Post claiming Sept 25 is 'voluntary non-work day' due to haze is fake: Manpower Ministry

A couple in a park connector at Guillemard Road at 7.30am on Sept 25, 2015.
A couple in a park connector at Guillemard Road at 7.30am on Sept 25, 2015.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - A post purportedly from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) claiming that Friday (Sept 25) is a "voluntary non-work day" is fake, the ministry has said.

The hoax message claimed that the decision was made because the haze was forecast to be in the very unhealthy range on Friday, and that employers would be encouraged to give their staff a paid day off.

In a Facebook post, the ministry reiterated that there is no national shutdown of workplaces.

"Employers should not compromise the health and safety of their employees as they continue functioning. This is especially so for those involved in outdoor work," it said.

 

At a press conference on Thursday night, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said: "There will be no national shutdown of workplaces."

Despite that, companies should take measures to help employees, such as enforcing more frequent breaks and making work less strenuous, he said.

The public should refer to the official MOM website at http://www.mom.gov.sg/ for updates.