RM11.8bil disbursed under wage scheme

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  • Tuesday, 29 Sep 2020

Gaining new knowledge: Saravanan (second from right) with (from left) Rita, Chun Wai and Chui Ling at the TTT graduates appreciation ceremony in Putrajaya. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: A total of RM11.8bil has been disbursed under the first round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme, said Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

The Human Resources Minister said this was from the over RM13bil allocated for the initiative.

“The remaining funds have yet to be disbursed due to certain constraints such as verifying the authenticity of applications and falsification of documents.

“There are also applicants who did not complete the forms and left out information such as their bank account details,” he said.

He said the RM11.8bil combined with the additional RM2.4bil injection for the Wage Subsidy Scheme would be able to reduce the rate of unemployment.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced a further RM2.4bil allocation last week for the scheme as part of the Kita Prihatin special assistance package.

Saravanan said this at a press conference yesterday after an appreciation ceremony for new graduates of the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) certification course by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).

Two media personalities, Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and Wong Chui Ling, were among those named as outstanding trainers by the Human Resources Ministry.

Chun Wai, who is Star Media Group adviser, is a regular speaker at local and international conferences. The award-winning journalist with 36 years of media experience continues to write and recently launched his social media journalism platform.

“Attending the TTT class came to my mind during the movement control order period.

“Like most people, I was restless and after following too many webinars, I signed up for a TTT course to learn how to plan and structure my thoughts in a more organised way.

“I may have the media experience, but I wanted to learn to share my knowledge in a more effective manner,” he said, adding that speaking skills had become more important as he used social media more often now.

Chui Ling is a Hong Kong-born radio and TV personality, a columnist and an entrepreneur. The trainer specialises in post-natal courses.Chui Ling, who is married to a Malaysian businessman, set up the post-natal academy after giving birth. She also runs media courses.

The two received their training from Rita Krishnan from Impian Helang Sdn Bhd.

At the ceremony, Rita was presented a letter of appointment to be an official vendor for the TTT certification course.

Also present at the ceremony were HRDF chairman Datuk Nelson Renganathan and chief executive Shahul Hameed Dawood.

Nelson said HRDF’s TTT is a certification course that educates participants in the five basic competencies required of a professional trainer.

“The programme has been conducted since 1996 and is based on the Australian syllabus.

“Last year, a review was undertaken to ensure the relevance of the current requirements of the training market.

“This resulted in an updated and more standardised TTT syllabus, and this is the first batch of students to graduate as trainers based on this revised syllabus,” he said.

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