Rising Of The Post COVID-19 “Biawak Hidup”

Rising Of The Post COVID-19 “Biawak Hidup”

In the years after Covid-19, more and more men are staying at home to raise their families. In general, Malaysian society doesn’t like it when a guy runs the home while his wife looks for work and brings in money for the family.

However, the “house husband” or “Biawak Hidup” phenomenon can happen for a number of reasons, such as changes in social and economic norms, decisions made by the family about money, and personal choices.

Many companies have allowed employees to work from home during the pandemic, which has led some househusbands to choose to stay at home. Many workers may continue to look for jobs that allow them to work from home. Men can now work from anywhere, whereas before they might only have been able to do jobs that required them to be in the office.

He might still be able to support the family and make a small contribution to the household income if he keeps making the same or a higher pay.

People in Malaysia have to deal with what happens when the househusband chooses to be a “Biawak Hidup” and work from home instead of going to work outside the home.

There are a few things that could happen if the wife’s income is more stable than the husband’s in the home. These could include changes to standard family roles and how the couple interacts with each other.

Because of this, the wife ends up paying more bills and taking care of the family, while the husbands might do more cleaning or kid care. Changes in how much money each partner has already had an effect on the power patterns in relationships. If the wife makes more money, she might have more say over how the family spends its money or make decisions about them.

It is thought that between 0.3% and 0.5% of Malaysians choose not to work in the official job market. However, between 80,000 and 120,000 people in the country are “biawak hidup” and don’t have any way to make money.

The main reason for the “Biawak Hidup” is that there aren’t enough middle-level and upper-level jobs available.

Because there are fewer jobs for middle and senior executives, most of these househusbands used to work but quit to be parents.

The way things are now in this country after COVID is a great example of how social and business norms are changing. This has hurt men’s chances of getting many jobs, especially those in senior and management positions.

People who used to work in a number of standard industries have had problems, even though there are now more business and job possibilities. Some businesses may take longer to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, such as general trade, building, leisure, tourism, and shopping. A lot of men were directly affected by the job loses that happened in these fields.

The Department of Statistics Malaysia says that the jobless rate has gone down from 5.9% in May 2020 to 3.3% in February 2024. Malaysia did offer more jobs, but only in the first quarter of 2022—with 1.33 million jobs—and again in the second quarter, with 1.43 million jobs. But it was less than the real number in the fourth quarter of 2024, with only 371,000 jobs.

At this point, the jobless rate still looks higher than the 2.7% to 3.0% rate that Malaysia had in the last ten years. We found that most househusbands today got married 10 to 20 years ago.

It can be very hard for househusbands to get jobs again because companies want young college graduates for senior roles and so there is a lot of competition. Employers don’t see their years of experience as valuable, even though they have them.

Some househusbands have also left poisonous and difficult work situations because of the excessive and pointless competition in the business world.

Some stay-at-home dads used to have companies but had to shut them down because of COVID-19. It’s hard for these kinds of business owners to get the money they need to get their companies off the ground after COVID-19.

Being a househusband is something that most people choose to do because they think their jobs are over.

Also, some “Biawak Hidup” are living off of the gig economy, which is not true.

There’s no doubt that a lot of these “househusbands” have worked in the gig economy. In fact, the Gig Economy has been seen as one way to help Malaysia’s economy recover from the COVID-19 problem in a number of plans made after the event.

Many people who work in the gig economy are freelancers or agents who do a wide range of jobs, like delivering food, taking people on rides, delivering packages, and more. Users and service providers often meet through digital platforms such as Grab, Lalamove, and PandaFood.

There is no question that the gig economy gives workers the freedom to set their own hours and fit their needs. This “biawak hidup” has become their major source of income for some, while for others it’s just a nice extra cash flow.

A lot of gig workers have unstable jobs because their work rests on the market, and that desire can change quickly. So, they might go through times when they don’t have work or when their income isn’t stable.

It’s a big problem for gig workers that they don’t have perks like health insurance, paid sick leave, or retirement funds. Labour laws say that regular workers have certain rights and protections, but it’s also possible that these people don’t have those. Because gig workers don’t get benefits, they are sometimes looked down upon so much that some people call them “biawak hidup.”

Gig workers may like being able to make their own plans, but they are often paid very little, especially in places with a lot of competition. On social media, we often see people from different groups complaining about how little money they get.

Another problem job workers face is keeping a balance between work and personal life. They might feel like they have to work weird or longer hours to make ends meet because they don’t have a set plan and work inconsistent hours.

There are also problems when a “biawak hidup” depends on just one digital platform to find work. If that platform changes its rules or takes them down without a good reason, they may be hurt.
The future of their gig work career is also unclear because their jobs don’t offer job security, chances to move up in their careers, or steady income over the long term.

This is the main reason why a lot of “biawak hidup” quit their gig jobs because they don’t think it’s worth it to keep going.

Issues of “Challenges to Be Biawak Hidup”: How People Feel About Househusbands

Malaysian culture is deeply rooted in gender assumptions that tell men and women what their usual roles are. People may think that househusbands don’t follow these rules, which could lead to judgements or criticism. Some people might think that househusbands count on their wives for money, which could be seen as an attack on traditional ideas of male independence and self-sufficiency.

Peers, especially other men, are the main people who judge or make fun of househusbands. They may think that their choice to stay at home is lazy or not manly.

We think that househusbands don’t have the usual male traits that come with being the main provider and leader of the family. For househusbands, this can make them feel weak or not good enough.

Some people think that men should work outside the home to support their families, so there may be social shame or judgement against househusbands. Househusbands and their families may feel ashamed or alone because of this.

It’s important to remember that not all women or husbands will feel mental pressure, but some men may feel pressure or pain if they can’t give their families enough money. On the other hand, wives whose wages are more stable may feel more responsible for money, which can also put pressure on them.

Some guys feel a lot of emotional stress when they can’t support their family financially. This stress can have a big effect on their mental and emotional health.

Most of the time, men are expected to provide for their families financially. If they can’t, they may feel like they failed or have low self-esteem. They might feel a lot of pressure to show their partner and family that they are successful and financially stable.

When a man can’t provide for his family financially, it can cause worry and confusion about the future, both in terms of money and family security. Some men worry about how they will be able to keep their family alive in the long run.

Men often feel like they have a big duty to make sure their families have the money they need. It can be very hard for them to handle their feelings when they can’t meet this duty.

Men can have trouble with their ties with their families and partners when they are under a lot of mental stress. They might be too embarrassed or closed off to talk about their money problems, which can cause problems and stress in the relationship.

It is possible for mental and emotional health to get worse if the emotional stress is not dealt with properly. Men may show signs like sadness, worry, and a lot of stress, which can lead to divorce.

Getting the “Biawak Hidup” going again is very important for economic growth.

There is no doubt that the over 100,000 skilled, educated, and experienced men who are leaving the workforce are hurting the well-being of everyone. The fact that our country fell 4 spots on the World Happiness Index, from 55 in 2023 to 59 in 2024, shows that our people need to be happier.

We also believe that not all children are happy for their dads to run the house like a man while they are at home, and not all wives are happy to support their strong men who can still work.

The loss of more than 100,000 people has a direct effect on the country’s income, as those people may have added more than RM500 million to the country’s GDP every month.

Without a doubt, the changes in the country’s fiscal policy towards focused and rationalised benefits will have an effect on people’s happiness, especially in homes where the husband stays at home.

Going forward, they might start to spend less and only on things they need. This will hurt the country’s income in the long run and cause businesses to close or do less business. This means that a lot of “biawak hidup” babies will be born soon if nothing is done to fix the problem.

The best places to work are with the real “Biawak Hidup” hunters.

Companies that are ready to look for “biawak hidup” are seen as ones that care. “Biawak Hidup” will never be able to get through their problems, and they will continue to be a burden on their families and society as long as there aren’t any companies who care about this.

Companies that look for “biawak hidup” might have re-entry programmes that are designed to meet the needs of people who have been out of work for a long time. These programmes offer things like retraining, help with job hunts, and help with getting back to work.

In addition, these “biawak hidup” hunters should value househusbands’ previous experience and knowledge, as well as any job-related tasks they may have done when they weren’t working. Recognising these principles could boost their confidence and motivate them to get back to work.

Househusbands who still want to do chores around the house while working may be interested in companies that offer flexible work schedules, like part-time or online work.

Employers can also help employees balance their work and family tasks by offering services like child care or cash help for family care. This is especially helpful for people who have been identified as “biawak hidup.”

All workers, even househusbands, should be supported in their jobs by their bosses. This could mean giving people training and skill development as well as chances to move up and get paid more.

Reintroducing househusbands to the workforce can be made easier by making the workplace a place where everyone feels welcome and where everyone has the same chances to contribute and move up in the company.

When managers do these things, they can help househusbands feel valuable, heard, and supported as they try to get back to work. Not only does this help these people, but it also helps companies by making the workplace more diverse, productive, and happy.

The government should be in charge of the Biawak Hidup Annihilator.

Since the government is the biggest employer in the country, it should do more to get rid of this “biawak hidup” problem. The government can come up with plans to get rid of the “biawak hidup” problem because it can set a good model for all employers, make rules about work, and make rules about money and taxes.

The government can help househusbands improve their skills or keep their current ones up to date by offering appropriate training and skill development programmes and working with other “biawak hidup” hunters from the business sector. This could mean getting job-specific training, college classes, or help getting into different types of work.

The government can help househusbands and working moms with their housework by making childcare more accessible and cheaper and by expanding and improving the quality of childcare. To make this happen, new childcare centres can be opened, existing ones can be made bigger, or childcare services can be financially supported.

Financial support programmes, like grants for school or training, subsidies for babysitting services or tools, or financial benefits for companies who offer flexible hours or online work, can help househusbands deal with their money problems when they go back to work.

Policies that encourage work freedom, like flexible hours, working from home, or job sharing, can be put in place by the government. This can help househusbands balance work and family duties while working.

Psychosocial support, like counselling, job advice, or social support networks, can help househusbands deal with the stresses or pain they may feel when they go back to work.

The return of the “Biawak Hidup” service is a wish for a better society and country.

Families will have more money coming in because househusbands will be going back to work. This can raise the family’s standard of living, give them access to more services and job possibilities, and ease their financial stress.

Returning to work after being a househusband helps the economy grow by adding more people to the active workforce. This could help increase output and well-being in general.

Once a househusband goes back to work, both he and his partner are responsible for the family. This makes housework and caring for family members easier, so couples can share making decisions and taking care of children.

Househusbands who work outside the home help promote gender equality by showing that men and women can play important roles in both work and family. This could break down gender roles and give people of both sexes more chances in all areas.

When househusbands go back to work, they can improve their skills, gain experience, and make new friends. This can lead to more personal and professional growth possibilities. This also gives families more control over their money and more long-term economic security.

In the long run, having househusbands work is much better for society and the country as a whole because it helps the economy grow and improves people’s lives.

– Mahadi Mahbol works as a professional writer.

(The article’s author(s) have their own opinions, which do not represent Wilayah.com.my’s official policy or stance.)

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