Medac urges SMEs and micro business to prepare for stricter SOPs due to Covid-19 pandemic

Wan Junaidi (right) photographed during his visit to Kampung Bako Hilir to render food assistance to 150 families undergoing EMCO period.

KUCHING, May 22: The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (Medac) has called on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as micro businesses to prepare operating under stricter standard operating procedures (SOPs) should the number of Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

This includes the possibility of having to face a third round of a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) to drastically curb the spread of the pandemic.

Medac Minister Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said by now, business owners should have already made the necessary preparation and arrangements to ensure that their operations comply with safety SOPs.

“This includes making sure their premises is equipped with MySejahtera QR Code, thermometer, hand sanitisers as well as ensuring that their customers too, strictly follow the safety SOPs.

“By now, the SMEs and micro businesses would have digitalised their operations not only to cushion the impact of the MCO but also to cater to the consumers’ new norm of preferring to shop online,” he said in a statement today.

Looking at the number of daily cases which has recently exceeded 6,000 cases, Wan Junaidi said it is crucial for everyone in the country to do their part to help contain the spread of the virus.

“If the number of cases continues to rise, the government may not have much of a choice but to enforce a lockdown, which will consequently have an adverse impact on the country’s economy,” he added.

He also mentioned that during the first MCO, it was estimated that the country suffered daily losses amounting to RM2.4 billion and RM300 million losses daily losses in the second round of MCO.

Wan Junaidi, who is also Santubong Member of Parliament handed over RM20,000 worth of food assistance to 150 families in Kampung Bako Hilir, which has now been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

He hopes these contributions, courtesy of UDA Holding Berhad, could help ease some of the burden faced by these families in this trying times. — DayakDaily