The Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed that employers give an additional one-day leave for their workforce to undergo health screening. Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the cooperation of employers in the public and public sectors was important in ensuring that their employees undergo health screening.

He also urged the Finance Ministry to look into drawing up a regulation for employers in this country to provide such a day’s leave to their workers.

“When a worker wants to have a medical check-up, usually once a year, hopefully, the employers will give it. Otherwise, they will have to take from their annual leave allocated,” he said after officiating an event yesterday.

“I’ve requested for this under the 2023 Budget as it will have an impact on the employers,” he added.

According to the AIA Vitality Survey 2019, 84 per cent of employees reported at least one or more musculoskeletal conditions while 42 per cent are either overweight or obese.


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