Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Laws in Malaysia

Sexual harassment is covered under part XVA Employment Act 1955 but it has limitations. Since 2000, WCC has been spearheading the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) to campaign for a sexual harassment law for Malaysia.

Sexual Harassment Laws in Malaysia

Sexual harassment is covered under part XVA Employment Act 1955. Unfortunately, it has a lot of limitations.

Since 2000, WCC has been spearheading the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) to campaign for a sexual harassment law for Malaysia.

However, the Code is not the law and adopting the Code in voluntary for employers. As the Code gives guide for internal inquiry only, it is hardly an effective measure against the problem.

The Penal Code

There are some sections in the Penal Code which may give some protection. However, these only cover the physical forms of sexual harassment. 

Employment Act

At the workplace, sexual harassment is now covered under Part XVA of the Employment Act, 1955.

Code of Practice on the Prevention and Eradication of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (1999)

The Ministry of Human Resources is using its influence to encourage employers to adopt the Code of Practice against sexual harassment and an internal mechanism to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace. This code was introduced in 1999.

The Public Service Department Circular Updated 2018

In December 2018, the Public Service Department (hereinafter referred to as “the PSD”) issued a circular – a more comprehensive guidelines for handling sexual harassment in the workplace for the civil servants in the country (hereinafter referred to as “the Circular”).

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