Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

KUCHING: The plight of petty traders during the movement control order (MCO) highlights the need for the group to be registered in order to receive assistance from the government.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the traders were only assisted personally and that assistance could not be distributed to them as there is no data on their businesses.

“I hope that the businesses will register themselves and we will also look into easing the registration process for them. We want to do a census so at least we have their names and particulars.

“This is so that when this (MCO) happens, not only we can help them put food on their table but also assist their businesses,” he said in an online interview with Sarawak Volunteers on Tuesday night (Aug 4).

Wan Junaidi said he will talk to the minister-in-charge and exco members of each state to revise the registration process of the businesses at the local council level.

“We want to ease the registration and reduce the bureaucracy so that we can have the data and with this data, we can think of assistance which we can distribute to the group,” he said.

The Santubong MP said there was no assistance given to petty traders and only small, medium and micro entrepreneurs benefitted from it during the MCO period.

“So, they are being sidelined as they only got personal assistance. With funds amounting to RM500 to RM600 given to them, they were able to buy materials such as bananas, sweet potatoes and others for their businesses.

“It may not be much, but if you don’t have that (fund), you can’t do anything,” he said.