KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 (Bernama) — Since the Return to Work (RTW) programme was introduced by Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) in 2007, 6,294 workers have returned to work.

Human Resources Minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said SOCSO had rehabilitated 8,977 contributors who were physically disabled due to work related injuries.

“A total of 6,294 RTW workers or 70.11 percent had successfully returned to work, either in a new company or their former employers,” he said when met after announcing SOCSO’s RTW rehabilitation allowance at the Sau Seng Lum Dialysis & Stroke Rehabilitation Centre, in Puchong, Tuesday.

“We must give them a chance because despite not being 100 percent fit to work, they still have at least 80 percent of their work skill,” he said.

At the event, the minister announced that SOCSO had started giving out RM20 as daily allowance to contributors under the RTW programme.

Apart from the RM1.8 million allocated this year for the allowance, SOCSO also provided physical, vocational training and transportation fees for contributors who are physically disabled or with chronic illness due to their working environment.