The findings of the global survey by Regus, which is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces reveal that Malaysian workers are an overworked lot. According to the survey, half of Malaysian workers work more than 8 hours a day. That is really an understatement. The majority of Malaysian workers work 12 hours a day in two shifts; the 12 hours includes four hours of overtime. Why 12 hours? Because they cannot earn in 8 hours the income they need to put food on the table. And because the four hours overtime is compulsory.
The Regus survey (carried in our press on 9/11/11) also shows that 15 per cent of workers in regularly work more than 11 hours a day, compared to 10 per cent globally. Migrant workers in Malaysia are known to work up to 16 hours a day. We know also of workers who do two jobs in order to pay the bills – a regular job in the day and another in the evening or night. No 8-hour recreation for these workers.
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