FAQ on CHILD LABOUR in Malaysia

According to the International Labor Organisation (ILO), child labour refers to any work done by persons under 18 years old, that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; or interferes with their education by depriving them of attending school, or forcing them to combine school with long work hours or heavy work.

Children are allowed to work, as long as it is not hazardous or harmful as per the conditions described above and it does not interfere with their education.

In many parts of the world, children as young as 4 years old are subject to forced labour, long working hours and hazardous conditions. The worst forms of child labour are :

  • Slavery and slavery-like practices, including trafficking
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • Illegal activities eg. Drug mules
  • Hazardous work eg. Mines, quarries


Read more here on child labour, what is allowable and non-allowable conditions for children to work.

Source : International Labor Organisation