So­cial se­cu­rity scheme to ease lives

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The move to ex­pand the Self-Em­ploy­ment So­cial Se­cu­rity Scheme will ease wor­ries among the fish­er­men when they go to work.

Na­tional Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ahmad Rudin Hussin said the scheme will take care of some 100,000 reg­is­tered fish­er­men in the coun­try.

“With un­sta­ble in­come, we can­not af­ford to subscribe to pricey per­sonal in­surance. Thus, through this scheme, we can se­cure our fu­ture and be bet­ter pro­tected in the event of oc­cu­pa­tional ac­ci­dents,” he said yes­ter­day.

Pa­hang Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Zulk­i­flee Md Yu­sof said the move proved the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to im­prove the lives of fish­er­men.

Fed­er­a­tion of Hawk­ers and Petty Traders As­so­ci­a­tion Malaysia pres­i­dent Yow Boon Choon said the scheme would help traders who could not af­ford to buy in­surance.

“Some are strug­gling to make ends meet. It is a good move that the gov­ern­ment is look­ing at ex­pand­ing the scheme cov­er­age.”

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