Sabah group calls for practical approach to help SMEs

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Bumiputra Entrepreneurs Chamber (DUBNS) has called on the government to introduce measures that are more practical to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

The approach at present involving economic and business sectors during the ongoing movement restrictions has not been effective, said DUBNS secretary-general Mohammad Zikrun.

“DUBNS hopes the government will enhance the conditional MCO to a measured and practical approach to really help SMEs,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Mohammad said that for the entrepreneurs in Sabah, especially SMEs, the negative impact is far greater during the conditional MCO, despite the relaxed ruling under which economic and business sectors are allowed to operate.

He said since March, these groups have suffered in terms of sales, and their supply chain has been disrupted.“Sales dropped tremendously while overheads increased, leading many SMEs to abandon their businesses. The short-term and limited assistance from the government has not helped,” said Mohammad.

A second round of movement restriction through the conditional MCO, together with stricter SOP, will further hurt businesses, he stressed.

The conditional MCO across Sabah from Oct 13 to 26 was implemented due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state.

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