Participation of housewives in the Social Security Scheme for Housewives Scheme (SKSSR) is on a voluntary basis and husbands are not obliged to contribute for their wives, the Social Security Organization (Socso) said.
He said the Housewives Social Security Bill 2022, tabled for first reading by Human Resources Minister Mr Saravanan in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, stipulates that the husband is only obliged to pay dues for his wife only if he chooses to do so and if he needs to inform Socso.
“In this situation, it may be an offense for the husband if he does not pay the contribution. The husband can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed for up to two years, or both, if found guilty,” he said in a statement tonight.
“However, if the couple is divorced or the husband is unable to pay his wife’s contribution due to loss of source of income or the like, his obligation to pay the contribution is void.”
Socso also said that the wife or housewife can pay the SKSSR contribution voluntarily, and payment of the contribution can also be made by a third party.
In this regard, he said, the reports published by several media that husbands who do not pay their wives’ Socso dues can be fined or imprisoned are inaccurate.
The Housewives Social Security Bill, which aims to provide social security to insured housewives in the form of certain benefits for the improvement of their health, safety, welfare and their welfare, was tabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
According to the bill, a scheme, known as SKSSR, will be set up for this purpose.
The bill stipulates that housewives who contribute to the scheme are entitled to disability benefits such as medical benefits, permanent disability benefits, constant care allowance, survivor’s pension and funeral benefits. – Bernama, July 20, 2022.