JOHOR BARU: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) wants the public, especially those who are self-employed, to register under the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SESSS).
Johor Socso director Tong Sing Chuang said the scheme under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789) has been expanded to 19 new informal sectors from January this year.
“It was previously mandatory only to all self-employed taxi, e-hailing and bus drivers but now coverage has been expanded to hawkers, accommodation providers, agents and professional services providers.
“The SESSS was extended to cover 19 more informal sectors effective Jan 1,2020, to give the self-employed protection against injuries caused by accidents or occupational diseases during work-related activities, ” he said after the invalidity pension scheme handing over programme at the Johor Heritage Foundation here.
He added that SESSS, which took effect from June 1,2017, has no age limit but the self-employed need to produce a copy of their Mykad and proof of self-employment to enjoy the protection under the scheme.
Under Act 789, self-employment injuries refer to personal injury to a self-employed insured person against employment injuries including occupational diseases and accidents during work-related activities.
An occupational disease is a disease resulting from his or her occupation as described in the Fifth Schedule of Employees’ Social Security Act 1969.
This scheme provides cash benefits to the self-employed and their beneficiaries, besides providing medical care, physical rehabilitation and vocational training.
Failure to register is an offence under the Act and liable to a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.
The protection under the scheme, whether on a monthly or annual basis, is based on the date and time of contribution paid and certified through the receipt of the contribution payment.
The scheme is only open to Malaysian citizens and permanent residents who are self-employed in the country.
Others who qualify for coverage are those in the agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, food, manufacturing, construction, information technology, data processing, support services, arts, household services, beauty and healthcare sectors.
Tong said the self-employed could choose one of four options to contribute to the scheme, from as little as RM13.10 monthly or RM157.20 yearly up to RM49.40 monthly or RM592.80 yearly.He said contributions could be made online via https://matrix.perkeso.gov.my or cash payments at any of Socso offices.
He said Socso is also currently promoting the Employment Insurance System Act 2017 (Act 800) to help those who had lost their jobs.
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