As online orders piled up and our postmen became frontliners during this difficult time, the fate of our Post Malaysia workers was called into question when tweets addressing Pos Malaysia about the conditions of their workers went viral.
Twitter user, Aisyah Humairah, shared a story of an Abang postman that delivered her items.
After he delivered the items to Aisyah, he received a phone call that left him dumbfounded, as he sat by the curb trying to process the conversation he just had.
It was soon revealed that him and his colleagues will not be receiving any bonus payment for this year. According to him, this is the first time that the company isn’t offering any bonus payment, claiming that last year he received RM1000 as his bonus payment.
What more with the increased workload that they had to endure during the Movement Control Order (MCO), the man brokedown, as he reflected on the many responsibilities he had such as rent and debt for his motorcycle, especially after his father died 3 years ago.
The tweet went viral with more than 24,000 retweets from netizens who were outraged, demanding an explanation from Pos Malaysia.
Pos Malaysia Berhad has issued a statement on its social media pages addressing the recent commentaries regarding the treatment of its workers.
The company stated that its operations, like many other companies, have been impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“While there is an increase in parcel volume throughout the MCO, Pos Malaysia’s other businesses namely mail, international parcels, Pos Aviation, Pos Logistics and others have been affected. Despite this, Pos Malaysia continues to protect the livelihood of over 15,000 front liners and operational support employees and ensure that their needs are prioritised,” it said.
“While many severely impacted sectors in the country resorted to salary reductions, job cuts or other drastic measures, Pos Malaysia continues to strive hard in ensuring that these employees’ future are protected.”
In a tweet, Pos Malaysia also reassured the public that they have the people’s welfare at heart and are providing the best support as they possibly can at this time.
What do you think of this issue? Do our postmen deserve more?
By: Siti Farhana Sheikh Yahya