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Myanmar seeks migrant-worker protections in Malaysia and Thailand

The government is negotiating with Malaysia and Thailand to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Myanmar nationals working in their countries will have access to social welfare benefits, a senior minister said.

U Thein Swe, minister of Labour, Immigration and Population, said the Myanmar Social Security Board is leading the negotiations with their counterparts in Malaysia and Thailand.

“We are negotiating with the Malaysian Social Security Organisation to sign an agreement aimed at helping Myanmar migrant workers enjoy full access to social welfare benefits under the social security project,” he said at a national social security meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.

New types of jobs have appeared worldwide as a result of technological innovations and advances but some jobs have been rendered obsolete, so social security programmes are needed, he said.

“We are working hard on making the department an agency that workers can rely on,” U Thein Swe said. “We hope to provide quality medical services, and issue insurance benefits faster.”

The department has 1492 management and 988 medical staff members.

For quicker delivery of medical services for insured workers, seven clinics have been opened in cooperation with private clinics in Nay Pyi Taw, Pyigyitagun and Chan Aye Tharzan townships in Mandalay, North Okkalapa in Yangon, Myeik in Tanintharyi, Myitkyina in Kachin, and Taunggyi in Shan.

Over 1.43 million workers have health insurance and receive medical services at three worker’s hospitals with 78 branches across the country. They can also receive medical services in 96 township clinics, 58 main clinics, five Care Well clinics, one traditional medicine clinic, seven public-private partnership clinics, and two mobile clinics.

The Social Security Board provided medical services for more than 1.16 million workers and financial benefits exceeding K16.627 billion (US$11.02 million) in fiscal 2018-2019.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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