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Local Man’s Disability Benefits Rejected By PERKESO After Getting Into Road Accident

Local Man’s Disability Benefits Rejected By PERKESO After Getting Into Road Accident

He got into a road accident on the way home from work but PERKESO allegedly rejected his disability benefits claim because his case had a “detour” of personal nature.

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UPDATE: PERKESO Responds To Viral Claim, Says Appeal Underway

Social Securities (PERKESO) was created to provide aid to all employees in Malaysia in case of a tragedy at work.

Unfortunately, a local man shared his trouble in getting reparations from PERKESO after getting involved in a road accident last year.

On 10 August 2022, he got into a road accident while coming back from work. He noted that he was wearing work coveralls at the time, an indication that he was truly heading home after work.

He sustained extensive injuries such as bleeding in the brain and broken bones in his left thigh, left hip, and left pinky finger. He also had stitches under his chin, neck injuries, and wounded his left hand.

However, PERKESO allegedly rejected his request for disability benefits because they claimed his conditions did not meet the requirements under Section 2(6) of the Social Securities Act 1969.

He has submitted an appeal to the Social Security Appellate Board (JRKS) and it was scheduled to be discussed on 30 January 2023.

He claimed that he has not heard any decisions from PERKESO representatives. He hopes that PERKESO will approve his application for the disability benefit so that he can undergo rehab and get back to work.

It’s also alleged that his manager has confirmed that he carried out duties related to work when he got into an accident.

His Twitter thread generated an online buzz and it caught the attention of PERKESO. PERKESO on Twitter said that the man’s case wasn’t classified as a work disaster because there was a “detour” of a personal nature at the time of the accident.

PERKESO added that his case has been forwarded to JRKS for further deliberation.

Netizens disagreed with PERKESO’s answer and criticised the reasoning behind rejecting the man’s disability benefits claim.

A netizen brought up an old case that was reported in the news where the Appeals Court ruled that trips back to hometowns, even on day offs, are considered “travelling to work.”

Netizens were also confused by PERKESO’s stance since the victim was dressed in work clothes at the time of the accident. They believe PERKESO should just approve the man’s benefits claim.

PERKESO’s reason to reject the benefits claim also made some wonder if everyone is forced to stick to the same route to work in case it’s considered a “detour.”

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