Tourism ministry workers abruptly redeployed

No prior notice was given to staff about the exact closure date of 14 Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture offices, and subsequent plans to redeploy them. 

The sudden closure of 14 tourism ministry offices has left 232 employees in a state of uncertainty, after learning their fate through media reports.

Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz announced two days ago that the tourism offices would be closed with immediate effect. Staff would be redeployed to the ministry headquarters and other departments where needed.

The closures were enacted to remove job duplication, and are expected to save some RM6 million a year.

However, workers were not briefed prior or informed of their relocation, Congress of Unions for Employees in Public and Civil Service president Azih Muda told Malaysian media.

There was only an internal memo that provided the rationale for the move, but not the date of the closures.

“They didn’t just find out today that there is job duplication. It has been going on for a while.