Malaysian integrated media group, Media Prima, is offering its employees the option to go on a unpaid or half-pay Career Break Leave (CBL), according to a press release.

Introduced to Media Prima employees in batches beginning 5 December 2017, the CBL scheme is offered in two categories: full time (unpaid) and part-time (half-pay). In addition, there is an option to take a six-month CBL or a full year break.

The CBL is offered to employees who have served the company for a minimum of three consecutive years.

The media group stated that the CBL is a part of its continuous employee engagement initiatives, aimed at providing employees a chance to pursue their dreams such as higher education or starting their own business.

With the CBL, employees would be given the opportunity to focus on taking care of children or elderly family members, the company asserted.

Media Prima operates a number of Malaysia’s television stations, namely TV3, TV9, 8TV and ntv7, along with newspapers and radio stations New Straits Times, BH, Harian Metro, FlyFM, oneFM.

“In today’s environment, it is not uncommon to hear of change of vocation and fields of interests. We constantly benchmark our employment offerings with industry’s best practices. Hence this CBL is introduced to show employees that their welfare and development is important to us,” said Media Prima’s group general manager of group human resources, Puan Nor Arzlin Redzwan.

In 2014, a mutual separation scheme was also implemented by the group as a way to strengthen itself against intense industry competition and an increasingly challenging operating environment.

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