Gender Equality in Employment: An Overview of the Gender Discrimination Practices on Female Cabin Crew in Malaysia

By Junaidah Abd Karim and Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Even though general principles of equality in employment are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and Article 11 of the CEDAW, gender injustice and discrimination against women still persist in the employment sector with no exception in the aviation industry. It is of common knowledge that there are prevalent discrimination practices against female cabin crew members in airlines companies throughout the world ranging from issues of retirement age, marriage, pregnancy, weight policy, promotion and physical appearance. This paper provides an overview on the gender discrimination practices on female cabin crew in Malaysia particularly in the national flag carrier, the Malaysian Airline System (MAS). This paper analyses the forms and nature of discriminatory practices rife in the airline and examines the adequacy of current legal provisions and its implementation to foil such gender discrimination practices. Consequentially it will highlight a few recommendations to be adopted by MAS and the relevant authorities to eliminate gender disparity particularly against flight attendant.

Keywords: Gender, Employment, Discrimination

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 621.114KB).

Junaidah Abd Karim

Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Management and Economics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

Junaidah is a Law Lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and a Master of Laws Degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her area of specialisation includes Commercial Law, Law of Contract, Labour Law, Company Law and Partnership. Her research interest covers consumerism, gender equality and industrial relations. She has completed and presented a number of papers at national seminars.

Dr. Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat

Associate Professor and Head of Division, Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

Dr. Wan Izatul Asma binti Wan Talaat is an Associate Professor of Law at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She is currently seconded to the Office of the Vice Chancellor to head the Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division with the main task to enhance the university’s public and international relations. Her research interest is primarily in Commercial Law particularly on Law of Contract and Consumer Contract, Marine Insurance and Women’s Legal Right. Her works have been published in a number of national professional and refereed journals such as the Malayan Law Journal, Current Law Journal and INSAF (Journal of the Malaysian BAR). Internationally, she also publishes her paper in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce and Journal of International Maritime Law, among others. Associate Professor Dr. Wan Izatul Asma has also written a fair share of papers, which she presented at both international and national conferences. In addition to that, she has also contributed as co-author in a number of papers.


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