The newly opened rehabilitation centre at the Bandar Hijau Social Security Organisation (Socso) at Ayer Keroh, Malacca is a gift to Malaysian employees and debunks the naysayers’ propaganda that the nation was on the brink of bankruptcy.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said the setting up of the centre showed that the federal government cared for the welfare of employees.
The level of care and benefits for workers provided by the government should effectively diminish any notion of Malaysia being a failed or bankrupt state, he said.
“This should effectively diminish false claims by certain quarters that Malaysia is a failed state and a bankrupt one.
“A bankrupt state would not be able to create such a world-class facility.
“This just another example among many that show Malaysia is a country that has a bright future.” he reportedly said when opening the centre today.
He said centre known as the Tun Abdul Razak Rehabilitation Centre (TARRC) was a milestone achievement for Socso since its inception in 1971.
The state-of-the-art facility is the first in South-East Asia to blend vocational and rehabilitation as a training module.
Built at a cost of RM238 million, the centre can rehabilitate up to 350 workers simultaneously from providing medical services to various levels of physical rehabilitation until patients are able to fully recover from injuries and return to work.
The centre will provide an opportunity for injured employees who no longer have a steady income to return to the workforce.
With the establishment of the TARRC, Najib wants the Human Resource Ministry and Socso to look into preventive healthcare for workers, in particular over diseases such as obesity, diabetes and lifestyle-related ailments.