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BINTANGOR, July 8: Traders at Pasar Tamu Bintangor have been urged to register with the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme, a new scheme introduced under the Social Security Organisation (Socso).
According to a report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), Meradong assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing said by becoming a member of the scheme, traders will get various benefits such as protection for themselves and their dependents as well as medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, and vocational training.
“Self-employed individuals who contribute under this scheme will be covered from the date and time the contribution is paid and certified through a contribution payment receipt.
“The scheme is open to Malaysian citizens or permanent residents regardless of age as well as self-employed individuals,” he said when met at the scheme’s open registration programme for Sarikei Division at Pasar Tamu Bintangor yesterday (July 7).
The Self-Employment Social Security Scheme was established to provide protective support to self-employed individuals under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017.
This scheme is mandatory in the passenger transport sector, namely taxi, e-hailing, and bus drivers, effective June 1, 2017.
Effective Jan 1, 2020, the coverage of the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme was extended to 19 other self-employment sectors, namely transportation of goods and food, agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, food, manufacturing, construction, hawkers, accommodation premises, online business, information technology, data processing, agents, professional services, support services, arts, household services, health care, and rehabilitation. — DayakDaily