Foreign workers must register under EIS from Jan 1

KOTA KINABALU: All employers in the country must register their foreign workers under the Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) introduced by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) starting Jan 1, said Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

He said from Jan 1, all foreign workers are required to register under the scheme although they are still legally protected under Foreign Workers’ Compensation Scheme.

“As of September, 1.01 million foreign workers have registered nationwide and 78,952 of them are registered with Socso in Sabah.

“The number of registered foreign workers has yet to reach half of the documented 2.1 million migrant workers in the country as of September,” he told reporters at the 2019 Socso Christmas celebration here, yesterday.

He said the scheme would not only benefit foreign workers but would also help employers reduce treatment and medical costs in the event of accidents while at work.

Meanwhile, Mahfuz said 1,572 individuals who had lost their jobs in Sabah were reemployed during the career carnival on Nov 2 and more than 20,000 job seekers found employment through similar carnivals held nationwide. − Bernama