JOHOR BARU: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) wants all self-employed taxi, bus and e-hailing drivers to register and protect themselves under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789).
Johor Socso deputy director (enforcement) Abd Razak Omar said under the Act, it was an offence if they failed to register.
The Act came into effect on June 1, 2017, and those caught flouting the ruling are liable to a fine not exceeding RM10,000, imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
“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.
“They have until July 31 to register, failing which the drivers will have to pay a compound of not more than RM5,000,” he said during a SEEIS programme at Larkin Sentral here.
Abd Razak said the programme was a joint initiative by Socso and Suria Wheels under Star Media Group’s Suria FM, where they carried out an on-ground campaign in the area.
The scheme covers temporary disablement, permanent disablement, constant attendance allowance, dependents benefit, funerary benefit, education benefit as well as facilities for physical and vocational rehabilitation and return-to-work programmes.
More than 100 taxi drivers showed up at the Taxi Operation office to sign up for the scheme at the Socso booth. They also received goodie bags and T-shirts from Suria Wheelers.
“We conducted similar campaigns at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang and Senai International Airport.
“The next campaign will be at 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,” he said.
Abd Razak added that to-date, a total of 1,800 self-employed taxi, e-hailing and bus drivers in Johor Baru had registered.
Meanwhile, taxi driver Mustaman Ramdan, 59, said he hoped the claiming process for benefits would be made simple for them.
“This is a good programme to protect the self-employed like me,” he said.
Another taxi driver, Abdul Talib Jabat, 50, said the RM13.10 monthly contribution was affordable to those who have no stable income.
“It used to be RM157.20 for a year and was too much for most of us to fork out at a go. This monthly rate is a better option.
“If we face any mishaps while at work, our dependents will receive RM940 in monthly compensation. At least we do not have to worry about them,” he said.
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