Business climate in Sarawak affected due to Covid-19

By S. Harrish

THE limited operating hours on businesses in Sarawak should be relaxed when the Covid-19 situation in the state is brought under control.

Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations (SFCA) president Datuk Richard Wee said though he wanted the normal hours as soon as possible but due to the situation, it would be better to be more careful than sorry, reports Borneo Post.

He said this after a Kenyalang Gold Card distribution event organised by SFCA of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions at Gala City today.

Wee said businesses have been trying their best to adapt to the limited operating hours but hoped the operating hours could be extended when the Covid-19 situation improved.

“However, personally, I think that pubs are a problem. Although such outlets do not serve food, the problem is after drinking, sometimes people would naturally forget about social distancing,” he said.

Wee also believed that customers’ confidence in businesses needed time to recover as the Covid-19 situation remained very uncertain with new developments emerging every now and then.

He pointed out there was already a lack of confidence among parents in sending their children to schools as the average student attendance in schools was only in the range of 60 to 70 per cent currently.