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Wrong Details On Applications Are Why Government Wage Subsidies Are Being Rejected, Says SOCSO

Wrong Details On Applications Are Why Government Wage Subsidies Are Being Rejected, Says SOCSO

Akmal Hakim

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The Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) says that administration errors are the reason why applications for the government’s Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Program (PSU) made by Malaysian employers were being rejected.

The PRIHATIN PSU – later extended to include the PENJANA PSU – was introduced by the government as a means to supplement the economy during the Covid-19 crisis.

The aid basically works to prevent job losses by providing government funds to companies to be channeled into the monthly payroll, preventing employers from cutting employee paychecks and benefits, or letting them go due to economic slowdown.

SOCSO explains that some companies and businesses had incorrectly filled in application details such as; incorrect or inactive bank account numbers, false Business Registration Number (BRN), or even giving out the wrong contact details and phone numbers.

SOCSO clarified it was making efforts to address this problem to ensure that every eligible applicant would receive government aid.

SOCSO implore companies that have not received their PUS payments to immediately reach out to the organization’s CEO Datuk Seri Dr. Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed directly via email at ceo@perkeso.gov.my or to contact SOCSO’s hotline at 1-300-22-8000 or visit any available SOCSO offices nationwide to rectify the issue.

Previously, the government had announced that the PRIHATIN and PENJANA PSU, worth around RM6 billion, had managed to save over 2 million Malaysian jobs.


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