Utusan’s ex-workers can seek help from Socso

Utusan’s ex-workers can seek help from Socso

KUALA LUMPUR: Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad (Utusan) workers who had their services terminated today can seek assistance from the Employment Insurance System (SIP) under the Social Security Organisation (Socso).

Human Resource Minister M Kulasegaran said SIP acted as social security aimed at helping workers who lost their jobs by providing assistance to them.

“Under the SIP, for six months (after being dismissed), they (workers) will be given some payments of salary.

“During that time, SIP will also help look for alternative employment. It will also get employers to interview these people,” he told a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

He was responding to news reports today that Utusan has formally ceased its operations due to financial difficulties.

Its employees’ last working day is today and their final day of service will be on Oct 31. Utusan is the publisher of the country’s oldest Malay daily.

In a statement yesterday, Utusan said it would dispose of 70% of its equity interest in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dilof Sdn Bhd to Aurora Mulia Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, Kulasegaran urged Utusan’s management team reconsider its decision to cease operations.

He said the newspaper company should look into alternative solutions as the decision would impact the livelihood of its employees.

“I hope the management of Utusan will reconsider (to cease operations), maybe some other buyers can take over the company,” he added.

Dilof is the permit holder for the publication of two Malay language newspapers, namely Utusan Malaysia and Kosmo.