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News | No US-style ‘Great Resignation’ expected in Malaysia

While millions in the US have gone on strike or quit their jobs due to pandemic frustrations in a movement dubbed the “Great Resignation”, a similar situation is not expected to occur in Malaysia although an economist warns that the possibility exists.

As of August, over 30 million Americans were reported to have voluntarily left their jobs, leaving the country to face a labour crisis on top of the nationwide strikes by nurses, factory workers and other labourers.

With terms like “Striketober” making their way across social media and a shift towards freelance work even in countries like China, the Covid-19 crisis has had a strong hand in upending traditional concepts of labour and employment.

But the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) does not foresee any need to brace for similar labour problems in Malaysia.

MEF president Syed Hussain Syed Husman said the group’s data on attrition rates instead indicates a gradual drop in resignations.

“There was a declining trend in the average monthly turnover rate for both executives and non-executives between July 2018 and June 2021,” he told MalaysiaNow.

He added that the average rate for executive resignations decreased from 1.38% between July 2018 and June 2019 to 1.16% (July 2019 to June 2020) and 0.93% (July 2020 to June 2021).

“For the period of July 2020 to June 2021, the average rate for non-executive counterparts was also lower at 1.07%, compared to previous periods at 1.57% (July 2018 to June 2019) and 1.45% (June 2019 to June 2020).”

The Covid-19 pandemic which began in late 2019 caused havoc in the workplace on a global scale as offices were closed, business operations were moved online, and employees were told to work from home to cut the risk of infection.

With many countries now taking a “live with it” approach to the virus, companies have been calling their workers back to the office – a call that, in some cases, is met with mixed reactions.

While some are eager to return to the workplace, others prefer the convenience of working from home. However, the latter option is often also accompanied by complaints of longer working hours and high levels of stress.

In Malaysia, 12,371 workers took voluntary separation schemes from January to June this year while 17,449 were terminated, according to statistics from the human resources ministry.

Unemployment stood at 4.8% in July following a spike in Covid-19 cases and the full lockdown just a month before. However, this decreased to 4.6% in August.

“This is 748,800 people compared to 778,200 in July, as more economic activities were permitted to resume operations,” Syed Hussain said.

He also cited a report by the statistics department showing that the number of employed people rose by 0.5% month-on-month to 15.38 million people in August from 15.29 million in July.

MEF itself expects economic performance next year to increase labour demand, with more job opportunities available in the market.

The economy is forecast to rebound alongside global economic recovery throughout the year-end and into 2022.

“The implementation of economic and fiscal stimulus packages will support Malaysia’s economic growth, which is expected to grow 6.0% and 5.8% as forecast by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, respectively,” he said.

Economist Adilah Zafirah however said that while the numbers do not indicate a similar trend happening in Malaysia, there could be a parallel preference among the younger generation about working conditions.

Adilah, who is attached to the Iris Institute, said young people tend to appreciate a work-life balance over financial benefits.

“If we do not improve our labour market conditions – low pay for tough jobs, low work-life balance, flexibility and so on – it is not impossible that we too might experience a great resignation,” she said.

She added however that several factors remain which might slow down the occurrence of such a phenomenon in the country.

“We are still dependent on foreign labour when it comes to low-skill jobs, and the younger generation is ridden with financial problems and debts due to a lack of financial literary and consumerism.

“It’s tough to resign,” she said.

She also cited a low level of social protection, and the need to support family, among other financial commitments.

Compared to the US and China, she added, Malaysians have less flexibility in terms of work culture while quality internet connection and access to the devices needed to work from home have yet to become commonplace. – MalaysiaNow

by Ahmad Mustakim Zulkifli

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Berita | COVID-19: Amerika Syarikat umum bantuan tambahan RM3.3 juta kepada Malaysia

Amerika Syarikat mengumumkan bantuan tambahan ASD800,000 atau RM3.3 juta kepada Malaysia bagi membantu menangani wabak COVID-19.

Bantuan yang disalurkan ini akan menyokong usaha Malaysia memvaksinasi populasi yang rentan dan sukar dijangkau.

Ia juga bagi menyokong kemudahan kuarantin yang selamat demi memastikan pemulihan ekonomi dapat berjalan lancar.

Dalam satu kenyataan, Kedutaan Amerika Syarikat di Malaysia hari ini berkata, dana tersebut akan dikelolakan oleh Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia.

Keputusan itu dibuat selepas pertemuan antara Tunku Temenggong Kedah yang juga Pengerusi Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia (BSMM), Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Sultan Abdul Halim Mua’dzam Shah dan Duta Besar Amerika Syarikat (AS) ke Malaysia, Brian D McFeeters.

“McFeeters turut mengucapkan terima kasih atas sokongan PBSMM dalam usaha menentang COVID-19, serta usaha Malaysia dalam menjaga keselamatan penduduk seluruh negara.

“Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz turut mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Amerika Syarikat yang turut menyokong usaha yang dilakukan PBSMM dalam memvaksinasi dan membendung wabak,” jelas kenyataan itu.

Bantuan tambahan ini menjadikan keseluruhannya sebanyak ASD2 juta atau RM8.3 juta sumbangan daripada Amerika kepada Malaysia sejak wabak bermula.

Pada 5 Julai lalu, Amerika turut menyumbang 1 juta vaksin Pfizer ke Malaysia selain bekalan perubatan, alat ujian COVID-19, serta ambulans.

Komuniti perniagaan Amerika melalui MY AMCHAM Cares juga telah menyumbang lebih RM7 juta kepada usaha bantuan COVID-19 sejak 2020.

Usaha ini digerakkan sebagai kerja-kerja menyelamatkan nyawa sejak beberapa dekad dan kepimpinan Amerika dalam menangani krisis kesihatan global.

Amerika juga komited bekerjasama dengan Malaysia untuk mengakhiri wabak COVID-19, mengurangkan impak sosial dan ekonomi serta membangun kembali dunia. – AWANI

oleh Hafizi Rosli

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Berita | Empat bekas ADUN belum kemuka permohonan sertai PH: Anwar

SHAH ALAM – Belum ada keputusan daripada Pakatan Harapan (PH) sama ada akan membuka pintunya kepada empat Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) yang mencetuskan kejatuhan kerajaan negeri Melaka baru-baru ini, kata Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Menurut laporan media, Anwar berkata, keempat-empat ADUN tersebut masih belum mengemukakan permohonan secara rasmi meskipun telah menyatakan niat untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada PH.

“Kami akan menunggu kerana kami tidak mahu membuat pilihan.

“Kami akan memberi mereka masa dan peluang untuk berinteraksi dengan kami,” katanya pada Rabu.

Pada 4 Oktober, Yang Dipertua Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh mengumumkan DUN Melaka dibubarkan.

Keputusan itu dibuat selepas empat orang ADUN kerajaan iaitu bekas Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Idris Haron (BN-Sungai Udang), Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (BN-Pantai Kundor), Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Bebas-Pengkalan Batu) dan Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas) mengesahkan hilang kepercayaan dan menarik sokongan terhadap kepimpinan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menetapkan tarikh mengundi PRN Melaka pada 20 November ini manakala penamaan calon pada 8 November dan undi awal 16 November. – SINAR HARIAN

oleh Mukhriz Mat Husin

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Berita | Jenazah Mohd Diya selamat dikebumi

MELAKA: Jenazah anggota bomba dari Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat (BBP) Melaka Tengah yang lemas dibawa arus deras petang semalam, selamat dikebumikan, pagi ini.

Jenazah Pegawai Bomba Kanan (PBK) II Mohd Diya Che Jusoh, 46, dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Islam Kampung Krubong, di sini, pada jam 11.50 pagi.

Terdahulu, jenazah mangsa dimandi dan disembahyangkan di Masjid An-Nur Krubong sebelum dibawa ke tanah perkuburan.

Hadir memberi penghormatan terakhir kepada mangsa Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam; Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Operasi) Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM), Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin; Pengarah Bahagian Operasi JBPM Datuk Nor Hisham Mohammad serta Pengarah Bomba Melaka, Abu Bakar Katain.

Suasana pilu menyelubungi tanah perkuburan dengan kehadiran isteri arwah Noraida Che Nor bersama empat anak berusia antara sembilan hingga 18 tahun, ahli keluarga serta rakan setugas arwah. – BH ONLINE

Oleh Nuraliawati Sabri

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