Gig workers making less as more riders, drivers join apps


Sheridan Mahavera Zaim Ibrahim Desmond Davidson

A food-delivery rider preparing to bring meals and groceries to various homes during the MCO in Penang. Covid-19 led to mass layoffs and more people turning to the gig economy. – AFP pic, August 10, 2020.

FOR the past seven years, Mohd Adam Muharin’s job as an e-hailing driver gave him the freedom to be his own boss while putting food on the table for his family.

But later this year, the 36-year-old is trading his gig for a fixed monthly income, retirement funds, social security protection and the peace of mind that comes with a 9-to-5 job.


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