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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Reforms needed to boost industrial court's effectiveness - Sim


Reforms are needed in the Industrial Court of Malaysia across its operations, processes, legal policies, and infrastructure to boost its effectiveness, Human Resources Minister Steven Sim said.

Sim said this following the increasing number of complaints regarding unfair dismissal cases and disputes over employment agreements received by the court annually.

“Last year alone, the court received 1,822 such cases, whereas the preceding year saw 1,657 cases,” he told reporters after officiating at the Industrial Court Legal Reform and Management Symposium yesterday.

Also present was Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reform) M Kulasegaran.

Sim added that various enhancements have been implemented within the MPM, including extending the term of industrial court chairpersons’ appointments to four years from the previous two years, aiming to streamline court proceedings.

He said this year, the industrial court will implement various reforms, such as expediting trial processes, reducing backlog cases, and enhancing court facilities and amenities.

The inaugural two-day symposium serves as a platform to gather suggestions and views from legal experts, employer representatives, workers, and the Malaysian Bar to strengthen the industrial court.

Established under the Industrial Relations Act 1967, the court acts as a tribunal and sole authority for resolving dismissal cases, collective agreements, and industrial disputes among employers, employees, and the related workers’ unions.


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