Marble factory to close shop, allowing East Malaysian staff to vote

A company has not only generously provided its employees with several days off, but also allowances so that they can return to their hometowns to vote in GE14. File picture shows a Pengkalan Kubor constituent casting her ballot at a polling station, September 25, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
A company has not only generously provided its employees with several days off, but also allowances so that they can return to their hometowns to vote in GE14. File picture shows a Pengkalan Kubor constituent casting her ballot at a polling station, September 25, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, April 10 — One company has drawn attention by providing its employees not only with several days off, but also allowances so that they can return to their hometowns and vote in the upcoming general elections.

Marble wholesaler and supply shop Marble Emporium Sdn Bhd, based in Seksyen U9, Shah Alam, issued a circular today to its personnel to inform them of the decision that was also posted on its Facebook page.

In it the management said their factory would be closed from May 7 to 9 to allow their staff to vote.

As most of their employees are from Sabah and Sarawak, Marble Emporium said they will also provide return air tickets along with the RM300 allowance per person.

The decision was met with praise from other social media users, with over 12,000 reactions and shared over 9,500 times at the time of writing.

The post has received nearly 1,000 comments, with the top one from user Hang Nadim saying: “Boss, do you have any job vacancy that can be filled by me? I am sure that you can be my good employer.”

The company was one of several others who have taken a similar decision, such as publishing group Karangkraf Sdn Bhd which has given its employees an paid off day to vote.

Public relations company Shekhinah PR has also given its employees two days off, and said it would absorb their petrol and toll costs when they return to their hometowns to vote.

Earlier today the Election Commission announced the nomination day will be on April 28, with the advance polling day and polling day on May 5 and 9, respectively.

It will be the first time election will be held on a Wednesday since the formation of the country.

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