Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - National Assembly unanimously approves draft social security bill

National Assembly unanimously approves draft social security bill

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The National Assemply votes on the draft social security scheme law on Tuesday. national assembly via facebook

National Assembly unanimously approves draft social security bill

The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved the draft Law on Social Security Scheme, which consists of 11 chapters and 107 articles.

Passed by the Council of Ministers in early August, the bill was approved by all 105 members present at the assembly.

Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng said during the assembly’s plenary session that the law aims to ensure equity, social solidarity and improvements to people’s wellbeing and livelihoods.

He said the law was important for those in both the public and private sectors, as well as the self-employed.

“The draft Law on Social Security Scheme aims to create social security in line with the principles of social solidarity and equity in four areas – pensions, healthcare, occupational risk and unemployment for people in the public sector, the private sector and those covered by the Labour Law, including airline, maritime and domestic workers, as well as the self-employed,” Sam Heng said.

He said the draft law had gone through numerous technical meetings within the ministry, as well as consultative workshops with experts and development partners – particularly employers and unions – before being submitted to the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly for approval.

He said the government had successfully implemented occupational risk and healthcare social security schemes for more than two million private sector and health service employees, current and former civil servants, and veterans.

The scheme, he said, also covered healthcare services through health equity funds for more than 700,000 workers in the informal economy, including cyclo and tuk-tuk operators, athletes, commune council officials and village chiefs.

Chheang Vun, the chairman of the National Assembly’s Commission on Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Information and Media, echoed Sam Heng’s remarks.

He said the law was important, especially for poor factory workers, as it would enable people to receive health treatment and pensions.

“The law is vital to resolving social issues. Every country that cares about the interests of its people, especially those with low incomes, adopts such a law to provide security for their wellbeing and livelihoods,” he said.

However, Vorn Pov, the president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), took issue with the draft law.

He said the government had not held in-depth discussions with the relevant civil society organisations before sending the draft law to the National Assembly for approval.

“The draft law was passed without discussions being held with all relevant civil society organisations and other stakeholders. In future, draft laws should be put up for broad discussions with the relevant parties before being approved,” Pov said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Woman wanted for killing own son

    Police in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly hacked her son to death on Sunday in Stung Meanchey III commune. District police chief Meng Vimeandara identified the son as Chan Sokhom, 32. “The offender can’t escape forever.

  • H5N1 also poses deadly threat, ministry warns

    The Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) department has called on citizens to excise caution over H5N1 or bird flu that is spreading in the southern province of Vietnam. In a Facebook post, the department announced that it has made a series

  • Malaysia in turmoil

    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has done it again. At the centre of two days of high drama and political manoeuvring, he has, wittingly or not, contributed to shaking Malaysia, and further causing its equities market to fall nearly three per cent. The drama