Highlights:

  1. MTUC welcoms Human Resource Minister’s Instruction on Inspections
  2. Johor plans five overseas trade missions
  3. Singapore ranked safest destination in the world for 3rd consecutive year

MTUC welcoms Human Resource Minister’s Instruction on Inspections
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has welcomed the instruction by Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran to all ministry enforcement teams to conduct inspections regularly to ensure that employers complied with the labour laws. Its deputy secretary-general, A. Balasubramaniam, said that if regular inspections were carried out, all untoward incidents could be prevented. He pointed out that concerns such as exploitation of workers, violation of labour laws and payment of wages lower than what an employee is entitled to can also be addressed with the move. He also said that Section 65 of the Employment Act clearly stated that labour officers had the power to enter employment premises without prior notice at all times and make enquiries on any matter which they considered necessary within the provisions of the Act.

Johor plans five overseas trade missions
The Johor state government plans to undertake five trade promotion missions this year to not only attract foreign investors but also explore new business opportunities. State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee Chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said the trade missions to Singapore, Japan, Hyderabad and Europe would focus on high-technology and halal sectors. “This will be in line with the construction of the Johor Halal Park in Pasir Gudang which had already attracted several large foreign investors. “There is strong demand and large markets to tap within the halal sector. The halal products we have now are in great demand in Indonesia, the Middle East and China, ” he told reporters in Johor. Puah said he will meet with a delegation of investors from Hyderabad tomorrow.

Singapore ranked safest destination in the world for 3rd consecutive year
Singapore has emerged as the safest destination in the world for the third consecutive year, according to Gallup’s latest law and order report. Gallup’s Law and Order Index polls residents from 142 countries and is a composite score out of a possible 100 points. Respondents are polled on their confidence in local police, feelings of personal safety and the incidence of theft, assault or mugging in the past year. For 2018 and 2017, Singapore topped the chart with 97 out of 100 points. The city state also scored a respectable 93 for the index published in 2016. Coming in joint second place for the latest ranking were Norway, Iceland and Finland with 93 points. The only other two Asian entrants to make the Top 10, Hong Kong and Indonesia, registered a score of 91 and 89 points respectively.