Last week, social media was set ablaze after local entrepreneur Christy Ng opined that the 90-day maternity leave set by the government may be a little “too long”.
During the tabling of Budget 2020 by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced that Pakatan Harapan (PH) will look at increasing the maternity leave from 60 to 90 days effective 2021.
In a special televised program ‘Buletin AWANI Khas’ by Astro, Christy was invited to express her views on Budget 2020. Then, she said the move to increase the maternity leave to 90 days will likely discourage employers from promoting women into high-ranking positions.
Following her interview, Christy drew flak from social media users especially on Twitter; her name was trending on the social media platform during the weekends.
Many Malaysians called out the famous shoe designer as a “typical capitalist” who only cares for her own benefit. Some opined that Christy is ‘rich enough’ to ‘hire nannies’ to take care for her kids, unlike many other mothers out there.
Additionally, she was also accused of exploiting cheap labour from interns. There were also Twitter users who accused her of stealing other people’s ideas for her designs.