Development and cooperation

Malaysia to adopt a Decent Work Country Programme

Malaysia‘s first Decent Work Country Programme for 2019-2025 sets to promote Decent Work for sustainable development and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

News | 19 June 2019
From left to right: Mr J. Solomon, Secretary General of MTUC; Mr A. Ramadass, MEF Vice-President; M. Kula Segaran, Malaysia’s Minister of Human Resources; Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.
GENEVA (ILO News) – Malaysia’s Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have agreed on the first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for the period 2019-2025.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding took place at the United Nations in Geneva, during the Centenary session of the ILO’s International Labour Conference.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by M. Kula Segaran, Minister of Human Resources (MOHR), Mr J. Solomon, Secretary General of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), Mr A. Ramadass, Vice President of Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF), and Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.

The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) provides a five-year framework for cooperation between the ILO and the national constituents. It plans for a strengthened ILO engagement in Malaysia in support of the national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Malaysia DWCP prioritizes three integrated areas of work: Rights at work: Protecting and promoting rights at work; Future of work: Strengthening national capacities to meet the needs of current and future work; and Labour migration: Strengthening labour migration governance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto expressed her appreciation of the joint efforts of the tripartite constituents in developing the DWCP, adding: “We are committed to support Malaysia’s efforts to close the country’s decent work deficits and translate the sustainable development goals into national priorities. These steps are pivotal to ensure an inclusive and sustainable development path aligned with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, leaving no one behind”.

M. Kula Segaran, Malaysia’s Minister of Human Resources expressed his appreciation for the ILO’s support and highlighted how the Decent Work Country Programme was a critical tool for development. He emphasized “the will of the government and social partners to promote the Decent Work Agenda in Malaysia and place it at the heart of national development policy, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.”

Mr J. Solomon, Secretary General of MTUC said: " MTUC is dedicated to work with MEF and the Malaysian Government to uphold effective social dialogue in the best interest of lasting social justice and protection for the stakeholders. We are optimistic the DWCP will be an ideal platform to build and develop a harmonious industrial relation in Malaysia based on reformed labour laws in accordance with the international labour standards”, adding that “It will facilitate strong and well organized trade union movement to protect and promote the interest of workers in Malaysia and contribute to national development efforts.”

Mr A. Ramadass, MEF Vice-President said: “MEF is committed to pursue effective social dialogue with the social partners in the spirit of tripartism. MEF strongly believes that working collectively and in harmony, employers, as key stakeholder in the creation of quality jobs and opportunities, fulfil decent and productive work for all. The right policy mix that enables the market economy to function effectively and the private sector to flourish, would enhance productivity and achieve competitiveness in a rapidly evolving economy.”

The Government of Malaysia, the MEF and the MTUC will work together to strengthen ownership of DWCP initiatives and outcomes and to ensure the contribution to the long-term sustainable development of Malaysia.

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Ms. Rakawin Leechanavanichpan, programme officer for ILO in Malaysia –