Selangor state government will set up legal aid fund for residents

THE Selangor government will be establishing a Selangor Legal Aid Fund next year to help Selangor residents seek legal assistance in two specific areas.

"The legal aid programme will only focus on job losses or matters related to the Employment Act (Akta Pekerjaan) and issues on family law," said state socio-economic development, social welfare and workers empowerment committee chairman V. Ganabatirau.

"The working committee decided on this, after discussing with various parties including the state legal adviser and syariah legal experts to ensure there are no overlaps with other types of legal assistance offered by other bodies."

He credited the establishment of the Selangor Legal Aid Fund to the efforts of Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng and Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lim Yi Wei.

"The working committee will comprise the State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), Selangor Bar Council, Selangor Legal Aid Centre, state legal advisor’s office, my office as well as Ng and Lim.

"A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is being drawn up, and we hope that the fund will be established sometime in January 2022."

Ng said in a social media post that RM1mil had been allocated for the Selangor Legal Aid Fund under the state budget for next year.

Ganabatirau, who was speaking on the sidelines of the Selangor state assembly in Shah Alam, added that a Selangor Workers Empowerment Unit (Unit Pemberdayaan Pekerja Selangor or UPPS) has been included under his portfolio.

"Established in October 2021, this is a dedicated unit to look into offering jobs and skills training for retrenched workers," he said.

"Within the two months it was established, the unit was able to identify 1,810 jobs through engagements with private companies and government agencies, while 155 people were able to find permanent job placements."

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