PETALING JAYA | A proposal to include an anti-discrimination provision into the Employment Act 1955 has been withdrawn, according to reports today.

Quoting the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan (pix), a Malaysikini report today said this was because the recruitment process falls under “pre-employment”.

“The employees must be first employed then the Act applies. It doesn’t cover issues about pre-employment.

“It is true. There were discussions and then they decided not to pursue the matter (the pre-employment provision). We actually put our position much earlier to the ministry,“ he said.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran had last year pledged to review laws related to discrimination at work place.

The anti-discriminatory provision was part of more than 50 proposed amendments to the Employment Act 1955.