Many not giving up despite pandemic

GEORGE TOWN: After losing her job during the movement control order, a business analyst in the oil and gas industry decided to concentrate on her online flower business.

Ainaa Shafeenaz Shamsuddin, 32, said she had started her online business to generate extra income some three years ago.

“I lost my job when the MCO came into effect and I became unemployed, so I decided to shift my focus and concentrate on my part-time job.

“I am keen to push it further, ” she said.

Ainaa Shafeenaz said business had been really slow lately as many people were also struggling to make ends meet.

“Only during peak seasons such as Valentine’s Day, my business picked up.

“After that, it was quiet and slow again, ” she said, adding that one of the biggest challenges during the MCO was getting her supply as flower production was affected too.

“I’m hopeful everything will turn out well with the availability of the vaccines.

“For now, I only deliver to customers in Kuala Lumpur, ” she said.

Ainaa Shafeenaz said if all went well, she would like to open a small flower shop and perhaps branches to cater to different areas.

Meanwhile, ex-journalist Shamsul Munir Safini, 37, withdrew 10% of his money from the Employees Provident Fund Account 1 to expand his food and beverage business.

“After I was retrenched, I ventured into a restaurant business in Seberang Jaya and used the money for promotions and packaging.

“The MCO has affected everyone but thanks to the i-Sinar initiative, I get to expand my business.

“Business has been good so far and I hope it will get better in the future, ” said Shamsul Munir, who was a journalist for 13 years.

As for data analyst David Chong, 26, he withdrew some money from Account 1 for investments.

“Although I still have my job, I understand the importance of not putting all my eggs in one basket.

“So, I withdrew a small amount of money and invested in shares and mutual funds.

“Hopefully, this investment can generate future earnings for me, ” he said.

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