IPOH folk are hopeful that the government’s National Recovery Plan in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic will make their days ahead brighter.
Residents who spoke to StarMetro said they looked forward to life returning to normal with the increasing number of people getting vaccinated.
Shopowner Azmir Faizal Khamazulkahar, 40, is ready to open for business as soon as possible.
“I have a clothes alteration business that has been closed since February.
“To make ends meet, I deliver groceries.
“My family eats fried rice every day because that is all that I can afford.
“I was delighted to learn about the National Recovery Plan as it means there is hope to reopen my shop.
“Even though cases are still spiking, we have to survive.
“I have a family and staff to take care of. So I desperately need to reopen my shop,” he said.
Azmir Faizal said although the government offered help to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), he did not qualify as he failed to renew his business licence.
“My business licence expired during the movement control order period.
“I was told that I would need to apply for a new one but with my business closed, there seemed no reason to do so.
“I just hope the government will let traders like me resume our business soon,” he said.
On June 15, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that under the National Recovery Plan, 80% of the workforce would be allowed to return to work in Phase II of the MCO, sometime in July and August.
Florist Satchiathanandhan Nadarah, 36, too, is eager to resume business.
“While we do offer online services, most of our business comes from walk-in customers.
“This is my only source of income, so I have no choice but to continue trading despite the number of Covid-19 cases,” he said.
Meanwhile, a sales executive who only wished to be known as Ling, said it was better to wait a little longer before allowing shops to reopen.
“I understand that many traders have lost their source of income. But if the number of cases remain at four digits daily, will there be people going out to shop?
“I believe the government needs to set up mobile vaccination units and aggressively promote the vaccination drive,” she said.
Ling said that she was scheduled to be vaccinated next month.
“I am the first in my family to get vaccinated.
“It is rather disappointing and sad to see that my elderly parents are not vaccinated yet. It terrifies me because they have asthma and heart problems.
“In order for the National Recovery Plan to work, the government needs to do more.
“Only when people are healthy can the economy recover properly,” she said.