Grab Malaysia applies for Socso compensation for assaulted e-hailing driver

KUALA LUMPUR: Grab Malaysia has applied for insurance compensation from the Social Security Organisation (Socso) on behalf of an e-hailing driver who was recently assaulted, says Human Resources Minister Steven Sim.

He said the application was submitted by the platform earlier today and is expected to be processed within the next few days.

"We will assess the protection benefits he is entitled to, and the process should not take too long," Sim told reporters after the launch of the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) Contribution Sponsorship and the memorandum of understanding exchange between the ministry and Socso with Grab Malaysia today.

Recently, it was reported that a disabled e-hailing driver ended up bruised after he was allegedly assaulted by a VVIP's bodyguard.

In a police report that has since gone viral, the victim claimed to have been punched by the bodyguard after he was asked to move his car while waiting at the lobby of a five-star hotel here.

In his report, the 46-year-old, a deaf-mute, claimed he was waiting at the hotel lobby to pick up passengers about 11.40am.

He claimed that while he was there, a man started knocking on his car window and asked him to move as the VVIP entourage was leaving the hotel lobby.

The victim claimed the man then punched him in the face.

He was given initial treatment at Kuala Lumpur Hospital and was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury by a doctor from the Emergency and Trauma Department. 

Later, Bukit Aman police criminal investigation department director Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain confirmed receiving the report and said police had classified the case as causing injury under Section 323 of the Penal Code.

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