A total of 23 employees of Pos Rider Melaka have expressed disappointment over the action of Pos Malaysia Bhd. (Pos Malaysia) in terminating their contracts during this critical period, as the country fights the global pandemic. Pos Malaysia Bhd. also reportedly failed to give 14 days notice of termination of service as stipulated in the contract.
According to one of the Pos Rider, Muhammad Yusuf Ashraf Ali, they only received the notice on the night of 21st June informing them that their work contract will be terminated on Thursday, 1st July.
The 25-year-old Pos Rider also said that a total of 23 Pos Rider staff received the same notice. Currently, they are not only at the risk of losing their source of income, they also have to bear the brunt of overdue payments for the vans bought to run the postal service.
“In the letter itself, there is a mention about the termination period, which is after a 14-day notice, however, we received the letter on 21st June and we only have nine days to find a new job,” Muhammad Yusuf said.
“We are very disappointed with Pos Malaysia’s action because not only have they laid us off work at a very short notice, but the postal company also did it at a time where we are struggling to survive in a pandemic,” he told reporters at Pos Laju Ayer Keroh Hub, Melaka.
Muhammad Yusuf also expressed that he was at a loss to find a solution as he has yet to find a new job. In fact, he was still burdened with the debt of the van that he bought for the service.
“Many of us here were brave enough to buy the van because we were confident of the opportunity that was given to us. We never expected to be laid off just because they claim that the goods have lessened,” he added, “Now I have to think of a way to pay off the van debt and my wife is currently pregnant with our first child. I asked Pos Malaysia to reconsider their decision to at least terminate our contract after the MCO ended. At least by then we can cross the borders to find a new job to earn a living for the family.”
Another Pos Rider staff, Muhammad Naim Ghani, 29, also expressed the same concern and claimed that they always maintain the quality of service and the image of Pos Malaysia by ensuring that the delivery company remains relevant.
“We have never caused trouble or any problem for the company. In fact, we always maintain the quality of Pos Rider services and Pos Malaysia’s image. Therefore, we really hope that Pos Malaysia takes into account all aspects, including the loyalty we have shown so far,” he said.