A former teacher wants to know why his application for compensation from the Social Security Organisation (Socso) was rejected.

A septuagenarian wants to know why his application for compensation from the Social Security Organisation (Socso) was rejected.

Singam, 77, said he became visually impaired in 2002, and desperately needed the compensation money to cover his medical expenses.

“Currently, I depend on my wife’s pension money, 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and some side income from giving tuition but we really need the extra money.

“I have applied to Socso countless times with supporting documents from the Opthalmology Department of Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

“However, Socso said I was not entitled to any form of compensation,” he said.

Singam said he was a teacher from 1965 to 1978 before he became the sole proprietor of tutorial school, Akademi Media Ilmu (AMI) in 1981.

“Because I was the sole proprietor, I was only allowed to contribute under a special scheme which I did until May 2003.

“But since I became visually impaired and was declared disabled in 2002, I sold my business the following year and stopped full-time work.”

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A Socso officer explained that Singam’s contribution to the organisation was invalid as he owned a business.

“We have his contribution records from 2000 until 2003, but since he was the sole proprietor of a business entity, it became invalid.

“He, however, can ask for a refund by filling in necessary forms.

“He will have to fill up Form 34 and attach his medical reports. He must also include all related employment documents such as salary slips, service agreement and contract agreement for Socso’s investigation.”

The officer said Singam could go to the nearest office or download the form from www.perkeso.gov.my.

“We have contacted the complainant and explained to him what he must do and why he did not receive compensation.

“For further information, he may call the customer service careline at 1300-22-8000.”

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