THERE are currently no plans to put into place a six-hour workday for civil servants as they are already given the flexibility to choose when to start work, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
Civil servants, he said, could choose to start working from 7.30am to 4pm, 8am to 5pm or 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Shahidan was replying to a question from Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang), who had asked if the Government intended to implement the six-hour workday, especially for married female staff.
Malaysia, said Shahidan, was on par with other developed nations such as Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, United States, Britain and Japan, which also had eight-hour workdays.
MTUC has recently called for the Government to implement six-hour workdays but this was shot down by Cuepacs, which represents the civil servants in the country.
To another question, Shahidan said authorities would probe claims by the Philippines’ National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari that Malaysia was involved in kidnaps-for-ransom in Sabah.
He also assured lawmakers in his reply to Datuk Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) that action would be taken if such an allegation was proven to be true.
Mojigoh had sought clarification over Nur Misuari’s claim that he had evidence Malaysia was involved and that he would drag the Malaysian leaders involved to the International Court of Justice.
Earlier, Shahidan said there were groups involved in kidnaps-for-ransom in Sabah’s waters as it was a “lucrative business”.
Sabahan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) had also raised the issue during his debate on the Budget.
“We were given assurance by Esscom (Eastern Sabah Security Command) that there would be no more kidnappings.
“However, less than a week later, there was an incident again,” he said.
news source: thestar.com.my