Suhakam commissioner urges govt to devise social protection strategy

Dr Madeline Berma

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, May 26: There is an urgent need for the government to devise an overall strategy for social protection during the ongoing Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in the ensuing recovery phase and also for the long-term, opines Sarawak Suhakam commissioner Dr Madeline Berma.

She added that there is also a need for a fresh round of cash transfers with capacity building requirements.

“(It should be) compulsory for family members of those who received government financial assistance to attend skill training courses.

“Those without skills need to append new skills. For those family members who are with skills, they need to attend courses for reskilling and upskilling. The recipients will not only receive financial assistance but they will acquire skills to improve their human capital,” Madeline told DayakDaily when contacted today.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner reiterated that it is also crucial to promote employment creation in strategic sectors, restore a conducive business environment and make the best use of technological advances.

In order to recover from the devastating effect of the Cocid-19 pandemic, she recommended the government play a decisive role by promoting tourism and construction sectors.

“From a recovery perspective, both sectors have a number of advantages: they are relatively labour-intensive; with a large share of local input, and can absorb workers from other sectors relatively easily.

“In the case of the construction sector, its activities can be targeted at geographical areas to boost local economy,” she added. — DayakDaily