Among the more than 145,000 gig workers who will be covered by SOCSO include food delivery riders, walkers, and also parcel delivery partners, SOCSO said in a joint statement on 16 July.
According to the statement, foodpanda and Grab have become the first among the 133 service providers in the country to enrol their delivery partners under its Occupational Disaster Scheme.
Its chief executive Datuk Seri Mohammed Azman Mohammed hopes that more service providers will follow suit and support the government’s initiative to register, contribute, and protect their delivery partners.
“Taking into account the increasing demand for the gig economy sector, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the delivery partners is a timely step to ensure their welfare as they are exposed to occupational risk while on road. This is vital so that workers in informal sectors, just like their counterparts in the formal sector, are not deprived of social safety protection,” he said.