Unfair to exclude owner operated businesses from BKSS 7.0 aid – Chong

By S. Harrish

THE Sarawak government should not leave out owner operator businesses from receiving the BKSS 7.0 financial aid.

Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said the BKSS 7.0 only pays the RM10,000 to those active business entities registered with Socso.

The RM10,000 will be paid in two instalments of RM5,000 each in September and December.

He said that the Socso criteria meant that owner operated businesses were ineligible as they do not have any employees.

Chong Chieng Jen

“As owners, be it sole proprietor or partners of a company, they are not covered under the Socso and are not allowed to register with the scheme.

“There are many such businesses, where the partners or owners do not need employees and do all the work themselves,” he said in a statement today.

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman said they are not allowed to register with Socso and are now excluded from the BKSS 7.0 financial aid even though they do contribute to the State’s GDP and have suffered tremendously due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“To exclude them from the BKSS 7.0 financial aid is most unfair to them,” he added.

Chong called on the State government to make adjustments to the criteria for the BKSS 7.0 financial aid to include this group of business entities.