Govt Agrees To Extend SOCSO Invalidity Scheme To Foreign Workers

The government has agreed to extend the invalidity scheme to foreign workers, Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong said.

He said this decision was agreed upon during a joint committee meeting on the management of foreign workers chaired by him and Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail here today.

He said the extension of the invalidity scheme was in line with the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4).

“Under Act 4, local workers are covered by the Employment Injury Scheme and the invalidity scheme, whereas foreign workers only have the Employment Injury Scheme.

“Today’s meeting agreed to extend the social security coverage of the invalidity scheme to foreign workers in the country. The scheme provides 24-hour coverage for invalidity or death due to any cause and not related to the employment,” he said at a joint press conference.

An Insured Person shall be considered as suffering from invalidity by reason of specific morbid condition of permanent nature either incurable or is not likely to be cured and no longer capable of earning, by work corresponding to his strength and physical ability, at least 1/3 of the customary earnings of a sound Insured Person.

The scheme provides 24-hour coverage to employee who suffers from invalidity or death due to any cause and not related to his employment

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