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Over 40,000 fishermen in Malaysia can now enjoy social security benefits August 09,2020   |  Source: Malay Mail

A total of 42,000 fishermen in Malaysia, including those who are working independently in the fisheries sector, would be allowed to make contributions to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017.

Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said contributions under the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) was to replace the fishermen’s group insurance contribution through the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM), beginning Aug 15 (Saturday).

“Today is a historical day, because for the first time, self-employed workers in the fisheries sector are allowed by the Socso Act to contribute to Socso.

“This will open access to insurance protection for fishermen, with contributions taken from their cost of living aid allowance,” he told reporters after officiating the Bukit Gantang Food Industry Mini Carnival 2020 and launch of the Fishermen’s Socso Contribution scheme at the Bunga Raya hall in Changkat Jering, here today.

He said the proposed contribution amount is RM157.20 per year for all fishermen registered with LKIM, and who were eligible for the cost of living aid allowance.

“The contribution amount will be debited directly through the Fishermen’s


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