EIS will also help re­trenched work­ers get jobs

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KUALA LUMPUR: Work­ers who lose their jobs due to re­trench­ments or com­pa­nies clos­ing down will not only re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion but will also be matched to new jobs un­der the new Em­ployee In­surance Scheme (EIS), says Perkeso.

Perkeso chair­man Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat said this is im­por­tant in in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the coun­try as it strives to achieve the sta­tus of a de­vel­oped na­tion.

“Un­der the EIS, we will help those who lose their jobs, they are not just com­pen­sated but Perkeso will also match po­ten­tial jobs to them. We will help as­sist in look­ing for a re­place­ment job.

“This is im­por­tant to see our coun­try reach the sta­tus of a de­vel­oped na­tion,” he said dur­ing the agency’s Deep­avali cel­e­bra­tion.

He added that should some­thing hap­pen to Malaysia’s cur­rently sta­ble econ­omy and com­pa­nies close down, such schemes would be ben­e­fi­cial to em­ploy­ees in the pri­vate sec­tor.

“Who knows, due to some un­fore­seen rea­sons or due to ex­ter­nal fac­tors, com­pa­nies start clos­ing down, em­ploy­ees would be taken care of. Such schemes would be of as­sis­tance.” Un­der the EIS which is to be taken to Par­lia­ment this month, a con­tri­bu­tion of 0.2% of the em­ployee’s ba­sic salary will be paid by the em­ployer and an­other 0.2% by the worker. “The min­i­mum con­tri­bu­tion will only be RM1.90. For such a small amount, the ben­e­fits are huge.” Mean­while, he said the agency’s ef­forts to get Uber and Grab driv­ers to reg­is­ter un­der the Self Em­ployed Scheme is still not get­ting much re­sponse. “There are still not many driv­ers com­ing for­ward al­though we can ac­tu­ally charge them be­cause this is al­ready a re­quire­ment by law but we want them to come for­ward on their own to reg­is­ter.” If they fail to reg­is­ter, they can be fined RM10,000, or jailed for two years, or both. – by Vathani Panirchel­lvum

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