The Chinese language billionaire and co-founder of the net buying big Alibaba has continued to argue for a 9am to 9pm working day, and a six-day week.
Jack Ma’s backing for the so-called “996 system” is being hotly debated within the Chinese language media.
Final week, Mr Ma wrote that with out the system, China’s economic system was “very prone to lose vitality and impetus”.
His stance was backed by fellow tech entrepreneur Richard Liu, the boss of ecommerce big JD.com.
On Friday, Mr Ma known as the chance to work 996 hours a “blessing”.
Mr Liu mentioned years of fast financial development in China had boosted the variety of “slackers”.
The nation has loved financial development averaging 10% for greater than 25 years – from the late 1970s to the mid 2000s – however in subsequent years that has slowed to nearer 6%.
The entrepreneurs’ feedback come amid reviews this week that JD.com is reducing jobs.
Mr Liu, who began the corporate that may grow to be JD.com in 1998, not too long ago wrote about his perspective to work, saying he used to set his alarm to wake him up each two hours to verify he may supply his clients a full, 24-hour, service.
He wrote: “JD within the final 4, 5 years has not made any eliminations, so the variety of workers has expanded quickly, the variety of individuals giving orders has grown and grown, whereas the those that are working have fallen.
“As a substitute, the variety of slackers has quickly grown! If this carries on, JD may have no hope! And the corporate will solely be heartlessly kicked out of the market! Slackers should not my brothers!”
Mr Ma co-founded Alibaba, typically known as China’s eBay, in 1999 and has seen it grow to be one of many world’s greatest web corporations.
The corporate’s market worth is now roughly $490bn (£374bn), and Mr Ma’s private wealth is estimated at round $40bn.
Final yr, he introduced that he would step down as govt chairman within the close to future.