Malaysia's Human Resources Ministry has made a recommendation to the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), to expand its Self-Employment Scheme to cover fishermen, hawkers, artistes and farmers.

As reported by Bernama, Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said this proposal would ensure that if any accident or "untoward incident" occurs, workers in the "informal business sector" would also receive protection.

The scheme currently covers those self-employed persons who are associated with an organisation.

Speaking to reporters after SOCSO breaking-of-fast event yesterday, Minister Kulasegaran also said he has informed SOCSO to discuss this with those in the sector, and if they consent, he hopes for the proposal to be "implemented as soon as possible."

He added: "The suggestion is towards a positive direction and the scheme is widely implemented in other developed countries."

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