YWP mulls aid for taxi drivers under Socso scheme

Some 10,000 cabbies in the Federal Territories may benefit from YWP’s contribution. — Filepic

FEDERAL Territories Foundation (YWP) is considering making a one-year payment to the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) self-employment scheme for some 10,000 taxi drivers registered in the Federal Territories, to help ease their financial burden.

YWP chairman Khalid Samad said the contribution was about RM17 per month and the move had been estimated to cost RM1.2mil to RM1.3mil.

The Federal Territories Minister was referring to the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme under Socso, which was introduced on June 1, 2017, to provide protection for registered taxi drivers as well as e-hailing drivers.

Khalid said the foundation understood the plight of taxi drivers whose income was badly affected by the rise of e-hailing services.

“I have asked YWP CEO Zaizalnizam Zainun to contact Gabungan Taxi SeMalaysia (GTSM) for the exact number of taxi drivers who need assistance,” he said.

He added that the drivers too could contact GTSM to be included in the list of recipients.

Khalid said the payment would be a one-off exercise to help the drivers get through the year.

“The taxi drivers can also consider the feasibility of continuing in their profession or seek other job opportunities,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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