Wage subsidy Programme – Updated 6th April (PRIHATIN SME+)

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1. How to Qualify?

What are the eligibility requirements for Wage Subsidy?

  • Both employers and employees need to be registered and have contributed to the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS).
  • Employers with declining revenue of more than 50% since January 2020 by comparing total sales in January 2020 and the following months.
  • Employers opting to accept this assistance are required not to dismiss employees, directing employees to take unpaid leave and pay deductions for a period of 6 months; That is 3 months during the period receiving the subsidies and 3 months thereafter. e.g. Employers receiving the wage subsidy from April to June cannot undertake any of the above mentioned initiatives until October.

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2. Rate and Period of Assistance

The period of assistance is for a maximum of three months. Under the enhanced initiative, all companies with local employees earning a monthly salary each of RM4,000 and below will receive wage subsidies as follows:

  • For companies with a workforce of more than 200 people, Government will provide a wage subsidy of RM600 per month for every retained worker. However, the maximum number of workers that a company is eligible to claim for will be increased from 100 to 200 employees.
  • For companies with employees between 75 to 200 people, Government will receive a wage subsidy of RM800 per month for every employee.
  • For companies with employees of less than 75 people, Government will provide a wage subsidy of RM1,200 per month per employee.
  • For employers opting to accept this assistance, they are required to retain their employees at least for a period of 6 months, that is 3 months during the period receiving the subsidies and 3 months thereafter.
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3. How to apply?

All applications must be submitted by the employer only beginning April 1, 2020 at the web site prihatin.perkeso.gov.my

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4. Payment method

Payment from Government is credited to the employer’s account based on the number of eligible employees within seven days of submission of application.

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5. How long will the Wage Subsidy Programme last

The Wage Subsidy period is 3 months from the date of application and the latter is subject to the economic situation of the country decided by the National Economic Action Council.

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