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。
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.