TUARAN: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has disbursed more than RM12mil in compensation claims and benefits for 2,174 cases in Sabah.
Socso Sabah director Ali Mohd Hindia said the Kota Kinabalu office paid out RM7,337,941 and the amount involved 950 cases in the state.
Officially known as Perkeso, the organisation was entrusted with implementing or enforcing the 1969 Workers’ Social Security Act and the 1971 Social Workers’ Regulations (General).
“Through the Act and Regulations, Socso gives assurance on free medical care, physical or vocational rehabilitation as well as financial benefits for the workers if they suffer from disability as a result of accidents or contracting diseases which result in them being less able to work or unable to work at all.
“If a worker dies, his dependants will get financial assurance through monthly pension,” he said at a cheque presentation ceremony at Pantai Dalit in Tuaran on Thursday.
Ali said Socso protects workers through two protection schemes – the Employment Injury Insurance Scheme and the Invalidity Pension Scheme.
“Under the Employment Injury Scheme, a worker is protected against accidents while at his work place, during travels related to work and occupational disease.
“The pension scheme gives 24-hour protection to the worker against invalidity or death for causes unrelated to work,” he explained.
At the function, six workers received their cheques from Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, who is also Tuaran MP, was also present at the event.
The recipients of the cheques were Wong Then Sang, Recherd Saimin, Guzman Monette Marcus, Nordin Madin, the late Ruslin Pie (represented by her father) and the late Sarnah Dualang (represented by her widower).