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Malaysia’s taxi drivers may soon be able to enjoy the same benefits as other workers thanks to the Self-Employed Act. According to chief executive of Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, the bill is still in the drafting process and is expected to be tabled in Parliament early next year. Once it is passed, the scheme “can secure the future and well being of taxi drivers who previously had to buy insurance policies on their own”. A total of 73,000 taxi drivers would benefit from the scheme.
He is also expecting an increase of 500,000 new active workers to be registered, bringing the total registered employees to 6.5 million.
“So far, 6.4 million workers have registered with SOCSO nationwide, with Perak recording the highest number of 1.2 million people,”
Additionally, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced a SOCSO scheme for individual taxi drivers at the recent 2017 Budget.
Under an allocation of RM60 million in the budget, this scheme would benefit taxi drivers who have a monthly income up to RM3,000. He also added that taxi drivers were required to contribute between RM157 and RM443 per annum which is only RM13.08 a month.
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