KUANTAN (Nov. 12): Only 337,765 of the more than five million self-employed had registered for the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) by Nov. 5, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said.
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 SKSPS benefits are not only limited to medical benefits, but also includes permanent disability benefits, temporary disability benefits, dependents benefits, etc. include.
“Therefore, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that more people contribute [to SKSPS] and our officers are placed on key performance indicators to focus on achieving this target,” he said.
Awang said this at a press conference after serving in the Public Hall of Kampung Kempadang here on Friday (Nov. 12) with the East Coast Zone’s “Safe and Healthy Work” Informal Fishing Industry in Kampung Kempadang Public Hall.
He said that among the informal sectors involved in making their own contributions are fishing with 35,574 employees, passenger transport (15,610 employees), agriculture (1,414 employees) and animal husbandry (138 employees).
For Pahang, who is also the chairman of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH), said 11,064 workers in the informal sector contributed to SKSPS, with 11.3% or 1,244 employees made up of workers in the fishing sector.
“We will work with the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) to raise awareness of the protection of this scheme among fishermen across the country 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 Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) in September, with 11 fatalities.