US recognition for Socso chief

Dr Azman plays an active role in regional and international bodies.

SOCIAL Security Organisation (Socso) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed was honoured with the 2020 Frances Perkins Award by the US-based International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).

The award celebrates Socso’s commitment, innovation and leadership that exemplify the spirit of Frances Perkins, former US Secretary of Labour (1933-1945) and IAIABC president, who was a role model for innovation and progressive leadership in workers’ compensation and social security.

This is the first time a Malaysian is recognised with such an award.

Previous award recipients were individuals or organisations in the government and private sectors who had contributed immensely to the industry.

The IAIABC, founded in 1914, is an association comprising workers’ compensation jurisdictional agencies from around the world as well as private organisations involved in the delivery of workers’ compensation benefits and services.

IAIABC president Evelyn V. McGill announced the conferment of the award via web conference at the IAIABC 106th Convention.

According to McGill, Dr Azman was chosen to receive The 2020 Frances Perkins Award because of his strong belief in the importance of social security organisations in protecting workers and supporting economic stability.

“Dr Azman seeks new ideas and innovations by actively engaging with the international community and sharing their successes,” noted McGill, who is also Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission executive director.

Dr Azman, 53, a medical officer, plays an active role in regional and international bodies such as the Asean Social Security Association (ASSA) and International Social Security Association (ISSA).

“Winning this award signals that we are heading in the right direction in workers’ compensation, health, safety and recovery.

“This recognition will spur Socso to enhance its innovative approaches in all areas of social security while ensuring that prevention culture becomes a priority for employers and employees,” he said.

Dr Azman has also been elected as a member of the IAIABC board of directors, the only Malaysian serving on the IAIABC’s governing body.

This reflects the IAIABC’s recognition of his accomplishment in steering Socso as an outstanding social security organisation in Malaysia as well as taking an active part in the regional and international social security development.
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