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How to apply for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN)

The Malaysian Government has released its guidelines and information on application for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional.  (BPN).  Before this, the Government has stated that Employers are not allowed to cut the pay of employees or force them to take annual leave, or even dismiss them without adhering to the employment contract during the movement control order (MCO).  The ministry said that all salaries and allowances must be paid except for transport allowances that will not be used during the period.

For companies such as airlines affected by the drop in businesses, any cuts in salaries and benefits should first be discussed and agreed upon by employees, said the Human Resources Ministry in a statement on frequently asked questions issued by the National Security Council.  (MOH related article)

As for employees who are told to take unpaid leave starting from the 1st of March, they are eligible to apply for aids from the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) of up to RM600 a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


We have summarized the below and provided links to the website to for the application.


Employment Retention Programme (ERP) 1 (For a period of one (1) to six (6) months, employers can claim RM600 per worker taking unpaid leave)

CRITERIA:
Employer with worker/s taking unpaid leave due to COVID 19 for minimum of 30 days to 6 months.  (our Legal affiliate, Law Office of Hann can advise on taking this measures)
Eligibility is subject to employees registered and contributing to EIS with wages RM4,000.00 and below

HOW TO APPLY
Application can be made by employers through emailing the ERPC-19 form to erpc19@perkeso.gov.my starting 20th March 2020.

PAYMENT METHOD
Payment shall be credited to the employer’s account based on the number of eligible workers within 7 days submission of application.

Employment Retention Programme (ERP) 2 – WAGE SUBSIDY (For a period of three months, employers can claim RM600 per worker)  (Click to download the latest guideline from SOCSO & MOH)

CRITERIA:
Employer with declining revenue 50% since JANUARY 2020.
Eligibility is subject to employees registered and contributing to EIS with wages RM4,000.00 and below
Employers shall not be allowed to:
i) Terminate employees
ii) Force employees to take no-pay leave for period 3 months after the implementation of this programme.
iii) Cut salaries of existing employees

HOW TO APPLY
The application can be made by employers through www.perkeso.gov.my starting 1st APRIL 2020. 

WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS NEEDED

  1. Employees listing (restricted to 100) (click to download Borang_Senarai_Pekerja)
  2. Employer Bank Information (first page of Bank Statement)
  3. Copy of Employer Panel Bank Registration / MyCOID (to ensure the banking details is correct. May forward Form 9, Form 13, Section 17 and other latest SSM documents)**
  4. Copy of CCM/ROS/ROB Registration
  5. Statutory Declaration PSU50 (click to download Akuan Pengisytiharan PSU50 legal)
  6. Supporting documents to prove 50% sales drop i.e. Financial Statement, Certified Sales Report or Management Accounts (as per 3 April, this condition has been removed in the online application)

** Subject to SOCSO further clarification

PAYMENT METHOD
Payment shall be credited to the employer’s account based on the number of eligible workers within 7 days submission of application.

FOR HOUSEHOLD/ INDIVIDUAL

HOUSEHOLD SUBSIDY
CRITERIA:
1. RM4,000.00 and below, eligible to receive RM1,600.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM1,000.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM600.00

2. RM4,001.00 to RM8,000.00, eligible to receive RM1,000.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM500.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM500.00

SINGLE SUBSIDY
CRITERIA:

3. RM2,000.00 and below, eligible to receive RM800.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM500.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM300.00

4. RM2,001.00 to RM4,000.00, Eligible to receive RM500.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM250.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM250.00

HOW TO APPLY
NO NEED to apply if already registered 
and approved under Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) and register under LHDNM.
For new application can apply starting 1st APRIL 2020 at
1. Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia, http://www.hasil.gov.my
2. Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), https://bsh.hasil.gov.my 

PAYMENT METHOD
Payment shall be credited to the bank Account registered under BSH and LHDN.

Source: Hasil.Gov, Cheng&Co

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