Two things you should know if you’re an expat worker in Malaysia

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Two major updates. The first is about insurance. One of the biggest insurance companies in Malaysia recently released a memo (not public) about countries that are sanctioned. We’re not sure if the sanctions are on a national level by Malaysia or just this one single company. But here’s what you need to know.

What countries are sanctioned?
Not sure why they are sanctioned and whether by the Malaysian government or it is just the insurance company which is one of the biggest in Malaysia. So, it is worth noting.

Countries with severe sanctions
North Korea

Countries with limited (less severe) sanctions
South Sudan
Democratic Republic of Congo
Russia and

What this means and what to do
If you plan to get any form of insurance, maybe do it now. Expats from the countries are not completely banned from receiving insurance.

They will just require extra clearance before they can be approved. Not sure how they came up with the list either.

You won’t find this in the news anywhere, yet. Only if you go to try to get insurance.

The second is about SOSCO

What is SOSCO

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Social Security Organization (SOCSO) is a government agency established to implement social security schemes and provide social security protection to employees and their dependents.

It currently only applies to Malaysian citizens and permanent residents. But starting on 1 January 2019, expats and foreign workers will be included too in line with the Equality of Treatment (Accident Compensation) Convention, 1925 (No.19) and Conference Committee on the Application of Standard under the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

What this means
You will need to contribute some of your monthly salary to the Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) which is like insurance. Your employer will also contribute some part of it too.

The program provides insurance against work-related injuries. For instance, if you require treatment as a result of injuries suffered at work or in the line of duty (like going to work or coming back from work).

It also includes Medical Benefits, Temporary Disablement Benefits, Permanent Disablement Benefits, Constant-attendance Allowance, Dependants’ Benefits and Rehabilitation, a RM6,500 repatriation cost as well as funeral costs. See more details here.

How much is it?
The contribution rate varies. But it ranges from 10 sens to RM19.75 for you (as an employee), and between 40 sens and RM69.05 for employers.


Contribution Rates

The actual monthly wage of the month First Category (Employment Injury Scheme and Invalidity scheme) Second Category (Employment Injury Scheme)
Employer’s contribution Employee’s contribution Total Contribution Contribution By Employer Only
1. Wages up to RM30


40 cents 10 cents 50 cents 30 cents
2. When wages exceed RM30 but not RM50 70 cents 20 cents 90 cents 50 cents
3. When wages exceed RM50 but not RM70 RM1.10 30 cents RM1.40 80 cents
4. When wages exceed RM70 but not RM100 RM1.50 40 cents RM1.90 RM1.10
5. When wages exceed RM100 but not RM140 RM2.10 60 cents RM2.70 RM1.50
6. When wages exceed RM140 but not RM200 RM2.95 85 cents RM3.80 RM2.10
7. When wages exceed RM200 but not RM300 RM4.35 RM1.25 RM5.60 RM3.10
8. When wages exceed RM300 but not RM400 RM6.15 RM1.75 RM7.90 RM4.40
9. When wages exceed RM400 but not RM500 RM7.85 RM2.25 RM10.10 RM5.60
10. When wages exceed RM500 but not RM600 RM9.65 RM2.75 RM12.40 RM6.90
11. When wages exceed RM600 but not RM700 RM11.35 RM3.25 RM14.60 RM8.10
12. When wages exceed RM700 but not RM800 RM13.15 RM3.75 RM16.90 RM9.40
13. When wages exceed RM800 but not RM900 RM14.85 RM4.25 RM19.10 RM10.60
14. When wages exceed RM900 but not RM1,000 RM16.65 RM4.75 RM21.40 RM11.90
15. When wages exceed RM1,000 but not RM1,100 RM18.35 RM5.25 RM23.60 RM13.10
16. When wages exceed RM1,100 but not RM1,200 RM20.15 RM5.75 RM25.90 RM14.40
17. When wages exceed RM1,200 but not RM1,300 RM21.85 RM6.25 RM28.10 RM15.60
18. When wages exceed RM1,300 but not RM1,400 RM23.65 RM6.75 RM30.40 RM16.90
19. When wages exceed RM1,400 but not RM1,500 RM25.35 RM7.25 RM32.60 RM18.10
20. When wages exceed RM1,500 but not RM1,600 RM27.15 RM7.75 RM34.90 RM19.40
21. When wages exceed RM1,600 but not RM1,700 RM28.85 RM8.25 RM37.10 RM20.60
22. When wages exceed RM1,700 but not RM1,800 RM30.65 RM8.75 RM39.40 RM21.90
23. When wages exceed RM1,800 but not RM1,900 RM32.35 RM9.25 RM41.60 RM23.10
24. When wages exceed RM1,900 but not RM2,000 RM34.15 RM9.75 RM43.90 RM24.40
25. When wages exceed RM2,000 but not RM2,100 RM35.85 RM10.25 RM46.10 RM25.60
26. When wages exceed RM2,100 but not RM2,200 RM37.65 RM10.75 RM48.40 RM26.90
27. When wages exceed RM2,200 but not RM2,300 RM39.35 RM11.25 RM50.60 RM28.10
28. When wages exceed RM2,300 but not RM2,400 RM41.15 RM11.75 RM52.90 RM29.40
29. When wages exceed RM2,400 but not RM2,500 RM42.85 RM12.25 RM55.10 RM30.60
30. When wages exceed RM2,500 but not RM2,600 RM44.65 RM12.75 RM57.40 RM31.90
31. When wages exceed RM2,600 but not RM2,700 RM46.35 RM13.25 RM59.60 RM33.10
32. When wages exceed RM2,700 but not RM2,800 RM48.15 RM13.75 RM61.90 RM34.40
33. When wages exceed RM2,800 but not RM2,900 RM49.85 RM14.25 RM64.10 RM35.60
34. When wages exceed RM2,900 but not RM3,000 RM51.65 RM14.75 RM66.40 RM36.90
35. When wages exceed RM3,000 but not RM3,100 RM53.35 RM15.25 RM68.60 RM38.10
36. When wages exceed RM3,100 but not RM3,200 RM55.15 RM15.75 RM70.90 RM39.40
37. When wages exceed RM3,200 but not RM3,300 RM56.85 RM16.25 RM73.10 RM40.60
38. When wages exceed RM3,300 but not RM3,400 RM58.65 RM16.75 RM75.40 RM41.90
39. When wages exceed RM3,400 but not RM3,500 RM60.35 RM17.25 RM77.60 RM43.10
40. When wages exceed RM3,500 but not RM3,600 RM62.15 RM17.75 RM79.90 RM44.40
41. When wages exceed RM3,600 but not RM3,700 RM63.85 RM18.25 RM82.10 RM45.60
42. When wages exceed RM3,700 but not RM3,800 RM65.65 RM18.75 RM84.40 RM46.90
43. When wages exceed RM3,800 but not RM3,900 RM67.35 RM19.25 RM86.60 RM48.10
44. When wages exceed RM3,900 but not RM4,000 RM69.05 RM19.75 RM88.80 RM49.40
45. When wages exceed RM4,000 RM69.05 RM19.75 RM88.80 RM49.40


The First Category refers to employees who are less than 60 years old. Or those who are 55 years old and have never contributed to Sosco because of non-eligibility. The calculations for this is 1.74% from the employer and 0.5% from the employee.

The Second Category refers to employees above 60 years old. The contribution rate is 1.25% of the employee’s wage paid by the employer.

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