New operating hours good for businesses



KUCHING: Since Sarawak is now in Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), business operators in the state can operate past midnight.

However, the transition period has caused confusion among food stall and eatery operators because the guidelines provided aren’t clear enough for them.

However, many business operators are happy as longer business hours can generate more customers.

Here, some members of the public share with New Sarawak Tribune their views of the new business operating hours.

Fazrina Charli


Since we have transitioned to Phase 4 now, it’s actually a good news especially for the business owners and the workers. They will finally get the chance of getting more customers and stabilising their businesses.


(Retail worker)

It is going to be really bad for the workers especially during this pandemic because nowadays, companies won’t pay us overtime nor give out any incentives. The good thing about operating past midnight is that they can try to earn more money to cover up their past losses.


(Food stall worker

I’m fine with the long operation hours. As I’m also working in the business field, there are times when there are few customers and this is expected.


(Retail worker)

The shop where I’m currently working usually operates 24 hours daily. I’m fine with the current operating hours set by the authorities. There are also many other shops operating 24 hours so I can definitely see the economy improving.

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