MELAKA: Assistance needs to be given to the 573 Malaysians who have lost their jobs during the movement control order (MCO) period, says the Melaka Chief Minister.
Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali directed his excos and state officials to find a solution to assist those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"This is an unprecedented situation and we need to find a remedy quickly," he said on Wednesday (May 20).
Sulaiman revealed that data provided by Melaka Human Resources Department showed that 3,726 locals and 364 foreigners employed in various sectors in the state were impacted by the MCO period between March 18 to May 10.
He said from these figures, 2,899 locals had their salaries reduced, 228 were asked to go on unpaid leave, while 26 opted for mutual separation schemes.
"The worst was the 573 who lost their source of income," he said.
Sulaiman said that the state government was embarking on various measures to help those affected.
He said the details of those who had lost their jobs were being collected, and those affected can fill in a form that will be posted on the Melaka Government official Facebook page on Thursday (May 21).
Sulaiman said the state government would provide human capital management training as well as entrepreneurial opportunities.
He added that the state government would also look into initiating job replacement programmes.
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