"This includes giving extra points or more leniency in awarding points. This is because we have received complaints that it would be difficult for smaller companies in both states to compete with big corporations in the West Malaysia.
"This is a legitimate concern and we hope with this new rule, we will receive more participation from Sabah and Sarawak," said Social Security Organisation (Socso) Senior General Manager (Management Service Division) Datin Azlaily Abdul Rahman.
Azlaily was speaking during the Workers Day Award contest promotion briefing and dialogue session at Wisma Perkeso, here, Friday.
Therefore, she said, with this incentive, it is hoped that more companies and employers in both States would take the opportunity to participate in the contest.
"Last year, there was not enough participation from companies in both States. The last time participants from Sabah won any of the awards was six years ago," she said.
Azlaily said so far, the organiser had received two inquiries from Sabah companies, namely the Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa and an orchid company.
A total of RM135,000 in prize money, spread over 12 categories, is up for grabs in this year's contest which will be held at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur on May 3.
The categories are Best Employee Award (Executive, Non-Executive and Disabled), 1Malaysia Employer Award (Large corporations, SME and GLC), Glocal (Global and Local) Competitive Employer Award, Industry Compliance Award (SME), Distinguished Agrotechnology Employer Award, 1Malaysia Harmony Unions Award (Public and Private Sector) and Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Human Resource.
"We hope that this year, Sabah and Sarawak will win some of the awards. Any company that managed to win any of the award will be eligible to compete for the Prime Minister's award for the RM50,000 cash prize.
"The winner will have the privilege to use the title of 'Winner of Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Human Resource' as an icon in its stationeries, business cards or anywhere deemed appropriate," she said.
The annual contest, organised by Human Resource Ministry is held to give recognition to employees, forge good relationship among the government, employers and employees and acknowledge employers who have contributed towards developing productive, knowledgeable, disciplined and responsive communities.
Further information regarding the contest and its entry forms can be obtained through four websites namely http://www.mohr.gov.my, http://www.perkeso.gov.my, http://www.mef.org.my and http://fmm.org.my.
The closing date for entries is April 4.