Ministries to look into forced labour allegations in E&E sector, says Mustapa

Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the authorities will look into the allegations of forced labour published in news reports earlier. — Bernama pic
Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the authorities will look into the allegations of forced labour published in news reports earlier. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — The ministries of International Trade and Industry Ministry and Human Resource will look into the allegations on forced labour the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector in Malaysia.      

According to news report, the US Labour Department would put Malaysian on the “International Ranking on Forced Labour” watch list in December on findings from a global non-governmental organisation, Verite, on labour issues in the sector.         

The US Labour Department-funded Verite highlighted several issues regarding employment in the country’s E&E sector including deceptive recruitment, poor living conditions and passport retention.

“This could be on misinformation. We will have constant engagements with the relevant authorities regarding the issues.

“It is important to have correct information and that should be corrected accordingly,” International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed told Bernama today.   

“Sometimes, there are misunderstandings. So we need to hold more meetings and they have been undertaken with the affected parties. Sometimes, it could be wrong information and misunderstanding. What’s more important we must correct the misinformation,” he said.  

In the first seven months of this year, approved investments in the E&E sector reached RM8.4 billion with 57 approved projects. — Bernama