‘Govt gathering feedback on MCO woes’


  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Aug 2020

Festive cheer: Residents posing for photographs after a Hari Raya Haji celebration at Yayasan An Nadhoh, Permatang Pauh. n

KULIM: The government is gathering feedback on problems faced by industries and small traders during the recovery movement control order (MCO) period in an effort to help ease their burden in continuing business operations.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, said he had gone down to the grassroots to meet the groups from time to time to get feedback on challenges faced in conducting business during the recovery MCO period.

“This is to see what challenges they face and what feedback can be gathered and forwarded for the consideration of the Federal Government to jointly streamline economic activities and revive the country’s economy.

“This kind of dialogue is important for us to plan and formulate new incentives and initiatives, ” he told reporters after attending the state-level Penggerak Komuniti Negara’s Aidiladha animal sacrifice ritual in Padang Serai, near here, yesterday.

Also present was Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Azmin said he contacted Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz yesterday to give him the feedback on various challenges gathered during his two-day programme in Negri Sembilan and Penang.

“We will discuss (the feedback) in Kuala Lumpur next week, ” he said.

Azmin said cash-flow constraints were among the main problems encountered by companies and small traders during the recovery MCO period. These problems would hamper operations if the MCO was continued, with strict standard operating procedure (SOP), as it could lead to the dismissal of employees.

“We do not want employers or companies to lay off their employees, which is why we have provided wage subsidies to ease their burden despite us being in a limited cash position.

“We also get feedback on the SOP that need to be standardised as the inconsistencies have somewhat caused a lot of reactions and problems at the grassroots level, ” he said. — Bernama

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