Numerous Malaysians in Singapore have lodged a complain to the Ministry of Manpower, crying “unfair” when their salaries were cut when they are not working.
According to Straits Times, a Malaysian manicurist said her employer has paid her full salaries, but chalked up overtime hours which she had to repay after the end of the circuit breaker. Her annual leave was also cut from 14 days to 7.
The 30 year old Malaysian complained:
“I don’t know if this is allowed under the MOM’s regulations. But I feel that it is unfair as my boss has received help from the Singapore Government. She also did not explain how she came up with the 50 hours of overtime.”
The news came after Singaporeans posted the highest unemployment rate in 10 years. As of March 31, the unemployment rate for Singaporeans surged from 3.3% to 3.5%. This figure is reportedly a lot lower than the actual unemployment rate because the circuit breaker started only from April 7th.
Foreigners are more employable in Singapore during the coronavirus outbreak, bringing down the total unemployment rate to as low as 2.4% when mixed with citizen unemployment figures. The Ministry of Manpower refused to disclose the number of Singaporeans unemployed.