KUALA LUMPUR: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) aims to persuade 2.8 million self-employed Malaysians to register with and contribute to the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SESSS) this year.
Self-employed Malaysians and those with permanent resident status can register with the SESSS and contribute to it on either a monthly or a yearly basis.
There is no age limit, but the self-employed need to produce a copy of their Mykad and proof of self-employment to enjoy the protection under the scheme.
They may produce their business licence, permit, membership card or business registration certification.
Socso chief executive Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said the SESSS had been extended to cover 19 more informal sectors effective January 2020 to give the self-employed protection against injuries caused by accidents or occupational diseases during work-related activities.
The 19 sectors are carriage and delivery of goods or food; agriculture; livestock and livestock production; the taking of forest products; fisheries; preparation and selling of food; manufacturing products; construction work; hawking or trading; online business; information technology; collecting and processing data; agent services; professional, scientific and technical; private support services; performance, film activities, artistic and graphic work; household services; service of accommodation premises; and services in care, treatment and recovery of health – either mental, physical or social.
The scheme, under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017, was initially only enforced for the self-employed in the passenger transport sector – covering taxi drivers, e-hailing and private buses.
Mohammed Azman said so far, over 48,000 self-employed have registered for the scheme.
“I hope all the self-employed will come forward to register and contribute under the scheme this year.
“It is a safety net for them and their families, ” he told a press conference at Menara Perkeso here yesterday.
On the strategy to reach out to the targeted group, he said Socso would continue to engage with the media to create awareness of the scheme, including via advertisements and roadshows on the benefits of the scheme.
He said the body would also engage with stakeholders such as local authorities to strike a deal for hawkers to get protection too.
Mohammed Azman said that those self-employed could choose one of four options to contribute to the scheme, from as little as RM13.10 monthly or RM157.20 yearly up to RM49.40 monthly or RM592.80 yearly.
He said contributions could be made online via https://matrix.perkeso.gov.my or cash payments at any of Socso offices.
For the self-employed involved in one sector, only one contribution should be made, while those who are engaged in more sectors should make additional contributions.
For instance, if the self-employed is a rubber-tapper (agriculture sector) but also involved in wiring work (construction sector), the person needs to make two contributions.
Mohammed Azman said that to date, 253 self-employed beneficiaries had received claim payments amounting to RM704,000.
“We do not want anyone to abuse this system by claiming they are self-employed. We are very serious and won’t compromise on those who try to exploit this, ” he added.
The benefits under the scheme cover medical issues, temporary disablement, permanent disablement, constant-attendance allowances, dependants, funerals and facilities for physical, vocational, rehabilitative and return to work programmes as well as education.
Mohammed Azman said he wanted every Malaysian to understand the importance of the scheme, which could also serve as a continuation of income for families who have lost their sole breadwinners.
Socso self-employed scheme division head Azhar Nadzri said that 167 insured persons who were self-employed have been approved to receive benefits from the scheme from 2017 to Jan 3,2020.
He said the self-employed should register with the scheme as it had many benefits for themselves, their families and dependants.
“For instance, if the self-employed (married) chose Option 4 and paid RM592.80 for a year, and later was involved in an accident during the course of employment and passes away, his wife would get a maximum monthly pension of RM3,555 for life.
“If the contributor who passed away had a disabled child, he or she would be covered for the rest of their lives, ” added Azhar.
He said Socso would be organising the Karnival Wow Perkeso from Feb 29 to
March 1,2020, at Wisma Perkeso to promote the scheme.
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