In Parliament earlier this month, Malaysia's Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stated that the gig economy had been identified as a new source of economic growth in the country, announcing that it will be made part of the 12th Malaysia Plan.

In line with this, a special committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Human Resources, the Youth and Sports Ministry, and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had been set up, to look into resolving "various issues".

Following this, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Datuk Mahfuz Omar said yesterday that this new committee would seek ways that would create a long-term, win-win situation between employers and gig workers, Bernama reported.

Datuk Mahfuz said: "Negotiation with the ministry involved is still in progress... we will try our best to find a solution to ensure workers in this sector (gig economy) are not exploited by their employers."

He said this after opening the Labour Enrichment and Professionalism Seminar yesterday, which aims to enhance the knowledge, skills and professionalism of workers, while preparing them for the changing work environment and ensuring their jobs remain relevant.

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