KUALA LUMPUR – In the era of difficulty in getting a job match, gig economy provides an opportunity for job-seekers to gain side income.
Nevertheless, according to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, those involved in the gig economy cannot enjoy the facilities and protection a normal employee does.
Answering the additional question from the Member of Parliament (MP) of Pontian, Datuk Ahmad Maslan at the Dewan Rakyat today, he said, the government will not stop the system as it gives the people opportunities to increase their income and the unemployed can also make a living out of gig economy.
Earlier, Ahmad Maslan asked about the increasing number of people doing part-time jobs and if a guideline is needed.
Answering the additional question from Mohd Shahar Abdullah (BN-Paya Besar), the Prime Minister said that the government is reviewing the law and regulations to protect the workers of gig economy.
Referring to Foodpanda, he said, the system was introduced in Malaysia when the government was not well-versed with the gig economy. Therefore no rules or regulations were made by the government and it could cause the workers to be oppressed by their employers.
“It is now the responsibility of the government to set the law and regulations so that everyone is protected and we can grow the economy from the gig economy,” he said.
Answering Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (PKR-Lembah Pantai) if the committee involved in drafting the law will touch on the contributions for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organisation (Perkeso), Dr Mahathir said that the government is concerned about the fates of the workers under gig economy. -MalaysiaGazette