Socso launches system to help reduce poverty

The Social Synergy Programme will provide a holistic social safety net especially for the needy in the B40 income group

by ASILA JALIL/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE Social Security Organisation (Socso) has launched the Social Synergy Programme to help the needy and streamline the fragmented roles of various social agencies in the country.

The programme which involves 17 government agencies and non-government bodies will provide a holistic social safety net especially for the needy in the bottom 40% (B40) income group.

As of October 2019, 1,167 potential beneficiaries from various backgrounds had registered under the programme. The programme will be administered under the MySynergy System which allows easier background identification.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (second from right) said the programme is a great formula to overcome the economic problems faced by those target groups.

“Through the social safety net system that is prepared by various ministries, departments and agencies in the country, the government will ensure that nobody is left out from the list to receive aid, especially those from the B40 group who really need help,” she said, while officiating the programme at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Under the programme, those who are not entitled to Socso’s benefits will be referred to other agencies or departments that can help them, if they fulfil the criteria.

“This programme will create a new horizon in the quality of the service delivery system offered by the agencies that provide social security benefits nationwide.

“Through this programme, overlapping recipients can be avoided and the benefits can be distributed to those who are really in need,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah said Malaysians can get information and services on health, activities, job opportunities and others through an appointed coordinator at any agencies that are involved in the programme.

Besides Socso, the other agencies are Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency; Malaysia Digital Economy Corp; GIATMARA Malaysia; Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia; Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council, Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia Perlis; Melaka Islamic Religious Council and Perak Islamic Religion and Malay Customs Council.

Other bodies involved in the programme are Malaysian Freelancer Association; Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association; Islamic Relief Malaysia; Malaysian Burial Management Organisation; Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia; Muslim Volunteer Malaysia; Tekun Malaysia and Perbadanan Baitulmal Negri Sembilan.

The programme is also registered and protected under the Personal Data Protection Act and has received copyright validation from Intellectual Property Corp of Malaysia.

Access to the MySynergy System which is created, administered, and managed fully by Socso, would be given to all related agencies. Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran (left) said the programme would overcome the fragmented social security roles in the country.

“Through this cooperation, it will indirectly create workers who are more able as social security practitioners with skills and knowledge not limited to the job protection field, but also covers finance, business and others,” he said.

The MySynergy system has a tracking function which will ensure optimum background checking and identification for all applicants.