The Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) has received almost 130,000 applications involving 1.07 million employees for the wage subsidy scheme. SOCSO Chief Executive, Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz said in a statement that 111,900 applications involving 727,288 workers had been approved. From the total of 129,039 applications, 124,106 are companies with a workforce of below 75 employees; 3,716 are companies with between 76 and 200 workers, and 1,217 companies with more than 201 staff. Selangor recorded the highest number of applications from 34,674 employers, involving 288,536 employees.
To expedite the approval process, Dr Azman called for cooperation from employers to submit complete application forms with accurate information. He said some employers submitted incomplete applications, not providing correct information or submitting documents in the wrong format.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced several initiatives under the Economic Stimulus package to help those affected by the outbreak, including the RM600 monthly wage subsidy programme. The subsidy programme came into effect on April 1. Under the additional initiative, all companies with local employees earning a monthly salary of RM4,000 or less each are eligible for wage subsidies.