Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: Businesses are now slowly reopening, having been allowed to resume last month following the imposition of the movement control order (MCO) that began last March.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar made this observation having visited some malls and supermarkets recently.

“Even though (businesses are reopening) slowly, and still not at the same level as before the MCO took effect on March 18, I’m sure that the entrepreneurs can resume their businesses in the new normal while adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Patrons have also accepted the post Covid-19 practice of queuing up at shops, banks, government offices … and they use face masks, sanitise their hands and allow their body temperatures to be taken. Despite all these, they don’t complain. This level of discipline has to be maintained,” he said in his Facebook post last Tuesday.

Wan Junaidi said with the need for social distancing, the new normal included the use of e-commerce and social media by traders to sell their products via the internet.

“This is a good sign as they can do businesses without needing middlemen. Whether we realise it or not, every new challenge requires us to think, plan, innovate and adapt,” he said.

He also urged entrepreneurs to continue planning for the continuity of their business and not be easily demoralised when their plans did not work as hoped, but rather continue to soldier on.

“The federal government, especially the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry, will continue to help entrepreneurs so that they are not severely affected to the extent that they have to close their businesses in this challenging economic environment,” he assured.