PERKESO, TEKUN, campaign, self-employed, social security

PERKESO hopes that this initiative can create an inclusive social safety net for self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs.

Malaysia's PERKESO (SOCSO) and TEKUN Nasional, the agency under Ministry of Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperation (MEDAC), have launched the PERKESO TEKUN Entrepreneur Contribution Campaign to further extend social security to the self-employed (orang bekerja sendiri, or OBS) and entrepreneurs in the nation. 

This campaign targets 25,000 TEKUN entrepreneurs to register and contribute to the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) under the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS). TEKUN Nasional was also appointed as an agent to assist and encourage TEKUN entrepreneurs to contribute to SOCSO, apart from offering SKSPS contribution financing services through financing schemes made by TEKUN entrepreneurs. 

In a Facebook post, PERKESO expresses hopes that "this cooperation can strengthen the relationship between the two agencies and create an inclusive social safety net for self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs." 

Based on SOCSO statistics as of 18 February 2022, a total of 360,469 or about 15% of OBS nationwide have contributed to SKSPS, out of the total number of OBS in Malaysia is about 2.38 million. Meanwhile, more than RM6 million was paid by SOCSO to a total of 2,142 beneficiaries among OBS.

Welcoming the efforts, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Minister of Human Resources said, “I'm sure that efforts to provide social protection to these people will not only be welcomed by TEKUN entrepreneurs, but will also ensure the safety and wellbeing for them and their loved ones." ”

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