Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, RAHIMY RAHIM and R. ARAVINTHAN
The number of small Indian businesses and traders registered for the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SESSS) is still very low, Makkal Osai reported.
Tapah Sosco district manager Prema Latha Doraisamy said the scheme came into force in 2017 for the transportation sector and an additional 19 sectors in 2020.
All those self-employed in the 20 industries must register and contribute to the scheme which was instituted to provide a safety net that includes aid for treatment and recovery in the event of work-related injuries or health problems.
In Tapah, Perak, many from the Indian community are self-employed in industries such as agriculture and livestock, and they should enroll in the scheme, she said.
Only 40 people have so far registered with the SESSS scheme in the district, with Indians making up a tiny percentage of that, she said.
Other programmes such as PenjanaGig and Prihatin Wanita have also been introduced by the government to help those affected by the pandemic.
Prema Latha also encouraged Indian gig workers and female traders to register for these schemes.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.