July deadline for self-employed social security scheme registration

Ling (wearing jacket) presenting assistance in the form of a wheelchair to one of the recipients, while Philip (on Ling's left) and Griffin (on Ling's right) look on.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 17: The final dateline for the self-employed including e-hailing drivers to register themselves for the social security scheme for the self-employed under the Social Security Organisation (Socso) is July this year.

Failure to register under the scheme would result in facing action from the authority, said Senator Alan Ling yesterday after presenting disablement benefits to 10 recipients at the Miri Socso office.

“The initial coverage of the Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme under the Self Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789) is for self-employed taxi, e-hailing and bus drivers,…and Socso is reviewing the extension of the scheme (Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme) to other self-employed in other sectors, such as those in the entertainment industry, which will be implemented simultaneously,” he said.

Also present were State Socso director Philip Sangkan and Socso Miri manager Griffin Francis Manggie.

Ling who is also Sarawak Pakatan Harapan secretary said, until January this year, Socso had only received 10,677 registrations nationwide from the aforementioned drivers group.

“If compared to the numbers of entire drivers in these categories (taxi, e-hailing and bus drivers), this figure is much smaller (than the entire group) which we estimated to be about 300,000,” said Ling.

“I hope many will come forward and register as soon as possible. Those who need help or have any inquiries can contact Socso customer service at 1300228000,” he pointed out.

During the event, Ling also distributing dates to Socso personnel and their clients. — DayakDaily