‘No full lockdown, please’

KOTA KINABALU: The business community in Sabah is hoping that there will be no total lockdown to contain the surge of Covid-19 cases in the state.

Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Michael Liu said a total lockdown like the one in March last year would be tough for them.

He said since the relaxation of the movement control order (MCO) in June, businesses were picking up in most areas although Covid-19 cases in the state were increasing.

“It will be very difficult to survive if there is a full lockdown, ” he said yesterday.

Liu, however, said tighter standard operating procedure and other related action to avoid large gatherings would be acceptable.

“We hope businesses will be allowed to operate as usual and that the current conditional MCO is maintained, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Sabah’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said supplies of essential items in the state were sufficient and no panic buying was observed during the weekend.

“Supplies of essentials at all levels – factories, wholesalers and retailers – are sufficient, ” its director Georgie Abas said in a statement.

He said the state ministry had been monitoring supplies, including controlled items such as sugar, cooking oil and flour, since the implementation of the MCO in March last year.

“Since the supply is sufficient, we urge consumers not to resort to panic buying.

“Sellers are also reminded not to take advantage by increasing prices or they will face the music, ” he said.

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