Forced Labour in Malaysia

According to the ILO Forced Labour Convention (1930) (No. 29), forced labour is defined as

“all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.”

In simple terms, it means that a person who has been forced or threatened to work, in any activity, sector or industry. Said person has not given his informed consent nor the freedom to leave the job at any time.

Unfortunately, forced labour is prevalent around the world, not least in Malaysia, where irresponsible employers take advantage of the vulnerabilities of the migrant population, the illiterate and such, whilst enjoying the advantage of unpaid labour.

It is a grave violation of human rights.

Read more here on the statistics and indicators of forced labour, and the preventive role of Malaysian employers.