Selangor Journal
Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar speaks during Socso’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, on January 19, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Human Resources Ministry taking appropriate action to avoid Socso hacking

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — The Human Resources Ministry (KSM) has taken appropriate action to ensure that cyber attacks targeting the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) infrastructure do not recur.

Its minister V. Sivakumar said follow-up action would also be taken as soon as the mastermind responsible for hacking Perkeso’s system, information base, and website since the beginning of this month is identified.

So far, the problem is under control, and Socso’s daily operations are running smoothly as usual, including the process of paying compensation and benefits to eligible recipients, as well as the processing of new contributor applications.

“Socso has executed all the appropriate action that needs to be taken from the beginning. There is nothing (no problem) in the operations for now,” he said after a Socso media event today.

Socso Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed previously said forensic investigations are underway on the alleged involvement of certain parties behind the cyber attack against Socso.

Meanwhile, Sivakumar said his ministry, together with the Economy Ministry and several other ministries, are studying in detail the implementation of the Progressive Wage Policy, which is expected to be introduced in the first half of 2024.

“Next year, we will bring a new approach related to progressive wages where the White Paper on Progressive Wages has been presented in Parliament and its implementation is being scrutinised.

“Apart from that, the ministry is working to combat the issue of forced labour. We are aware that many workers are neglected, as reported by the media, so next year, the Labour Department will be more strict and active in conducting many operations throughout the country to curb this issue,” he said.

Next year, KSM will also formulate a specific policy for the welfare of the growing number of gig economy workers to prevent them from being oppressed and taken advantage of by any employer.

— Bernama

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