HR Ministry: SOCSO Received 345 Complaints Of Employers Abusing The Wage Subsidy Programme
Author Avatar
awang hashim deputy minister of hr ministry

(Image: Utusan Malaysia)

The Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) has received as many as 345 complaints against employers under the Wage Subsidy Programme (WSP) since its implementation in June, said the deputy minister of the Human Resources Ministry, Awang Hashim.

“SOCSO has received 345 cases of complaints against employers regarding payments under the WSP involving RM19,986,200. From the complaints received, 155 cases of false claims and misuse of WSP funds were identified by SOCSO,” Awang said during a parliament session.

Awang also elaborated that investigations are still ongoing for the remaining 190 cases, where employees who lodged the complaints were requested to provide more details. He said that SOCSO is working with the Human Resources Ministry and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to act against employers who made false claims. “If there are cheating or making false claims, action can be taken against the employers under Section 415 and 417 of the Penal Code,” he added.

malaysians malaysia landscape

(Image: Malay Mail/Choo Choy May)

The deputy minister further explained that payments offered via the Wage Subsidy Programme will be temporarily suspended for employers who are still under investigation for false claims. Meanwhile, those who are proven to have made fraudulent claims will need to refund the money paid to them.

The Wage Subsidy Programme was first revealed under the Prihatin economic stimulus package in March 2020, and was intended as a way to help companies keep their employees. Through the programme, the government will pay a monthly salary of RM600 for three months to eligible employees.

The programme was subsequently extended in June for another three months via the PENJANA economic recovery plan with some enhancements and updated conditions. Following the end of this first round of extension, it was then succeeded by the Wage Subsidy Programme 2.0, announced under the new KITA PRIHATIN economic package in September 2020.

salary subsidy programme 2.0

On top of all the above initiatives, the Wage Subsidy Programme may make yet another comeback in 2021 as Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz had proposed a fourth implementation of the programme during the tabling of Budget 2021. This time, however, the programme will be carried out only for targeted sectors. In particular, the programme will benefit employees earning less than RM4,000 in the tourism and retail sector, providing them with RM600 for three months.

(Source: The Star)

0 0 votes
Article Rating

SHARE

Comments (0)

Subscribe
Notify of

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Top Personal Finance News Articles
Post Image
Petrol Price Malaysia Live Updates (RON95, RON97 & Diesel)
The RinggitPlus Team
- 10th August 2022
We provide weekly updates on every Friday at 5pm on the prices of RON95, RON97 and Diesel in Malaysia and a chart that shows the movement of fuel prices across a 6-week period. Bookmark this page now!
Post Image
Astro 4K Ultra HD Broadcast To Be Available For Subscription By The End of This Year
Brian Chung
- 14th August 2018
By the end of 2018, Astro customers will be able to watch football matches in Ultra HD. Read on to know more about the 4k Ultra HD service.
Post Image
Touch n Go RFID: What Malaysian Road Users Need To Know
Jacie Tan
- 10th August 2018
Everyone’s talking about Touch ’n Go RFID being used at Malaysian highway tolls soon – here’s what you need to know about it.
Post Image
Best High Interest Savings Accounts In Malaysia (May 2022)
Pang Tun Yau
- 31st May 2022
Make your money work for you by depositing them into the best high-interest savings accounts in Malaysia!

Related articles

Related Posts Image
Related Posts Image
Related Posts Image
Related Posts Image