BIG COMPANIES DO NOT DESERVE THE EXEMPTION

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BIG COMPANIES DO NOT DESERVE THE EXEMPTION

RESPONSE TO A LETTER:‘BIG COMPANIES DO NOT DESERVE THE EXEMPTIONTHE STAR (VIEWS), 8.8.2013We refer to the letter “Big companies do not deserve the exemption” byMoorthy, Kajang published in The Star on August 8, 2013 regarding theissue of implementation of minimum retirement age for the private sector.The Ministry of Human Resources has approved the postponement of theminimum retirement age for 1,628 workers nationwide to December 31,after the application period ended on April 30, this year. A total of` 331employers, including multi-national companies, had submitted applicationsto the ministry to be considered for postponement through an allocationunder Section 18 of the Minimum Retirement Age Act, until the closingdate.The Act was formulated by the Ministry, based on the tripartism spiritinvolving employers, workers and the government, through consultationsand discussions, to obtain input and feedback from interested parties.Among the basis of the views of employers was that the Act had to beimplemented in stages for five years, while workers said it must bepromptly implemented this year.In order to solve the divergent views, especially among employers andworkers, an agreement was obtained to give a six-month transition periodfor employers to make a postponement after the Act came into force onJuly 1, 2013.


Therefore, based on the tripartite decision, the approval for the applicationof 6 months postponement had been given to employers who haveaffected employees between 1 July 2013 until 31 December 2013, andregardless of the capacity of the companies.Ministry of Human ResourcesPutrajaya

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