Socso told to find ways to provide freelancers with safety net

THE Human Resources Ministry has directed the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to find ways to protect freelancers in the event of unfavourable conditions. The Malaysian Insight reports:


Minister M. Saravanan said flexible employment, such as online businesses and food delivery, has become a trend, especially among the younger generation, in today’s gig economy.

“My stance is, no matter what kind of job it is, they (freelancers) must have a safety net, either through their employer or on their own… I have asked Socso to find ways for them to be involved in contributions,” he said after speaking on Bernama TV’s Ruang Bicara programme last night.

He said the ministry is setting up a special skills-training programme for workers who have lost their jobs in sectors like hospitality, aviation and tourism due to the pandemic.

“I think the Malaysian generation of today will seize whatever job opportunities they have post-Covid-19, so long as their family’s welfare is well taken care of. Some are ready to get involved in the 3D sector,” he said, referring to jobs deemed dirty, dangerous and difficult.

“But the government will not do anything drastically, including in its efforts to reduce dependence on foreign workers and have the positions filled by locals. It will be done gradually.” – Bernama, June 2, 2020.