KUALA LUMPUR: Close to 50,000 self-employed workers nationwide have become Self-Employed Social Security Scheme active contributors as of Feb 28, says Social Security Organisation (Socso).
It has urged more people to sign up for the scheme.
Socso said 48,998 self-employed workers had become active contributors of the scheme.
Of the number, 41,845 were from the passenger transport sector, the first sector required to contribute to the scheme, it added.
The remaining 7,153 were from the other 19 informal sectors, Socso said in a statement yesterday.
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.
He had started contributing to the scheme eight days before he died.
Socso had organised a two-day carnival over the weekend called ‘Karnival WOW! Perkeso’ to promote the scheme.
The carnival, which involved 20 employers, also offered 4,000 job vacancies.
It included jobs from the manufacturing, building, information technology, finance and real estate sectors.
The jobs offered ranged from clerical to management positions.
The carnival also saw the appointment of an ambassador for Socso Public Employment Services portal, which is led by graduates from 21 local universities.
It is one of Socso’s efforts to help local universities carry out early intervention activities in the labour market to help potential graduates ease into the workforce.
It is hoped that the effort will 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 offers job services not only to Socso members, but also to youth and disabled Malaysians.
The transformation of employment services of Socso’s Employment Insurance System will be implemented once it takes over JobsMalaysia’s function from April.