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MOL Reports SOCSO Registration Requirement for Foreign Workers in Malaysia

Date: 
Wednesday, 06 February 2019

      The Labour Office in Malaysia reported that Thai workers going to work in Malaysia must apply for the employer to register for social security with the Social Security Organization from January 1, 2019, onwards to receive legal protection benefits.
      On February 6, 2019, the Malaysian Social Security Organization reported that the Malaysian government requires employers that hire foreign workers (except houseworkers) to register with the Social Security Organization or Socso under the Employee's Social Security Act 1967 (Act 4) and Social Security Plan. This requires employers to pay contributions of 1.25% of employee’s wages to Socso every month from January 1, 2019, onwards.
For the process, foreign workers can register online via PERKESO (ASSIST) or employers can complete the form and submit it themselves at the Social Security Office in the area or close by to the office. For foreign workers covered under the Workers Compensation Scheme, the employer must register for the employee 1 day after the insurance has ended.
      Labour Minister H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeo said that foreign workers who travel to work in Malaysia legally and have registered with the Social Security Organization would receive 7 protection benefits. This includes medical benefits, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, benefits to dependents, cremation allowance (for cases of employee deaths), contributions for caregivers (in situations requiring a caregiver) and physical and mental rehabilitation benefits if an employee is ill or injured from carrying out work duties. Thai workers who are traveling to work abroad are advised to follow the news from the authorities, especially regarding employment law, which will ensure workers are updated and will not lose out on entitled benefits. For more information, contact the Thai Labour Office in Malaysia, Tel. 03- 2145 5868, 03- 2145 6004 or call the Ministry of Labour’s 1506 hotline, and press 2 for the Department of Employment.

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Division of Public Relations/
News by Areerat Aiyarakhom/
Information by Bureau of International Cooperation/
6 February 2019/