Nearly 17,000 hotel workers laid off, on unpaid leave, or have wages cut

A hotel in Kuala Lumpur on March 23 puts up a sign saying no check-ins are allowed until the end of the movement-control order on March 31. Nearly 17,000 staff members in the hotels industry have either been laid off, forced to take unpaid leave, or have their wages cut. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 26, 2020.

ABOUT 4% of Malaysian hotel staff have been laid off due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, while 17% have taken unpaid leave and 9% received pay cuts, according to English-language daily The Star.

Quoting figures furnished by the Malaysian Hotels’ Association, the English daily said a total of 16,868 workers have either been laid off, forced to take unpaid leave or had their wages cut. 

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