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Critics want Pos Malaysia top execs to take pay cut and give frontliners bonus

The Pos Malaysia delivery rider whose picture sparked an uproar on social media

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – May 20, 2020: Despite its clarification yesterday, Pos Malaysia continues to be under fire for insisting that their frontliners will not be given a bonus for Hari Raya.

Pos Malaysia had clarified that despite the increase in parcel volume during the movement control order (MCO), this is not enough to cushion the overall loss caused by the pandemic.

“Despite this, Pos Malaysia continues to protect the livelihood of over 15,000 frontliners and operational support employees and ensure that their needs are prioritised,” said the statement.

However, many did not agree and asked if Pos Malaysia’s top management had taken a pay cut following the adverse effects of the pandemic on the economy.

“I don’t want to accept this reasoning! I pity those riders with tired faces on bikes that look like a big moving parcel. This is not fair to them,” tweeted Rasian Khasrar.

Echoing her opinion, Amir Farhan questioned whether the management of Pos Malaysia truly cares for its employees.

“If it is serious in protecting the employees’ welfare, it should make their top management take pay cuts and channel the money to savings of the frontliners. The gap in earnings is too big,” he said.

Amir’s opinion was shared by many, and among them was Zamir Mohyedin who implied that bonus for frontliners is possible if only the top management is willing to take a pay cut.

“May Pos Malaysia can consider cutting back some of its top management salary to bourne the cost of bonus for frontliners. After all, the riders’ wages are not much to begin with while the top management is earning too much,” he tweeted.

The online outcry was sparked by a social media post three days ago, showing a Pos Malaysia delivery rider crying on the steps of a home after delivering a parcel.

The home owner who shared the picture said when asked, the rider explained that he had just been told the usual RM1,000 Hari Raya bonus would not be given this year despite the heavier workload during the MCO.

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