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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Majikan Wajib Beri Cuti Amah

Oleh Jami'ah Shukri dan Azman Mahmood
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Peraturan berkuat kuasa akhir tahun untuk jaga kebajikan pembantu rumah

KUALA LUMPUR: Semua majikan yang menggaji pembantu rumah warga asing diwajibkan memberi cuti rehat sehari dalam seminggu atau menggantikan dengan bayaran gaji sehari, berkuat kuasa akhir tahun ini.

Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk S Subramaniam, berkata pihaknya kini pada peringkat akhir penyediaan deraf peraturan baru itu mengikut Akta Kerja 1955 sebelum diserahkan kepada Pejabat Peguam Negara.

Katanya, menerusi peraturan baru itu, majikan yang gagal mematuhinya boleh dikenakan denda RM10,000.

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Compulsory Day Off For Maids

Wednesday June 17, 2009

By ZALINAH NOORDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has agreed to make it compulsory for employers to give a day off a week for their maids.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said: “The ministry will make it mandatory for all domestic helpers to sign the contract of employment containing provisions like salary, the name of employers, their workplaces and the compulsory one day off a week.”

The provision would be incorporated into the contract of employment to be signed by employers, maids and the agencies responsible for bringing them into the country.

He said the ministry would amend the Employment Act to incorporate the new provision.

“The Employment Act currently covers all other sectors except for maids. We are now in the process of formulating the regulation, after which we will forward it to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for approval.

“We may be able to implement it this year,” he told reporters after meeting unions and non-governmental organisations on the issue of foreign workers at Wisma Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) here yesterday.

Subramaniam said it would be up to the employers to determine when the maids’ day off would be.

If both the employers and workers agreed that there would not be a day off for a particular week, the maids would be paid compensation, he said.

Subramaniam also said employers of foreign maids would be required to register with the Labour Department as part of the measures to prevent incidents such as abuse of maids.

“We will also provide a guide book to foreign maids containing telephone numbers of embassies and relevant agencies for them to contact should they need to do so,” he added.

Employers who failed to abide by the terms in the contract of employment could be fined up to RM10,000, he said.

He also said the Labour Department would be making random enforcement visits to places where foreign maids are employed to check on their welfare and to ensure that all the rules and terms of the contract are adhered to.

Female officers accompanied by male officers will be deployed and the exercise will begin immediately.

Employers wishing to hire foreign maids will also be required to furnish the Immigration Department with a contract of employment containing the terms and conditions of service relating to wage, rest day and insurance coverage.


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Khabar Gembira 2

Jakim Says A Child's Religion Can Be Decided By Either Parent


PUTRAJAYA, April 24 - To determine the religious status of a child when a parent converted to Islam, one has to look at the Islamic as well as the existing Malaysian laws, said the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) today.

Its director-general, Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, said that under Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution, the religion of a person under the age of 18 years shall be decided by his parent or guardian.

"Based on this provision, the consent of just one party is sufficient in determining the religion of a child because the word used in Article 12(4) is 'parent or guardian' not 'parents or guardian' which means 'mother or father or guardian'," he said in a statement here.


He said Section 95 of the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 provides that a child who has not attained the age of 18 years may convert into Islam if his parent or guardian consents to his conversion.

"Among the cases that can referred regarding the right to determine the religion of a child is Subashini Rajasingam Vs Saravanan Thangathoray, where the Federal Court ruled that the father had the authority to convert his child to Islam under Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution."

"This was because according to Article 12(4), the religion of a person below the age of 18 years shall be decided by his mother or father or guardian, therefore in this case the husband had the right to convert his child to Islam even though his wife had disagreed," he said.

Wan Mohamad said that from the "syarak" (Islamic law) angle, the person with the right to take care and raise a child must be a Muslim because if the person is not a Muslim, there is a worry that it will harm the religion of the child under his care.

He said the rights of a Muslim convert under the law should also be protected, and a person who embraced Islam was not supposed to be considered as trying to shirk his obligations.

Yesterday, the Cabinet decided that a child's religion must be in accordance with the common religion of the parents at the time of marriage even though his mother or father later embraced another religion.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, when making it public, said the decision was among the long-term solutions reached by the Cabinet in view of many cases such as the one involving Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah and wife Indra Gandhi being expected to emerge in future.

Mohd Ridzuan, or Patmanathan a/l Krishnan, 40, formerly a Hindu who has embraced Islam, was reported to have changed the religion of his children -Tevi Darsiny, 12, Karan Dinesh, 11, and Prasana Diksa, one, to Islam on April 12 and applied for custody rights at the Syariah Court though their mother was still a Hindu.

On the case that was being tried by the Perak Syariah High Court, Wan Mohamad said all parties should be patient since the hearing was still ongoing. All parties should also abide by the provisions of the Islamic law and the Federal Constitution, he said. - Bernama


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