26 September 2023

MALAYSIA: Work from home for grieving officers

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Spouses of Malaysian Public Servants who have died are to be allowed to work from home for two weeks after their compassionate leave ends to help ease the pain from their loss.

Director-General of the Public Service Department, Mohd Shafiq Abdullah said the decision was in line with the Women’s Day message by Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob and would, in fact, lead to an increase in productivity.

Dato Sri Ismail had urged that wives of Public Servants who had died be given time to resolve matters regarding the family and their husband’s bequests.

In extending this to all spouses, Datuk Seri Shafiq (pictured) said heads of Department should allow Government employees to work from home after their compassionate leave to mourn the loss of their husband or wife.

He said this would be for a maximum of two weeks, including weekends and public holidays, and at the discretion of the Department heads.

“This is aimed at paying attention to the welfare of Civil Servants and, at the same time, to increase quality and productivity in their delivery of services to the people,” Datuk Seri Shafiq said.

He said those allowed this facility would be required to adhere to all conditions listed in the Government’s work-from-home directive.

In his Women’s Day message, Dato Sri Ismail urged heads of Departments and top management of all organisations to allow women whose husbands had died to work from home for a suitable period.

He said this would be one of six initiatives to empower women which would be adopted by the Government.

Kuala Lumpur, 31 March 2022

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