Pemerkasa Plus: Wage subsidy programme extended to help bosses, says Saravanan

PUTRAJAYA: The Human Resources Ministry will ensure initiatives outlined under the Pemerkasa Plus economic stimulus package will be realised to benefit those in the target groups, says Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

The minister said the government has extended the wage subsidy programme to help employers continue operations and retain their workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The implementation of the previous wage subsidy programmes had managed to save 4.7 million workers and 498,882 employers, he said.

“Based on previous successes, the government has extended the programme for a month for all affected sectors of the economy.

“An allocation of RM1.5bil has been made for the programme under the Social Security Organisation (Socso) for all affected economic sectors, with a limit of 500 employees per application, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 1).

This is expected to benefit 2.5 million employees and 200,000 employers, said the minister.

Saravanan said that employers registered with the Human Resources Development Berhad will be given levy exemption for the month of June.

Workers can boost their skills and knowledge via the e-Latih programme, which has 400 modules and skills courses that are available for free.

“The ministry is committed to ensure that targeted groups will benefit from the initiatives outlined under Pemerkasa Plus, ” he said.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (May 31) unveiled the Permerkasa Plus economic stimulus package in a bid to support the healthcare sector, business and Malaysians as the country heads into total lockdown.

The Pemerkasa Plus initiative is to help alleviate the challenges Malaysians would face following the recent strict implementation of movement control order.

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