THE Small and Medium Enterprises Association Malaysia (Samenta), as the oldest small and medium enterprise (SME) association in Malaysia, takes cognisance of the effects of the current novel coronavirus situation on businesses, especially SMEs in Malaysia.
Many of our members have reported a slowdown in business, particularly those in the retail, tourism and distributive trade. We are monitoring the situation closely and are in touch with various government agencies to identify issues that may crop up and to find ways to mitigate the impact on members.
We call on fellow Malaysians not to spread unverified news about the virus. We should adopt an evidence-based approach in handling the situation and defer to the experts in the Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation for direction.
We advise all members to remain vigilant and to educate all employees on the right preventive measures to minimise risk, without resorting to panic or overreaction.
DATUK WILLIAM NG
Chairman, Policy and Government Relations, Small and Medium Enterprises Association Malaysia (Samenta)
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