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The Ministry of Human Resources Work Voucher Program Targets Urban Poor of Malaysia

The Ministry of Human Resources in Malaysia aims to implement is pilot work voucher program by this April. The program, named the 1Malaysia Work Voucher Scheme, is a financial assistance plan that is targeted towards the urban poor who are registered with the E-kasih database of the Social Welfare Department. Through the program, any registered individual who earns less than RM3,000 and lives in one of the participating cities is eligible to receive a daily RM35 voucher. The 1Malaysia Work Voucher Program is also open for ex-prisoners, ex-drug addicts, senior citizens, the disabled, the Orang Asli, and student dropouts. Unemployed individuals will also be considered for the program under the condition that they are actively looking for part-time work.

The Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said the initial pilot program, launching this April, would involve 100 participants from the urban poor areas in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, and Johor. The 1Malaysia Work Voucher Scheme pilot program will run for a year beginning April and the ministry hopes that it will be successful in helping low-income groups who are facing the rising cost-of-living. The program goes beyond a voucher service by assisting participants with their job searches. The Ministry of Human Resources will work in cooperation with several companies such as QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd in order to offer participants jobs at KFC, Pizza Hut, and Rasamas Outlets.

Despite the minister’s hopeful views, a poll conducted online shows that a majority of individuals disagree that RM35 is sufficient based on the current cost of living in the city. 51.58% answered that they do not think RM35 is sufficient, while 41.05% answered that they thought it was, and 7.37% maintained a neutral status.

There are currently 500,000 poor eligible individuals listed in the E-kasih database of the Social Welfare Department. All these individuals who qualify will be contacted directly by the Ministry of Human Resources. Anyone can check the names listed in the E-kasih online database here.

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