E-HAILING riders have been kept very busy over the movement control order (MCO) period, ensuring the timely delivery of food, beverage and parcels to people forced to stay at home.
Some 50 riders in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, received food packs from Rasah MCA in appreciation of their service and in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The items, which included rice, sugar, tea and meehoon, were presented by division secretary Ng Kian Nam.
“We hope this small contribution will help reduce their burden this coming Raya, ” he said, adding that the delivery riders were from GrabFood and Foodpanda.
Ng, who also handed over face masks to the riders, expressed hope that the authorities would set up a tribunal soon to ensure the rights of these riders were always protected.
“The government needs to set up a tribunal, like the ones for housing and consumers, to ensure whatever disputes these riders have with their employers can be amicably settled.
“This is important because there are currently some grey areas in their employment and they need to be urgently addressed, ” he said, adding that in Negri Sembilan alone, there were now some 1,000 riders under e-hailing companies.
Ng, who is also MCA Civil Society Coordination Bureau head, said by doing so, the government would also be able to better regulate the industry.
“This way, the riders’ employers will be required to make EPF and Socso contributions for them and will not be able to terminate them easily, ” he noted.
He also urged the authorities to come up with a proper legal framework on how much commission these riders should be paid for their service.
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