GPS govt should do more for businesses hit by pandemic

Chong Chieng Jen. – Bernama photo.

By S. Harrish

WITH Emergency being proclaimed nationwide, the Sarawak state government has been urged to take immediate steps to help businesses in the state.

State DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said SMEs, micro traders and businesses in Sarawak needed help and called on the GPS government to dig into the State reserves to help them.

“But my call had fallen on deaf ears,” he said in a statement.

“I repeat my call to the Government to allocate from the State coffers and reserves to help SMEs and businesses.”

He said that with the MCO and Emergency, it was likely that the spread of Covid-19 will be substantially reduced.

“Thus, the top priority of the Government now is to save businesses and save jobs.”

Chong said all the previous measures have proven to be effective in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

However, he said the long-term economic impact of the Emergency will be more damaging to the country’s economy than the previous MCO and CMCOs.

“It not only affects short term economic activities but also long term decision making of foreign investments.

“While we support not calling for Sarawak elections unless the vaccination program has achieved its full effect on the populace, the nationwide Emergency is definitely not the way to do it,” he said, adding that most state powers would be usurped by the Federal government.