‘I am sure many facilitating this horrendous opening will be over night millionaires sending their workers to be exploited and perhaps even infected in current pandemic conditions where even the nation’s Parliament is in locked down and an emergency in operation?’
WORKERS HOUSING – WHOSE INTEREST IN THE ERA OF COVID 19 IS THE GOVT PROTECTING ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE
The last time I checked it is confirmed that our Parliament passed amendments to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act (Act 446) in July 2019.
Now what does that entail if all of our ministers, politicians, civil servants, manpower groups here and abroad and the industry captains with deep pockets lobbying for a pause?
The Covid 19 pandemic, infection and spikes related to workers cramped conditions is now well known to all Malaysians!
As I write this blog update it is also well known to the over 385K infected and the over 2541 and rising dead that all is not well with the administration and management of this pandemic.
Act 446 mandates minimum space requirements for workers’ accommodation, and provision of basic facilities as well as safety and hygiene standards.
So can someone qualified please answer if the government has caved in to pressure from businesses with its decision to relax enforcement of the law specifying workers’ housing standards?
The signs were already there when the usual mantra was practiced when the an Act which was supposed to be enforced last June, gave employers a grace period until Sept 1 and later said it would take an educational approach until the end of 2020.
By the way it is 2021 now.
Already there were many raised eyebrows when media statement also quoted that we are also planning to herd in more foreign-workers despite most enlightened and safety conscious policymakers globally closing their borders!
I am sure many facilitating this horrendous opening will be over night millionaires sending their workers to be exploited and perhaps even infected in current pandemic conditions where even the nation’s Parliament is in locked down and an emergency in operation?
I have repeatedly advised our policymakers that every statement they make which seem ridiculous in the eye of this worst managed pandemic storm confirms foreign nations advisories to advise to avoid and get out of Malaysia.
The US has just released their latest advisory, Singapore just closed their doors to India and tightened up the border between our two countries.
If you want to be respected in the global world please grow a spine!
Please be consistent.
Please learn to love and respect your own legislation.
If we are constantly cowed and lobbied down by corporations, industry lobbyist, political prostitutes doing bidding of powerful cartels where is there hope for fair play, justice and respect for human rights?
Are there no more good men and women in Malaysia who cannot be bought directly, indirectly or through the transfers of shares?
May the ALMIGHTY help us all to spearhead holistic change!
MAKAN UNTUK HIDUP BUKAN HIDUP UNTUK MAKAN!