Reports by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM, MARTIN CARVALHO and TARRENCE TAN
THE government will look into implementing flexible working arrangements between employers and employees as post-Covid-19 new normal, says Awang Solahudin Hashim.
“Plans are in the pipeline to introduce amendments detailing the flexible working arrangement in line with the new normal post-pandemic.
“They include flexibility in working hours, working days and work place that must be agreed upon by both employers and employees,” the Deputy Human Resources Minister said when answering a question raised by Jugah Muyang (IND-Lubok Antu).
Awang Solahudin said employees must put in writing to employers to change their existing employment contracts to allow the implementation of the new flexible working arrangements in the near future.
He added that the implementation of the flexible working arrangements would help ease the daily expenditure of employees.
He also told lawmakers that the Cabinet had approved the implementation of a minimum wage of RM1,200 for employees at all levels.
At present, he said the minimum wage was implemented in 56 city councils nationwide.
“The proposal has been approved by the Cabinet.
“We hope to table amendments to the Employment Act during this session,” he said.
On reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign labour, Awang Solahudin said the government decided to allow the hiring of foreign workers in only three sectors – construction, agriculture and plantations.
“We want the other sectors to be filled by locals. This will be part of our guidelines to reduce the intake of foreign workers,” he said.
Awang Solahudin said the move was necessary to ensure job opportunities for locals, following the economic impact due to Covid-19 pandemic.
At present, he said there were some 2.1 million registered foreign workers in the country.