Budget 2023: Stimulate gig economy, protect p-hailing industry
KUALA LUMPUR: Stakeholders in the gig economy, especially p-hailing delivery riders, are looking forward to the tabling of Budget 2023 with the hope of more protection from the government to further boost the industry, as well as their welfare and well-being.
The p-hailing riders, have proposed the setting up of a regulatory body to resolve issues involving them, as well as to serve as the link among stakeholders in the industry..Pix for illustration purposes only.A police spokesman said the incident happened around 7.
Malaysian P-Hailing Delivery Riders Association (Penghantar) president Zulhelmi Mansor said problems in the sector will continue to crop up if the government did not recognise the industry and introduce policy or law governing them."That's why we want the government to recognise p-hailing as a job to guarantee our interest under the relevant laws," he told Bernama.“We believe that issues related to the rights and interests of the state, via the cooperation relationship between the State and Federal Governments over the years, will be able to be addressed through consultation and consensus in the spirit of the Malaysian Family.Zulhelmi said the mechanism proposed by the p-hailing riders should be considered for immediate implementation by the government.“Any activities such as bathing, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating and trading will not be allowed in the area,” it added."The short-term plan is fixing the floor price for delivery charges and to improve the Digital Map System in the application of the provider company so that the travel distance is in line with the Google or Waze application," he added.8, I reiterated that Sabah will relentlessly continue to demand 40 per cent of Sabah’s own net revenue collected by the Federal Government, as stipulated in Article 112D of the Federal Constitution,” he said at the 2022 State-level Malaysia Day celebration at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu, on Sept 16.He said others included special incentive of RM500 for motorcycle maintenance, an extension of 80 per cent subsidy of the Self-Employed Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) under the Social Security Organisation for the year 2023, and the empowerment of the EPF I-Saraan scheme.Article type: free.
Zulhelmi’s views were shared by p-hailing rider Mohd Kamarul Ahmad Kamil, 29, who hoped that the government would be able to find a solution to deal with the issue of low payment for p-hailing riders.“Although there is still a lot of room for improvement in the context of development under the spirit of MA63, Sabah will continue to demand what is due, so that we will also enjoy the results of development as partners to this beloved country."The current payment is uncertain.We cannot estimate how much we are getting in a month.Accordingly, he said the State Government would continue to step forward to bring more progress and development in the state.Due to the increase in the price of goods, there is also less demand from users for p-hailing service," he said.The gig economy refers to the trend of a free market system that gives organisations and workers the freedom to live on voluntary work contracts without the need to employ full-time workers, in addition to flexible working hours.This is clear, he said, when Sabah recorded foreign investments amounting to RM9.
In Malaysia, the gig economy sector is more associated with p-hailing riders, but there are many more jobs in the sector.Part-time graphic designer, Johan Faizal Azuar, 34, who is also involved in the sector, is of the view that the government should strengthen the gig economy sector as the industry is a 'new norm' and will continue to grow in the current digital era.The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) data for the period from January to September, 2022 placed Sabah as the third largest recipient of foreign investment in Malaysia.He suggested that the government allocate some funds and intensify the implementation of programmes under the sector, through initiatives such as upskilling, provision of promotional platforms and incentives to help the self-employed."I am able to support myself and my family now with the help of my graphic design skills.ADVERTISEMENT “The Government will maintain this momentum to ensure that Sabah continues to be an attractive destination for investment,” said Hajiji.Although there is no fixed income, it does provide me with additional income," he said.
He said the government should view workers in the gig economy as also recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.He said the Hala Tuju SMJ involves three main thrusts which is to boost economic growth through three main focus sectors namely Agriculture, Industry and Tourism; Human Capital and People’s Welbeing; and Infrastructure Network and Green Sustainability which emphasises the quality and level of people’s wellbeing which depends on infrastructure network access and green sustainability.- Bernama Article type: free.
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