Gig economy, opportunity for side income – Dr Mahathir

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gig economy side income Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad during the Question and Answer session at the Dewan Rakyat sitting. Sitting next to him is Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (left) at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette /22 OCTOBER 2019
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad during the Question and Answer session at the Dewan Rakyat sitting. Sitting next to him is Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (left) at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette /22 OCTOBER 2019

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

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  1. MALAYSIAN GIG WORKERS NEED A HOLISTIC LEGISLATIVE SECURITY NET

    We Need to Change the Game for the Gig Economy

    One thing is clear – the gig economy is the future of work.

    We now live in a world where traditional workers are changing jobs or careers multiple times, individuals are eager than ever to take on additional jobs for more income, and the internet is creating an endless marketplace of opportunity.

    What is the Gig Economy?
    The gig economy is a general term that refers to freelancers, part-time workers, one-off contractors, and other non-traditional employees. The term may be defined by the work arrangement, whether or not you are a permanent employee, by a legal classification, or by the nature of the work being done.

    Malaysian Freelancers & Gig Workers need the Freelancer & Gig Worker Act and the most recent of the California labor laws being amended to improve labor conditions. The bill recently passed state legislature on September 11th, 2019.

    In Malaysia, we must expand the definition of a paid employee, requiring employers to give many independent contractors more benefits and pay guarantees. The parameters will include any worker wherein the company controls the performance of the task or if the project is part of the regular business process. This is a huge win for gig workers, and it means that many benefits that were previously withheld from independent contractors will now be required by law.

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