IT has been a week of lockdown – staying at home – so I assumed that everyone gets to spend quality time with their family at home, all chilled and relax.
Instead I have been inundated with texts from small and medium enterprise (SME) owners who are worried sick at the total shutdown of economic activities in this country.
Do we have to pay the employees or can we ask them to utilise their annual leave or ask them to take unpaid leave?
The Human Resource Minister said we must pay, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) differs and the National Union cries foul. It is only for 14 days for god’s sake, the employees pleaded. We can’t survive on half month’s salary!