Allow more businesses to open under strict guidelines, says Huazong

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  • Friday, 24 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: More businesses should be allowed to open under a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) during the extended phase of the movement control order, says Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan (pic).

The president of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) said it was important to save the people’s lives, but one must also keep the economy moving and save jobs.

“The MCO extension to May 12 is comprehensible, and we are calling for a soft-landing approach in allowing more sectors in the economy to open.

“A set of SOP is necessary to facilitate the reopening of the manufacturing and logistics sectors in stages so that the supply of essential consumer items in the market can be normalised,” he said in a statement Friday (April 24).

Goh said Huazong supported the government’s decision to further extend the MCO as it was necessary to continue the effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Until and unless the fight against the dreadful pandemic is over, we must all unite to overcome whatever difficulties and challenges there are,” he said.

He also urged the government to step up efforts to ensure a sufficient supply of essential goods, such as vegetables and seafood in the market during the MCO period, besides stabilising their prices.

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