KOTA KINABALU: The Human Resources Ministry is turning to various European nations and South Korea in its bid to get social security coverage for self-employed people.
Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said his ministry would be conducting an international seminar in May to enable social security officials of these countries to give their views about providing such coverage for people like hawkers and fishermen.
“We can learn from their experiences, the methods by which they have implemented the scheme and how they define those who are self-employed,” he said after presenting Social Security Organisation (Socso) benefit payment cheques to 20 recipients here.
Apart from hawkers and fishermen, Dr Fong said those involved in small-scale farming could be affected by the extended Socso coverage as proposed under amendments to the Employees Social Security Act.
“The ministry is hoping to table the amendments in Parliament by the end of the year,'' he added.
Dr Fong also said his ministry was hoping to table in Parliament by March amendments to the federalised Labour Ordinances of Sabah and Sarawak.
“We are now waiting for feedback from both state governments with regard to some words and phrases to be incorporated in the amendments,” he said.
The amendments would, among others, provide better protection for workers in both states, similar to the Employment Act in the peninsula.