It appears that more than half of 14 million workforce population in Malaysia are not insured by the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), according to Malay Mail. SOCSO is also planning to identify employers who do not register their employees for SOCSO.
SOCSO’s CEO Datuk Seri Mohamad Azman Aziz Mohammed said “I advise those who are working on a contract but your employers haven’t contributed to your Socso fund to go the the nearest Socso office and make a complaint. Bring along documents like your IC (identification card) and your payslip.”
Azman also said that there are about 7.3 million workers out of the 14 million are not registered with SOCSO. Since 2.5 million of them are self-employed, they do not need to register with SOCSO.
Picture Credit: Malay Mail / Yusof Mat Isa
After the government’s decision to place social security protection for foreign workers as of 1 January 2019, Azman says he expects 1.8 million foreign workers to register with SOCSO.
Azman said that there is a misconception where most employers think SOCSO is only for full-time employees and not part-timers and contract staff. He added that many workers don’t know about their rights, which are protected by the law on their first day at work.
He said that all agencies need to cooperate and ensure that foreign workers must have a green card to work in Malaysia. He added that the green card also acts as their database where they can store and monitor the foreign workers and to deter them from going missing.
Failing to register with SOCSO would result in a prison term of two years or a fine of no more than RM10,000 or both.
On 23rd January 2019, two business owners were fined RM2,500 each, in default three months’ jail by the magistrate’s court, for failing to report accidental deaths involving their workers to the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).
From January to October 2018, the Social Security Organisation (Socso) has paid a sum of RM93.57 million in compensation to workers who are involved in accidents while commuting between their home and workplace.
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