PR’s 2014 Alternative Budget: 24-Hour SOCSO Coverage to Protect the Welfare of Workers


KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Oct: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) proposed for the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) scheme to be expanded for 24-hours of coverage.

DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng said the 24-hour coverage scheme involves a RM1 contribution by employers, employees and the Central Government.

He said that the existing scheme only protects employees only during their working hours and does not cover out-of-office hours in the event of an accident.

“The implementation of this coverage involves a contribution of RM3 a month, far from what is currently being contributed by the employee on average,” he said when presenting the PR Alternative Budget 2014 in Parliament today.

Guan Eng said the lack of insurance coverage for employees should be given due attention and should be expanded in efforts to ensure the welfare of employees is protected.

“We see fewer alternatives involving insurance schemes that protect the welfare of the employee. Therefore, this policy is suggested so that 24-hour coverage is given and is not limited to working hours only,” he said.

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