Be tolerant when working from home

KUCHING: Workers nationwide are urged to remain steadfast following the extension of the country’s movement control order (MCO).

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said with the movement restrictions being extended, it meant that a major section of workers will continue to work from home.

“Apparently, with the further announcement of MCO 3.0, we will continue to work from home until the end of this month.

“I understand the concept of working from home does seem simple. However, the reality is that various challenges have to be faced to perform work tasks while carrying out daily responsibilities at home,” he said in a Facebook post last Saturday.

Wan Junaidi said working from home could sometimes be more stressful due to various disruptions.

“This includes having to manage children, internet disruption and an environment that isn’t appropriate to work in, so some parents can only work late at night when their children are asleep.

“In the current situation, we all need support from each other as well as emotional and mental strength. I hope employers and employees would practice tolerance together. Let’s be easy on each other,” he said.

Last Friday, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the MCO is extended for another two weeks from June 15 to June 28.

The decision follows the high number of Covid-19 cases and was reached based on recommendations by the Health Ministry which was presented at the National Security Council (NSC).

In the current MCO, 80 percent of government staff and 40 percent of private sector workers are to work from home.

The MCO was implemented starting June 1 to June 14 as a measure to flatten the Covid-19 curve following a sharp rise in the daily number of cases since early April.