Tying up gig economy’s loose ends


Emmanuel Joseph

E-hailing and other services in the gig economy benefit consumers in more ways than one. But things are not always sunny for those working these jobs. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 30, 2020.

THE 12th Malaysia Plan will include the gig economy, reflective of its importance as we find ourselves increasingly reliant on it.

With an estimated 160,000 Malaysians working as drivers and riders for various e-hailing services – some 30,000 with Foodpanda and GrabFood – the figure is expected to rise as the younger generation finds it difficult to secure permanent employment. Add to that stagnating salaries, rising inflation and an increasing demand for work-life balance.


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