Give priority to employees, human resources minister tells MAB

The human resources ministry met the Malaysia Airlines Berhad management on March 11 and was informed of several preliminary steps taken since the Covid-19 outbreak, which has affected air travel.

KUALA LUMPUR: The human resources ministry has advised employers, including Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), to prioritise the welfare of employees in the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Minister M Saravanan reminded employers to adhere to employment laws, collective agreements and code of conduct.

Saravanan urged employers to continue engaging with their staff to inform them of the latest developments regarding the coronavirus.

“At a meeting with the MAB management on March 11, the ministry was informed that several preliminary steps had been taken since the Covid-19 outbreak, including a briefing by the company’s chief executive officer to all employees via the eVoice system and engagement sessions on March 10,” Saravanan said in a statement today.

He said MAB informed the ministry that it would freeze all new recruitment processes and promotions.

He confirmed that MAB is also encouraging staff to voluntarily take three months’ unpaid leave or five days’ of unpaid leave per month over a three-month period.

The ministry was also informed that MAB believed there was no need to retrench workers for now and that such a move would only be a last resort measure.

Saravanan added that the ministry would continue to monitor and advise employers on the steps to be taken to look after the welfare of employees as a result of the Covid-19 situation.

This was to ensure a healthy and conducive working environment, without jeopardising the welfare of employees and the company’s survival, he said.