KUCHING, Jan 7: Pakatan Harapan (PH) was trying to be a better government by implementing reforms and policies in which its effects could only be seen in the long run, said Sarawak Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Michael Kong Feng Nian.
According to the special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, one of these policies would be extending Social Security Organisation (Socso) protection to the self-employed and gig workers.
“This means that many can now benefit from the Sarawak government’s Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) for small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and also enjoy social security protection if they are involved in any mishaps during their course of employment,” he said in a statement today.
On another matter, Kong said he has visited an individual identified as Mr Chin at his home in Batu Kawah, who had his toe amputated recently due to an infected wound sustained during his work.
He also said since the amputation, he was unable to work for more than two months. As a labourer with no fixed pay but instead earning small tokens for each motor vehicle that he repairs, this affected his and his family’s livelihood tremendously.
“As a beneficiary of this new policy, Chin is now registered with Socso. Accordingly, he has sought DAP’s assistance to help him apply to Socso, which we shall.
“In the meantime, we will also look into what other ways that we can help him with until he can work,” he added. ― DayakDaily