HR Ministry To Seek Additional Funds For Housewives’ Welfare Under Budget 2023
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Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said that his ministry (MOHR) has proposed for additional funds in the upcoming Budget 2023 to secure the welfare of housewives under the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).

The proposal was made in a bid to further widen the safety net for housewives and to protect their wellbeing in the event of unfortunate incidents. The additional funds are expected to enhance or complement MOHR’s existing initiative, the Housewife Social Security Scheme (SKSSR) provided under the Housewives’ Social Security Bill. The scheme – which is set to be made available in December 2022 – will provide housewives with a range of benefits under SOCSO, including coverage of up to RM30,000 for permanent disability and up to RM50,000 for physical rehabilitation.  

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“Many families faced problems during the movement control order (MCO) when their husbands, as the sole breadwinners, suffered from chronic illness. So with the approval of the ministry, we will implement a safety net for 50,000 housewives this year,” said Datuk Seri Saravanan.

The minister also said that this initiative is part of the ministry’s efforts to focus on challenges faced globally, in line with the development of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0). Ultimately, it is hoped that IR4.0 will contribute to the creation of competitive human capital within Malaysia – especially in terms of digital talent – and also to focus on reskilling and upskilling the national workforce.

(Source: The Edge Markets)

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