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Eliminating forced labour by 2030
The Human Resources Ministry jointly with the International Labour Organization (ILO) has drawn up the first-ever National Action Plan which aims to eliminate forced labour completely by 2030 called the National Action Plan on Forced Labour (NAPFL).
NAPFL (2021-2025) will focus on awareness, enforcement, labour migration as well as access to remedy and support services to eliminate forced labour in Malaysia within the next few years.
The ILO Asia and the Pacific welcomed Malaysia’s committment to eradicate forced labour and called the National Action Plan ‘a significant step in the right direction’.
NAPFL will set out actions to be carried out by government employers, workers’ organisations and civil society.
It is hoped that systematic implementation of the recommended measures will improve the legal compliance and enforcement against unfair or forced labour while strengthening recruitment practices.
A review will take place in 2023 to take stock of progress on the NAPFL implementation.