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87% Of Voters Want Menstrual Leaves In M’sia, HR Ministry Encouraging Companies To Implement It

today30 May 2022

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Close to 90 per cent of netizens who participated in the New Straits Times’ poll on Instagram, asking followers whether Malaysia should implement menstrual leave, had voted “yes”. Pic credit Freepik by rawpixel.com - www.freepik.com

Ever since the Spanish cabinet’s recent approval of a draft bill that grants menstrual leave for women suffering from severe period pain, it begs the question – Should Malaysia follow suit?

On that note, Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry has encouraged government-linked companies (GLCs) and private firms to implement menstrual leave policies on their own without waiting for official government legislation.

While the move to allow menstrual leave at Malaysian workspaces is no where near established, there’s been a lot of encouragement coming from major entities that represent employees and their interests.

Spain could be first Western country to offer menstrual leave – The Hill

The Malaysian HR Ministry says there’s still lots of research to be done, something it says requires a bit of time to really gauge the effectiveness (and need) of a menstrual leave policy. It’s not that the ministry is against it, per se. It just wants to ensure that it isn’t abused – nor used as an excuse…

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Written by: Quinny Tan