In conjunction with the Worker’s Day 2022 celebration, the government has agreed to reward all workers in the country through the ‘Pekerja Tonggak Keluarga Malaysia Dalam Pemulihan Negara’ programme.
In a live broadcast yesterday (1 May), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the rewards included the government bearing 80% of the total contribution of self-employed individuals through the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme under the Social Security Organisation (Socso) with a target to benefit at least one million individuals.
In addition, he also introduced the Keluarga Malaysia Vehicle Insurance Financing programme, MyEzyCover.com which is a financing package in instalments of up to 10 months without any interest charges, offered to civil servants before the scheme is extended to the private sector.
“This programme will be implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources in collaboration with Socso and Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (Angkasa),” he said.
Ismail also said the government had agreed to make it mandatory for the setting up of nurseries in public sector workplaces involving federal and state governments as well as statutory bodies before expanding it to the private sector.
He then revealed that the government has provided an annual grant of RM10 million in 2019 and RM30 million in 2020 for the initiative, to provide relief to employees with small children.
Meanwhile, Ismail said the reopening of the country’s borders provided space for the reemployment of foreign workers in certain sectors, especially in the 3D (dirty, dangerous and difficult) sector, but the move was not to alienate local workers.
He said that the government will devise a comprehensive mechanism to reduce dependence on foreign workers so that locals are given priority.
“The Ministry of Human Resources has been asked to study this aspect so that local workers can benefit by improving salary rates, employment packages and career advancement,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said the government has ratified Protocol 29 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as proof of its commitment to eliminate forced labour in Malaysia, also ensuring that the country’s products and goods were no longer restricted from entering the international market for allegedly using forced labour.
In addition, the government had also launched the UPSkills Malaysia portal for employees to improve their skills and made it a single reference centre that gathered information from 6,143 training providers covering 35 skill areas.
These various initiatives are targeted to ensure that Malaysians could continue living, including the Wage Subsidy Programme (PSU) which helped more than 350,000 employers nationwide with an allocation of RM20.34 billion besides successfully retaining 2.95 million individuals in the employment sector.
Ismail added that the government has also increased the ceiling of the insured monthly salary from RM4,000 to RM5,000 which has benefited 9 million workers, especially Socso contributors, nationwide.
“The government is confident that the Keluarga Malaysia workers will remain resilient and continue to be strategic partners in developing the country’s economy.”
“Once again, I would like to express my highest appreciation and wish Happy Workers’ Day to all employees, leaders and members of trade unions in the country,” said Ismail.