Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin expedites Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan’s orders for agencies under the Ministry of Labour in the southern border provinces to work with the SBPAC and related units to aid unemployed people returning from Malaysia from the impacts of Covid-19. The support aims to promote work, employment, income and reduce inequality to relieve workers’ suffering, resulting in concrete results quickly.
On February 28, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin revealed that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prayuth Chan-ocha, and the Ministry of Labour, under the supervision of Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, gives great importance to solve the unrest in the southern border provinces. Furthermore, the Strategic Committee on the Development of the Southern Border Provinces Meeting No. 1/2021 on February 25, 2021, at the Government Houses, chaired by General Prawit Wongsuwan, instructed the Ministry of Labour to expedite care, assistance, and development of Thai workers in the southern border provinces, especially those returning from abroad amid Covid-19. The efforts are in collaboration with SBPAC to assist in skill training and recruitment, to resolve the people’s grievances in the area as an urgent matter. Therefore, the Ministry of Labour has charged agencies in the southern border provinces, namely Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and in the Chana, Thepa, Nathawi, and Saba Yoi districts of Songkhla province, to work with relevant departments in the area to provide skill training and job search through various projects.
Mr. Suchart said that initially, Ms. Putthachat Insawah, Yala Provincial Labour Officer, reported that the collaboration with the SBPAC found 11,858 Thai workers in the southern border provinces who returned from Malaysia, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, whereby 2,658 people were in Yala (as of December 1, 2020). At this time, Yala has joined with the heads of agencies under the Ministry of Labour in Yala, and government officials from the SBPAC, to organize a meeting to resolve unemployment in the southern border provinces for Thai workers returning from Malaysia and other provinces due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Labour has a program to assist those affected with the occupational alleviation program to increase labour management efficiency in the southern border provinces. There are labour graduates to coordinate activities at the district level and one occupational group participating in activities to show love for their homeland and to strengthen work and well-being for informal workers, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Activities also aim at economic and potential development projects in the southern border provinces, with additional career courses. Unemployed workers can also register as jobseekers. Courses with public interest currently include sewing hijabs and making daggers, for example.
In the past, the Ministry of Labour has coordinated the SBPAC to bring unemployed people from the southern border provinces to work at Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) Public Company Limited, in Khao Yoi, Phetchaburi, with over 1,000 people encouraged to have jobs in the southern border. It is a systematic labour movement, whereby all actions of the Ministry of Labour will help people have a career and an income, to help resolve security problems in the southern border as well, concluded Labour Minister Mr. Suchart.
Source: Ministry of Labour