We have good news for all SMEs! In October last year, during the Budget 2020 presentation, our Minister Of Finance did mention about the RM5,000.00 matching grant for SME in order to assist SME to adopt digitalisation into their business.
To build a Digital Malaysia, the private sector must come onboard. More Malaysian Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) need to adopt digitalisation measures for their business operations, including electronic Point Of Sale systems (e-POS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and electronic payroll system. The Government will provide a 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 per company for the subscription of the above services. This matching grant will be worth RM500 million over 5 years, limited to the first 100,000 SMEs applying to upgrade their systems.YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Minister Of Finance
Guess what? The said RM5,000.00 grant had go-live and available for all SMEs to apply.
In this complete guide, we will cover everything you (SME) need to know about the RM5,000.00 Grant.
Malaysia’s SME Definition
Before we begin, let’s understand what does SME really mean in Malaysia.
Effective 1st January 2014, SME Corp has announced a new definition of SME and has been simplified under two categories, namely Manufacturing and Services & Other Sectors. Refer to the image below for details. For even more details, please visit SME Corp’s website.
Building Digital Companies
In a move to accelerate the digital economy and build more digital companies, the government will provide a 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 per company for subscription to digital services. This matching grant will be worth RM500 million over five years — limited to the first 100,000 SMEs applying to upgrade their systems.
The government through Ministry of Finance (MOF) is working together with Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), SME Bank and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in managing the grant to eligible Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt digitalisation in daily operations.
MDEC is in-charge of the TSP while BSN & SME Bank is in-charge of the SME.
The 7 Digitalisation Areas
The Government has identified 5 Key Digitalisation Areas that should be adopted by SMEs.
- Electronic Point of Sales (e-POS) System
- Human Resource Payroll System (HR) / Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Digital Marketing / Sales
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Accounting & Tax
- Remote Working
Technology Service Providers (TSP)
Technology Service Providers or TSP is various vendors that had been pre-approved by MDEC to provide certain type of digital services to the SMEs.
We’re proud to inform that KryptoPOS is one of the approved TSP! In fact, we’re on top of the list. Woohooo!!
TSP like us needs to go through an application process as the Government wanted to make sure that the RM5,000.00 Grant didn’t go to waste.
You can check out the list of approved TSP and approved product at BSN website by clicking HERE.
The RM5,000.00 SME Business Digitalisation Grant is provided by the Government Of Malaysia to Malaysian SMEs through Malaysian Vendors.
From Malaysian to Malaysian through Malaysian. Geddit?
That means, SME can only benefit from the RM5,000.00 Grant by purchasing or subscribing to the approved digital services that developed or provided by local vendors.
That also means you cannot suka-suka hati go and subscribe some digital services provided by some guy and claim under the grant. And NO! Facebook and Google do not included although their advertising product fall under Digital Marketing.
You better triple check the list before you regret, you know.
You Pay Half. Government Pay The Other Half
So right now you’ve checked the list and decided what you need for your SME. Then what?
Close the deal with the TSP and pay half only. Then our Government will pay the other half to the TSP.
One company can only claim a maximum of RM5,000.00 of the matching grant. Means if you intended to maximise the grant benefit, you’ll need purchase or subscribe for digital services that worth at least RM10,000.00. But you only need to fork out half the cash required.
Save your money 50%. Happy ending lah right?
Be advised that you can only claim the first year of subscription service. Example; if the TSP charging you for 2 years subscription services under a contract of RM3,600.00 (RM150/mth X 24mth), you can only claim for the first year charges.
As we the TSP need to apply to provide our digital services to you under this grant, you also need to get approval.
Make sense lah. Nobody will buta-buta give you RM5,000.00 right?
These are the criteria that SME need to fulfil in order to get the grant;
- Available to SME and Cooperative (“Koperasi”) registered under the relevant laws of Malaysia;
- The SME is at least 60% owned by Malaysian;
- The SME/Coop has been in operation for at least six (6) months; and
- The SME/Coop has minimum average annual sales turnover of RM50,000.
Let me make it simple for you. Refer to the steps below;
- Decide which Digital Service you need.
- Choose any TSP & product from the list mentioned earlier, maximum of 3 TSPs.
- Reach out to the TSP and close the deal. Make sure they know you want it done under the Grant programme.
- Download the Application Form
- Fill it up and prepare all supporting documents (refer below section)
- Hand over all documents to your TSP for submission to BSN
- Wait for approval by the bank
- Once approved, pay 50% of the invoice amount and send the proof of payment to the TSP
- TSP will submit the proof of payment to BSN
- The bank pays the remaining 50% directly to the TSP
- TSP deliver your order
If you’re certain that you’ll be approved or you have no issue with paying the remaining 50% in case of rejection, you can make payment earlier and submit the proof of payment together with the application to speed up the process.
Application Form & Supporting Documents
- Completed SME Digitalisation Initiative Application Form.
- A copy of the Identification Card or Passport of Director (s) / Partner (s) / Proprietor(s) of the SME / applicant appointed by the Coop , whichever is applicable.
- A copy of the SME’s business registration licenses (CCM or any similar forms under the Companies Act 2016). For Coop, a copy of SKM registration certificate.
- Latest audited financial statements or latest financial management account statement or the bank statement for the latest two (2) months;
- Quotation/invoice for the selected digitalisation services from the Service Provider listed by MDEC; and
- Any other information and documents as and when required by the bank.
For additional info, you can refer to the following websites (direct link);
How KryptoPOS Can Assist You?
As an approved TSP we will provide an awesome service in order to assist SME to adopt digitalisation into their business.
We provide an iPad cloud-based Point of Sale (POS) system but unlike other POS provider, we didn’t charge for the monthly subscription fees. Yes, our software is totally & forever FREE!
However, we only serve our FREE cloud-based POS software to our Partner’s customer which is Digi, Maybank and Telekom Malaysia. Fret not if you didn’t have an account or subscription with any of our partner. Talk to us and we shall shed some light upon you.
I’m sure you’re questioning if KryptoPOS is FREE, then how come we became TSP and how can you claim the grant, right?
Well, we only provide FREE software. You’ll still need to own the hardware to run the POS. Kindly head on to our webshop and check out our hardware offering as well as the pricing.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about the product and the digitalisation initiative.