The Change.org petition calling on Pos Malaysia to pay a bonus or ‘duit ray’ to its delivery staff has garnered over 18,000 signatures since it was set up by the user on May 17. The petition named “Pos Malaysia will offer bonus or duit ray to our mailmen” has a goal of 25.000 supporters with a summary requesting everyone to help alleviate the pressure on Pos Malaysia distribution workers.
“Let’s help our other frontliners – the mailmen, ‘abang pos’ and all the post staff behind the scenes and drive Pos Malaysia to acknowledge their good work during this Covid-19 MCO by offering them at least some incentive or duit ray,” the person said on the petition.
The petitioner also added that the delivery staff worked “very hard” due to the increase in online shopping during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, claiming that they also “work beyond the required hours.”
It has been reported that Pos Laju received up to 770,000 packages per day during the MCO period , up from the usual 350,000.
On May 16, a Facebook user posted a personal conversation with a delivery individual from Pos Malaysia who reported that there will be no incentive payout for workers this year. The user added that the delivery individual was tearful and sentimental when telling his experience, adding that he wanted a payout to better sustain his family.
Lifestyle Software has reached out to the Facebook consumer.
Since then, the article has gone viral with more than 67,000 readers’ responses and 28,000 comments. This was also posted by a different person on Twitter in a message that generated more than 24,000 retweets.
In response to the viral report, Pos Malaysia reported that although there was an rise in package volume, its other businesses – including mail, foreign packages, Pos Aviation and Pos Logistics – had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite this, the organization aims to secure the livelihoods of more than 15,000 frontline and institutional support personnel and ensure that their interests are prioritized.
The company indicated that it would strive to maintain the health of its workers without resorting to pay reductions, work losses and other draconian steps relative to other heavily impacted industries in the world, while adapting to the new standard during that time.
As their transformation plan progresses and the situation improves, we will ensure better rewards for our people.
The company also has conveyed its thanks to workers and hopes that the public would appreciate the problems confronting the organization during the Covid-19 pandemic.