533 SIP benefit applications received from MYAirline employees, 277 approved

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 533 employees of the cash-strapped low-cost airline MYAirline Sdn Bhd (MYAirline) have submitted applications to obtain the benefits of the Employment Insurance System (SIP) under the Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) as of yesterday.

Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar said out of that number, Perkeso has approved 277 applications thus far.

He said that his ministry will ensure that MYAirline employees are not oppressed despite the status of their service contract.

"Perkeso has also done what should be done thus far and is in the process of finding out whether the affected workers have received termination letters and so on," he told reporters after attending the Perkeso Run&Ride 2023 here today.

SIP provides financial assistance to workers who have lost their jobs until they find new employment.

Previously, MYAirline announced the suspension of its operations from Oct 12 until further notice, among other things, due to financial pressures, which caused operations to be suspended pending shareholder restructuring and company recapitalisation.

On Nov 2, Perkeso group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said that the agency has carried out five intervention programmes to help alleviate the problems faced by MYAirline employees.– BERNAMA

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