Malaysian Employers Federation's Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan has urged doctors and nurses at private clinics in Malaysia to respond swiftly when requested by employers to verify medical certificates (MCs).

He added that medical personnel, regardless of whether they were from panel or non-panel clinics, should work together with parties concerned to expose such activities, speaking to Malay Mail.

"The clinics play an important role and must assist the employers, especially the human resource department, in the verification process," he said. "The sooner a fake MC is detected, the faster it will be to start an investigation."

He was responding to a previous Malay Mail report that found unidentified individuals were promoting the sale of fake MCs over social media, upon obtaining two MCs over a WhatsApp conversation with the supplier of the fake chits and payment of RM50.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot added the ministry would not condone such practises as it would tarnish the credibility of doctors. "Activities like this must not be tolerated. This is why immediate action on those responsible must be taken," he said.

"Expressing surprise over how blatant those responsible were promoting their activities over social media, Richard said it was obvious they showed 'absolute disregard' for the law," Malay Mail wrote.

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Datuk Bardan has also recently commented on the correlation between daily working hours and productivity in Malaysia, calling for more flexibility in employees fulfilling a certain number of working hours per month.

Reported by Malaysian Digest, he said if the law could be reassessed by the government, he believed both employers and employee can negotiate a win-win situation.

He cited a worker who does not mind working 12 hours a day, can report for work four days a week. "This can be achieved if the current law is amended. For now, it can't be done due to the provisions within the law," he added.

He also touched on the increase in cost to the employers if the working hours are reduced without affecting the salary, as reported by Malaysian Digest

"We need to remember that even if the work hours are reduced, the salary is still paid monthly." said Shamsuddin. According to him, the working hours can be reduced once Malaysian workers achieve a high-productivity work culture.

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In separate news, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan has said Malaysian must have the courage to think outside the box and come up with pragmatic solutions to help with growth and tackle future challenges.

New Straits Times quoted him as saying: "These solutions should include better organisation and governance of society, and a fairer distribution of the country’s resources and wealth," at the Pangkor International Development Dialogue 2016 award gala dinner.

He also highlighted the government's aspiration to strengthen labour productivity from RM77,100 in 2015 to RM92,300 in 2020. "We aim to bump the share of our employees’ compensation to GDP from 34.9% in 2015 to at least 40% in 2020," he said, according to New Straits Times.

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