This starts today (18 June), and HR Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan has urged all employers to review their practices, in addition to complying with the relevant SOPs.
Starting today (Friday, 18 June), employers in Malaysia's manufacturing sector will no longer be given warnings if found violating Act 446 or lockdown SOPs. Instead, they will immediately be compounded once found guilty.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (17 June), HR Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said both the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) and the Ministry of Home Affairs will not be giving any more chances to these employers, and urged all employers to not just comply with the Act and SOPs, but to also review their practices.
During visits to different sites in Kajang and Segambut yesterday, along with Minister of Home Affairs Dato' Seri Hamzah Zainudin, Minister Saravanan noted that there were still employers who made false declarations, and were found in violation of the lockdown SOPs.
RM1.215bn in wage subsidies have been disbursed to employers as of 4 June 2021
In separate local news, Malaysia's Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul has announced that as of 4 June, a total of RM1.215bn has been channelled to 74,075 employers, benefitting a total of 645,522 employees, under the Wage Subsidy Programme (PSU)
These details were shared in the 57th LAKSANA Report released by the Ministry of Finance yesterday (17 June).
Among other updates, the report included the following:
- PENJANA financing for the tourism sector: The government has allocated a total of RM600mn for SMEs and micro-SMEs that are still affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. As of 4 June, there have been 666 applications for this funding, of which 327 applications have been approved, with a total funding of RM65.1mn.
- Recruitment Incentive Programme and Training Assistance: As of 4 June, a total of 137,593 workers have successfully secured employment through this programme. Among the major industries and sectors that employ include manufacturing as well as wholesale and retail trade.
- TEKUN Business Recovery Scheme or TEKUN Business Recovery Scheme specifically for micro SMEs: The RM100mn fund has achieved its objective by benefiting 14,946 micro-SMEs.