Malaysian’s government announced a wage subsidy programme as part of COVID-19 economic stimulus package. The purpose of this wage subsidy programme is intended to give financial assistance to employers who are undergoing cash flow difficulties and encourage all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to retain their employees in this COVID-19 period.

Let’s find out what is wage subsidy programme and what to prepare for the application of this programme.


Other criteria:-

  • Employer must be registered with or contributing to PERKESO ‘before 01.04.2020’    
  • Employer must registered with CCM (Companies Commission of Malaysia ) or applicable local authorities before 01.01.2020
  • Employer must commenced operations before 01.01.2020
  • Have at least 1 employee
  • For local employees only, not applicable to foreign employees
  • Employees with monthly wages of RM 4,000 and below, and contributed to Perkeso
  • Employer not allowed to terminate / cut salaries or force employeee to take unpaid leave for a duration of 6 months (3 months during the period receiving the subsidies and 3 months thereafter)

Effective date



15.09.2020 Or Subject to the funds allocated by the government or any decision

Application method

Online application – Starting from 09.04.2020

Payment method

Payment to employer ‘s bank account within 7 to 14 days from date of approval

Definition of “Wages” – Akta Keselamatan Social Pekerja 1969 [Akta 4]

Perkeso FAQ dated 07.04.2020 Link:

Who is not entitled to apply wage subsidy programme


Supporting documents and Forms Required

Where to download the forms ?

Updated 11/04/2020 : No need company chop for PSU50 declaration form during Movement Control Order period

Guide To Prepare Documents 

* What is BRN?


Perkeso published a video on 10/04/2020 to help all employers to understand the programme in more details. Please click here to watch :


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