During an annual Alibaba dinner cum mass wedding ceremony for staff, Jack Ma told the newlyweds to not only work hard from AM to PM, but also PM to AM.
996 in the cubicle and 669 in the sheets
The business leader defended his controversial “996” policy, where workers are “encouraged” to work 9 AM to 9 PM, six days a week, while introducing a new one called “669”.
That is, Alibaba staff are now encouraged to have sex at least once a day, for six days a week. But what is the nine supposed to mean?
It’s a pun on the Mandarin word (九 or “jiŭ”) which means both the number nine and longer. Self-satisfied with his double entendre, he uploaded it on Alibaba’s official Weibo account. Now, staff can hang it in their bedrooms for motivation.
Do or die – literally
He told the 102 couples present, “The first KPI of marriage is to have results. There must be products. What is the product? Have children”.
While it might be a tad disturbing to have your boss in mind when planning that special rendezvous with the beau, Jack Ma does have a point.
The Chinese government have been encouraging citizens to reproduce with the lifting of the One Child Policy due to the looming demographic crisis. But even with all the PSAs, the Chinese just aren’t making enough babies to sustain the population in the near future.
Collective eye rolls ensue
People were already pissed off at the 996 policy, so when Ma half-joked about 669, things took an ugly turn. Here’s Chinese what netizens have to say:
“Get off work at 9 pm. Arrive at home at 10.30 pm. Who has the energy?”
“996 during the day, 669 during the night, I guess after less than a month I might have to stay in the ICU forever.”
“This is just disgusting, the kind of words that could count as harassment in foreign companies.”
With Singapore’s own demographic crisis fast approaching, let’s hope our employers don’t get ideas, shall we?