‘City cleaners must have Socso, insurance’


Lim (second from right) and Ummi Khaltum (in white) presenting mandarin oranges and ang pow to Alam Flora workers.

City-cleaning sub-contractors hiring foreign workers must register their employees with Social Security Organisation (Socso) and obtain insurance for them.

Federal Territories Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) director Ummi Kalthum Shuib said sub-contractor companies supplying foreign workers for dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs should ensure these two requirements were met.

“Sub-contractor companies must ensure their employees, especially foreign workers, have both Socso and insurance,” she said at a press conference after presenting mandarin oranges and ang pow to Alam Flora workers at the Kepong DAP Service Centre in Kuala Lumpur together with Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng.

Lim also called on the sub-contractors to improve their protection for workers’ welfare.

“According to Malaysian law, companies must register their workers with Socso and provide insurance.”

According to the Socso website, effective Jan 1, 2019, employers who hire foreign workers must register their employees with Socso and contribute to the Employment Injury Scheme under the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4).

A total of 173 Alam Flora workers and 13 representatives from the joint management body of Vista Magna, each received a box of mandarin oranges and ang pow.

Ummi Kalthum said the cleaners were the unsung heroes of the city.

“I am thankful to Lim for having such a programme and urge the public to also keep the city clean,” he said.

Lim said this was the third time he had given goodies to Alam Flora workers in recognition and gratitude for their efforts to keep Kepong clean.

“I also hope this will encourage other parties to appreciate those who keep the city clean,” he said.

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