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华总冀放宽200员工顶限让面对困境企业申请工资补贴计划

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华总会长丹斯里吴添泉对日前宣布的延长工资补贴多3个月至到今年杪措施表示欢迎,并希望政府能够放宽“不超过200名员工”顶限,让面对困境的企业也能够申请而获得纾困。

他也建议政府进一步放宽暂缓还贷措施,让更多特定领域商家和个人获得协助。

他说,尽管情况略为缓和,但整体而言目前国家的失业率仍然是处在历史新高,政府可以通过工资补贴计划来让雇主保住员工饭碗,也可以通过暂缓还贷协助企业和个人面对的还债困境。他说,政府拨出24亿令吉让年收入比去年减少30%公司申请工资补贴的作法,以及给每名员工每月600令吉工资补贴的计划,同时宣布延长和重新开放“微型企业特别援助金”(GKP)申请,让业者享有低息或免息贷款便利的安排,肯定是合时宜的及时雨。

他说,目前一些领域尤其是旅游和娱乐领域,还是处在无法全面复工的困境中,政府应该加强对该领域及其涉及范围业者和员工的照顾,尤其是暂缓还贷方面,应该让他们在无需申请情况下获得自动延长对待。

吴添泉针对首相丹斯里慕尤丁今午通过电视直播宣布 “我们关怀”额外援助计划(Kita Prihatin)系列措施,发表文告评论时表示,整体而言,华总欢迎政府今天这项亲商利民的措施,尤其是延长工资补贴和提供人民生活援助金方面,也是华总在政府不久前宣布延长行管令后所提出的建议之一,符合企业商家和人民的意愿。

他对政府继续为中下收入群体,即B40和M40个人与家庭分别提供介于400到最高1000令吉生活援助金的作法表示支持,但他认为政府更应该关注和协助提高就业率,才是治本之道。

他也建议政府通过国能公司,继续为中低收入群体家庭延长提供电费折扣,协助人民继续度过疫情难关。

吴添泉也希望政府在即将来临的明年度财政预算案中,继续收集各行各业和各领域民意,从中拟定更具活力和策略的振兴国家经济方略,引领人民在国家继续抗疫当中,激活百业经济,提高人民就业率,增加家庭收入,并带动国家经济和各领域发展。

他也呼吁全民与国家共同抗疫,遵守标准作业程序,在新常态中共克时艰。

Huazong urges govt to relax conditions of wage subsidy

The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) hopes the government could consider relaxing the conditions of wage subsidy program 2.0 (WSP 2.0) which limits the number of employees up to 200 employees maximum, in order to allow more affected businesses to get help.

Urging this was its president, Tan Sri T.C Goh while welcoming the government’s announcement of extending the wage subsidy for three months at a rate of RM600 per month for each employee, up to a maximum of 200 employees.

He also proposed the government to further extend the moratorium on bank loan repayment, so as to give those affected businesses the much-needed breather to stay afloat.

He said, while the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has somewhat lessened, the unemployment rate in the country is nonetheless still at its record high. Hence, it is necessary and urgent that the government to ensure more businesses could get much-needed help through the wage subsidy to retain their employees, as well as extending the loan moratorium to assist those affected businesses and individuals to get through this difficult time.

He acknowledged that, the government’s decision to allocate RM 2.4 billion under WSP 2.0 to supplement the wages of employees, for businesses that have seen their revenue reduced by 30 per cent during the ongoing recovery movement control order (RMCO) compared to the same period last year, besides the extension of the Prihatin Special Grant (GKP) for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), is a timely and thoughtful measure to assist Malaysians who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

Goh noted that, currently there are still some economic sectors like tourism and entertainment which are unable to fully resume operations and are badly in need of government’s assistance to stay afloat, especially in regards to their employees’ welfare. He thus hoped the government could automatically extend loan moratorium for this particular sector of businesses and their employees.

He expressed this while commenting on the prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s live-telecast announcement today of the new KitaPrihatin economic stimulus packages for Malaysia’s middle income group and the bottom 40 per cent wage earners.

He said, Huazong welcomes and supports the various caring and people-friendly initiatives, especially the wage subsidy and financial assistance (BPN 2.0) for two income groups categorised as B40 and M40. He said, such initiatives are in line with Huazong’s recent proposals and the aspirations of the people.
“However, it is hoped that the government could pay greater attention and put in more effort to boost employment rate in the country, which is fundamental and key to economic recovery,” he stressed.
Besides this, Goh also proposed that the government through the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) continue to provide rebates on electricity bills for the low and middle income groups, to assist them to better cope with the pandemic.
He further hoped that the government could strive to make a serious effort to gather sufficient feedback from various economic sectors and the people at large, towards formulating a dynamic National Budget 2021, in order to better effect economic recovery, and to pull the people out of the existing economic and financial hardship.
He also urged Malaysians to continue to strictly abide by the mandated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) while going about their daily life under the new norm.

 

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