BARBERS are experiencing a loss of income unlike anything since the May 1969 riots, reported Malaysia Nanban.
Malaysian Indian Hair Dressing Saloon Owners Association (Mindas) adviser Dr T. Mathirasan said even during the riots, the situation returned to normal after a one-week curfew.
He said with the Covid-19 movement control order, Mindas members were severely affected as they had been deemed non-essential and must remain closed.
Mindas president Dr V. Mahendran said while the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional was a welcome assistance, many barbershop owners were not eligible and as many of the workers were migrants, they would not receive any financial aid.
There are about 2,000 Mindas members.
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