Register with Socso, the self-employed advised

THE Social Security Organisation (Socso) is urging the public, especially self-employed workers, to register under the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS).

Johor Socso director Tong Sing Chuang said only 12,758 (or 4.3%) out of the 294,684 self-employed workers in the state have registered under the scheme between 2019 and April 9 this year.

“The numbers are very low probably because the level of public awareness on the scheme is still not up to par.

“We hope that more come forward to register themselves, especially those working as food delivery riders.

“Most of the accident victims in Johor involved those in this sector. Their job is also high-risk, so if they do not register themselves, they will not be protected, ” he said.

Tong was met by reporters after handing over the Socso Temporary Disablement Benefit payment to a contributor, food delivery rider Meor Samsul Harun Helmi Rahmatullah, 30, at his house at Taman Pulai Jaya, in Johor Baru.

Meor, who met with an accident while delivering food at Taman Perniagaan Suria, Johor Baru, received RM2,232 from Socso.

Tong said in Johor, more than 3,000 people were currently working as food delivery riders and eligible to register under the SKSPS following the expansion of the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789) to cover 20 new informal sectors from January last 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.

“SKSPS was introduced in 2017 and it has no age limit but the self-employed need to produce a copy of their Mykad and proof of self-employment to enjoy protection under the scheme, ” he said.

Tong said the self-employed could choose one of four options to contribute to the scheme, from as little as RM13.10 a month or RM157.20 yearly, up to RM49.40 monthly or RM592.80 yearly.

This scheme provides cash benefits to the self-employed and their beneficiaries, besides providing medical care, physical rehabilitation and vocational training.

SKSPS 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.

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