PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said it was untrue that the world's top glove maker, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, has overworked its employees. He said that he and his enforcement officers had spoken to the workers at the glove-manufacturing factories on the matter. "They (Top Glove) have a mechanism of taking care of the workers, and based on my ministry's knowledge, they work within the framework of the law," he said, adding that the glove producer had not done anything wrong. Mr Kulasegaran pointed out that according to the Employment (Limitation of Overtime Work) Regulations 1980, workers are entitled no more than 104 hours of overtime per month. "In some companies, some employees insist on working longer hours to earn more money, to send back to their countries," he said. "I do not deny some foreign workers are working longer than permitted under the Employment Act and we will take action on the matter. … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s minister says not true Top Glove overworks its foreign workers
KUALA LUMPUR: The murder of a Palestinian lecturer who was shot near a condominium in Jalan Meranti, Setapak here early yesterday, has become the focus of media practitioners, including foreign news agencies from the Middle East. The incident where the 35-year-old was shot by one of two men on a high-powered motorcycle as the victim was walking to the Surau Medan Idaman for the dawn prayers, has rattled the local community. Upon receiving information on the news, dozens of media practitioners comprising journalists, photographers and cameramen gathered at the scene to get the latest information on the incident from various parties, including the police. As of 6pm yesterday, the police had yet to disclose the identity of the victim. Palestinian Ambassador to Malaysia, Datuk Dr Anwar H. Al Agha, who revealed to the media that the victim's identity was Dr Fadi Al Batsh, was at the scene to see the location of the murder, along … [Read more...] about Palestinian lecturer’s foreign media focus
Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms -- now they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: US President Donald Trump's "fake news" mantra. Most worrying to media rights advocates is that several countries are promoting new legislation or expanding existing regulations to make publishing fake news an offence. The fear is that, rather than focusing on false stories published on social media, authoritarian leaders will use the new laws to target legitimate news outlets that are critical of them."When the leadership of the United States consistently targets legitimate media reporting as fake, it opens the way for leaders the world over to do the same," said Shawn Crispin, who represents the Committee to Protect Journalists in the region. "It's a dangerous trend that is giving authoritarian and democratic regimes alike justification for targeting or shutting down reporting they don't like."The term … [Read more...] about Are SE Asian leaders using ‘fake news’ to tighten grip?
After President Donald Trump sent a tweet criticizing a critical national security program that allows the US to monitor foreign agents, House Speaker Paul Ryan had to spend half an hour explaining the difference between domestic and foreign surveillance to Trump. The tweet was also at odds with a statement the White House press secretary sent out the night before, which said the administration strongly supported reauthorizing the program. After Ryan and chief of staff John Kelly spoke to Trump, he sent out a second tweet amending his position. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to blast out an early-morning tweet slamming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) sent lawmakers scrambling on Capitol Hill. “‘House votes on controversial FISA ACT today,'” Trump tweeted, referring to a chyron earlier Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” the Fox News morning show … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan had to explain the difference between domestic and foreign surveillance to Trump
DUBAI: Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday the country's "people and security forces" had put an end to unrest fomented by foreign enemies. The regime organised large "pro-government" rallies across the country. "Death to America", "Death to Israel", "Death to Britain" "Death to seditionists", the demonstrators chanted.Parliament and security officials met to discuss the widespread recent protests, the boldest challenge to the clerical establishment since 2009.There has been more than a week of unrest in Iran in which 22 people have died and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and rural towns as thousands of young and working-class Iranians expressed their anger at graft, unemployment and a deepening gap between rich and poor.Residents in various cities have said the protests had subsided after the government intensified a crackdown by dispatching Revolutionary Guards forces to several provinces."Iran's … [Read more...] about Elite Iran Guards claim defeat of ‘foreign enemies’ protests