Malaysia has no plans to introduce menstrual leave
There are currently no plans to introduce menstrual leave for women given that current data shows that there is no demand for it, said Siti Zailah Yusoff, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Malaysia.
The ministry has found that women employees do not request for menstrual-related leave due to embarrassment and a fear of being seen as unproductive.
“The ministry is of the view that any introduction of menstrual leave would require further study and discussions with the relevant parties such as the Public Service Department, the human resources and finance ministries, trade unions and employers’ organisations,” she said, reports Malaysia Now.
“It’s not just about the well-being of women workers. It will also have implications on productivity and the economy. I would strongly agree that this should be recommended to the government if a study is done on whether there is interest,” the minister added.
While countries like Japan, South Korea and Indonesia have already introduced such leave, Malaysia has yet to show much demand for this, which can be attributed to the provision of medical and other leave facilities already provided by employers in both the public and private sectors, she explained.