KUALA LUMPUR: More than 90 percent of the country’s 740,000 taxi and e-hailing drivers are still not insured under the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) Self-Employment Social Security Scheme.
According to Socso chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, only 9,644 have registered since the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789) was introduced on 1 June, 2017.
“One of the reasons why many are not contributing is they consider it a burden, when in fact, the benefits are good,” he told reporters after the MyDrebar launch and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing with Socso.
He added that Socso offers flexibility in payment.
“We have four plans which the drivers can choose from to contribute a sum as little as RM13.10 a month for a total of RM157.20 a year, based on a monthly income of RM1,050.
“We’re giving it till June this year and after that we will fine or prosecute anyone who hasn’t registered. This is the last resort,” he said. – Bernama