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Friday, 13 October 2017 | MYT 11:22 AM

'I am not stupid, I can read,' says actress Fathia Latiff

Local actress Fathia Latiff has responded to netizens who criticised her for purportedly misinterpreting a news headline, "Malaysia to be cashless society by 2050". "I am not stupid. I understand the headline. I had tweeted in a sarcastic tone," she said in her defence against those who lambasted her response to Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin's recent statement that the country is heading towards a cashless society. The actress had tweeted, "Are we back to stone age and using the barter trade. You give me a TV, and I'll give you a bicycle". She said the word cashless can be interpreted in different ways, adding she understood that Khairy was referring to the absence of cash notes in business transactions.

> Sosco: Laid off workers can qualify for financial aid under EIS

Social Security Organisation (Socso) chairman Tan Sri Dr Aseh Che Mat has reportedly said unemployed individuals can qualify for temporary financial assistance up to six months under the Employment Insurance System (EIS) starting next January. He said that the scheme only applies to those who were unemployed due to termination or retrenchment, and not disciplinary problems. The amount to be disbursed is set to be between 30% and 80% of the last drawn salary, and to be paid from the first month of unemployment. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had in May this year announced that the Government will be injecting RM70mil into the scheme to protect workers in the private sector.