PM: Malaysia is still open for business during emergency

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (file photo)

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Jan 12: All economic activities will take place according to standard operating procedures (SOP) and terms of the Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced during the emergency period.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin gave assurance the federal government will ensure that economic activities will not be halted so that the people can continue to work and businesses, trade and industries can continue to operate as usual.

“The government is also committed in ensuring that best governance practices continue to be practised throughout the emergency period.

“Internationally recognised national regulatory organisations, namely Bank Negara Malaysia, the Securities Commission, and Bursa Malaysia, will continue to play their role as catalysts, regulators and facilitators of companies and markets,” he said.

Muhyiddin highlighted this when addressing the nation earlier today in a public broadcast following Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah proclaiming a state of emergency across the country until Aug 1 to curb the spread of Covid-19.

To all the stakeholders keenly monitoring what is happening in Malaysia, he emphasised that Malaysia is open for business.

“In facing these challenging times, this period of emergency will give us much needed calm and stability, as well as enable us to focus on economic recovery and regeneration.

“We remain committed to good governance in these times and we have a robust and dynamic regulatory ecosystem.

“We must remember that the government has a six-stage strategy in place for economic recovery since March last year and was incorporated in the Budget 2021. Continued stability will enable us to sustain and build upon the economic recovery trajectory we have been working hard for since last year,” he said.

He thus urged all Malaysians to remain calm and give their trust and support to the government to curb the spread of Covid-19 more effectively during the emergency period.

“I also call on all politicians, civil society leaders, non-governmental organisations, religious bodies, youth, students and people from all walks of life to unite and work together in facing this very difficult situation.

“More importantly, our only goal is that we must win in the fight against Covid-19,” he added. — DayakDaily