KLANG: Many businesses here are also confused as to whether they can operate, with some choosing to do so regardless of the movement control order, until the police stepped in.
Fortunately, the long arm of the law did not intend to punish but to serve.
Little India Entrepreneurs Association Klang president Charles Manickam said much of the confusion over the MCO dissipated yesterday when the police called on traders in Jalan Tengku Kelana and told them what could operate.
“The police explained only stores with business licences under the grocery and convenience store category as well as eateries can open for business.
“They also asked shops that are not under these categories to cooperate by shutting down for the duration of the MCO, ’’ said Manickam.
He added that all the businesses complied and currently only grocery and convenience stores as well as restaurants were open.
Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary-general Nivas Ragavan said his organisation received many calls for clarification from traders and entrepreneurs.
“We have been giving our members guidance on what to do if they want to keep their business open.
“For textile outlets, for instance, we advised them to apply through the International Trade and Industry Ministry’s (Miti) CIMS, ’’ said Nivas.
Klang Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Association president Foo Yen Lay said his organisation had also been helping its members get permission from Miti to keep their businesses open.
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