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The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has urged clinics and hospitals to charge a minimum service fee on employers who want to do a Covid-19 screening test on their foreign workers.

Socso Prevention, Medical and Rehabilitation Division head Dr Azlan Darus said the organisation would only bear the cost of test kits and the service fees would be set by the clinics and hospitals.

“However, Socso proposes that clinics and hospitals charge a minimum fee as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement here today.

Dr Azlan said following the announcement by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on November 27, Socso would only bear the cost of RTK-Antigen test kits and no longer provide screening subsidies or receive payment claims from employers, clinics or hospitals.

He said to reduce the cost of screening tests, Socso has obtained the supply of test kits directly from suppliers and distributed them to clinics and hospitals participating in the Covid-19 Screening Programme for Foreign Workers.

Apart from that, Dr Azlan said Socso also welcomed all private healthcare facilities to participate in the programme.

“Interested clinics or hospitals can register at sihat.perkeso.gov.my. For successful registration, Socso will provide the test kit and monitor the process of the screening test. 


There are a ton of workers in Malaysia who are fighting for jobs now that the Covid-19 Movement Control Order is in place and companies are letting workers go.

It may be somewhat of a common occurrence but that doesn’t mean that Malaysians should take the opportunity to make a joke out of the struggles of these workers.

For example, the MyWatch Twitter page took to their account to showcase a couple of grass cutters fighting, allegedly over their grass cutting territories, but instead of sympathising for the foreign workers, many netizens decided to poke fun at them instead.

MyWatch wrote, “Foreign workers fighting over grass cutting areas. Something that rarely happens.”

A few netizens pointed what that the workers are probably hungry and low on money, hence are fighting for their livelihoods.

This comment goes, “Both are hungry. They’re not fighting for the territory, they’re probably fighting for the chance to work for money, as both are from the same agency based on their shirt. Maybe with that money, they could feed their families.”

Others were unhappy that the person recording didn’t bother breaking up the fight.

This comment says, “Better to break up the fight then to record, no common sense at all.”

This comment says, “Why didn’t they just turn on and use the grass cutting machines as swords to fight. Then things will get good.”

Now more than ever, we should be more sympathetic and understanding of each others’ problems, especially those who require financial support, no matter race, religion or citizenship.

We genuinely hope that these workers get the help that they need so that they both can feed their families.