Implement minimum pay for pupils in Malaysia

Implement minimum pay for pupils in Malaysia

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Lawyers & Pupils for Minimum Pay started this petition to Malaysian Bar and

There is currently no minimum pay or allowance set for pupils or chambering students that are undergoing their training for a period of 9 months. This enables the further exploitation of pupils, who are not classified as an employee for the purposes of the Employment Act. This lack of a contract between pupil and pupil master enables pupil masters to pay below the national minimum wage or to drastically cut allowances in times of a crisis. Pupils also do not have any remedy for unfair dismissal.

The mandatory nature of their training in order to qualify as a practising Advocate and Solicitor of Malaya and the stark difference that exists in seniority has resulted in pupils not having any leverage in advocating for a basic pay. It is therefore incumbent upon the Malaysian Bar to implement a minimum pay for pupils as a form of protection in light of this unequal bargaining power that enables exploitation.

This is necessary to uphold the integrity of the Malaysian Bar and to ensure that pupils would not be placed in a position where a pupil's learning is sacrificed because of an inability to sustain his/her costs of living. This implementation is also required to avoid high barriers of entry for those that come from a less-privileged background. 

We demand this matter to be raised and discussed by the Bar Council and for it to be addressed publicly in the form of an official statement. We shall also consider tabling a motion in the next Annual General Meeting to address this issue. 

While we would not suggest the rate of this minimum pay in this petition, we demand for the rate to be higher than the national minimum wage and for the Malaysian Bar to conduct the necessary survey or data gathering exercise to determine the appropriate amount. If the Malaysian Bar fails to do so within the span of 4 months, we plan to conduct this exercise ourselves and forward the information to the Malaysian Bar for further action. 

We are open to discussion and request for open forums and table talks to highlight this issue.

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