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Developer of Forest City denies report of significant staff cuts in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 2): Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGPV) has announced that there has not been any large-scale layoffs in Country Garden’s Malaysia-Singapore Region.

The developer of the mega Forest City (pictured) project in Johor was replying to a report yesterday by the South China Morning Post that it has reduced “its workforce and sales team” in Malaysia “by two-thirds over the past two years”.

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“Under the current economic situation, there have been an in- and outflow of employees, and the overall staff strength has been maintained at a normal standard with a stable headcount.

“Our company has always followed the relevant laws and regulations in Malaysia to properly handle the employees and other issues,” Country Garden Pacificview said in a statement.

It added that Country Garden Malaysia-Singapore Region would periodically adjust company structure, including the movement of staff “to cope with the company’s development strategy, market changes and to continue to develop the Malaysian market”.

“This is a normal management measure of the company to consolidate its core strength to enhance its local competitiveness,” it said.

The company conceded that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the construction and operation of their projects as well as disrupted the pace of development but “Nonetheless, it has not changed our company’s determination and belief in exploring the local market”.

“The sales of various projects in Country Garden Malaysia-Singapore Region have maintained a steady development during the pandemic.

“We have also provided online sales and other methods as part of our continuous services to the local customers in the Malaysia and Singapore region, as well as the international customers from other countries and areas,” it added.

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