Tebrau MP lauds move to waive licence renewal, rent for SMEs

LICENCE renewal fee and rental exemptions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro SMEs announced by Johor government in its Budget 2022 are positive steps that will contribute to the local economy’s recovery.

Tebrau MP Steven Choong Shiau Yoon said he received many requests for aid from SMEs, especially petty traders, planning to restart their businesses after being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “A majority of SMEs that approached me for help, needed about RM2,000 to RM3,000 to jump-start their businesses but I can only do so much.Choong says many petty traders whose businesses are affected by the pandemic, have approached him for aid.Choong says many petty traders whose businesses are affected by the pandemic, have approached him for aid.

“So the state government’s decision to exempt petty traders and SMEs from licence fee renewals and rental is great to help them get back on their feet,” he said.

Choong added that the Federal Government’s Prihatin Special Grant (GKP) was not enough to alleviate the burden of SMEs without additional aid from state and local councils.

“Some business owners have used up their GKP money to pay off rent and other debts because they exhausted their savings during the movement control order and National Recovery Plan (NRP),” he added.

Choong also said that petty traders should cooperate when asked to relocate to better and safer locations.

“There has been an influx of petty traders during the MCO, and some of them set up shop along roadsides and other unsuitable areas.

“Now that we are in Phase Four of the NRP, I hope the local council will relocate them to one spot in a better location so they can attract customers,” he added.

On another matter, Choong called on the state Welfare and Health departments to look at the vaccination process at old folks homes and orphanages.

“Many residents in these homes are having trouble getting to the Covid-19 Assessment Centre so I believe the best way is to get government personnel to go to these places.

“We can then cover more areas and protect the vulnerable,” he added.

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