MALAYSIA - The number of women in the country's workforce has surpassed men, making up 54 per cent of the total employees.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot said this percentage was recorded in the third quarter of 2013.
"The increase is encouraging and the ministry has also come up with schemes, including the 1Malaysia Support For Housewives and 1Azam Kerja, to help women work from homes." he said in reply to points raised on his ministry during the Budget 2014 debate.
To a question from Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang), Riot said the ministry would consider promoting the concept of allowing women to work in shifts so that they would have more time with their families.
On another matter, Riot told Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PKR-Kuala Langat) that the ministry would study his proposal for an industrial court in every state.
"There are 26 industrial courts in Malaysia, with 19 located in Kuala Lumpur, and two each in Penang and Johor Baru. Kuching, Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu have one industrial court each," he said.
On the I-Kad for foreign workers, he said the card would ensure that the foreigners only work in the sectors that they were assigned to.