Friday, August 14

SMC, UCTS seek to realise work-life balance

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Wong (right) exchanges documents with Sabaruddin.

Wong (right) exchanges documents with Sabaruddin.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) is looking forward to cooperating with University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) in realising the ‘Asean Work-Life Balance Project’ initiative here.

Its deputy chairman Dato Andrew Wong said the initiative was extremely important today, more so because of global economic situation.

“This is especially so in Malaysia where people are facing a lot of economic hardships, compelling them to work longer hours and harder.

“A lot of times, they cannot spend time with their families. Sibu is a very strategic place and the size is suitable for the initiative to be promoted or tried out,” he said after the signing ceremony of ‘Letter for Change’ under Asean WLB Project yesterday.

The letter was signed between Wong and UCTS deputy vice-chancellor (Academic) Professor Datuk Dr Sabaruddin Mohd.

With the signing of the letter, SMC will declare that Sibu is conducive to the realisation of project for the local community.

“We cannot cut down the working hours. So what else can we do?

“Can we improve our public transport system so we can cut down on traffic jam or are we promoting greener environment whereby younger children get to enjoy greener and safer environment?

“I hope UCTS can work hand-in-hand with SMC to make this thing happen. This initiative is also important because it will bring UCTS closer to the community,” he said.

Wong also assured UCTS of SMC support in terms of resources and manpower.

Earlier, Wong said that UCTS was the catalyst of growth for this town as an education hub to bring people to Sibu.

UCTS would come up with new and innovative ways on how to make Sibu better, he added.

Asean WLB Project is a project supported by the Asean Foundation and Japan-Asean Solidarity Fund (JASF) to garner support for work-life balance in Asean through grassroots initiative titled ‘1 Million Asean Voices for WLB’.

The project was launched in June last year to mobilise Asean people through online and offline platforms to strengthen their call for action to formulate WLB-enabling polices and national machinery in Asean.

The project incorporates a three-day regional conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur from Feb 23 to 25.

eHomemakers is the main coordinator of the project while UCTS is the official social media partner in Malaysia.