Tuesday June 15, 2004

Tourism Malaysia staff do OT to help boost tourism

KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism Malaysia employees have volunteered to do an hour's overtime for a year, without compensation or benefits, to help boost tourism.
“One extra hour a day may not seem like much, but it shows their commitment,” said Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad, who praised their volunteering spirit.
Dr Toyad said it was the staff members' initiative to start the “Working An Extra Hour Overtime” campaign to create discipline and show their commitment and gratitude to the organisation and the Government.
“The campaign will run for a year,” he said after launching the campaign here yesterday.
DR Toyad launching the 'Working An Extra Hour Overtime' campaign in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Tourism Malaysia president Suhaimi Shaharuddin pointed out that the employees had already been working two to three hours' overtime, without claims, as a contribution to the organisation and the Government.
“The Working An Extra Hour Overtime campaign is on a voluntary basis,” he said.
To a question, Suhaimi said: “Maybe there is a little objection to the campaign but the staff members will soon understand the objective and importance of it.”
He said they could clock in an hour earlier, clock out an hour later or work during their lunch break.
The union had met members before launching the campaign and had received support from them.
The campaign was also supported by non-members, Suhaimi said.
Tourism Malaysia has 727 employees, including those in 32 offices worldwide.
Of the 540 employees at the headquarters, 350 are union members.
On the proposed increase of ferry fare (from RM15 to RM22 single trip) to Langkawi, Dr Toyad said it would not hurt the tourism industry there to a great extent as Langkawi was a popular tourist attraction.
But he said the ministry would study the fare increase to see if it was justified.

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