MORE than half of Johor Food Truck Association members have ceased operations during the current lockdown.
Association chairman Yusrezan Samsuri said this was despite them being allowed to operate under the National Security Council’s standard operating procedure.
“Some of our members have decided to temporarily close shop and wait for the number of Covid-19 cases to go down during the first two weeks of June.
“We have about 55 registered members in our association and only about 40% are still operating either in their designated food truck zone or from home, ” he said when contacted.
He added that some of the designated zones where their members were still operating included Johor Baru, Pasir Gudang, Simpang Renggam, Pontian and Batu Pahat.
Yusrezan said business had generally dropped by about 60% compared to before the movement control order and they now had to depend on online orders.
“Some of us have also received the Prihatin Special Grant 3.0 which has helped us to continue running our business.
“We are also hoping that the state government can help more of us register for available schemes.
“Our members include both veterans as well as newcomers to the food truck business.
“Some of the newcomers comprise those who recently lost their jobs.“We would really appreciate it if the government could do something to help them in whatever way or form, ” said Yusrezan.
He added that some food truck operators had ventured into other businesses in order to supplement their income during the lockdown period.