MEF wants all economic sectors to resume operations in Malaysia

The continued closure due to movement controls will inevitably lead to bankruptcy and unemployment, cautions the Malaysian Employers’ Federation.
By: | February 9, 2021

The Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF) has appealed to the government to allow all economic sectors to resume operations, under stricter guidelines and higher penalties for repeat offenders. 

Businesses need to survive and the continued closure due to Malaysia’s movement controls will inevitably lead to bankruptcy and unemployment, said Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF) president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman J.P in a statement. 

“As responsible employers, MEF, as well as the other trade associations, urge all employers to ensure that strict compliance with the SOPs be administered, and those who repeatedly flaunt the SOPs should be penalised,” he added. 

“It was a huge relief for the textile and garment manufacturers to be allowed to resume operations but the retailers are still desperately seeking approval to reopen and it is hoped that the sector will be allowed to reopen soon,” he said. 

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On Sunday, Malaysia reported 3,731 new COVID-19 cases, and 15 deaths, bringing the total active cases in the country to 51,241.

In a televised address on Thursday, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin urged the public to comply strictly with guidelines so that businesses and trade would be able to continue operating.