Kerugian peniaga kecil meningkat ketika ‘lockdown’ dilanjutkan

Ketika pelaksanaan “lockdown” bagi mengekang penularan Covid-19 diumumkan bermula 1 Jun lalu di seluruh negara, pereka fesyen rambut Thelma Mukit tahu perniagaannya akan berdepan hari-hari yang sukar. Sebelum wabak itu melanda Malaysia awal tahun lalu, Thelma memiliki enam pekerja di salunnya yang terletak di Kuching, Sarawak. Namun kini, dia hanya mampu mempertahankan dua pekerjanya. Seperti ribuan perniagaan kecil lain di negeri itu, salun Thelma tidak disenaraikan dalam perkhidmatan perlu. Setiap kali perintah kawalan pergerakan diumumkan, pintu premis perniagaannya terpaksa ditutup daripada beroperasi. Keadaan demikian, memberi kesan buruk kepada situasi kewangannya. Bahkan, sebelum… Read More

Making the case for keeping SMEs afloat

PETALING JAYA: An economist has given warning that the government must ensure the survival of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), lest the failure to do so cause a “domino effect” on the economy. Geoffrey Williams of Malaysia University of Science and Technology said SMEs were both buyers and sellers, buying supplies such as groceries, ingredients, parts and components for resale, while also being suppliers to larger companies. Williams said if an SME folds, it won’t be able to buy from wholesale suppliers, and it will leave larger companies with fewer options to… Read More

PM: One million SMEs to get financial aid under Prihatin Special Grant 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has agreed to provide additional payments of RM1,000 under the Prihatin Special Grant (GKP) 4.0 to eligible recipients. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said those eligible would receive the first payment of RM500 in September, and RM500 in November. “The government hopes that with this GKP 4.0 payment, about 1 million small and medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs, particularly barbershop operators, workshop owners, bakery and cake shops, healthcare centres, and others, can reduce their monthly commitments and help their cash flow, InsyaAllah (God willing). “For micro-entrepreneurs who have… Read More