BE IT ENACTED by the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong with the advice and consent of the Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
1. Short title and application
(1) This Act may be cited as the Children and Young Persons (Employment) Act 1966.
(2) This Act shall apply only to the States of *Peninsular Malaysia.* NOTE—All references to “West Malaysia” shall be construed as reference to “Peninsular Malaysia” – see the Interpretation (Amendment) Act 1997 [Act A996] subsection 5(2).
(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
“agricultural undertaking” means any work in which any person is employed under a contract of service for the purposes of agriculture or horticulture, the tending of domestic animals and poultry or the collection of the produce of any plants or trees, but does not include any work performed in a forest;
**“child” means any person who has not completed his fifteenth year of age;** NOTE—This Act shall not apply to a person above the age of sixteen but below the age of eighteen who is engaged in an existing employment before the commencement of the Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Act 2010 [Act A1386]. ─ see section 2 of the Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Act 2010.
“contract of service” means any agreement, whether oral or in writing and whether express or implied, whereby a person agrees in accordance with the provisions of this Act to employ a child or young person and that child or young person agrees to serve him and includes an apprenticeship contract;
“employ” and “employment” mean employment in any labour for the purposes of gain, whether the gain be to a child, young person or to any other person;
“employer” means any person who has entered into a contract of service to employ any child or young person and includes the agent, manager or factor of such first-mentioned person;
“entertainment” includes any exhibition or performance; and a person is deemed to take part in an entertainment when such person is employed in or connected with such entertainment whether as a performer, stage-hand or musician;
“guardian” in relation to child or young person, includes any person who, in the opinion of the court having cognizance of any case in relation to the child or young person or in which the child or young person is concerned, has for the time being the charge of or control over the child or young person;
“light work” means any work performed by a worker—
(a) while sitting, with moderate movement of the arm, leg and trunk; or
(b) while standing, with mostly moderate movement of the arm;
“Minister” means the Minister for the time being charged with responsibility for labour;
“public entertainment” means entertainment to which the public or any section of the public is admitted or in connection with which any charge, whether for admission or not, is made or at which any collection or subscription is received and includes performances for the making of films for public exhibition other than news films but does not include any entertainment given by the pupils of any school registered under the * Education Act 1961 [Act 43 of 1961] at or under the auspices of such school, or any entertainment promoted by a voluntary, social or welfare body which has been approved by the Director General;* NOTE—The Education Act 1961 [Act 43 of 1961] has since been repealed by the Education Act 1996 [Act 550]–see section 155 of Act 550.
“vessel” includes any ship or boat or any other description of vessel used in navigation;
**“young person” means any person who, not being a child, has not completed his eighteenth year of age;** NOTE—This Act shall not apply to a person above the age of sixteen but below the age of eighteen who is engaged in an existing employment before the commencement of the Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Act 2010 [Act A1386]. ─ see section 2 of the Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Act 2010.
(2) Other expression have the same meanings as in the Employment Act 1955 [Act 265] and the Weekly Holidays Act 1950 [Act 220].