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At the Women in Politics Kuala Lumpur 2017 (WIPKL 2017) international conference, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin pointed out that having flexible working hours, which would help women flourish at the workplace and at home, is one of the aspirations under the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) agenda voiced by many women, Bernama reported.
He also noted that women did not want to be caught in a situation where they had to choose between family and work.
He added: “The future workplace is rapidly changing and by using technology, we don’t need to have a 9 am to 5 pm presence anymore. We’re talking about flexible work arrangements.
We’re also talking about companies offering people to work from home and women and men taking leave, whether for any family commitment or taking a sabbatical, and coming back without losing their seniority.”
As the UMNO Youth chief, Khairy explained that workers were more effective, productive and efficient when they were able to strike a balance between their family life and work, besides being able to engage in activities outside their professional life.
Among other feedback gleaned from women for TN50 was that they would like to see a low crime rate and be able to go about their lives safely even at night and also being treated equally and with dignity, Khairy noted.
The Women in Politics Kuala Lumpur 2017 (WIPKL 2017) international conference was held in conjunction with the 2017 Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre from Dec 5 to 9.
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