Trade unions have received a stimulus in light of the recent announcement from the Prime Minister, in which government-linked companies (GLCs) and government-linked investment companies (GLICs) should appoint a representative from the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) to their board of directors.

The precedent from having employees’ representatives on the boards of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organization (SOCSO) has given rise to the belief that an increased number of union representatives on boards can boost the participation of the working class in government initiatives, according to Kasturi Nathan, Head of Board Advisory Services, and Krishman Varges, Director of Board Advisory Services, KPMG in Malaysia.

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