KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 17): Malaysia has inspected and will continue to monitor rubber manufacturing companies after the country's rubber glove production came under US scrutiny for alleged forced labour practices, the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) said today.
In a statement, the ministry said it had carried out enforcement activities on errant companies, and would continue to monitor and take action against employers failing to adhere to national labour laws and legislation.
The ministry was responding to the US Department of Labor's inclusion of Malaysia-made rubber gloves on a list of goods produced by forced labour last month.
The move came after shipments from Top Glove Corp Bhd, the world's largest glove maker, were banned by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in July over allegations of forced labour.
Working on lifting the ban, Top Glove said last week it had raised remediation payments to migrant workers for recruitment fees to RM136 million.
The ministry said it had met with the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) and other rubber manufacturing companies to discuss the US ban, and set up a task force to ensure policy compliance, including when hiring foreign workers.
"[The ministry] does not condone and tolerate any act of forced labour as well as compromise towards non-compliance with any practice amounting to forced labour," it said.