KUANTAN: Only 337,765 of the more than five million self-employed, or just under 7%, registered for the self-employed social security system on Nov. 5, says Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim (photo).
He said efforts by the Social Security Organization (Socso) to increase the number of workers in the informal sector to contribute to the scheme are being stepped up to ensure they are properly protected.
“Those who have not yet contributed are encouraged to do so as soon as possible for their own benefit, as the benefits of the scheme are not only limited to medical purposes, but also permanent disability, temporary disability, dependents’ benefits, etc. include.
“Therefore, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that more people contribute and that our officers are placed on key performance indicators (KPIs) to… ensure that this goal is met,” he told a news conference after he had served in the East Coast Zone Informal-Fisheries. Sector Safe and Healthy Working workshop in Kampung Kempadang Public Hall here on Friday (November 12).
He said that among the informal sector workers who made their own contribution were fishing with 35,574 employees, passenger transport (15,610 employees), agriculture (1,414 employees) and animal husbandry (138 employees).
Awang, who also chairs the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said that in Pahang, 11,064 informal sector workers contributed to the scheme, with 11.3% or 1,244 contributions from the fishing sector.
“We will work with the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority to raise awareness of fishermen across the country about the protections this scheme provides as their work is also risky,” he said.
On a related development, he said a total of 679 accidents in the agricultural, fishing and forestry sectors were recorded by the Ministry of Occupational Safety and Health in September, 11 of which resulted in death. – Bernama