‘Extend wage subsidy to all’


HUAZONG, the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia, has urged the government to extend the recently announced Wage Subsidy Programme 3.0 to states which are not under the movement control order, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said even though they supported the programme, it should be offered to those who need it instead of being allocated according to whether a state is under MCO.

“Even in MCO states, there are businesses that are doing well, whereas there are employers in non-MCO states who are desperately in need of help, ” Goh said in a statement.

On Monday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that all employers operating under the movement control order are eligible to apply for the Wage Subsidy Programme 3.0 regardless of sectors.

Eligible employers would receive a wage subsidy of RM600 for each of their employees earning less than RM4,000 for a period of one month.

Goh urged the government to also consider extending the programme from one month to three months.

Apart from the programme, Huazong also recommends that the government offer a discount to those who make early repayments of their PTPTN loans and to extend discounted Internet packages to those sitting for the UEC exams.

> In a bid to ease her parents of their financial burden, a university student agreed to offer sexual services for money but ended up being raped and RM2,000 poorer, the same daily reported.

The 22-year-old student, who is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Business, said she contacted a “middle-man” on WhatsApp who claimed he could help her solicit high-paying clients.

She was asked to pay RM2,000 as an introducer’s fee and was soon told to meet a client at a hotel in Cheras.

When they met up, the man agreed that they would not have penetrative sex but went back on his word.

She later lodged a report at the Kajang district police Hhadquarters and spoke to reporters from the daily on condition of anonymity.

The police suspect that the “client” and “middle-man” are the same person and he is proficient at running similar scams on desperate victims.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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