PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants a new and effective approach in providing social protection coverage to the people.
The Prime Minister emphasised on the need to have a social protection database so that social protection and aid can be handed out effectively.
He said the database, when available, would be the sole reference point for social protection programmes and will cover various aspects including employment, social insurance and social assistance.
“This is in line with my intention for an effective approach in providing social protection coverage that is more comprehensive, especially for the vulnerable groups, ” he said in a Facebook post after chairing the Malaysian Social Protection Council (MySPC) via video conference on Tuesday (June 8).
The council, which was formed in 2016 had its last meeting in December 2019.
It has been reactivated, aimed at coordinating social wellbeing agenda so that it will be more comprehensive and integrated, particularly to fight poverty.
MySPC’s membership comprises 15 ministries, Chief Secretary to the Government, Bank Negara Governor and the Implementation Coordination Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Muhyiddin said the meeting focused on expanding and strengthening the country’s social security network.
This includes, among others, a proposal to expand the Social Security Organisation’s protection scheme to groups that are not covered by any other social security networks.
“Those who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and groups that are not protected by any of the country’s social safety networks, including the self-employed and workers in the informal sector must have their needs identified so that immediate and the right aid can be given to them.
“By strengthening and expanding the social safety networks via MySPC, I believe many more households under the poor and hardcore poor can be aided and protected, ” said Muhyiddin.
The Prime Minister pointed out that social assistance should not be limited to cash aids and food basket, but should also cover social mobility and be value-added to help increase their income.