April 26, 2022, Kuala Lumpur ––UNIQLO Malaysia is supporting employment programs
implemented by PERKESO, a government agency under the Malaysian Human Resources
Ministry, by providing clothing for candidates who have been placed successfully. A total of
1,500 jobseekers from vulnerable communities nationwide, including B40 group, single
mothers, persons with disabilities, seniors, the homeless and fresh graduates can look
forward to starting work in UNIQLO clothing that is made for all.
“One’s appearance is often the first thing others notice. As such, wearing the right clothes for
work is important to help individuals form positive impression to other people in the
workplace. It shows your respect for the work you do; and you’ll feel confident and ready to
contribute. With our wide range of LifeWear that is accessible to all and our belief in
harnessing the Power of Clothing for the good of society, UNIQLO is pleased to join hands with
PERKESO, who reaches out to help vulnerable Malaysians seek employment, while we
continue to support and empower them to start work with our clothes,” said Yeoh Oon Lai,
Co-Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO.
From April to June this year, PERKESO will select 500 successful jobseekers each month to
benefit from UNIQLO’s donation. Each beneficiary will receive a pack of 3 AIRism masks and a
set of clothing of their choice from UNIQLO.
PERKESO Chief Executive, Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohammed Azman bin Dato’ Aziz Mohammed
explained how the agency has been helping vulnerable communities in Malaysia. “Our social
protection is also in line with the Government’s Shared Prosperity Vision 2030, which
objectives include addressing income disparity. We have implemented several programs to
assist vulnerable Malaysians secure employment such as organising career fairs targeted at
persons with disabilities; implementing the Hiring Incentive program which incentivize
employers to hire apprentices, graduates and vulnerable job seekers; and introducing Return
to Work (RTW) program to help employees suffering from employment injury or illness to
overcome their disability and return to work as soon as possible,” he said.
He added, “We appreciate partners like UNIQLO who adds value to our employment
programs by providing essential clothing to help vulnerable people start work with confidence.
We welcome and look forward to other partnerships with the private sector that would
benefit MYFutureJobs applicants and support our mission of providing social protection for
One of the beneficiaries of UNIQLO’s donation is 24-year-old Qasdina Marsya Azhar, who
graduated last year and found her first job as protégé at a construction firm. “I find it difficult
to look for a job on my own, but I managed to find my current job through PERKESO’s
MyFutureJobs program,” she said. On the collaboration between UNIQLO and PERKESO, she
added: “The new clothes really help me to save money on buying work wear to start at a new
job. It also makes me more confident at my workplace. I am sure other beneficiaries will feel
Two other beneficiaries, Mazli Mahadzir and Naimah Md Denis, were out of a job for years
until March 2022, when they successfully land their current jobs with PERKESO’s assistance.
Mazli, who is in his thirties with cerebral palsy, said: “I am glad I am finally given a chance to
work after being unemployed for 11 years! PERKESO’s program really helped me and UNIQLO’s
clothes are comfortable and make me look good.” There are other persons with disabilities
like Mazli who have found jobs with the help of PERKESO through its employment programs.
Meanwhile, 53-year-old Naimah said the collaboration between PERKESO and UNIQLO is a
good initiative that gives out not only clothes but also masks that are useful for her work.
In line with UNIQLO’s philosophy of providing clothing for all, UNIQLO Malaysia has also
established a permanent clothing corner at the Kuala Lumpur Homeless Transit Centre where
pre-loved UNIQLO clothes are provided to homeless residents. As part of UNIQLO’s
sustainability, the global apparel retailer is a strong advocate and employer of persons with
disabilities, who make up 2% of its workforce here in Malaysia.
For more information about UNIQLO Sustainability, please go to our official website:
www.uniqlo.com. For more information about PERKESO, visit the official website:
About UNIQLO LifeWear
Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is
made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made
more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and
accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better
comfort to people’s lives.
About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO
is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST (Plus T), Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse
tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2021 fiscal year ending August 31, 2021 (US
$19.4 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2021 rate of $1 = 109.9 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel
retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.
UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to
solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has more than 2,300 stores in 25 markets including Japan. In alphabetical order,
the other markets are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia,
Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. U.S. and Vietnam. In addition, UNIQLO
established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank in 2010, and today there are more than 15 Grameen-UNIQLO
stores, mostly located in Dhaka.
With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated
to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and
Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com