Puah: Fears over virus may affect business


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

Dr Sahruddin (third from left) watching a lion dance performance during the Chinese New Year open house at Dewan Raya Kulai. — Bernama

KULAI: Businesses in Johor are expected to record a slowdown early this year due to fears over the novel coronavirus.

State international trade, investment and utilities committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said investments from China were still coming in despite limited communication brought about by the travel ban.

“There are certain things that we can carry on with by making phone calls, sending messages or online but some need face-to-face communication and that is where we are limited right now.

“It is still early to come out with figures but we expect there might be some short-term impact due to the coronavirus outbreak,” said the Bukit Batu assemblyman after a Chinese New Year open house at Dewan Raya Kulai here.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal, Johor unity, domestic trade anda consumer affairs committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan, state public works, infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri and Johor Islamic affairs, agriculture and rural development committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi were at the event.

Puah added that investors were also being cautious about traveling to other countries for business matters.

“We will have to wait and see the impact,” he said.

At the event, Dr Sahruddin said the 18% reduction on toll rates on PLUS highways benefited road users, especially those working in Singapore.

“We have many Johoreans working in Singapore and pay toll at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex every day, apart from those using PLUS highway daily.

“I hope this move will lessen the people’s financial burden,” he said.

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