Get feedback, govt urged

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020

Several thousand motorcyclists cross the Causeway daily to head to Singapore for work. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: The Human Resources Ministry’s proposal to extend protection against injuries due to occupational accidents for Malaysians working in Singapore should be weighed carefully.

Many factors must be taken into account and a thorough study conducted before determining the rates and other intangible costs as it involved cross border claiming processes, says Johor South SME Association adviser Teh Kee Sin.

He said the government should reach out to locals working in the republic, as well as trade associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to get feedback from them.

“Malaysians working in Singapore are protected under the republic’s Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) where companies there have to compensate employees for injuries suffered during work,’’ Teh said when contacted.

He said while WICA covered the lower level salary group or company group policy, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) integrated medical insurance policy covered those in higher job positions.

Teh noted that many Malaysians have met fatal accidents heading to and from work including motorcyclists commuting daily to Singapore, affecting the livelihood of their families.

“If the Social Security Organisation (Socso) could cover the journey to work and from the place for locals working in the republic, it would be additional protection to them,’’ he said.

However, Teh added it was only fair for Malaysians working in Singapore to have to pay for the additional coverage.

Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar hoped Socso would pay closer attention to improving its coverage for Malaysians working in the country especially regarding claims due to accidents and injuries.

“There are still more areas that need to be improved in Socso claims rather than worry about locals working in Singapore,’’ he said.

Instead, Sivakumar urged the federal and Johor governments to bring down the number of accidents and deaths involving Malaysian motorcyclists commuting daily to Singapore to work.

He said the Transport Ministry should consider imposing speed limits for motorbikes and improve enforcement to reduce the number of fatalities.

“We need to add safety features in motorcycles and ensure only those that meet the requirements are sold in the market,’’ added Sivakumar.

On Jan 19, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said the ministry intended to introduce a social security protection scheme to protect Malaysians working in Singapore.

He said the research was ongoing to look into the possibility of extending Socso coverage to the estimated 300,000 Malaysians working in the republic, and that the findings would be released by April or May.
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