Employees who discovered their employers failing to remit their EPF and SOCSO are urged to report the latter to the authorities, including the Public Complaints Bureau, the Labor Office and the Ministry of Human Resource.
They are also advised to check their EPF account regularly, which today can be obtained from the EPF office, EPF smart kiosk, or online through EPF i-Account.
Employee Provident Fund (EPF), or KWSP, provides the retirement fund fund for Malaysian workers, and can also be used for other financial purposes including purchasing of house (down payment), education payment and so on.
SOCSO, or PERKESO, on the other hand is an insurance scheme that protects the workers from financial liability in case of accidents, or death.
Many workers who face the predicament have been reluctant to report their company to authority in fear of being fired or victimized, especially those who lack knowledge of their right and human resource law.
There have been cases in the past where employees were met with rude awakening after discovering that their employers have not been contributing to their EPF and SOCSO accounts. Some of the employers even deceived their own workers by printing details of ‘fake’ contributions in their pay slip which went on for years. The workers only realized after getting their EPF statement from the EPF office.