Appeal for support to resume business

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 24 Apr 2020

Various drills for home repairs are among the most needed items by Kuala Lumpur residents.

THE movement control order (MCO) period is a good time to complete some chores such as house repairs.

However, for some Kuala Lumpur folk, this is an impossible task as their neighbourhood hardware shops have been closed since the implementation of the MCO on March 18.

It is even more frustrating because the hardware shops in Selangor can operate at least twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays), from 8am to 4pm.

“I found it frustrating that when I finally have the time to paint my house, I cannot get the paint and brushes,” said CS Tan from Overseas Union Garden.

Bangsar resident K. Ramesh thought he could finally tidy up his lawn, but it was not possible as the hardware shop in his area was closed.

“I need gardening tools such as hoe, rake, gloves and dustbins; without them, I cannot do the work,” he said.

Bukit Indah resident Robert Sim said when he finally had time to hang up the family photo frames, he was unable to do it as he did not have the tools.

Disinfectant gear is sold in  hardware shops.Disinfectant gear is sold in hardware shops.

“I wanted to buy a drill and some nails as my old hammer was broken, but all the shops are closed,” he said.

Hardware and Building Materials Merchant Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (PPBLBKLS) secretary Low Chung King said he had been getting calls from members in the city complaining of their difficulties.

He noted that the National Security Council (MKN) had allowed hardware shops to operate throughout the second phase of the MCO, but for only two days a week.

“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been silent on the matter and until now hardware operators in the city are unable to resume business,” he said, adding that there were about 100 operators in the capital city who had been losing money.

He said the association had not been able to get an appointment with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan since late March.

“DBKL kept pushing back the meetings each time we reached out to them.

Low says PPBLBKLS members complain of their difficulties since the implementation of the MCO in March.Low says PPBLBKLS members complain of their difficulties since the implementation of the MCO in March.

“If there is any chance the MCO is going to be extended, they need to make a decision soon because our livelihood is at stake and the people also want to buy items they need,” he added.

Low pointed out that hardware shops sold essential items as well, such as face mask, hand sanitiser, gloves, face shield, disinfectant fluids, mist blower, safety goggles, thermometers and personal protective equipment (PPE) suits.

“When retail is made impossible for end users, they can only buy online, but there are also plenty of scammers out there,” he cautioned.

“At least allow us to operate during a specific period like what the Selangor councils are doing. Do not leave us hanging like this,” he said.

When contacted for comments, a DBKL spokesman said the matter was being discussed and an announcement would be made soon.

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