Kula: Dewan Negara free to make its own decision over amendments to Act

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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

IPOH: Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran (pic) says the Dewan Negara can makes its decision on amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1967.

He said he could not force anyone into passing the Bill.

"If there are parties lobbying for Opposition senators to reject the implementation of the amendments, that is their right.

"My right is to expand and strengthen the trade union's role, and I am just doing that," he told reporters after attending a programme organised by the Perak Fine Arts Society at Kinta Flats here on Sunday (Dec 8).

On Saturday (Dec 7), Perak Human Resources committee chairman A. Sivanesan said that there were attempts to fail the amendments tabled in Parliament, when it is read for the third time in the Dewan Negara.

On Oct 13, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) had urged the Dewan Negara to reject all eight amendments to the Act passed by Dewan Rakyat, saying that the amendments were "rushed".

MTUC president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor said the minister tabled the proposed amendments without the endorsement of the labour centre and the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

However, Kulasegaran told reporters that Sarawak MTUC had said that the action to make the amendments was long overdue.

"They welcomed the move, and felt that it should have been done many years ago.

"These are new initiatives, and I hope when tabled in Dewan Negara, it will receive huge support," he added.

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