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Saturday, January 28, 2023

If your employers don’t give you time off to vote, they risk being imprisoned for a year

NewsIf your employers don't give you time off to vote, they risk...

The Election Offences Act of 1954 requires that your employer provide you a fair amount of time off on election day so that you can vote.

Additionally, as stated in Section 25 of the same Act, employers are prohibited from taking any money out of an employee’s paycheck or punishing them in any way for missing work during such time off.

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Your supervisors may be fined and imprisoned if they fail to grant you a fair amount of time off on election day or coerce you not to cast a ballot.

Employers who in any way prevent their employees from having a proper amount of time to vote are in violation of Section 25 of the Act and face an RM5,000 fine or a year in prison.

Voting is a democratic right, and nobody can obstruct you from exercising it. Don’t forget to practise it on November 19.

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