Saravanan: Socso paid out RM103mil until May to 30,000 workers who lost jobs

KUALA LUMPUR: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has paid out a total of RM103mil through the Employment Insurance System (EIS) up to the end of May to about 30,000 workers who lost their jobs.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan aside from the initiative, the government had also taken various steps to help those who had recently lost their jobs.

"The top three sectors which are facing the highest risk (of jobs being lost) are manufacturing, hotels and tourism," he told a press conference at the Socso headquarters here on Monday (June 15).

Among the steps taken were the reskilling and upskilling programmes for workers to ensure that they will be able to find new opportunities at other sectors or retain their current employment, said Saravanan.

"It will take some time to revive those industries – especially the hotels and tourism industry – which were badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic," he added.

He also noted that under the government's economic recovery plan, the employment retention programme and the hiring incentive programme were introduced as part of the efforts to revive the economy.

"Most importantly, those who lost their jobs have been given some direction and hope," said the minister.

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