Businesses in KK brace for difficult times again

KOTA KINABALU: Businesses in the state capital and its greater areas are bracing for a more severe impact with the imposition of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) from today.

“Businesses were just starting to pick up despite the challenging economic environment,” said Kota Kinabalu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Michael Lui.

“Many have lost their jobs and business owners are once again facing difficult times ahead.”

However, Lui acknowledged that the CMCO was inevitable as the number of cases in Greater

Kota Kinabalu had registered three-digit increases over the last four days.

“Human lives are more important and we urge all businesses to observe the SOP in place to help break the chain of transmission,” Lui said.

The CMCO will be enforced in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Putatan till Oct 20. Affected residents are not permitted to leave the area while employers have to allow their staff to take leave or work from home.

With the CMCO being enforced, Lui said the chambers hoped that banks would consider assisting businesses as well as individuals who had loans, especially since the moratorium ended on Sept 30.

“We know it is up to the banks. But they should consider the current situation where businesses in Greater Kota Kinabalu are affected again.

“The banks should consider extending the moratorium to businesses facing tough times,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) said taxi and e-hailing services would be allowed to operate in Kota Kinabalu, Putatan and Penampang during the CMCO.

State CVLB chairman Datuk Chin Kim Hiung said food delivery services were also permitted.

“Operation hours for the taxi and e-hailing service are from 6am to 8pm daily while food delivery service will be from 6am to 6pm,” he said in a statement.

He added that public transport services provided by mini buses, stage buses, express buses and chartered vehicles would be temporarily stopped during this period.

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