Manufacturers, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have appealed to the government to allow them to operate under strict if the current Movement Control Order (MCO) is extended beyond 14 April. SME Association of Malaysia president Datuk Michael Kang hoped that all SMEs be allowed to operate but under the same conditions imposed on outlets or companies that were currently operating under the present MCO. “Even if it’s not for all businesses, but at least for all online businesses and exporters. “This is to make sure our economy is moving; if not, a lot of businesses will be shut down,” said Datuk Kang.
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai said the manufacturing sector should be allowed to operate with a minimum workforce should there be an extension. However, he added, this must be subjected to safety measures at the workplace or factories. “Our view is to let all manufacturing sectors run minimum with 50% workforce and to adhere to a Covid-19 SOP at the workplace,” he said.
National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) president Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap said the government needed to find a good balance between containing the Covid-19 outbreak and minimising financial losses by businesses to save jobs. “The chamber has conveyed its reservations to some key ministers pertaining to the MCO approach in providing some flexibility to allow other economic sectors and businesses to continue operation,” he said.
The government is schedules to make an announcement tomorrow whether to extend the MCO beyond tomorrow.