IPOH: Many pet store owners were happy to hear that their businesses are allowed to operate during the total lockdown.
However, most have turned to the Internet to sell their products to customers.
A store manager, who wanted to market himself as Tam, said the experience of first-order movement control had driven him to go digital.
Tan noted that they weren’t prepared during the first MCO, but started their online business after a few weeks.
“Business has been going well since then and I can continue to employ my workers.
“We earn more from online sales because most of the customers are not comfortable coming to our store,” he added.
Tam noted that many of his regular customers buy bulk pet food.
Norasilah Najiah Mohd Yusof said her business is doing very well as well.
“In addition to selling pet food, we also have toys and cat grooming and boarding services.
“We still see customers on a daily basis, but we had cancellations for grooming services because customers were afraid to come to the store,” she said.
“It has been a challenge and a trying time for all businesses.
“We really hope that things will improve soon,” she added.
In JOHOR BARU, a group of businesses said the lockdown must be accompanied by financial assistance to help people survive its economic impact.
Johor Baru’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Low Kueck Shin said the lockdown would be far more damaging to businesses than the first MCO in March last year.
“The scenario yesterday and today is also very different, in terms of the severity of Covid-19 cases as well as the financial situation of business owners.
“Johor Baru, being a border town, relies heavily on tourists and economic activities across the border. During the first round of MCO, business owners could still get by with the help of their financial reserves.
“After more than a year, many businesses have used up their savings and may not be able to survive this period of foreclosure,” he said, adding that many small businesses, especially restaurants in the downtown, have chosen to go out of business in recent months. .
Low said the government needs to come up with more financial programs and economic policies targeted at specific sectors in order to help the population more effectively, instead of just distributing one-off financial aid.
Johor Malay Coalition Council Chairman Zaini Atan said an automatic loan moratorium should be put in place.
“While we welcome the lockdown to control the pandemic, it is evident that many will suffer from the economic impact of the measure. The loan moratorium will give the public some room to breathe, ”he said.
He also urged authorities to be stricter when it comes to allowing interstate travel.
Johor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary Datuk K. Krishnan said the public as well as the business community expected a full lockdown.
“I think the public and businesses are prepared for this and won’t have much trouble following SOPs.
“Most businesses are already making virtually no profit and are in fact at a loss since MCO 3.0 and the foreclosure won’t make much of a difference for them as things are already going badly to start.
“However, the government needs to provide some form of aid to help people survive as they have been in dire straits for over a year,” he said.