Bill on gig workers’ welfare expected to be tabled in October sitting – Ahmad Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) — A bill related to the welfare of gig workers is expected to be tabled for its first reading at the Third Meeting of the Third Session of the 15th Parliament in October, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Rural and Regional Development Minister, said this was decided at a meeting of the Supreme Committee on the Establishment of the Malaysian Gig Economy Commission, which he chaired here today.

He said the enactment of this act is necessary as only about 250,000 out of the 1.16 million gig workers in the country contribute to the Social Security Organisation (Socso).

“… a new act to address issues concerning gig workers will be presented by the Human Resources Ministry (KESUMA), and we have set a date for the first reading of this bill during the parliamentary sitting from October to December,” he said at a press conference after the meeting, which was also attended by Human Resources Minister Steven Sim.

Ahmad Zahid said the meeting also decided to formally establish the Gig Economy Commission under the Prime Minister’s Department, which will be implemented within two months from now.