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[Watch] White-Haired Uncle Falls Asleep By Roadside in Miri, Driven To Exhaustion While Holding Ad Banner

[Watch] White-Haired Uncle Falls Asleep By Roadside in Miri, Driven To Exhaustion While Holding Ad Banner

The uncle fell asleep despite the constant noise from passing vehicles.

Fernando Fong

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Is sleeping on the job acceptable?

Can you get fired for falling asleep at work? 

Depending on the circumstances, sleeping on the job could be considered gross misconduct.

This means that it could result in disciplinary action such as termination of employment, depending on the severity of the situation.

Yet, it can be unavoidable when you are overworked and under-rested.

It could also indicate that your work/life balance is unhealthy.

A case in point is an elderly man in Miri who fell asleep by the roadside while holding a banner.

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Job Burnout Is Very Real

The sorry sight was captured by a passerby, who then uploaded it to social media.

In the video, the uncle was seen holding a banner to promote a jade expo.

According to TikTok user @my_sufri_channel, who uploaded the video, the uncle fell asleep in front of Parkson.

The uncle’s situation drew sympathy from netizens who were sorry that he had to work until exhaustion.

Some noted that he was still there even after it got dark.

At the same time, the uncle’s plight also sparked conversation on work-life balance.

Is Working In Malaysia Stressful?

A survey found that Malaysian workers are overworked and deprived of sleep.

The statistics showed that 51% suffer from at least one dimension of work-related stress, while 53% get less than seven hours of sleep in 24 hours.

Stress is people’s adverse reaction to unreasonable work pressure or other demands.

Essentially, when stress is caused by work overload, it can be due to various reasons, including:

  • Long working hours.
  • Heavy workloads.
  • Time constraints.
  • Organizational change.
  • Lack of support.
  • Harassment/bullying.
  • Underperforming employees.
  • Absentee boss.

​If your career is inducing you to lose sleep or grind your teeth or any of the signs listed above, get proactive about making some changes. 

Malaysians Overwork Because They Are Underpaid?

Malaysians have faced low wages for decades whilst minimum wage is still below the poverty line income.

It was revised in 2020, making a big jump from RM980 to RM2,208 per household.

In February 2022, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan announced that the minimum wage in Malaysia would be increased by the end of the year.

There will be an increase of RM300, from RM1,200 to RM1,500.

In 2020, Malaysia’s mean monthly salary was around RM2,900.

But How Much Is Enough?

It depends on where you live.

In small towns, with RM2,500 a month, one can live a good life, not luxurious but more than enough.

For those married with a wife and a kid living in Kuala Lumpur, RM5,000 a month might just be enough, but the spouse would need to work too.

Overall, it is all about location and lifestyle.

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For example, a person who lives comfortably with their spouse and kids in Kedah can make do with just an RM2,500 salary.

Here in Kuala Lumpur, people would complain about their financial problems even with a monthly income of RM8,000.

This is generally a cost breakdown for a person earning RM3,000/month living in Kuala Lumpur:

  1. Car – RM500 (local/national car)
  2. Petrol/Toll – RM300
  3. Rent – RM600 (a room in an acceptable but not expensive location)
  4. Food – RM800 (economy rice/value meal for morning/lunch/dinner)
  5. Utilities – RM200 (phone bills, internet bills)

What is left? Not much, really.

The RM3,000 hasn’t discounted the monthly EPF and SOCSO deduction.

After deduction, one is probably left with slightly more than RM200.

Enough for clothes, parents, ad-hoc wedding dinners and entertainment?

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