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EPF should do more for SMEs

Dato NK Jasani, Country Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Malaysia PLT comments:

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 April 2020: The enhanced measures announced by the Prime Minister on 6th April are most appreciated and will provide much needed relief to the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Malaysian businesses – both big and small - are severely impacted by the double whammy arising from curtailed operations during the Movement Control Order and the downward spiraling economy worldwide.

Employees Provident Fund (EPF or KWSP) is one Authority which could and should do more for the SMEs and the overall Malaysian Corporate Sector.

EPF had reduced the Employee’s contribution from 11% to 7% for six months. Additionally, it allows Employees to withdraw RM500 per month from their own savings.

However, the above measures do not at all help SMEs’ very tight cashflow. EPF had stated that they will assess the specific conditions of the affected companies under its Employer Advisory Services (EAS). EPF had mentioned it could, on case-by-case basis, offer staggered payments for outstanding contributions.

Unfortunately, Employers will then find themselves having to make deferred payments as well as the current payments together later. This represents double payment in the context of cashflow during a time of protracted economic recovery. In essence Employers are just differing and snowballing their cashflow problems.

EPF should instead consider freezing EPF payments from both Employers and Employees for 3 months ie. from April to June 2020.

To ensure that this is not misused by the Employers, there can be condition that this concession is only allowed if the Employers do not terminate or retrench any of the Employees for the period of 9 months till December 2020.

EPF should seriously consider the above to help keep afloat Businesses as well as Employment.


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