Lockdowns have changed shopping habits, 57.74 pct of consumers now prefer to shop online

Wan Junaidi (second left) presenting donations to a recipient while others look on.

KUCHING, May 11: A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative (Medac) shows that 57.74 per cent of consumers prefer to shop online after MCO 2.0, from only 19.24 per cent previously.

The consumer survey was conducted from February 24 to March 5 this year, involving 2,888 respondents.

“It is important for businesses to repackage their entire (line of) products and services so that it can be marketed online. Not only that, they need also to look into ways on how they can enhance their online presence so that customers can easily find them on the Internet.

“At Medac, through our agencies, we provide a holistic, hand-holding assistance for entrepreneurs; from micro financing, training, coaching, (to) management skills as well as business networking. We understand the difficulties faced by small businesses and are prepared to assist to digitalise their business,” said Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar in a press statement today.

He said Medac, together with its agencies, are committed to assisting micro and informal businesses migrate to e-commerce by helping them to prepare for the third round of a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0).

“After having gone through several round of lockdowns, entrepreneurs should realise by now going digital is vital to ensure their operations are able to withstand challenges in the post-Covid-19 era,” said Wan Junaidi.

He said those who resist digitalisation would suffer as a growing number of consumers now prefer to shop online.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday announced the third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) will go into effect nationwide (except Sarawak) effective May 12 until June 7 to battle the current Covid-19 wave.

Movement restrictions had severely impacted the economy where it was estimated the country suffered RM2.4 billion losses per day during the first MCO and RM300 million daily during the second MCO this year.

In view of this, Wan Junaidi called on Malaysians to do their part to help curb the spread of the pandemic by strictly adhering to safety standard operating procedures (SOPs) and to quickly register for the national Covid-19 immunisation programme.

To date, based on the latest information obtained from MySejahtera, he said only 10 million Malaysians have registered for the programme, and in many states across the country, the average rate is still lower than 50 per cent of the population.

“Your safety is your responsibility. We need everyone’s cooperation to fight Covid-19. Until we are able to vaccinate 80 per cent of the population, I worry that we will not be able to fully execute our recovery plans and the economy and the people will suffer,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wan Junaidi, who is also the Santubong Member of Parliament, had earlier presented RM63,400 worth of donations to 327 ‘asnaf’ recipients who are residents of Tanjong Dato, Pantai Damai and Demak Laut.

In the spirit of sharing and caring, he hopes the assistance and contribution from Bank Rakyat, would more or less bring cheer to these families and make sure they also feel the excitement of celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri. — DayakDaily