May, 2005 Government decides Civil Servants to go 5 days week + Overtime Allowance

The public who are the Bosses who has no say in the course of this crucial decision,. But the course of action has cost the biggest employer in the country lost approx. 5.2 million productive hours per month OR can also be interpreted as approx. 62.4 million combined hours per annum. Note:- Basis of calculation: 1.3 million x 4 days x 12 months.

Benefits: More time attending family affairs. Probably may increase consumer spending, benefiting retail market & support for Governmental policies among civil servants Cons: enormous lost of production time & availability of flexibility to those seeking service/support from governmental organizations

Comparisons (figures in Red for Malaysia): Thailand : Population: approx. 61 Million (23 million). GDP purchasing power parity - $388.7 billion (229.1 Billion) (1999 est.); GDP - real growth rate 4% (5 %) (1999 est.) GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $6,400 ($10,700) (1999 est.) Also alternate 5 days/week. approx. 2 million (1.3 million) cilvil servants (14 ministries, 125 departments and more than 11,000 divisions). Ratio: 3.2% (5.6%). Government spending: 36 % of its annual budget.

Summary: GOOD for an overdue decision on the flexible allowance scheme for those cilvil servants (esp. the law enforcement teams) who has been assigned to work in the bigger cities. The move has possibly lower the cause of possible attempted corruption due to maintenance of family expenditure in the cities. Thumbs down: Other than improvement on quality of life for this "exclusive" 1.3 million group, not other significant benefits bring to the country. Overall: a bad move. Based on a recent experiences to two agencies, I enjoyed what I experienced with the elevated quality of service (compared to my last experience 5-6 years ago) at those points of service. But Malaysian need to be mentally tuned to be more hard working a head of global open market challenges (debatable efficiency factor not is not factored in here with this conclusion, so don't argue .. ), and government employees should lead to spearhead the rest of the pack.

First impact of this implementation on private sector directly is... like my staffs also started appealing for 5 days' week because they said they are more "productive" than "others" and since government sector can work less for more.. two young lady artists resigned last week, citing else where work only 5 days' week & they are "fed-up" with working from 9 to 5 !. @#$%$&@*!!. what has Malaysian turn into for the last one and half decade ?

Many countries thought Malaysia did a fantastic work on economic development, Don't think we can relax, see where did we position ourselves in the global market. So, come on ...

May, 2005 Experimenting use of Malaysian ID card to enter East Malaysian States of Sabah & Sarawak

GOOD ! That was a Cool move... After my 30 years of my known knowledge with this "strange" local rule of entry into the two states. I may prepare to bring my family to make my first trip to Sabah and/or Sarawak for a holiday after all ... All the while I felt very insulting with this implementation of this odd rule and there is no basis to enforce this as we are all Malaysian. I think tourism is the first to benefit from this decision.

May, 2005 Government decides Civil Servants to go 5 days week + Overtime Allowance

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