Singapore, Apr 12 – The Singapore office of Swedish furniture giant IKEA said on Thursday (Apr 12) it would extend to its Malaysian employees a one-off, extra paid day of leave to return home for the coming polls.
Malaysia’s 14th general election will fall on Wednesday (May 9), which has been declared a public holiday for the country.
“We take our social responsibilities seriously and we want to enable our co-workers to take individual responsibility, too,” said Ms Aldys Kong, IKEA Southeast Asia’s benefits and employment manager.
“This benefit will make it a little easier for them to exercise the right to vote in Malaysia’s election. Anyone needing more than one day will be able to apply for annual leave.”
There are about 80 Malaysians employed by IKEA Singapore, out of hundreds of thousands of Malaysian workers in Singapore.
A clutch of other Singaporean companies with Malaysian employees declined to comment, citing company policy.
Tuesday’s news of Malaysia’s first weekday poll in nearly 20 years saw Malaysians respond by extending online offers of help to overseas compatriots who wanted to go home to the ballot boxes.
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