Ministry to help Sarawak firms appeal for subsidy

KUCHING,. The Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry (MEDAC) will help Sarawak companies resolve issues concerning their ineligibility to apply for the wage subsidy programme (PSU) 3.0 under the Malaysian Economic and Rakyat’s Protection Assistance Package (PERMAI).

In a statement yesterday, its minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that unlike their counterparts in other states, many companies in Sarawak are not eligible to apply for the assistance because most areas in the state are placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), whereas the subsidy is only applicable to businesses in areas under the MCO.

He explained that businesses in Sarawak were also facing hard times following a severe drop in sales due to the restricted movement imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“I feel this is a technical issue that can be resolved amicably. It is not right for Sarawak businesses to be deprived of this subsidy, which will certainly be significant in helping them in these trying times.

“As a Sarawakian, who holds a post as a Federal Minister, it is my duty to assist them by bringing this matter up to the relevant party and authority,” he said.

Wan Junaidi also held a meeting with representatives of the Sarawak Business Federation yesterday to help them resolve issues concerning the wage subsidy.

The federation, an umbrella body that is represented by 13 chambers of commerce and comprising about 10,000 registered businesses operating in Sarawak, is appealing to the government to extend the PSU 3.0 programme to Sarawak employers operating outside the MCO areas.

— Bernama

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