KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 -- The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) has taken pro-active steps since 2018 to review recruitment agencies and the welfare and treatment of foreign workers, according to its president.
Dr Supramaniam Shanmugam gave such assurance in response to the ‘2020 List of Goods Produced by Child Labour or Forced Labour’ report published recently by the USA Department of Labour’s International Labour Affairs Bureau (ILAB).
“It is imperative that the public and global community must not misread the report that is retrospective and not punitive in nature.
“In addition, the report also does not take into account of the latest developments on social compliance, including the remediation to the foreign workers in recent months,” he said in a statement today.
Nonetheless, he said MARGMA is taking heed of the inclusion of gloves in the latest list and appreciate the strategic and focused coordination and collaboration to address issues of forced labour and child labour by the department.
He stressed that the Malaysian rubber glove industry is abiding to the Malaysian Laws and various regulations and standards imposed by the importing countries and their governments.
“The Malaysian rubber glove manufacturers have adhered to good manufacturing and employment practices, and undergo four levels of audits, i.e. internal audits, customer-driven audits, third-party audits and government audits on their facilities and workers around the year.
“Other than working with the Human Resources Ministry and Peninsular Malaysia Labour Department to carry out various improvements, MARGMA has also engaged with the US government,” he said.
Supramaniam said MARGMA communicates with the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, US Government Accountability Office and US Customs and Border Protection to work on the progressive development and continuous improvement of the welfare of foreign workers in the rubber glove industry.
He said several major players of the Malaysian rubber glove industry have since June 2020 made major announcements committing more than RM250 million to remediate the foreign workers in the industry for the recruitment fees previously paid by the workers to agents in their home countries, without the knowledge of their respective employers in Malaysia.
“MARGMA always remind our members not to break any laws and must follow the rules and regulations pertaining all local and foreign workers as required by the Malaysian Laws,” he said.
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