This Is Why Your Friends Get Thursday Off For CNY In Malaysia But You Don’t

While we Malaysians love our festive breaks, we often still fail to figure out how our national holiday system works. So with Chinese New Year just days away, we’ve decided to make things easy for all involved and detail just how the public holiday system during this coming weekend, and whether or not you’re bound by your contract to come in and finish up your report in the middle of your reunion dinner.

We hope when you’re done reading this that you won’t still be asking, “Still need to go office on Monday or not, leh?”

Answer: Unless your boss tells you otherwise. So yes, you do have to work on Monday.

1. You can get the first two days off only IF your company has declared them as paid public holidays.

In accordance with the Holidays Act 1951 and Employment Act 1955, Malaysian workers are only entitled to two days off during Chinese New Year, with those being the first and second day. However this only applies to those whose companies have declared these two days as paid public holidays beforehand.

Yes, your company has the right to not declare the first two days of CNY as paid public holidays. As stated in Section 60D of the Employment Act*, only five of the gazetted 11 paid public holidays cannot be negotiated or substituted, with those being:

  • National Day
  • The birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
  • The birthday of the respective State Ruler (unless you’re in a Federal Territory, which is replaced by a Federal Territory Day) 
  • Labour Day
  • Malaysia Day

Aside from these five, employers are obliged to pick six remaining public paid holidays from a list that also includes the first two days of CNY. This doesn’t mean that you automatically get your two CNY days off, so make sure that your company has already declared this coming Friday and Saturday as paid public holidays for you before you decide to balik kampung.

When it comes to getting this Thursday off, that’s completely dependent on your company.

*Note that the Employment Act only protects individuals with monthly salaries below RM2,000 or who are involved in manual labour (this then nullifies the RM2,000 wage cap). If you’re not covered by the Employment Act, be doubly sure of what your terms of employment and rights as an employee are, which are set on a case by case basis as you get employed. So check your contract before you sign.  

2. What if a public holiday falls on a Saturday?

Once again in accordance with the Employment Act, it’s stated that those covered by the act who work on a paid public holiday falling on a Saturday are entitled to double pay or a replacement holiday—providing that they already go through a six-day workweek as the norm.

The only exception to this rule is if one of those Saturdays happens to be a non-replaceable public holiday (see the 5 listed above). Should this happen, employers are obligated to pay a double wage (triple if you happen to work overtime) to employees, period.

Those working only five days a week are not entitled to any replacements or paid holiday wages should any public holiday fall on a Saturday.

Again, these rules only apply to those covered by the Employment Act. Those not protected by the act will have to negotiate terms with their employers. So again, be vigilant with your terms of employment and know what’s owed to you.

3. My contract says it’s a public holiday, but my boss won’t let me go. What can I do?

First, make sure of what’s stated in your terms of employment, and which days your company has declared as paid public holidays.

Then, if your boss insists that you work on a day that so happens to be a public holiday (it is within their rights to do this), make sure you get double the pay (triple pay for overtime) or a replacement day off (this doesn’t apply to non-replaceable public holidays—see the list in point 1).

Should your employer renege on any agreement made in black and white, you then have the right to take legal action. But don’t file a lawsuit just yet as those cost a pretty penny. Instead, bring up these issues with the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia and see how they can help.


Now that you’ve gone through these three simple points, we hope that you understand how our local public holiday system functions, and whether or not you get to have the coming weekend off and spend time with your loved ones. Happy Chinese New Year!

Feature Image Credit: Tourism Malaysia

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Conte warns Chelsea before West Brom: ‘Don’t be stupid’

Chelsea vs West Brom

Will Antonio Conte still be in a job at Chelsea if the Blues lose to West Brom on Monday night?

After a 4-1 hammering at Watford last week, can anyone be confident of a Blues win?

The build up to the West Brom game is again being clouded by analysis of Antonio Conte’s future at the club.

Conte has a contract until the end of next season, yet many believe he’ll be gone sooner than that.

In this weekend’s Sunday Times, the now ‘old’ rumours that Luis Enrique is being lined up as Chelsea’s next boss, and Marco Silva could get the job until the end of the season, are again recycled.

Antonio Conte: ‘Don’t be stupid’

The big story for the Sunday Times is that Antonio Conte appears to have fired another warning shot.

As for his reaction on stories linking Chelsea with a managerial change, Conte warned the club to avoid doing something “stupid” like sacking him.

On the current situation at Stamford Bridge, the Italian commented:

There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.

Who will Conte pick to face West Brom?

Despite a run of poor form, Conte hasn’t altered his team very much in recent weeks.

It is likely that Eden Hazard will play as a false 9 once again, much to the displeasure of many Chelsea fans.

Alvaro Morata is still struggling with an injury but it is still unlikely that we will see Olivier Giroud make his first Chelsea start since arriving from Arsenal.

Tiemoue Bakayoko saw red in Chelsea’s 4-1 loss at Vicarage Road on Monday evening and Cesc Fabregas is likely to replace the Frenchman in central midfield.

Andreas Christensen looks to be recovering well from his injury but Conte surely won’t start him this weekend.

Thibaut Courtois has been appalling in recent matches but it is extremely unlikely that Conte will revert to a second choice keeper when his job is on the line.

Also see: Marcos Alonso update before Chelsea vs West Brom.

Bookies slash odds on shock Antonio Conte replacement at Chelsea.

Don’t send yet! Putting Test Kit to work in your email campaigns

You’ve spent hours, maybe even days, carefully crafting that email. The subject line is a home run. The graphics look great. The promotion is irresistible. You’ve proofread it three times, and you know it’s perfect. You hit the send button and sit back with the relief of a job well done…

…only to realize you forgot to fix that broken link before the email went out.

And now it’s too late to cancel the campaign. In a panic, you throw together a correction and push it out. But the damage is done. It feels like all your hard work was for nothing, and you’re embarrassed to have your readers — subscribers you’ve spent years cultivating — click on that broken link.

We’ve all been there, of course. Anyone who sends out emails, posts on social media or creates print marketing has had that dreaded “Oops!” moment when something doesn’t go as planned. Fortunately, those days are over for email marketers.

Email with confidence

VerticalResponse recently introduced Test Kit, a suite of easy-to-use tools designed to prevent those “Oops!” moments. Test Kit is composed of Inbox Preview, Subject Line Preview and Link Checker. These error eradicators help you create campaigns that will pass muster with even the most eagle-eyed or device-deficient readers.

When you incorporate Test Kit into your regular email creation process, you’ll improve your success rate in no time. Here’s how to put Test Kit to work for you.

See your work on dozens of devices and browsers

An exquisitely designed email that displays properly on an iPhone or iPad may look like a modern art misstep on a Samsung Note or in Microsoft Outlook. You may already be in the habit of sending test emails to yourself, your employees, your friends and your family. But there’s no way you can possibly test all the permutations an email may be put through.

Trying to keep up with all the different browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc.), all the different email clients (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Mail, etc.), and all the different devices (laptop, desktop, phone, tablet, etc.) that may be used to open an email is a fool’s errand. Wouldn’t it be nice to just press a button and see how one email will show up on all of them?

You can. Test Kit’s Inbox Preview does just that. With one click of the “Run Test” button, you get an omniscient view of nearly 60 different versions of one email: on dozens of apps, browsers and devices. If something’s not rendering correctly, you can resume editing your email to fix the issue right away. Even better, when you take advantage of the Email Analytics that come with Advanced Reporting, you can focus on the devices, apps and browsers that the majority of your readers use. 

inbox preview

See if that subject line shows up

The body of your email isn’t the only thing you need to worry about displaying correctly. A quick scan of your own inbox will likely show you that not all subject lines are created equal. Some appear in full while others get truncated, sometimes to the point of meaning absolutely nothing. 

Subject Line Preview is the key to making sure that doesn’t happen to the emails you send. One click of the “Run Test” button here shows where your subject line will be cut off, depending on how your readers open your email. This way you can tweak those all-important subject lines right from the VerticalResponse email editor, before the campaign goes out.

subject line preview

One-click link testing

Inserted hyperlinks can be notoriously error-prone, unless you carefully copy and paste each one. Even then, mistakes still happen. Yet every email marketer knows that testing those links by clicking each one manually is a dreary bit of tedium, albeit a necessary one. That’s why Test Kit’s Link Checker is such a breath of fresh air. 

This third member of the Test Kit suite of tools may be the least glamorous, but it’s perhaps the most important. Just click the “Run Test” button, and Link Checker instantly tests all of your links. If any of them are broken, you can fix them right from the email editor. This way, you’ll never inadvertently send readers to a broken link or nonexistent landing page again. 

Make testing part of your email routine

Start incorporating Test Kit into your email marketing in order to catch mistakes or problems before they occur. After you’ve mocked up your email in the VerticalResponse email editor, simply click on “Preview” at the top, and select Test Kit from the drop-down menu. Then you can toggle between Inbox Preview, Subject Line Preview and Link Checker.

preview menu

test kit menu

Because you haven’t yet left the email editor, you can quickly address any Test Kit-determined issues right then and there. When the email is perfect, continue on to scheduling it or simply sending it then. 

Test Kit provides the sigh of relief you didn’t know you were waiting for. It’s peace of mind you’ll thank yourself for using — and so will your readers. Make email gaffes a thing of the past by implementing Test Kit today.

Spend less time reaching more customers

Try VerticalResponse today

(It’s free!)

© 2018, John Habib. All rights reserved.

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People Don’t Want Brands to Take a Stand on Social…And Other Myths

25601440People Don’t Want Brands to Take a Stand on Social…And Other Myths

There are a lot of myths about how people want to see brands behave on social, many of which the new Sprout #BrandsGetReal study debunks. Sprout Social surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers to better understand how people want brands to communicate their position and engage in conversations on political and social issues.

Here are some of the biggest myths that the study debunks.

1. People Don’t Want to See Brands Take a Stand on Social

This is the first big one. It’s not that people are vehemently opposed to your brand take a stand: it’s that you have to do it RIGHT.

how important consumers believe it is for brands to take a stand on social/political issues, overall and on social media

Key Takeaways for Social Marketers: Social is where people go to hear news and consume content from perspectives they care about, from best friends to brands. To continue being a part of this privileged circle of perspectives, you need to be strategic. Don’t weigh in on every subject, and try to focus on issues relevant to your brand, like Patagonia did specifically with its campaign in support of national parks, or like empowerment media brands like Girlboss do regularly.

Before sharing your opinion, gather all relevant stakeholders to identify why you’re taking a stand on social. How does it serve your community? How will it resonate? Look at the analytics (follower growth/loss, engagement growth/dip, sentiment) behind past examples (yours and other brands) to understand if this is the right choice for you.

View brand sentiment side-by-side with Simply Measured Listening.

2. People Will Be Either Angry or Enthused

There is a perception that people will either hate your brand for “taking a stand,” or feel overjoyed. The truth is somewhere in between. A lot of places in between, actually.

Key Takeaways for Social Marketers: Three of the top five emotional reactions people have to brands taking a stand are positive. As the #BrandsGetReal report states, “Emotion is a top driver of building long-term loyalty, and what brands say online can sway whether or not their communities get involved, too. Again, brands have a reason to speak out: the chances of encouraging someone toward purchase are higher than pushing him or her away.”

Here’s the bottom line for social marketers: There is a risk to posting political content, but it may not be as big a risk as you think. Which leads me to my next biggest myth…

3. The Reward Doesn’t Outweigh the Risk

Turns out, the reward DOES outweigh the risk.

popular social media reactions to brands taking a stand on social/political issues on social media

Key Takeaways for Social Marketers: On social media, brands face more rewards than risks when speaking their minds. Even when brands do risk lost sales, the chances of earning greater revenue are higher. While 17% of respondents have joined a product boycott as a result of a brand speaking out on social, 24% have gone on to purchase a product from that brand.

Overall, consumers’ most common reaction to brands speaking out on a social or political issue on social media is to do further research (36%).

Maybe even more important, people are more likely to post something themselves when they agree with what brands are saying on social media than when they oppose a stance, making this kind of activity a potential awareness driver for your brand

Want to see the full study? Head here.

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