Although it is a diversion from our original topic, Dorjee has brought up the contentious issue* of employees being denied overtime pay by exploitative employers. We view this as a serious abuse of power which not only calls for an overhaul of labour regulations, but also demands a thorough review of what constitutes ethical and exemplary work culture, and the shift in traditional mentality that this entails. Currently, the kampunghouse team does not have enough experience in the Malaysian labour environment to rationally discuss this matter. We welcome contributions from readers who, like Dorjee, could enlighten us on this issue. In the meantime, we recommend you evaluate the comments posted in the previous article.
*Dorjee also brought up the even more contentious issue of Bumiputra quota allocations and other such policies designed to assist Bumiputras. We recognise that this is an extremely complicated issue, one which encompasses many different points, which often contradict one another. There have been numerous articles regarding this topic, many often emotional and one-sided, which we acknowledge does assist in identifying the problems. However, we would prefer to confront this topic in a holistic, considered and educated manner, and at this point in time we are unable to do so.