Riot: Em­ploy­ment In­surance Scheme to be tabled in July

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Samuel Aubrey re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: The Em­ploy­ment In­surance Scheme, which is to en­sure bet­ter pro­tec­tion for work­ers af­fected by re­trench­ment, is ex­pected to be tabled in Par­lia­ment this July.

Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, who an­nounced this yes­ter­day, said this scheme was al­ready ap­proved by the Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil but its im­ple­men­ta­tion can only take ef­fect once it is leg­is­lated.

“This scheme will en­sure em­ploy­ees who are re­trenched, will be paid a cer­tain amount of al­lowance for a cer­tain pe­riod. What the quan­tum is like, what the pe­riod is like, I pre­fer not to say it here be­cause it has yet to be ap­proved by Cabi­net and Par­lia­ment to make it into law.

“To me, this scheme is some­thing new to the coun­try, which is very, very im­por­tant for any coun­try. With the eco­nomic slow­down th­ese days, a lot of re­trench­ment is ex­pected to hap­pen,” he told a press con­fer­ence af­ter wit­ness­ing the hand­ing over of du­ties to the new state Labour Depart­ment di­rec­tor Jack Meredu Ko at Ban­gu­nan Sul­tan Iskan­dar here yes­ter­day.

Riot pointed out this new scheme is one of the min­istry’s tar­gets for its Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor (KPI) this year.

He added the min­istry’s of­fi­cers vis­ited Ja­pan, South Korea and a few other coun­tries to study sim­i­lar schemes al­ready im­ple­mented in those coun­tries and to pre­pare the frame­work over the last three years.

He also men­tioned an­other KPI tar­get for the min­istry this year is to get 1,000 vet­er­ans and soonto-re­tire Malaysian Armed Forces per­son­nel to get skill cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­der the Recog­ni­tion of Prior Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing ( RPEL) pro­gramme.

He said this pro­gramme, sim­i­lar to those in the United King­dom and Aus­tralia, would in­volve the Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Fund col­lab­o­rat­ing with Armed Forces Ex- Ser­vice­men Af­fairs Cor­po­ra­tion ( Per­he­bat) to en­able ex- ser­vice­men to find jobs upon en­ter­ing civil­ian life.

On an­other mat­ter, Riot said the suc­cess in im­ple­ment­ing the Min­i­mum Wages Or­der con­trib­uted to the Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry achiev­ing 131 per cent of its KPI for 2016.

He ex­plained the Min­i­mum Wages Or­der which took ef­fect on July 1 last year was one of the tasks set by the Per­for­mance Man­age­ment and De­liv­ery Unit ( Pe­mandu) un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment for the Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry.

Al­though it was a dif­fi­cult task to get em­ploy­ers to in­crease the min­i­mum wage from RM900 to RM1,000 in Penin­su­lar Malaysia and from RM800 to RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, Riot said the min­istry had ex­ceeded the set tar­get in terms of com­pli­ance to­wards this new pol­icy.

“We have achieved what we were tasked to do. In Sarawak for ex­am­ple, the min­istry through the state Labour Depart­ment suc­ceeded in im­ple­ment­ing the Min­i­mum Wages Or­der in 5,700 premises which is 26 per cent above the tar­get we had set.

“The state Labour Depart­ment had also im­ple­mented 10,124 job place­ments, equiv­a­lent to a 92 per cent suc­cess rate for Sarawakians,” he said.

Riot ear­lier in his speech prior to the hand­ing over cer­e­mony said all the fed­eral min­is­ters had in­di­vid­ual meet­ings with Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak on Tues­day on the KPIs for their re­spec­tive min­istries.

He said the Prime Min­is­ter seemed very sat­is­fied with his ( Riot’s) min­istry’s KPI. “I don’t know whether if our KPI is the best, but def­i­nitely it is among the best,” he said.

He also ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion that the Job­sMalaysia counter in Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tre ( UTC) Kuching is play­ing an ef­fec­tive role as a match­maker be­tween job seek­ers and prospec­tive em­ploy­ers.

Mean­while, Sri Aman-born Jack Meredu Ko, 58, is the new state Labour Depart­ment di­rec­tor ef­fec­tive Feb 13 this year, suc­ceed­ing Au­gust Buma who re­tired on Dec 19 last year.

Jack was pre­vi­ously the deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral of Penin­su­lar Malaysia’s Labour Depart­ment in charge of op­er­a­tions.

In his speech, Jack said the depart­ment will carry out two Kenyalang Ca­reer Road­shows start­ing from Se­rian to Sibu and Mukah from March 11 to 19 and the se­cond one from Bin­tulu to Lawas from Aug 17 to 25.

Riot (third left) looks on as Jack (se­cond right) re­ceives the doc­u­ments from deputy di­rec­tor Su­laiman Is­mail dur­ing the sym­bolic hand­ing over of du­ties cer­e­mony. Also in the photo are (from left) Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Datuk Mo­hamed Elias Abu Bakar, the min­is­ter’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary Me­jar (r) Datuk Peter Runin and for­mer state Labour Depart­ment di­rec­tor Au­gust.

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