KOTA KINABALU: The Youth and Sports Ministry continues to strengthen its cooperation with the Sabah Youth Council (MBS) in finding the best mechanism to address the issues faced by food delivery workers in the state.
Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe said he was aware that the workforce in Sabah consists mainly of youths.
In this regard, he said every issue and constraint faced by the group would be addressed in the best possible way, especially in the current situation of the Covid-19 outbreak.
He said the issue of reduced payment (per delivery) was one of the concerns raised by youths doing food delivery jobs in and around Kota Kinabalu.
“I was informed that food delivery workers are not eligible for the financial aid from the federal government.
“As the minister responsible for youths, I will raise this matter and make suggestions at state government level for some assistance to be provided to the food delivery community,” Phoong told this to the media after handing over energy packs to food delivery workers here, yesterday.
He said over 500 food delivery workers operate daily in and around the state capital.
Meanwhile, Siti Rohanizah Harun said the issue of reduced payment was among the main problems faced by food delivery workers like herself.
“This issue has been around quite long and we have spoken to the management (food delivery companies) but we have not received any feedback,” she said.
In this regard, she and other food delivery workers hoped there would be assistance to deal with the obstacles especially through the turbulent times of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Also present was permanent secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry Yusrie Abdullah and MBS president Ahmad Farid Sainuri.