KUALA LUMPUR – A total of RM103 million financial aid under the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) was disbursed to nearly 30,000 workers losing jobs up to end of May, The Social Security Organisation (Socso) revealed.
The three most affected and high-risk sectors for job losses were manufacturing, hotel and tourism, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan pointed out as Bernama news reported today.
“It may (take) longer for these sectors to recover, especially hotel and tourism,” he told the media after presenting the letters of appointment to Socso’s new chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohammed Haniffa Abdullah as well the agency’s board members, investment panellists and members of its several committees.
The ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Amir Omar and Socso chief executive Datuk Seri Mohammed Aman Datuk Aziz Mohammed were present.
Meanwhile, Saravanan said that his ministry has introduced various initiatives for the affected employees including the Reskilling and Upskilling programmes for hotel and tourism sectors.
He also urged for the construction of Socso rehabilitation centre for the northern zone to be accelerated as it would benefit to those who were injured and suffering from illnesses.
“I have also asked the newly-appointed board members to expedite the construction of the rehabilitation centre in Perak.
“Even though this initiative was mooted by former human resources minister, we will continue the programme as it is a positive approach to address the problems of the people in need of rehabilitation,” he added.