menstrual leave, employee health, employee wellbeing

The Minister explained the process of introducing period leave policies will not only affect female employees, but will also have implications on productivity and the economy.

In a recent parliamentary session, Malaysia's Women, Family and Community Deputy Minister Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff said that Putrajaya will have to look into calls for the tweaking of employment laws to include period leave. 

According to Malaymail's report, the Minister was cited explaining that the Ministry is of the view that the introduction of menstrual leave for women suffering from severe period pain should be studied first, along with further engagements with stakeholders such as the Public Services Department, the Human Resources Ministry, the Finance Ministry, as well as the unions and employers associations.

"This is because the process of introducing period leave will not only affect female employees, but will have implications on productivity and the national economy," she said.

At the same time, several opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have supported the idea of having in place period leave. Among them is Klang MP Charles Santiago, who urged government officials in Putrajaya to expedite the drafting and enforcement of such a policy.

MP Santiago believes the policy would promote employee loyalty and productivity.

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