Published: Thursday October 4, 2012 MYT 10:45:00 PM
Govt must ensure GLC, private sector conform to retirement age, says union
KUALA LUMPUR: A labour union wants a mechanism to ensure that government-linked companies (GLC) and the private sector conform to the new minimum retirement age of 60.
Union Network International-Malaysian Liaison Council (UNI-MLC) president Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal said questions had been raised on the seriousness of employers in implementing the policy.
"Although Parliament has approved the Minimum Retirement Age Bill 2012 for private sector workers, there is concern that many employers don't take it seriously.
"We worry that some employers ask to defer the implementation, similar to what happened when the government set a minimum salary of RM900 for private sector employees," he told a news conference.
On June 27, the bill which extended the minimum requirement age in the private sector to 60, was approved by the Dewan Rakyat, effective January 2013.
Mohamed Shafie said the excuse given by companies that they needed to renew their administrative system to fit in the policy was unacceptable as ample time had been given.
"Singapore has set their mandatory retirement age at 62-65 years...if there are board of directors over the age of 60 who are still working, why don't we allow this for workers at lower levels.
"We don't want the issue of double standard to crop up," he said adding that the organisation has asked for a dialogue with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the matter.