KUCHING: Mental health, besides physical well-being, is key to productivity, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot.
“Less than ideal fitness levels will only add to workplace pressure and lesser productivity,” Riot said at the opening of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress’ (MTUC) convention here yesterday.
“Fitness is both physical and mental. Our changing work environment places greater demand on our fitness. It is important that we give our health priority as a way to improve productivity,” he added.
The minister said the Malaysian workforce had reach 13.9 million people, and that the advent of science and technology had helped raise work output and also placed greater importance on human resources.
“Human resources remain the most important asset in any organisation,” Riot said, adding that unions had a big role to play.
The MTUC convention is being held here in conjunction with the national Labour Day celebration, which is taking place at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching today. The guest of honour is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Meanwhile, in his May Day message, MTUC Sarawak secretary Andrew Lo called on employers to stop complaining about the minimum wage, which came into force two years ago.
“They have been paying below productivity levels the past few decades. If they cannot pay minimum wage that are at the poverty line, they should not be in business,” Lo said in statement yesterday.
“The New Economic Model calls for the creation of a high-income nation for everyone. You cannot have a high-income nation if wages remain stagnant by making it easier for employers to sack workers and reducing the influence of trade unions. As a result, collectiveb bargaining is nothing more than collective begging,” he added.