Stricter Requirements for Property Buyers

The Stamp (Amendment) Bill 2016 was tabled for first reading in parliament on Nov 23 last year. Among other things, it proposes that ad valorem duty must be paid before the sales and purchase agreement (SPA) is signed. Under the current Act, the duty is paid in the...

What is the Employee Insurance Scheme?

Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that the government has agreed to implement the proposed “Employment Insurance Scheme” (EIS). The EIS will affect an estimated 6.5 million employees in the private sector.  This is not the first...

Paternity Leave in Malaysia?

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) recently proposed that all employees be provided 1 month’s paid paternity leave.  The MTUC’s secretary general was quoted as saying that it is time for a review of paternity leave provisions, since most private...

Hiring a Criminal

The stigma of having a criminal record is often severe. The disapprobation associated with it is a factor which adversely affects the individual’s perceived employability, potentially diminishing the prospects for rehabilitation and assimilation into community. But to...