foodpanda riders protected Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS)

The delivery workforce will be entitled to a protection plan for self-employed insured persons against self-employment injury including occupational diseases and accidents during work-related activities.

Delivery platform foodpanda Malaysia, on 12 April 2022 (Tuesday), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia's Social Security Organisation (PERKESO), to provide wider and better coverage of social protection to over 60,000 of its delivery partners under PERKESO’s Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS).

The MoU was signed by PERKESO's CEO Dr Mohammed Azman, and foodpanda Malaysia's MD Sayantan Das, in the presence of M. Saravanan, the Minister of Human Resources.

With SKSPS, the delivery workforce will be entitled to a protection plan for self-employed insured persons against self-employment injury including occupational diseases and accidents during work-related activities. Some other benefits covered include:

  • Medical, temporary, and permanent disablement;
  • Dependants’ benefit;
  • Constant attendance allowance;
  • Funeral;
  • Education, and
  • State-of-art facilities for physical or vocational rehabilitation.

At the MoU, Minister Saravanan shared that the SKSPS will see delivery partners receiving subsidised protection from the government, complemented by foodpanda, under the Budget 2022 initiative — SPS Padanan Caruman (SPS Contribution Matching).

"SPS Padanan Caruman is an incentive offered to self-employed individuals, including gig workers, to ensure that they are protected against any mishaps while carrying out their work. This is in line with the Government’s Keluarga Malaysia values that emphasise the caring spirit among Malaysia’s multi-cultural society," he explained.

CEO Azman added that the SKSPS can also provide assistance through the SPS Padanan Caruman programme in which the government provides incentives of up to 80% for individual contributors. On the other hand, foodpanda Malaysia will subsidise 50% of the balance (or 10% of the total amount) for foodpanda delivery partners, amounting to RM23.30 per person, for one-year protection.

Commenting on the MoU, MD Sayantan shared that this is much aligned with the government’s aspiration to transform Malaysia into a digitally-enabled and technology-driven high-income nation, as well as a regional leader in the digital economy, and thanked both the government and PERKESO for spearheading this initiative for their delivery partners.

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