Friday, 19 June 2009

A Weekly Day off is the Right of Foreign Domestic Workers

As a major destination country within the region, the Malaysian government’s move to enforce a weekly paid day off for FDWs by incorporating the provision in the Employment Act by the end of this year is certainly a mark of social change. However if the Malaysian government wishes to protect the rights of FDWs, there is an urgent need for a more comprehensive measure. This can only be achieved by incorporating a mandatory standard contract into the Employment Act to address the specificity of domestic work, issues related to gender and the home as a private sphere. Full story...

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