HR Minister: Free Covid-19 Tests at Panel Outlets or Max RM150 Subsidy for Employers, in States under CMCO

A health worker inside a protective chamber collects swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Sunway Medical Centre in Subang Jaya October 15, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has extended aid to all employers in areas affected by the conditional movement control order (CMCO) for their employees to undergo the Covid-19 testing, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said today.

Saravanan said this will be offered via Program Saringan Prihatin (PSP) or the Prihatin Screening Programme, which is a programme that has offered Covid-19 screenings since April 27.

In a statement, Saravanan said that free tests will be given to Socso account holders at designated panel service providers.

“Employers can do free testing for their employees by making an appointment and producing complete details to the servicing panels.

“The list of Socso services can be obtained from the portal. The screening process can be done in a clinic or lab or at the work premises.

“However, only screenings done at the designated service panel will be supported wholly by Socso,” he said in a statement.

The PSP portal is at

Alternatively, employers can claim up to RM150 per employee from the Prihatin Screening Subsidy, by paying for the cost first and claiming the amount from Socso later.

Employers can do so by submitting their request for reimbursement at the same portal along with the receipts.

Socso will then refund up to RM150 per employee. He however stressed that all transactions must go through the employer.

“Foreign and local workers from all industries are eligible for the PSP aid. Those who have done their test previously may still do so again now,” he added.

Sabah, Labuan, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor have been put under CMCO after a spike in Covid-19 cases recently.

*Note: A previous edition of the story contained errors which have since been corrected.

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