KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran has today made regulations to prevent discrimination in the workplace against individuals with HIV / AIDS.
He said that despite the reduction in HIV-related deaths and improvements in treatment and quality of life, employees who were affected by the virus still faced discrimination at work or by searching for work.
"It's really important to start plans to mitigate these problems in the workplace to eliminate such a difference," he told reporters at a press conference at an event by the Asean Business League on HIV-AIDS.
At the moment, he said, employers do not need to screen HIV for potential employees.
"Only when the employer finds out about HIV status worker in the employment process."
He added that his ministry was discussing the implementation of regulations or laws that prohibit discrimination against employees with the virus.
Such laws are already in place in other countries in Asean such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
In today's event, Petronas and six other companies were awarded the Asean Red Ribbon Award for Outstanding Work for their initiatives to prevent and control discrimination against employees with HIV / AIDS.
The aim of the award is to encourage more participation by employers from Asean member states in the management and prevention of HIV / AIDS, and to overcome the discrimination faced by affected individuals.