Socso promises tough action over fraudulent claims

Socso says it investigated 159 cases for fraud last year. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The government’s compulsory workers’ insurance scheme Socso said it was working closely with the authorities to take action against contributors making fraudulent claims.

Socso CEO Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said it was cooperating with the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the increasing number of fraudulent claims.

A total of 159 cases were investigated for fraud last year, he said, out of which 100 cases have been closed and six are still under investigation.

He urged those with information on fraudulent claims or who were cheated by middlemen in claiming Socso benefits to report such activities.

Azman reminded contributors that Socso’s services are free and there is no need for middlemen.

He cited a recent case where a Rapid Penang bus driver was fined RM2,000 for submitting false information.