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Employers group warns of lockdown dangers

Employers group warns of lockdown dangers

The government must end the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) before more people lose their job, making it even harder for the Malaysian economy to recover, a business group is warning.

The plea to scrap the FMCO came from the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), which in June had said that if the lockdown continued it would cause “further damage to the national economy and individual livelihoods”.

MEF president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman said companies were failing on a daily basis and many others were on the brink of bankruptcy.

“Our members are suffering and forced to shut down and be declared bankrupt. This is on the table and the stress level has reached the boiling point. "MEF appeals once again to the National Security Council (NSC) to seriously consider our position. Employers need a breather and require space to keep alive our businesses and livelihoods," he said.

Syed Hussain said the lockdowns were shown to be ineffective and should not be continued. “We acknowledge that the pandemic has created havoc in Malaysia and all over the world. There is no simple solution, but when a strategy does not work, we must quickly switch to another so that we all do not continue to suffer.

“We would rather manage Covid-19 and the vaccination than to be saddled with another major problem which is an irreparable economy that would lead to social implications. We can live with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), but survival and livelihoods must be prioritised.”