How To Apply Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN)

The Malaysian Government has released its guidelines and information on application for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional.  (BPN).  Before this, the Government has stated that Employers are not allowed to cut the pay of employees or force them to take annual leave, or even dismiss them without adhering to the employment contract during the movement control order (MCO).  The ministry said that all salaries and allowances must be paid except for transport allowances that will not be used during the period.

For companies such as airlines affected by the drop in businesses, any cuts in salaries and benefits should first be discussed and agreed upon by employees, said the Human Resources Ministry in a statement on frequently asked questions issued by the National Security Council.  (MOH related article)

As for employees who are told to take unpaid leave starting from the 1st of March, they are eligible to apply for aids from the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) of up to RM600 a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have summarized the below and provided links to the website to for the application.

Employment Retention Programme (ERP) 1 (For a period of one (1) to six (6) months, employers can claim RM600 per worker taking unpaid leave)


Employer with worker/s taking unpaid leave due to COVID 19 for minimum of 30 days to 6 months.  (our Legal affiliate, Law Office of Hann can advise on taking this measures)
Eligibility is subject to employees registered and contributing to EIS with wages RM4,000.00 and below

Application can be made by employers through emailing the ERPC-19 form to starting 20th March 2020.

Payment shall be credited to the employer’s account based on the number of eligible workers within 7 days submission of application.



1. RM4,000.00 and below, eligible to receive RM1,600.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM1,000.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM600.00

2. RM4,001.00 to RM8,000.00, eligible to receive RM1,000.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM500.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM500.00


3. RM2,000.00 and below, eligible to receive RM800.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM500.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM300.00

4. RM2,001.00 to RM4,000.00, Eligible to receive RM500.00
Paid on End of April 2020: RM250.00
Paid on End of May 2020: RM250.00

NO NEED to apply if already registered 
and approved under Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) and register under LHDNM.
For new application can apply starting 1st APRIL 2020 at
1. Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia,
2. Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), 

Payment shall be credited to the bank Account registered under BSH and LHDM.

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Read more:

Wage Subsidy Program (WSP) – Comparison between Employment Retention Program (ERP) and WSP (Latest updated: 18 April 2020)


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