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Malaysian firms facing US bans over forced labour summoned by ministry

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry stated on Sunday it will name in all corporations facing U.S. import bans over suspected forced labour practices to debate instant motion to deal with the allegations.

Malaysian factories, which embody main suppliers of palm oil and medical gloves, have been beneath elevated scrutiny over allegations of abuse of migrant employees, who make up a major a part of the nation’s manufacturing workforce.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stated on Friday it will bar imports from disposable glove maker YTY Group based mostly on data indicating that the agency used forced labour, the seventh such ban on a Malaysian firm in two years.

The company additionally decided that Malaysian palm oil producer Sime Darby Plantation Bhd makes use of forced labour in its operations and that the corporate’s items had been topic to seizure.

Malaysian Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan stated on Sunday he would meet with all firms facing import bans within the United States, together with two glove makers – WRP Asia Pacific and Top Glove Corp. – that had seen their bans lifted by the CBP.

“The approaches implemented by these two companies can be used as guidelines and improvements for other firms,” Saravanan stated in an announcement.

Saravanan stated he had additionally ordered an instantaneous inquiry into the allegations by the Ministry of Human Resources and Department of Labour, and warned of stern motion towards corporations that failed to enhance their practices.

The minister had acknowledged that forced labour allegations towards Malaysian firms had affected traders’ confidence within the nation.

Malaysia final yr introduced a National Action Plan on Forced Labour to eradicate abusive practices reminiscent of debt bondage, unhygienic dormitories for employees, and extreme extra time, by 2030.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff. Editing by Gerry Doyle)



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