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The law for the protection of whistleblowers was introduced in 2006 as a means of shielding people who report wrongdoing by the companies and organizations they belong to from possible reprisals by their employers such as dismissals and demotions. Since its introduction more than a decade ago, however, critics have charged that the legislation lacks the teeth to shield whistleblowers from unfair treatment since it fails to provide legal punishment to the employers that take reprisals against them.

A report released last month by an experts’ panel at the Consumer Affairs Agency weighing an amendment to the law, however, does not appear to do much to improve the system while shelving most of the contested proposals, such as imposing criminal penalties on employers that treat whistleblowers unfairly. The issue needs to be further scrutinized to see whether the current system or its planned amendment effectively serve the legislation’s purpose.

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