KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran today proposed regulations to prevent discrimination against people with HIV / AIDS in the workplace.
He said, despite reducing HIV-related deaths and improving treatment and quality of life, workers affected by the virus still face discrimination at work or when seeking employment.
"It is very important to start plans to alleviate these problems in the workplace to eliminate such discrimination," he told reporters at a press conference at a meeting of the Asean coalition of HIV-AIDS.
Currently, he said, employers do not require HIV testing for future workers.
"It is only a problem when the employer comes to learn about the status of the worker's virus during the employment process."
He added that his ministry was discussing the implementation of regulations or laws that prohibit discrimination against workers with the virus.
Such laws are already in place in other Asean countries, such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
At the event today, Petronas and six other companies were awarded the Red Cross Ribbon Award for Excellence for their initiatives to prevent and control discrimination against HIV / AIDS workers.
The purpose of the prize is to encourage greater involvement of employers from Asean Member States in the control and prevention of HIV / AIDS and to overcome the discrimination faced by people affected.