Restart economy, 59 chambers of commerce urge states

Shops at Suria KLCC getting ready to open up for business yesterday under the CMCO. The various chambers of commerce have urged states to save millions of jobs and ensure the survival of enterprises by obeying the CMCO.

PETALING JAYA: Fifty-nine different chambers of commerce and industry associations have come out in support of Putrajaya’s decision to implement the conditional movement control order (CMCO) as a debate continues on the reluctance of several state governments to allow businesses to resume operations.

In a joint statement, the heads of these associations urged all states nationwide to comply with Putrajaya’s decision to restart the economy, highlighting that supply chains were closely interlinked with different states.

They expressed confidence that Putrajaya’s decision was based on solid data and lengthy considerations to balance between public good and economic wellbeing.

Commerce and industry are integral to Malaysia’s economic and social wellbeing and must be allowed to function without interruptions, they added.

“We need to save millions of jobs and ensure the survival of enterprises now.

“But we can only do it if all parties stand united and act decisively to ensure business continuity and protect the wellbeing of the rakyat.”

They said firms could no longer afford to remain closed as they had to fulfil their financial obligations, adding that they also had to safeguard the people’s livelihood by keeping them employed.

They stressed that they were committed to ensuring industry SOPs were complied with to ensure the health and wellbeing of employees.

Senior Minister (Economy) Azmin Ali yesterday warned state governments not complying with the federal policy to re-open the economy that their actions were “not founded on lawful authority”.

He said the federal government policy had already been made into law, making it enforceable throughout the country. He also warned that they faced the risk of being sued for damages by businesses.

Earlier today, the Sabah and Penang state governments said they will continue to observe the initial MCO period, adding that their focus was on protecting the people.

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