PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has called on the Government to withdraw the Employees Social Security (Socso) Act 1969 amendment Bill, saying it could harm industrial harmony and the well-being of the workers and employers.
MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said the proposed amendment to exclude injuries sustained by workers during sports, social and religious functions organised by employers or trade unions from being categorised as employment injury would discourage interaction.
He said such functions were among the efforts to instil greater interaction, nurture love, stronger bonding and mutual understanding between the management and employees.
“Such activities would lead to greater industrial harmony and would in turn increase productivity.
“The exclusion would therefore discourage employees from participating in such events for fear of not being covered by Socso in the event of being injured during such functions,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.
The amendment bill was tabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 13 and among the changes proposed include widening the scope of Socso coverage to employees who earned up to RM3,000. Previously, the maximum income bracket entitled to Socso benefits was RM2,000.
MEF also raised concerns over amendments to Sections 12A, B and C of the Act, which would empower Socso inspectors to examine witnesses and search company premises once the bill was approved.
“The move will open opportunities for abuse of power by inspectors. This could lead to corruption and other ill-manners in society,” said Shamsuddin.