Kula ­ discusses with Shafie on proposed changes to two Acts
Published on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Alor Setar: Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran held talks with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on the proposed amendments to two Acts under his ministry which would enable them to be enforced in the State.The discussions were held during Kula Segaran's courtesy visit to Mohd Shafie at the Sabah State Government Administrative Complex here.

Kula Segaran said the two acts were the Minimum Standard of Housing & Amenities Act 1990 and the Children and Young Persons Act (Employment) Act 1966.

He said the discussions were crucial to enable the ministry to pursue the government's objectives in line with the obligations of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

"These two acts need the close cooperation of the Sabah state government and a decision from its chief minister (Mohd Shafie) will enable the ministry to continue pursuing the objectives of the government," he said in a press conference held after the courtesy visit.

Kula Segaran said there were eight laws under his ministry that have to be ratified which involved the employment sector in Sabah.

He said the ministry would amend the laws at the Federal level so that they could be applied at the state level, and in principle, the Sabah state government would work with the ministry on this.

"The Federal and state governments will collaborate. We (the ministry) want to make it easy and the laws uniformed to create a win-win situation (between the government, employers and workers), " he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said the state government would work to ensure laws in the employment sector in the state were more relevant and in line with current needs.

He said the discussions with Kula Segaran also focused on efforts to draw more investors to the state and create more jobs for the people, with better salaries.

The basic needs of workers were also discussed including providing accommodations and better work facilities, he said.


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