More cabbies get Socso protection


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019

Lim registering for the Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme during the promotional event at Gurney Drive. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

SELF-EMPLOYED taxi and e-hailing drivers actively came forth to register for Socso contributions during the Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme promotional event at Gurney Drive.

The scheme, which is meant to provide security and benefits in the event of an unfortunate accident during work includes funds for medical problems, funerals and education for the contributors’ children.

An e-hailing driver, Gopinath Arikrishnan, 31, said he found out about the recent event from Facebook and came to insure himself.

“It is a good scheme as its benefits are good and the contributions we pay each month are not that high, ” he said after registering for the scheme at Gurney Drive in George Town.

Taxi driver Eb Lim, 53, said he took the opportunity to register since the scheme was compulsory for all self-employed drivers.

Norlela (right) showing Arikrishnan and a 988FM crew member the benefits of the scheme.Norlela (right) showing Arikrishnan and a 988FM crew member the benefits of the scheme.

“If they can add more aspects into the scheme like life savings and other options, it would be even better, ” he said.

Perkeso George Town enforcement leader Norlela Aripin said the scheme was made compulsory from June 1 in 2017 to protect the drivers and their dependents.

“We are hoping more self- employed drivers will come forward and register themselves, as it is good for them, ” she said.

She added that they had reached out to local radio stations like 988FM and Suria FM to spread the news of the scheme to the self-employed drivers.

“We know most self-employed drivers spend long hours in the car.

A crew member of 988FM interacting with passers-by during the promotional event.A crew member of 988FM interacting with passers-by during the promotional event.

“Thus we hoped to reach out to them through the radio stations, as it is one of the best communication channels to get their attention, ” she added.

Local Chinese radio station 988FM cruiser leader Lee Chi Foong said they collaborated with Perkeso as it was a good initiative.

“We have a high accident rate in Malaysia.

“So we are hoping that we can reach out to these drivers and help them to register for the scheme, ” he said.

During the event, the 988FM cruisers also interacted with passers-by and handed out free T-shirts to the attending drivers.

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