KUALA LUMPUR: Close to 50,000 self-employed workers nationwide have become Self-Employed Social Security Scheme active contributors as of Feb 28, says the Social Security Organisation (Socso).
As many as 48,998 self-employed workers have become active contributors of the scheme and of these contributors, 41,845 are from the passenger transport sector, the first sector required to contribute to the scheme.
The remaining 7,153, Socso said in a statement Saturday (Feb 29), were from the other 19 informal sectors.
At the same time, 285 people had received benefits amounting to RM833,215 from the scheme, with the latest recipient being the widow of N. Subramanian, a rental car driver, who died in an accident in Temerloh, Pahang.
He started contributing to the scheme eight days before he died.
Socso organised a two-day carnival over the weekend (Feb 29-March 1) – Karnival WOW! Perkeso – to promote the scheme and invite more self-employed workers to register and contribute to the scheme.
The carnival, which involves 20 employers, also offers 4,000 job vacancies. These include jobs from manufacturing, building, information technology, finance and real estate, and range from clerical to management level.
Meanwhile, the carnival saw the appointment of an ambassador for Portal Public Employment Services (PES) Socso, which is led by focal point graduates from 21 local universities.
It is one of Socso's effort to help local universities carry out labour market early intervention activities to help potential graduates ease into the workforce.
The aim would be to reduce the rate of prolonged unemployment among graduates, and hence, reduce the rate of unemployment in Malaysia, said Socso.
It also said that as the supervisor of Public Employment Services in Malaysia, Socso currently had to offer job-related services not only to Socso members but also youth, the disabled and Malaysians as whole.
The transformation of employment services of Socso's Employment Insurance System will be implemented once it takes over JobsMalaysia's function starting April.