The proposed bills on sexual harassment and recognition of social work as a profession are expected to be tabled by the women, family and community development ministry by the end of the year.
Its minister Rina Harun said improvements have been made to the two bills, which will be given to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for its perusal.
“We will try to table both bills during this year’s parliamentary session,” she said to reporters at the launch of the special Penjana incentives for target groups – children, single mothers, persons with disabilities and senior citizens – under her ministry.
It was earlier reported that the proposed Sexual Harassment Bill would provide a more comprehensive definition of sexual harassment and a more effective mechanism to lodge complaints. It will also advise remedial elements and penalties.
The proposed bill to identify social work as a profession seeks to establish a Malaysian social work profession council to register social workers and set standards.
Rina also said her ministry needed to improve several policies, including the National Child Policy and National Policy for Senior Citizens.
“The most important aspect of these policies is its implementation. This does not only involve the ministry but also the states because of the existence of different laws at the two levels,” she said.
Work from home
Asked if there were any programmes for women, especially those with young children, to resume working from home in line with the new normal, Rina said the matter needed additional discussions involving various parties.
“Right now, working from home is being practised and this means it is something that can be done. However, to implement it (over the long term), further discussions are required because some people can work from home while others have to go to the office,” she said.
There have not been any programmes for mothers working from home as of now.
Pointing to her ministry, she said out of its workforce of 9,000, about 5,000 from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) have to “go on the ground” to deliver aid to interior areas that lack Internet access.
Seeing the work from home concept practised throughout the movement control order (MCO) as something positive, she said: “Maybe we can think of a better mechanism, especially for those who have young children who need more attention.”
Source: Malay Mail
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