Malaysia Probing Top Glove After Firm Admits To Breaching Overtime Cap-Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 10) — Malaysia’s federal labour department is probing Top Glove Corp for violations of some labour laws after it found the company breached the legal working hour limit, the human resources minister said Monday.

Some of the workers of the world’s largest rubber glove maker clocked more than 104 hours of overtime per month, Kulasegaran told reporters after visiting the company’s plant in Selangor.

“They (Top Glove) have themselves admitted. It’s an offense under the law,” he said.

Suggestions from an independent committee on foreign workers to improve working conditions will be submitted to the cabinet this month, he added.

Labour Department Director General Mohd Jeffrey Joakim said his department is still interviewing workers to verify other complaints of labour abuses reported by The Guardian and Thomson Reuters Foundation recently.

Top Glove’s Chairman Lim Wee Chai said the company is committed to ensure the welfare of its work force and is cooperating with official investigation.

– By Gan Pei Ling
– Edited By Abhrajit Gangopadhyay

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