Malaysia needs to enact a Covid-19 law to help the economy to recover


  • Letters
  • Saturday, 11 Apr 2020

The construction industry has been badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis with lockdowns causing shortages of materials and manpower – but a Covid-19 law could mitigate penalities that would otherwise be imposed for delays. — AP

Since March 18, Malaysians have been #StayingAtHome or #DudukDiRumah under the movement control order (MCO) declared by the government to help stop the Covid-19 pandemic. The speed at which this disease spreads is like nothing we have seen before. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on March 27, We are a nation at war with invisible forces. The situation we are now facing is unprecedented in history.... This unprecedented situation of course requires unprecedented measures”.

It is time for Malaysia to enact an unprecedented law: the Covid-19 law. This law would provide for temporary measures to aid businesses, especially SMEs (small and medium enterprises), that are adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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