THE self-employed are now protected by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) and covered by the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789), which came into effect on June 1, 2017.
The Act includes the Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme (SEEIS) which is mandatory for self-employed taxi, e-hailing and bus drivers who work full-time or part-time.
To raise awareness among transport providers, Socso and Suria FM’s Suria Wheels carried out an on-ground campaign in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.
More than 100 self-employed drivers showed up at the KLIA Landside Operations Area in Jalan KLIA 1 to sign up for the scheme at the Socso booth. They also received goodie bags and T-shirts from Suria Wheelers.
The scheme covers temporary disablement, permanent disablement, constant-attendance allowance, dependants’ benefit, funeral benefit, education benefit, as well as facilities for physical and vocational rehabilitation and return-to-work programmes.
Failure to register for the scheme is an offence under the Act, liable to a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
“We are expecting about 24,000 self-employed e-hailing drivers to sign up for the scheme.
“They have until July 31 to do so, failing which as of Aug 1, they will have to pay a compound of not more than RM5,000,” said Socso self-employed scheme division executive officer Nurul Asyikin Mohd Zabri.
Grab driver Nurulhidayah Mastor, 33, said the scheme was beneficial to ensure they are protected.
“We need this so we can claim if we fall ill or are unable to drive due to injury,” she said.
Former purchasing manager Elwin De’ Silva, 48, who was retrenched from his previous job, said the Socso scheme was a blessing for e-hailing drivers.
The next stop for the campaign with Socso and Suria Wheels is the Larkin Sentral taxi terminal in Johor Baru on July 24, followed by Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya, Penang, on July 31, Amanjaya Terminal in Ipoh, Perak, on Aug 7, and the Cochrane Petronas station in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, on Aug 17.
Drivers can also sign up for the scheme via www.iperkeso.my