Hannah Yeoh Says “Not Asking For The Sky” After Christy Ng’s Maternity Leave Comment
If you’re planning to get knocked up in a couple of years, you’re in luck because Budget 2020 just made some serious announcement.
On 11th October, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced that the period of maternity leave for government employees will be increased from 60 days to 90 days. Woah, that’s a huge deal for future mothers! This will however only be enforced in 2021.
Well, as you’ve guessed it, women everywhere were thankful for the good news.
Current 60 days of maternity leave is optimised but 90 days would be ideal and recommended.
1) Irregardless normal or C-sec or whatever type of delivery, the mom just literally gave birth to a human being, after 9 months of carrying the baby around.
— Yayan Yaacob (@YayanYaacob) October 12, 2019
For ppl who doesn't have a baby/ doesn't have any difficulty raising a baby, maybe for u 90 days maternity leave is too long
But if you've experienced the hardship of trying to be a mother n being a mother to a baby without any help
Then you will know why 90 days is a blessing
— luvfool (@najwa2383) October 12, 2019
However, there were some who weren’t quite sure about the government’s move to extend the maternity leave period. According to Astro Awani, Malaysian entrepreneur – Christy Ng expressed her honest doubts on the maternity leave days.
— 🇲🇾Astro AWANI🇲🇾 (@501Awani) October 11, 2019
She said during the interview with Astro Awani, “It (maternity leave) has some goodness in it, but it also has its negative impacts – because I think having a woman of the workforce for three months is a little bit too long. She may go out of touch really quickly, and I’m also very concerned that this move would actually deter more employers to put women at high ranking positions.”
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I’m not excited because it may be a double edge sword and work to a disadvantage instead. This doesn’t mean I don’t support the 90 days maternity. I never made such a statement. I was merely looking at the issues from multiple perspective with the interest of women not to be discriminated or loose out from this effort instead. Hoping I won’t get misquoted or misinterpreted again. Not Excited = Tidak Teruja Not Agreeable = Tidak Setuju Two entirely different statements altogether. #Belanjawan2020 #SenangkanYangSusah
She explains, that she didn’t want women to lose their ability to compete in the workforce and to avoid employers from choosing men to be in higher positions as compared to women.
Christy added that the third month of maternity leave should be focusing on flexible working hours as it will be hard to look for a part-time replacement to fill in the position and it will also lift the burdens of other colleagues.
Shocked by Christy Ng’s statement over this, Twitter vocally gave their opinions over her comments.
Apabila wanita sendiri yg x setuju, di mana sptutnya lebih memahami keadaan ibu yg slps bersalin. Jgn hanya melihat dari sudut keuntungan & prestasi syarikat shj
— The.Researcher. (@The13Researcher) October 11, 2019
Bukannya hari ni pregnant esok terus beranak. The company (or the department manager) has 9 months to plan their biz operations and manpower should any of the female staff would be on maternity.
If 90 days leave affect the biz then I’d blame it on the manager or HR department https://t.co/eIbOHGp3MW
— Asrul Muzaffar🇲🇾 (@asrulmm) October 12, 2019
Even Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development said the request was “most basic & minimal” in which we’re really “not asking for the sky”.
(1) Kadar kesuburan merosot dari 6.7 (1957) kepada 1.91 pada tahun 2020.
(2) Cuti bersalin bertujuan untuk bonding bersama bayi & penyusuan.
Nilai cuti bersalin tak boleh dilihat daripada perspektif majikan sahaja.
90 days – most basic & minimal. Not asking for the sky. https://t.co/AqxajHMdtZ
— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) October 12, 2019
We totally understand where Christy’s coming from but at the same time, pregnant mothers may have different views on this issue. What are your thoughts on the extended maternity leave from 60 days to 90 days? Let us know!