Poor young interns, spent two decades studying and enter the society with a “job” that pays next to nothing. Do you see it as cheap labour or an incredible learning opportunity? Netizens had split views on this conundrum after PKR vice-president tweeted a controversial conviction.
In the tweet dated on Tuesday (Jul 24), Rafizi Ramli stated three lessons he hoped his interns had learned:
- life doesn’t get better when you get older. It means more pain continuously.
- those who embrace pain & carry on running will succeed
- you make a difference by sleeping less & working more hours
What Malaysians couldn’t reconcile with Rafizi was his third lesson. A number of netizens called out to the Invoke Malaysia president not to “slave” his staff.
Citing conclusions derived from sciences and social studies, many others argued the sufficient sleep should be upheld and employers should encourage smart working instead of hard working. Rafizi was heavily schooled by netizens.
Netizens also pointed out the glorification of overworking in a capitalistic society is “inhuman” and such practice “will eventually bite back at those who take it to heart”.
Yesterday (Jul 25), Rafizi responded to the contentious tweet in a bid to clarify his prior statement. Rafizi explained that his “work more, sleep less” advice wasn’t intended to drive employees insane with long working hours but instead, time should be used effectively so that the 12-waking-hours could be used to accomplish more tasks as compared to other people.
However, netizens identified the switch of argument in Rafizi’s new tweet and said there was a clear discrepancy between the two.