RM103mil paid to workers who lost jobs

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  • Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020

New appointee: Saravanan (right) presenting the appointment letter to Dr Haniffa (middle) at Socso headquarters. Looking on is Socso CEO Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM103mil has been paid out 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 said besides this initiative, the government had also taken various steps to help those who recently lost their jobs.

“The top three sectors which are facing the highest risk are manufacturing, hotels and tourism, ” he said at the handing-over ceremony of appointment letters to the new Social Security Organisation (Socso) board members at its headquarters yesterday.

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

“It will take some time to revive those industries, especially the hotel and tourism industries, which were badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he said.

He noted that under the government’s economic recovery plan, some RM240mil was allocated under the employment retention programme and the wages subsidy programme. Also, the hiring incentive programme was introduced.

“Most importantly, those who lost their jobs have been given some direction and hope, ” said the minister, adding that Socso was still in the midst of reviewing the Employee’s Social Security Act 1969, including governance and operation aspects.

“Our main aim is to expand social security coverage to more Malaysians, including housewives and gig economy workers, who will be protected through the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme.

“With the expansion, the social security net will cover all these workers, especially during contingency periods such as the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he said.

At the event, Saravanan announced the appointment of Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Haniffa Abdullah as Socso’s board chairman.

Dr Haniffa is also Mahsa University pro-chancellor and executive chairman of Mahsa Group.

Also appointed as board members as representatives of the insured persons were MTUC president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor, Cuepacs president Adnan Mat and Sarawak MTUC chairman Mohamad Ibrahim Hamid.

Appointed as board members to be the representatives of experienced people in social security were Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini, Dr Arul Raj Raju and Dr P. Thanaletchumy.

Earlier, Saravanan congratulated the new board members and chairman, saying that the appointment was not based on political ideology but their experience and expertise.

“Dr Haniffa is a medical practitioner and has vast experience in his field and education.

“With the almost perfect new line-up, we will be able to implement all the initiatives introduced to face the current economic challenges, ” he said.

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