Safeguarding Malaysians workers and households: impacts and avenues for Malaysia’s social protection in COVID-19 and beyond

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    Safeguarding Malaysians workers and households: impacts and avenues for Malaysia’s social protection in COVID-19 and beyond

     

    Overview

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the worst economic and human crises since the Second World War. The onset of the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities-with marginalised and underserved communities and regions facing the largest socio-economic impacts from the virus. More than 400,000 households in Malaysia are currently living below the national poverty line, with hundreds of thousands more households vulnerable to falling into poverty as economic conditions worsen. Similarly, since the beginning of the year, more than 200,000 Malaysians have been put out of work. Moreover, employment data so far suggests that the impacts of the pandemic on jobs have unevenly impacted lower-skilled, part-time jobs, and have disproportionately affected marginalised groups like women and youth workers.

    This webinar aims to focus on the distributional impacts of the crisis, and how it has affected social protection. What are the gaps in the exisiting Prihatin/Penjana economic response packages and what else is needed? How can take advantage of this crisis to invest in building social protection systems now that can help Malaysia better weather a similar crisis in the future?

    Speakers :
    Datuk Emeritus Prof Dr Norma Mansor
    Director
    Social Wellbeing Research Centre (SWRC), University of Malaya

    Dr Amanina Abdur Rahman
    Economist
    World Bank Malaysia

    Dr James Alin
    Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah

    Moderator :
    Mr Terence Too
    Fellow
    Social Policy and National Integration, ISIS Malaysia

    Date 11 December 2020
    Time 10:30 am (UTC+8)
    Venue ISIS.Forum via Zoom
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