Event Details

Please join AMCHAM on Friday, 14 October at 2:30 pm for a members-only virtual briefing session on the proposed Amendments to the Trade Union Act. Following the second reading of the Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill 2022 earlier this week, this is a good time to catch up with the current status.

We are delighted to have Rubini Murugesan and Sivaram Prasad, partners at Christopher & Lee Ong in the firm's litigation practice to brief AMCHAM members on notable areas in the amendments.

The amendments to the Trade Unions Act are aimed to be better aligned with International Labor Organization (ILO) standards to create more progressive, healthy, and competitive trade unions, and to ensure that employee benefits can be increased. Here are two key focus areas of the briefing session:

  • What do employers need to keep in mind as the amendments come into force and what impact would these amendments have moving forward?
  • The possible effects of the multiplicity of trade unions in a single company and adjustments to voting thresholds.

Event Details

Date: Friday, 14 October 2022

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Format: Microsoft Teams link will be sent to Registered Members & staff of member companies ONLY

For queries, please send an email to Nanee at gr@amcham.com.my

Please note that this briefing is off-the-record with no media present; Chatham House Rules apply.

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  • Rubini Murugesan (Partner at Christopher & Lee Ong)

    Rubini Murugesan

    Partner at Christopher & Lee Ong


    Rubini is a Partner in the litigation practice of the firm, with a focus on construction and employment-related disputes.

    She continues to represent local and international organisations at all levels of the Malaysian Courts including the Industrial Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court.

    In her Employment and Industrial Disputes practice, Rubini is regularly called upon to represent and advice local and international SMEs and MNCs in matters of unfair/wrongful termination, constructive dismissal, employee poor performances and misconduct, large-scale retrenchment or redundancy exercises, and settlement of disputes between employers & employees. She also advises companies on trade union activities and reviews collective bargaining agreements. Her expertise extends to advising on employment contracts and benefits, as well as advice on employee handbooks and HR policies.

    In her Construction & Projects Disputes practice, she works closely with the Firm’s Projects & Construction team, constantly representing and advising a wide range of local and international construction industry players ranging from project owners and developers to contractors, sub-contractors, and consultants. Her practice includes advising clients on their rights and obligations under their construction contracts, compliance and regulatory issues, issues with tenders, contract termination, construction delays and payments, as well as project management.

    Rubini also handles arbitration matters involving construction disputes and is an accredited adjudicator with the Asian International Arbitration Centre since 2018. She is currently empanelled as a mediator with the Malaysian Mediation Centre.

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  • Sivaram Prasad (Partner at Christopher & Lee Ong)

    Sivaram Prasad

    Partner at Christopher & Lee Ong


    Sivaram was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2015. He joined Christopher & Lee Ong in 2016, and his practice covers all areas of dispute resolution including contract law, employment law, construction law, corporate law, enforcement of foreign judgments, arbitration and maritime law amongst others.

    He regularly appears as lead counsel or cocounsel at all levels of the Malaysian Courts including the Industrial Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

    • Appeared at the Industrial Court on behalf of a global logistics firm in a collective agreement dispute with one of the largest unions in Malaysia.
    • Advised a Spanish construction firm in conducting a retrenchment exercise, including defending the firm in multiple cases relating to the same at the Industrial Court.
    • Acted for a civil aviation training company in defending against a claim for unfair dismissal before the Industrial Court.
    • Appeared for a global human resource firm in resisting the enforcement of an industrial court award ordering the reinstatement of an employee at both the Industrial Court and the High Court.
    • Acted for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world in defending a claim for unfair dismissal at the Industrial Court.
    • Advised a global engineering consultancy firm on disciplinary action against its employees relating to a claim by a 3 rd party for copyright infringement.
    • Advised a major oil and gas exploration and production company in the suspension and termination of its CEO.

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