KUCHING: Consumer Voice Association of Sarawak (Covas) has urged the government to carefully consider reopening all sectors to improve the revenue of consumers in the wake of recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

Its president Michael Tiong said the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) had strengthened the financial standing of consumers as limited spending was observed and saving practised.

“The latest phase of the MCO, namely the recovery movement control order (RMCO), will witness the opening of many sectors and consumers’ spending will definitely increase.

“Since safety is still the main concern, consumers should, at all times, obey the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and make the new norm their culture to curb the spread of the virus,” he said in a statement on Sunday (June 7).

Tiong believed the government should open all the sectors since the state had been showing good progress in preventing Covid-19 transmission and reducing the cases to a minimal.

“I believe with the decreasing Covid-19 cases, positive improvement and the seven strategies outlined under RMCO as well as the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the do’s and don’ts, the government should open all the sectors.

“Without incomes, consumers can’t spend on basic daily necessities or even health treatment services.

“Thus, I hope the government will have the best interest of all the consumers to simultaneously protect the safety of consumers and also to improve their revenue,” he added.