PETALING JAYA: MR D.I.Y., Malaysia’s largest home improvement retailer, plans to open 100 new stores this year.
Chief executive officer Adrian Ong said the expansion is in line with the company’s massive recruitment drive to employ 1,000 people.
“Every year, we target to open 100 stores, so this year will be no different, ” he told StarBiz, adding that there were 638 MR D.I.Y. stores nationwide at the moment.
“Year-to-date, we have already opened 45 stores, so we will need to play catch-up a little in the second half of the year, but we believe it is doable.”
Ong (pic) said each store generally employed an average of 15 people, thus justifying the need to employ 1,000 new employees.
“Therefore, there is a need for the additional headcount to man the stores and service our customers.
“Response has been overwhelming. We have received over 8,000 applications. To date, we have already employed 875 people, of which 230 are fresh graduates, ” he said.
Last month, MR D.I.Y. announced that it was offering more than 1,000 jobs to Malaysians at its stores nationwide and headquarters in Selangor. The company is offering jobs ranging from in-house promoters to cashiers and supervisors.
Those with disabilities have also been encouraged to apply.
“We’re committed to bringing in people from different backgrounds, ” said Ong.
The home improvement retailer’s recruitment campaign began on June 1 and will run for three months.
Ong said the recruitment drive is timely, considering the number of people that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The government implemented the movement control order (MCO) on March 18 and conditions became tough for everyone. Job seekers are looking for opportunities to earn a living and we also saw an opportunity to help the local community.
“Realistically, it’s a good time to recruit people that are passionate and hardworking; and we are always looking at opportunities to bring in good people into the company.”
Ong said MR D.I.Y. currently employs around 10,000 employees, with 84% comprising locals.
“Recruiting 1,000 employees might seem like a lot, but when you consider our growth and attrition rates, that number (1,000 new employees) is sustainable.”
Despite being forced to shut down operations in March and April as a result of the MCO, Ong said MR D.I.Y. focused its efforts in finding ways to help the country combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We sourced for 35,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) suits and one million three-ply face masks to bring back to Malaysia.”
The company also purchased an additional 1,000 PPE suits to donate to healthcare professionals.
“MR D.I.Y donated 1,000 PPE suits and 10,000 face shields to the Health Ministry for healthcare professionals. We also donated 300,000 face masks for public service frontliners, ” said Ong.
“MR D.I.Y. provided its logistics teams and delivery fleet to distribute medical safety equipment to more than 30 hospitals in the country, together with non-governmental organisations Mercy Malaysia, IMARET-Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia, and Malaysian Relief Agency, ” he added.
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