Highlights of 2020 Economic Stimulus Package

Following are the highlights of the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package unveiled by Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today:

  • Introduction of 2020 Economic Stimulus Package is to ensure economic risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak is effectively addressed
  • The stimulus package valued at RM20 billion is anchored on three strategies as follows:

Strategy I : Mitigating impact of COVID-19;

Strategy II : Spurring rakyat (people) centric economic growth; and Strategy III : Promoting quality investments

  • To mitigate the impact, the Government will implement a three-pronged approach – first, to ease the cash flow of affected businesses, second, to assist affected individuals, and third, to stimulate demand for travel and tourism.
  • The Government will give a one-off payment of RM600 each to taxi drivers, tourist bus drivers, tourist guides and registered trishaw drivers.
  • Government staff directly involved in the containment efforts will be eligible for a special monthly critical allowance of RM400 for medical doctors and other medical personnel, as well as RM200 for immigration and related front line staff commencing February 2020 until the end of pandemic.
  • The Government will provide the necessary resources to ensure COVID-19 disease is well managed.
  • The Government will provide double deduction on expenses incurred on approved tourism-related training.
  • The Government will also provide up to RM100 million on a matching grant basis to HRDF to fund an additional 40,000 employees from the tourism and other affected sectors.
  • The Government will also provide RM50 million to subsidise short courses in digital skills and highly skilled courses. This incentive is expected to benefit 100,000 Malaysians.
  • The Employee Insurance Scheme (EIS) will increase the claimable training cost from RM4,000 to RM6,000 for the affected sectors. A daily training allowance of RM30 per day will also be provided to trainees under EIS.
  • personal income tax relief of up to RM1,000 on expenditure related to domestic tourism;
  • Malaysians will be eligible to get digital vouchers for domestic tourism of up to RM100 per person for domestic flights, rails and accommodation at licensed hotels.
  • Additional matching grants for tourism promotion will be provided. An allocation of RM500 million is provided for the vouchers and tourism promotion.
  • Relaxation of existing guidelines limiting use of hotels by Government agencies as part of mitigating the reduced demand.
  • The minimum Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution by employees will be reduced by 4% from 11% to 7%, with effect from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Source: Bernama 

Posted on : 27 February 2020
Last Updated : Thursday 21st May 2020