Social Security Organization (SOCSO)

Social Security Organization, abbreviated SOCSO, is also known as PERKESO or Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial in Malay.

Social Security Organization (SOCSO) was established in January 1971 as a government department under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources (Malay: Kementerian Sumber Manusia).

Logo of Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO)

It became a statutory body effective July 1, 1985.

Social Security Organization (SOCSO) provides social security protection by social insurance including medical and cash benefits, provision of artificial aids and rehabilitation to employees to reduce the sufferings and to provide financial guarantees and protection to the family.

Social Security Organization (SOCSO) is a member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) since 1974.

SOCSO is mandated to administer and enforce the following laws and regulations:
  1. Employee Social Security Act 1969 [Act 4]

  2. Employee Social Security (General) Regulations 1971

  3. Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 [Act 789]

  4. Employment Insurance System Act 2017 [Act 800]

Social Security Organization (SOCSO) provides coverage to employees through 2 main schemes namely:
  • Employment Injury Insurance Scheme: provides protection for accidents that occur while traveling, arising out of and in the course of employment and occupational diseases

  • Invalidity Pension Scheme: provides protection against invalidity or death due to any cause not connected with employment.

Benefits include medical benefit, temporary and permanent disablement benefit, constant attendance allowance, dependant's benefit, funeral benefit, rehabilitation benefit and education benefit, survivors' pension, invalidity grant.

Effective June 1, 2016, every employer with one or more employees, who are Malaysian citizens or permanent residents and employed for a monthly salary of RM4,000 or below under a contract of service or apprenticeship is required to register and pay the contributions to SOCSO. Employers will be compounded for failing to do so.

Effective July 2, 2018, SOCSO extended its coverage to husbands and wives of those who are employed by their respective spouses to work in enterprises.

Effective January 1, 2019, SOCSO extended its coverage to all foreign workers under the Employment Injury (EI) Scheme.

Employees exempted from SOCSO's coverage are:
  • Government permanent servants

  • Domestic servants

  • Spouses of a sole proprietor or partnership owner

  • Self-employed

Screenshot of Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO) official website

The official site of Social Security Organization (SOCSO) features:
  • Employer and Employee Eligibility and Registration

  • Payment and Rate of Contributions

  • Employment Injury Scheme

  • Invalidity Scheme

  • Employment Injury Scheme for Foreign Workers

  • Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme

  • Employment Insurance System (EIS)

  • Checklists and Forms

  • Panel Clinics and Dialysis Centres

  • Enforcement and FAQs

  • SOCSO State Offices

Address:   Head Office

Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial
No. 281, Jalan Ampang
50538 Kuala Lumpur
Phone:   1-300-22-8000
Notes:   Official website available in English and Malay languages.

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Guide ID: 287 - Last Updated: May 12, 2019