KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged all parties to stop commenting on the 60 years retirement age for the private sector and seek clarification from the Human Resources Ministry.
Its president Mohd Khalid Atan said statements that the July 1 date of implementation was too late and would cause problems for 55 year-old employees were untrue.
“Those making such statements should seek clarification from the ministry and not involve Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the decision was made after tripartite discussion with representatives of employers, employees and related government agencies last year.”
He was responding to a statement by UNI Global Union-Malaysian Liaison Council (UNI-MLC) president Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal urging the government to implement the retirement age for the private sector from today (January 1, 2013).
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said in December that the Minimum Retirement Age Act 2012 which sets the private sector retirement age at 60 years would be effective from July 1, 2013.
However, employers may postpone the implementation until December 31, 2013 by applying to the Human Resources Ministry by February 28 but must have strong grounds.
Khalid refused to comment on whether the MTUC has applied to the ministry asking that implementation of the retirement age be brought forward.
He said the demand made would only complicate matters because the decision made was a positive one.
The Minimum Retirement Age Act 2012 gazetted on Aug 16 last year stipulates that employers cannot force employees to retire before reaching 60 years-old.
It also does not prevent employees from choosing to retire earlier based on what is stipulated in the contract of service or collective agreement (CA). — Bernama