Most traders in the Tambun parliamentary area admitted that the various initiatives given under Muhyiddin’s leadership at that time greatly helped ease their burden.
IPOH – Micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (PMKS) are among the groups most affected by the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting on 18 March 2020.
However, various initiatives announced by the government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at that time succeeded in helping small traders and entrepreneurs save their affected businesses.
Around Bandar Meru Raya, Taman Perpaduan, Manjoi and some areas in the Tambun Parliament, most traders admitted that some forms of assistance given by the government in the past really helped them ease their burden.
Many of the traders have benefited from the Prihatin Special Grant (GKP), loan moratorium and several other initiatives specifically for the PMKS group previously provided by the government.
So the offer of Perikatan Nasional (PN) through PN Best which was announced recently is very welcome in an effort to stimulate the economic sector.
Among the offers that stole the spotlight include providing special incentives for the PMKS Caring Scheme to encourage digitization and automation of product production, services and skills training.
This incentive aims to help PMKS improve branding and product quality to expand access to domestic and international markets.
TAMBUN PARLIAMENT DEALER’S REACTION
“During the MCO, my business was indeed affected. Fortunately, there was a GKP that the government introduced at that time, so I was able to cover expenses and rent money for the premises. I hope that initiatives like this can be continued, especially for entrepreneurs who are facing financial problems.” – Mohamad Amri Shahrizal Tajuddin, 24.
“If we look at PN’s offer, there are specific initiatives to help PMKS people like me. Moreover, young entrepreneurs like us really need support and help to ensure business success.” – Haziq Daniel Amri, 22.
“The moratorium on bank loans by the government before was very helpful for me who at that time lost my job and source of income. At this time I have started a business and initiatives that help PMKS must be given priority.” – Mohd Hyezli Saari, 31.
“Although during the PKP I was not very impressed, but the GKP assistance given by the government really helped to develop the business. At that time I took advantage of the assistance to buy machines and some other necessities.” – Rusmaria Muhammad, 42.
“During the PKP I traded online and thank god sales were good. Some also applied for GKP and got it. So, I used that money as capital to buy items for sale. It is true that PMKS entrepreneurs need to be given attention and incentives to grow their business.” – Muhammad Syamim Suhaimi, 29.
“I started a fruit business after the government allowed the withdrawal of contributions to the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). From that money I made capital until now. I think that not only PMKS entrepreneurs need to be helped but gardeners and farmers also need to be given attention.” – Ahmad Sabri Johari, 37.
“These PMKS entrepreneurs really need help. If there is an effort towards that, the plan is right. These small traders are facing big challenges, the proposed incentives can lighten the burden.” – Mior Amirurrurahim Mior Hasrim, 25.
“Indeed I admit that during the MCO period I had to spend my own capital to do business. I really hope that these PMKS entrepreneurs are given fair treatment. Give them some flexibility in terms of getting business licenses and so on.” – Hamidah Abdul Samad, 56.
“The price of goods is getting more and more expensive now. For small entrepreneurs like us it really feels like a burden. So, the incentives for the PMKS group are very good and help ease the burden.” – Nor Fazila Mohd Nawawi, 50.
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