Session to discuss improving the self-employed worker scheme

By: Zaki Salleh

KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 2.85 million individuals were recorded as self-employed last year according to data from the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

Of those, about 75 percent do not have access to any social security coverage or employment benefits.

This includes medical facilities and income replacement in the event of an accident.

Therefore, the Self-Employed Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) was created to provide social security protection to individuals who carry out self-employment activities in the informal sector.

Chief Executive of the Social Security Organisation (Socso), Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said, if you look at the statistics of employees who contribute to SOCSO, the response is a bit less encouraging.

He said, aware of this fact, various activities, exhibitions, engagements and announcements through mass media and social media have been, are being and will be implemented by Perkeso.

“This is to increase knowledge and awareness for the target group to contribute with SKSPS.

“With this continuous effort, I hope more target groups take a smart approach to contribute to SKSPS for insurance in the event of a disaster.

“Love yourself, remember your beloved family,” he said in a sharing on his Facebook page.

He said that he recently attended the SKSPS 2023 ‘town hall’ session which was attended by more than 100 stakeholders from various levels.

“This inaugural meeting is to get views, feedback and suggestions as well as open space for sharing to further strengthen the SKSPS policy.

“Also touched on is the improvement of financial governance and employee contributions as well as the empowerment of prevention and promotion initiatives for employees themselves,” he said.

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