Since the Program Saringan Prihatin (PSP) PERKESO was launched on 27 April this year, more than 13,000 foreign construction workers have undergone the Covid-19 tests free of charge. The PSP is in line with the government’s call for all foreign workers in the construction and security services sectors in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor to undergo a Covid-19 swab test before starting operations. This mandatory call is part of the overall effort to break the chain of Covid-19 infections. To date, more than 33,000 foreign workers from various economic sectors have undergone Covid-19 tests; about 40% of those are from the construction sector. To encourage more contractors to send their workers for Covid-19 swab tests, CIDB has collaborated with PERKESO in organising a centralised Covid-19 testing for all contractors around Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
The initiative managed to attract the participation of 700 foreign workers from 59 companies to get their testing done at the CIDB Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur on 5 June 2020.
Starting 1 June 2020, the scope of PERKESO PSP has been expanded to include subsidizing RM150 of the cost of each Covid-19 test conducted in order to allow more service providers to offer the Covid-19 testing services for their employees. Employers can send eligible workers to get the tests done at any clinics or hospitals that are approved by the Ministry of Health. Workers who have not opened a PERKESO account can do so before conducting the test, in order to benefit from the subsidy.
For more information on PERKESO PSP, please call the PERKESO customer service line at 03-42645089 / 03- 42645555 /1-300-22-8000 or email [email protected]