the Employment Insurance System (EIS) to get assistance for six months.