Efforts underway to help SMEs, says Perak MB

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  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

IPOH: The Perak state government has started efforts to draft economic stimulus packages to help the business community, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

The Perak Mentri Besar said in view of the movement control order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19, he understands the constraints faced by industry players.

Thus, Faizal said, proactive measures such as having discussions with the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) (Perak) via video conferencing was conducted on Friday (April 3).

He said among the initial steps to be taken by the state is to review the operation hours of wholesale markets fixed from 4am to 10am during the MCO period.

“The state government has also agreed to facilitate companies that have permission from the International Trade and Industry Ministry to continue operations during the MCO period.

“I have also directed the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) to play a proactive role in facilitating application processes under the state’s jurisdiction.

“The state government will continue engaging with NCCIM from time to time in order to help the business community, and industry players, ” he added.

Faizal said the Federal Government had announced various important steps to help employers, and the business communities during this difficult time.

“The necessary aid would be provided soon, once the Finance Ministry releases the funds, ” he added.

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