Socso: Legal action against taxi service providers

Dr Mohammed Azman (left) with MyDrebar vice president Shahrul Anuar Zamri (second right) during the MyDrebar launch and MoU signing with Socso at Wisma Perkeso, Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Bernama

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