Human Resources Minister Saravanan Murugan has advised Malaysians who lost their jobs in Singapore amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to register with a national job service portal
The portal, MYFutureJobs, allows access to various jobs initiatives, provided by the Ministry of Human Resources through the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).
Saravanan said that Malaysians can register online or do via going to any SOCSO office.
"Registration in MyFutureJobs portal is free and among services provided include job placement, career counselling, and Active Labour Market Programme," he said in a statement yesterday, 12 August.
The Ministry of Human Resources under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration is gathering information on workers who were affected
According to Saravanan, the ministry is communicating with various parties in Johor Bahru and with the Singapore government to gather information on Malaysian workers who were affected.
The information-gathering will help in providing immediate relief, such as job opportunities, he said.
Bernama reported that SOCSO has also been directed to conduct special programmes including career carnivals all over Johor to help those involved so that they will be given a chance to work again.
Meanwhile, he said Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd (PSMB), an agency under his ministry, is working closely with SOCSO in providing skills and upskilling training programmes under the 'Penjana Kerjaya' hiring incentive programme, one of the initiatives under the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA).
The Penjana Kerjaya programme has helped almost 14,000 people to get employment, besides the 8,000 jobseekers that were hired via the MyFutureJobs portal.
The minister, meanwhile, said that he is worried over the retrenchment scenario due to the pandemic where some employers have terminated workers without informing the Labour Department
According to him, the number of employees laid off via data received from Retrenchment Forms from January this year to July is 44,426 local workers. However, the figure is low when compared to the number of 67,068 employees who have filled in the Employment Insurance System (EIS) forms.
"The difference of 22,642 people is not a small number but is very significant and this is something that should not be underestimated," he said in a statement, as reported by Bernama.
Saravanan has warned of legal action against such employers
He said that the ministry will take legal action against employers who are found to have deliberately not filled and submitted the Retrenchment Form after layoffs or salary reductions.
"The government views this matter very seriously and will not compromise with any employer who fails to comply with the regulations under the Employment Act," he said.
A SOCSO study in June said that job losses will increase by 50% to 200% year-on-year for each subsequent quarter in 2020: