Interim Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the economic stimulus package announcement at Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya February 27, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Interim Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the economic stimulus package announcement at Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya February 27, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Malaysians whose jobs were impacted by the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus can will be given support via the Employment Insurance System (EIS).

Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced a stimulus package today in the wake of the Covid-19 infection that has also shaken Malaysia’s economy.

He said the government will also provide funding for training of affected workers.

“The most immediate economic impact of Covid-19 has been the sharp decline in tourist arrivals throughout the region. Hotels, airlines, travel companies and more broadly the tourism-dependent retail industry have been badly affected,” he said in a statement.

“The Malaysian workers retrenched can rely on the Employment Insurance System (EIS) with a current fund of RM1.1 billion.

“Furthermore, EIS will increase the claimable training cost from RM4,000 to RM6,000 for the affected sectors. A daily training allowance of RM30 per day will also be provided to trainees under EIS,” he added.

He said the government will also provide RM50 million to “subsidise short courses in digital skills and highly skilled courses”, with 100,000 Malaysians expected to benefit from this.

“The government acknowledges lower tourist arrivals has negatively impacted those reliant on tourism. The government will give a one-off payment of RM600 each to taxi drivers, tourist bus drivers, tourist guides and registered trishaw drivers,” he also said.

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