Human Resources Ministry: Employers entitled to Socso subsidies for foreign workers' Covid-19 tests

PETALING JAYA: Employers in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Sabah who employ foreign workers will soon be entitled to a subsidy for mandatory Covid-19 screening, says Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

The Human Resources Minister said the National Security Council (NSC) would announce the start date for the Program Saringan Prihatin Perkeso subsidy programme.

"Foreign workers who are Socso contributors working in those states are entitled to the subsidy and will have to take the RTK-Antigen test at registered clinics and hospitals under the programme.

"Socso will subsidise up to RM60 for each test and only once for each worker," he said in a statement Wednesday (Nov 25).

A directory of registered clinics can be found at

Saravanan added employers would have to pay for the tests first before applying for the subsidy.

Additionally, Saravanan said employers also need to take proactive steps to ensure their workers have proper living quarters to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by following measures under the Workers Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990.

On Nov 20, the NSC decided in a special meeting that all foreign workers working in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Pulau Pinang and Sabah must undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening.

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