Electronics sector seeks to be included in stimulus package

GEORGE TOWN: The Federal Government should provide rebates for utilities and tax incentives under its stimulus package to alleviate the burden of electronic manufacturing companies.

The Free Industrial Zone, Penang, Companies’ Association (Frepenca) committee member, Datuk Heng Huck Lee, said the electronics sector was one of the hardest hit by

the Covid-19 outbreak, which had delayed the resumption of production activities of many China-based electronic component manufacturing companies.

“Since the manufacturing and shipment of the components have been delayed, production activities of electronic manufacturing companies here have also been disrupted.

“We urge the Federal Government to provide rebates for utility bills as production operations cannot run optimally,” Heng said.

Pentamaster Corporation Bhd chairman Chuah Choon Bin said the stimulus package should include tax incentives for the operating expenses of electronic companies.

“Many local electronic manufacturing companies are facing a slowdown in demand and may soon have to decide whether to lay off workers,” he said.

“Many of their engineers, for example, are not able to travel overseas to install machinery and equipment for customers.

“Production activities have also slowed because raw material from China cannot reach here on time.

“The Federal Government’s stimulus package should include tax incentives so that they don’t have to resort to retrenchment exercises to stay afloat,” Chuah added.

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