Malaysia's Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) will not postpone the enforcement of the Housing, Accommodation and Minimum Standards Act 1990 [Act 446) (Amendments) 2019, Human Resources Minister M Saravanan has stressed.
He said this in a statement responding to requests for a postponement, made through the Malaysia Employers' Federation and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers.
"(The) enforcement of Act 446 (Amendment) 2019, which commenced on 1 September 2020, was not done in a hurry. In fact, before the enforcement was implemented, announcements regarding the enforcement date have been widely made since May 2020."
The amendments were first set to take effect on 1 June 2020, with the government announcing in end-May that employers would be given a grace period of up to 31 August 2020 before it came into effect the next day on 1 September.
Thus, Minister Saravanan has said that the Ministry will not delay the enforcement now, but that, however, the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) will continue conducting inspections on companies that have made online certificate applications.
He added: "I urge the association to jointly ensure that the company under their association to apply for this certificate and keep in touch with our officers whether in the headquarters or at JTKSM for any information throughout the certification application process.
JTKSM officers in the headquarters and the State have been prepared in provide guidance and advisory services on the process application for this certificate. In addition, employers also can download frequently asked questions on JTKSM's website.
Photo / 123RF