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Socso to go online

 | February 18, 2011

The new system will make it easier for workers to check whether their employers are contributing regularly and promptly to their accounts.

KUALA LUMPUR: Socso has at last decided to go online to make it easier for subscribers to monitor their accounts.

However, it is not known when the system will be ready.

“The process may take some time,” said the organisation’s chief executive officer, K Selvarajah.

Meanwhile, subscribers wanting details about their accounts will have to continue going to the nearest Socso office or making their requests by SMS.

Selvarajah told a press conference today that Socso had already engaged an IT company to provide the online system.

Asked why Socso had not made it easier for subscribers by mailing statements to them regularly, he said it would be too logistically difficult.

“We have about 10 million subscribers,” he said. “It would be too costly for us as well.”

Selvarajah also announced that Socso would be conducting a nationwide campaign to track employers who had yet to register and contribute to their workers’ social security.

The campaign, codenamed Ops Kesan, will begin on March 1.

“The operation will involve 46 Socso branches nationwide,” Selvarajah he said. “We will also identify employers who have registered but have yet to contribute.”

He warned non-complying employers that they were violating the Employees Social Security Act of 1969. They can be fined RM10,000, jailed for up to two years, or made to suffer both penalties.

“Therefore, we call upon all errant employers to come forward to register with us and pay up the contributions before next month,” he said.

As of 2010, Socso has thrown the book at 4,452 employers for several offences, including failure to contribute to their workers’ accounts, providing false information and being late with payments.


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