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

After govt extends first phase of recovery plan, FMM questions rationale of key indicators needed to transition to next stage

KUALA LUMPUR (June 27): The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is questioning the rationale behind the key indicators set by the government to determine whether or not Malaysia will graduate to the next phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). In a statement, its president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai said it was vital that the threshold of fewer than 4,000 daily Covid-19 cases is supported by science and is data-based. “… there are concerns that even after a four-week lockdown, the number of cases remain high, which indicates that a full… Read More

Are we being too critical of the government?

In recent days, many have openly criticised the government through various channels regarding their attempts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Close to 5,000 people have died due to the virus and many more have been financially and emotionally hit due to the various levels of lockdowns imposed by the establishment. But let us be honest and ask ourselves whether the government really deserves all the dung-laced bouquets it is currently receiving? It’s a resounding yes. Daily updates from the health ministry have shown that the majority of clusters were originating from… Read More

With ‘total lockdown’ extension looming, SME group says two in three members have given up on 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — With a looming extension to the ongoing third movement control order (MCO 3.0), two out of three small and medium enterprises (SME) in the country have expressed zero hope for any recovery in 2021, an interest group representing them said today. This is according to a mid-term survey conducted by the Small & Medium Enterprises Association Malaysia (Samenta) on its members from 19 to 23 June. Samenta Central chairman Datuk William Ng went as far to say that 16 per cent of those polled expected their businesses… Read More