SHAH ALAM, July 1, 2015:
About 500 workers from consumer and professional electronics devices corporation — JVCKENWOOD Malaysia Sdn Bhd — were laid off as part of the Japanese company’s plans to relocate its operations, shutting down its plant here.
News of the factory’s official closure today had been making its rounds over social media, attracting netizens to lament on the workers’ plight and the state of economy.
While some described the sudden closure as being unfair to the workers, checks by The Rakyat Postrevealed that this was not the case.
“The workers were not laid off suddenly as they were already notified of the closure earlier this year,” a factory worker said.
While some of the staff were retrenched, appropriate compensation was paid and JVC had also assisted others to secure employment elsewhere.
“They told us that the factory operations were moving to Thailand,” said the worker.
It was reported last year that JVC had cut its workforce globally by 14% to just under 20,000 people and about 90% of production now took place mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Checks on jobstreet.com have shown that JVC is still hiring staff for its Tampoi plant in Johor.Similarly, a few metres away, Ansell Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s operations have also ceased and its workers were retrenched yesterday. The Australian company made healthcare protective gear. A worker on site said: “They are moving their operations to Malacca. They have already told us about this six months ago and compensation was also paid out.”