Task force for entrepreneurs, NGOs seeks clarity


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 19 Mar 2020

THE Covid-19 Special Task Force Secretariat for Non-government Organisations (NGOs) and Entrepreneurs wants clarity on the movement control order to bolster the impact on affected stakeholders.

It is also requesting more details on the government’s move in providing financial assistance.

Highlighting a 10-point proposal during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, the task force also urged the government to launch the second stimulus package that would prioritise small and medium enterprises (SMEs), self-employed entrepreneurs and retrenched workers.

D’Tandoor Restaurant founder Datuk Abdul Malik Abdullah said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement was unclear.

“Many affected people came to us with questions regarding human resources. For example, some wanted to know whether they could ask their staff to take leave during this period and whether they had to pay their staff (wages).

“We are also not sure if those eligible for the RM600 case assistance a month applies to foreign workers as well, ” he said.

Its secretary Shahul Dawood said the loan funds of RM3.5bil out of RM20bil of the 2020 economic stimulus package for SMEs was not sufficient.

“This is a special request to the government to help all affected SMEs and entrepreneurs in this difficult time.

“The first stimulus package was planned before the Covid-19 movement order was introduced.

“We are asking to roll out plans to help us financially so we have more time to reorganise ourselves during this challenging time to ensure the sustainability of the NGOs, ” he said.

Loan repayment deferment and tax exemptions are among the 10-point proposals presented at the press conference.

“We hope banks will give their immediate support for the next six months on deferment of loan repayment so the company has sufficient cash flow to overcome this Covid-19 pandemic, ” Shahul added.

Other requests were waiver on utility bills, soft loans, sales and services tax exemption, incentives for businesses using digital technology, waiver of tourism and entertainment tax, lower corporate tax rates, landlords to ease rentals for six months and postponement of Visit Malaysia Year 2020.

The secretariat is expected to submit its proposal soon.

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