Malaysia

Malaysia

The Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) of Malaysia published a "Guideline and Tips for Employers of Foreign Domestic Helpers" to create awareness for employers and ensure adequate protection of foreign domestic helpers, and, through the bilateral agreements with sending countries for domestic workers, has agreed for the inclusion of pre-departure training to be held at the country of origin.

Theme: Pathways and Employment

GCM Objective: 3, 6, 16, 18

The Government of Malaysia has organised training programs for domestic migrant workers coming to work in the country. The training programs aim to raise awareness of domestic workers and their rights under Malaysian labour law, introduce the basics of the Malay language and highlight cultural differences. In 2016, Malaysia published guidelines to raise further awareness among employer about laws and modalities for recruitment and employment of domestic workers.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14

The Government of Malaysia has adopted legislation focused on combatting exploitation and abuse in its labour markets. Based on the Private Employment Agencies Act of 1981, private employment agencies are required to provide financial guarantees for support of migrant workers, especially women working in the domestic sector. The government aims to filter out careless employers and protect the rights of domestic workers through this policy.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14