Datuk Michael Kang Hua Keong

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are taking the opportunity to optimise their business operations following the government’s move to implement the conditional Movement Control Order (conditional MCO) starting May 4.

SME Association of Malaysia national president Datuk Michael Kang Hua Keong said in line with the announcement, the SMEs are coming up with creative new ways to generate revenue. 

“As long as the government allows them to operate, they will know how to solve their problems,” he told Bernama today.

Meanwhile, entrepreneur Ahmad Shukri Abdul Shukor was relieved to hear about the government’s move to allow the conditional resumption of economic activities nationwide.

As a restaurant owner, he said he would ensure strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure set by the government, including providing hand sanitisers and the using face masks as part of efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I hope with the conditional MCO, customers would return to my restaurant, even with the social distancing measures in place,” he said.

Bakery owner Huspalita Hussain Arif said despite the conditional MCO, she would still limit the number of workers in her business operations.

“To fulfil the orders for Hari Raya cookies, I need a lot of part-time workers, but I will limit it to three part-timers compared to 10 part-timers previously,” she said.

She added that she would not allow customers to come into the shop throughout the MCO to ensure the safety of her workers, who are currently busy fulfilling the orders.

“However, if they wish to purchase the cookies, the products will be placed outside the shop,” she said.


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