ALOR GAJAH, Jan 5 — A total of 128,000 fishermen are expected to contribute to the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) by August this year.
Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) director-general Othman Abdul Latiff said the scheme was to replace the fishermen’s group insurance contribution which will end July this year.
He said under SKSPS, fishermen are required to contribute a total of RM157.20 per year deducted from the cost of living aid allowance (ESHN) compared to RM100 per year under the old scheme.
“The contribution to SKSPS for registered fishermen under LKIM started on August 15 last year in stages and all fishermen are expected to contribute to the scheme by August this year.
“SKSPS is also eligible for fishermen who do not receive the ESHN incentive and contributions can be made through fishermen’s associations or directly to the nearest Social Security Organisation (Socso) office,” he told reporters after handing over accident compensation payment and disaster aid in Kampung Hailam, Pengkalan Balak here, yesterday.
Othman said under the new scheme if the fishermen are involved in accidents or killed while fishing at sea, their beneficiaries would receive a lifetime monthly benefit of RM945 instead of the overall compensation through the old scheme.
Earlier, Othman presented a cheque replica of RM102,500 to Aminah Abdul Manap, 70, the wife to the late Juhari Ali, 71, who went missing while fishing at sea in August 2015.
On December 14, 2018, the High Court issued an order that the victim was presumed dead on or around August 9, 2015.