Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran has urged e-hailing service provider Grab to provide Social Security Organisation (Socso) contribution for its drivers. The suggestion, according to The Sun, was after Socso learnt that the late Grab driver, Aiman Nosri, 27, had no record of Socso contributions being made. Aiman was found dead in his Perodua Myvi, reportedly with strangulation marks around the neck.

“I am very sympathetic to the victim’s family, it is a pity for them because they did not get any benefits under the Socso scheme even though he died while working. In fact, our checks revealed as of April, there are only about 4,231 taxi drivers including those in the e-hailing services from a total of 90,000 drivers who contribute to Socso,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysia Commuting Accident and Road Safety Seminar.

Kulasegaran cited the law, which states that every employer is required to make Socso contributions, thereby ensuring that the welfare of every employee is taken care of. He also said Socso issues between RM600 million to RM800 million in compensation payments to employees involved in commuting accidents.

“The government does not emphasise on the enforcement aspect of that law as it wants to be more business-friendly and does not want employers to be in a position where they are forced to do it. The contribution per worker is not much – it is only about RM15 a month or RM150 a year. In this regard, employers are encouraged to register their employees for Socso benefit, as they have been working hard,” he added.

Socso CEO Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said his organisation had attempted to meet with Grab to register drivers under the Socso scheme, but that ultimately failed to materialise. “A scheduled meeting with the Grab CEO has been postponed twice. I hope that we are able to meet Grab in the near future to sort this matter out,” he said.