Six-hour work day not feasible: Shahidan
> National productivity needs to be enhanced to achieve developed nation status
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