Malaysia appoints first Sikh woman as Industrial Court Chairperson

Pravin Kaur Jessy is an industrial relations law from Penang

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Pravin Kaur Jessy receiving letter of appointment as chairperson of the Malaysian Industrial Court from Human Resource Minister Steven Sim on March 29, 2024

By Asia Samachar | Malaysia |

Malaysia’s Industrial Court made history today by appointing seasoned lawyer Pravin Kaur Jessy as its first female chairman from the Sikh community.

Pravin, 52, an expert in industrial relations law from Penang, has been active in the Malaysian Bar which she joined in 1995.

She will co-chair the Industrial Court with Chow Siew Lin, 59, for a four-year term.

They received their letters of appointment from Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong at the Industrial Court in Wisma Perkeso in Kuala Lumpur today (March 29).

Among others, the Industrial Courts disposes dismissal cases and looks at collective agreements. It hears cases involving wages, annual/sick leaves, overtime pay and other related matters. The unjust termination of employees, trade union grievances, and disputes are all handled by this court.

Pravin is married to Manjit Singh Dhalliwal, an engineer who is now running his own business. Previously, he was with Intel Penang.

The couple has a set of triplets. The 18-year-old girls – Nerissa Kaur Dhaliwal, Jasleen Kaur Dhaliwal, Jesszara Kaur Dhaliwal – are pursuing the A-levels.

Her father is Ajit Singh Jessy, son of Malaysian historian Joginder Singh Jessy, who runs the Penang-based industrial law firm Jessy & Associates.

Her mother is Manjit Kaur who hails from Ipoh. She is the daughter of the late Dewan Singh, owner of the Dewan Singh & Sons which distributed white goods and Kawasaki motorcycles.

Pravin graduated in law from the University of Northumbria at Newscastle in 1993 and completed the CLP in 1994. She was called to the bar in 1995.

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