Six-hour work day not fea­si­ble: Shahi­dan

> Na­tional pro­duc­tiv­ity needs to be en­hanced to achieve de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus

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KUALA LUMPUR: The gov­ern­ment has no plan to im­ple­ment a daily six-hour work sys­tem for civil ser­vants be­cause it takes into ac­count the na­tional pro­duc­tiv­ity level that needs to be im­proved to at­tain de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus by 2020.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Shahi­dan Kas­sim said although the gov­ern­ment took note of the ad­van­tages of the sys­tem, it was deemed not fea­si­ble at present.

“How­ever, the gov­ern­ment is now im­ple­ment­ing stag­gered work­ing hours to pro­vide flex­i­bil­ity by which em­ploy­ees can choose when to work.

“The work­ing hours are 7.30am to 4.30pm, 8am to 5pm and 8.30am to 5.30pm,” he said when re­ply­ing to Siti Zailah Mohd Yu­soff (PAS-Ran­tau Pan­jang).

Siti Zailah asked whether the gov­ern­ment in­tended to im­ple­ment the six-hour work­ing day and flex­i­ble work­ing hours, es­pe­cially for female civil ser­vants with fam­i­lies.

Shahi­dan said to achieve de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus, pro­duc­tiv­ity should not be re­duced as prac­tised in sev­eral de­vel­oped coun­tries that still im­ple­mented the eight-hour work­ing day regime.

“Ja­pan, Bri­tain and Sin­ga­pore – these coun­tries still re­tain the eight-hour work day de­spite hav­ing at­tained de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus,” he said.

Re­ply­ing to an­other ques­tion from Siti Zailah on whether the gov­ern­ment pro­posed to stan­dard­ise Fri­day as the week­end hol­i­day, Shahi­dan said the prac­tice was ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy of state gov­ern­ments. – Ber­nama

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