Latest News on Retrenchment and News Release on Initiatives by PSMB

27 November 2017
Employers cannot retrench their workers at will - Malaysia Kini
LETTER | With the worldwide economic slowdown, several companies and organisations have no choice but to cut back and downsize their business. As such, retrenchment has become a major issue in the country. The impact of retrenchment for the employee especially those who have worked and served for many years can be disastrous as it not only impacts the individual worker but also their dependents and families. With the current economic landscape and high competition which come from both local and foreign workers in the country, it is also tougher for most to seek for new jobs.
13 November 2017
GST caused some companies to close shop, says minister
SOME companies have shut down because of the goods and services tax (GST), says Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani. Johari did not disclose details as the matter is still under investigation. "Some are respectable (companies), this is one of the reasons we cannot disclose. But many excuses were given some said they are old. Don't want to do business. Create new companies.
05 November 2017
Think like tech companies
WHAT do Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Laurene Powell Jobs have in common? The three investors have bucked the trend by buying into the legacy newspaper and publishing business despite the bearish outlook of the sector, with some detractors arguing that print is dying or dead. Ma bought into South China Morning Post (SCMP), the 114-year-old English-language newspaper, in late 2015, raising eyebrows over why his China e-commerce giant was investing in a traditional print business, which others have shunned.
04 November 2017
Mental health support lacking at workplace - The Malaysian Insight
TOO few Malaysian employers are investing in workplace initiatives to support mental health, as the increasing number of psychiatric patients in recent years threatens national productivity and their quality of life. Head of Selayang Hospital’s Psychiatric Department Dr Toh Chin Lee said out of the more than 5,000 registered companies in Malaysia, including several multinational corporations (MNC), only a handful have taken a proactive approach in creating a workplace environment that helps promote positive mental health.
30 October 2017
5 Giant Supermarket Outlets To Close Down In M'sia, No Decision Yet On Fate Of Affected Staff
Rumours have been circulating on social media since earlier this about several Giant supermarket outlets that are expected to close down by early November. Yesterday, Giant brand owner GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd issued a statement confirming the closures and said it will cease operations of the following Giant stores upon expiration of their respective leases: • Giant Sri Manjung (Perak) • Giant Sungai Petani (Kedah) • Giant Shah Alam City Centre (Selangor) • Giant Selayang Lama (Selangor) • Giant Sibu (Sarawak) The statement explained that the move to close down the stores was made after it reviewed its operations and the decision taken was to “relook our operations to increase effectiveness and productivity”, the company was quoted in a The Malaysian Insight (TMI) report.
27 October 2017
Five Giant Outlets To Shut Down By 5 November
The closures were confirmed by GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd yesterday, 26 October. The group is the operator and owner of Giant. GCH said that these outlets have reached the end of its lease term at these premises. "The group said it has reviewed its operations and the decision was made to improve efficiencies and productivity," The Sun Daily reported.
11 October 2017
Employers prefer experienced workers than fresh graduates - JobsMalaysia
GEORGE TOWN: Employers' preference for experienced workers has made it harder for fresh graduates to get jobs. JobsMalaysia director Mustafa Kamal Bawaihi said employers usually prioritised experience rather than academic qualification or talent when employing workers. “That means, they will ignore fresh graduates without experience. “So the many fresh graduates, which make up for the majority of the 3.4 per cent unemployment rate, with excellent academic qualification and talent are not picked because they lack experience. Not because they lack the capability,” he said after opening the Malaysian Youth Career Development Club seminar in Bayan Lepas here today.
10 October 2017
Human Resources duly responded to queries from retrenched Malaysia Airlines staff
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry said it is not required by law to explain the delay in taking up the cases of 3,600 retrenched Malaysia Airlines staff to the Industrial Court. Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem nonetheless said that the ministry, through the Industrial Relations Department, had sent out letters to the affected workers explaining the situation. The letters, he said, had to date been sent to some 1,500 of the 3,600 laid-off unionised MAS staff. "That to me is sufficient as a response…we're not required by law to give an explanation," he told reporters after opening the ASEAN Productivity-Linked Wage Conference here today.
09 October 2017
Aimless after being retrenched - Star Online
KUALA LUMPUR: In 2016, almost 40,000 Malaysian employees were retrenched from their jobs, according to data reported to the Labour Department. As of June this year, 17,798 workers have been retrenched. These numbers, however, are just the tip of the iceberg. It is believed that the actual number of Malaysians who lost their jobs during this period is significantly higher, as many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro-enterprises are not aware of the requirement to report lay-offs and retrenchments to the Labour Department.
08 October 2017
Aeon: We're not closing down Quill City Mall outlet - The Sun Daily
PETALING JAYA: Aeon Co (M) Bhd has refuted market talk of an impending closure of its outlet at Quill City Mall in Kuala Lumpur, which has underperformed its peers in the challenging market environment. In an email reply to SunBiz, Aeon said it is in the midst of refurbishing and upgrading its existing malls and stores while expanding its customer experience throughout the country by setting up new malls, with the latest being the one in Bandar Dato’ Onn, Johor Baru. “For the moment, we do not have any plans to close down any of our operations including Quill City. We believe in the importance of growing our brand irrespective of the uncertain economic situation as we are committed in offering continuous customer experience,” Aeon noted.
19 September 2017
HRDF vows to stamp out corruption
THE Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has reaffirmed its vow to curb corruption in the work environment. Represented by its chief executive Datuk C.M. Vignaesvaran Jeyandran, the agency signed a Corruption-Free Pledge with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Anti-Corruption Academy deputy commissioner Datuk Idris Zaharudin, witnessed by Human Resources Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adenan Abd Rahman. During the ceremony, 312 senior management and staff members at the HRDF headquarters also declared their pledge.
18 September 2017
Toys 'R' Us Employees In The Dark About Their Future -
KUALA LUMPUR: The fate of Toys ‘R’ Us employees in Malaysia is in limbo as they have not received any notification about change in their employment. Amidst report by Reuters, the toy retailer could file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks. The employees, when contacted by the New Straits Times, said they were not given any notice by their superiors on the corporate development. Store supervisor who wanted to be known as Qeela said she heard rumours among her colleagues but she was not sure. “The rumours about the store closure has been going on for weeks. Since there is no official notice yet, I will continue my work as usual,” she said.
16 September 2017
Petronas denies it plans to lay off 5,000 employees in 2018
Petronas today denied an allegation made by a blogger saying that it planned to terminate 5,000 employees next year in what was claimed as another round of “staff reduction” exercise, group-wide. In a statement, the national oil giant company said it “categorically denied” such an allegation made by blogger Syed Akbar Ali on his OutSyed the Box site.
15 September 2017
HRDF signs corruption-free pledge with MACC - The Sun Daily
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), an agency under the Human Resources Ministry (HRM) today signed the Corruption-Free Pledge in line with the government's aspiration to combat corruption in government sectors. Its chief executive Datuk CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran led the declaration of the pledge before the signing which was witnessed by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Idris Zaharudin. CM Vignaesvaran in his opening speech said the event symbolised HRDF's commitment towards its four core values, namely integrity, customer focus, continuous improvement and accountability.
09 September 2017
Making digital their business- The Star
CHECKING our smartphones first thing in the morning has become a habit for many of us. This simple action shows how the digital era has changed the very fabric of society and the way we live, and businesses are no exception. Pointing this out, Eco World Development Group Bhd image: president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah got participants thinking at the Star SMEBiz Think Tank when he delivered his keynote address about value creation in the digital age.
18 August 2017
Career carnival at Tg Aru railway station a hit with job seekers - News Straits Times
KOTA KINABALU: Job seekers flocked to the Tanjung Aru Railway Station here, to search for work at the National Career Journey 2.0 Train Ride Sabah carnival. Dressed in smart-casual attire, they came with relevant documents in envelopes and folders as they browsed through booths set up by companies involved in the career carnival. For Fazirah Mohd Hatta, 23, luck was on her side when she was hired on the spot after underwent an interview with her employer. “I am excited for this opportunity as this is my first job. I graduated with a diploma in business study last year and I had applied for jobs but never received a call,” she said. The Semporna-born lass was offered a front office with RM1,500 basic salary. “This is enough for a start and my employer told me I can start anytime. I look forward to beginning my career and learn as much as I can. It is a new responsibility,” she said.
01 August 2017
HRDF to fund new training programme - The Sun Daily
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), which phased out the 1Malaysia Globally Recognised Industry and Professional Certification (1MalaysiaGRIP) programme last year, will be participating in another training and certification programme for which it will provide funding. It has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Technology Depository Agency Bhd, an agency under the auspices of the Finance Ministry and Asian Rail Academy to facilitate training and certification programmes for railway employees and fresh graduates.
27 July 2017
279 pekerja Lembaga Koko Malaysia akan kembali berkhidmat
KUALA LUMPUR: Seramai 279 pekerja Lembaga Koko Malaysia (LKM) yang bakal ditamatkan perkhidmatan mereka berkuat kuasa 13 Ogos ini akan kembali berkhidmat dengan Lembaga itu. Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong dalam satu kenyataan hari ini berkata kementerian dan LKM telah mengkaji semula penamatan 279 pekerja itu.
26 July 2017
LKM lantik semula 279 pekerja - Berita Harian
KUALA LUMPUR: Lembaga Koko Malaysia (LKM) melantik semula 279 pekerja sementaranya yang akan ditamatkan tugas bulan depan. Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, berkata pelantikan semula itu dilakukan selepas kementerian dan LKM mengkaji semula penamatan tugas mereka yang sepatutnya berakhir 13 Ogos depan. "LKM telah melantik semula 93 orang pekerja yang akan mula berkhidmat kembali pada 15 Ogos depan.
24 July 2017
Cuepacs urges Malaysian Cocoa Board to reconsider ‘unusual’ layoff of 281 workers - Malay Mail
KOTA KINABALU, July 24 — The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) is appealing to the government to intervene in the layoff of some 281 Malaysians from the Malaysian Cocoa Board. Its president Datuk Azih Muda said that the mass dismissal of the temporary workers was callous, cruel and an unusual form of practice for a government agency. “It is disappointing that in such economic climate, a government body could be so hard hearted as to issue a month’s termination notice to the temporary workers, some of whom have worked there for 17 years.