The unprecedented high case recorded over the past week is creating a catastrophic situation for Malaysia. It should be mitigated immediately with unprecedented measures and serious action plan.

The Ministry of Healthโ€™s proposed solution for a total lockdown in critical red zones in the country especially in state of Selangor & Kuala Lumpur where enormous high cases are being recorded should be immediately implemented by the Government.

The total lockdown should prevent all activities from being carried out except for the critical essential economy activities, to break the chain infection of Covid-19. The newer variants from Africa, Brazil and India are more contagious and spiraling faster than the original virus and being spread uncontrollably quicker in the ecosystem. We need to confine people to their homes and encourage the public to practice a self-regulated lockdown by adhering to the SOP more stricter.

The immense and mammoth impact will be faced by the business community especially the micro-businesses as well as the Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as a consequences of this total lockdown situation. A sustainable, proactive and inclusive economy stimulus packages for business community should be rolled out by the Government immediately.

KLSICCI proposes the recommended action plans and measures the Government should take with immediate effect:

1. To ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ซ๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™š๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ง, ๐™†๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™– ๐™‡๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง ย and other states where the numbers of cases are recorded unprecedentedly high. The concentration should be 100% Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. The cases are spiraling high in these two states.

2. To freeze all the statutory payables of employers to ๐™Ž๐™Š๐˜พ๐™Ž๐™Š, ๐™†๐™’๐™Ž๐™‹, ๐™ƒ๐™๐˜ฟ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฅ ย and other government statutory bodies. In addition to that ย the submission of tax ย and audited accounts filing thorough ๐™‡๐™ƒ๐˜ฟ๐™‰ and ๐™Ž๐™Ž๐™ˆ/๐™๐™Š๐˜พ ย should be extended till 31st of December 2021.

3. To continue the ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™—๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข ย for all employers regardless of the nature of their business ย by subsidizing up to 50% of the basic salary of the employees for those who are earning below RM3000.00 monthly salary.

4. To introduce ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™› ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™ for micro-businesses & SMEs by subsiding up to 50% of the rentals for the premises that are rented by SMEs from landlord and also to allow 3 months moratorium on loan installments for business premises owned by SMEs.

5. To introduce ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ช๐™ข ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ย incurred by business owners especially on water, electricity, sewerage, internet and other related utilities.
6. To re-introduce 3 ๐™ฉ๐™ค 6 ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ช๐™ข ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ ย for micro businesses and SMEs for the financing that was obtained from government & private financial Institutions.

7. To ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™Ž๐™Š๐™‹ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™ค๐™–๐™™ ๐™—๐™ก๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ ย to avoid the public from going out unnecessarily for non-essential purposes. In addition to that the government should make it sterner the MCO Order so that more offenders will be penalized to create strict awareness to the people from breaking the law.

8. To only allow essential businesses like restaurants, groceries, supermarkets and other essential households in full lockdown areas to operate from 8.00am to 2.00pm only.
9. To make ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™  ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™š (๐™’๐™๐™ƒ) ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ where possible during the full lockdown period. All office related works shall be electronically & digitally operated by work from home concept. ย 

No nation in the world will be able to control Covid-19 by increasing beds, oxygen, ventilators & ICU wards. This is a temporary, impossible and very expensive solution!
If healthcare infrastructure was the answer, then developed western countries wouldnโ€™t have had that many cases and that many fatalities.

The long lasting, inexpensive and quirkiest solution is social distancing, wearing masks and maintaining high level of hygiene to stop the transmission.

Remember, hospitals are not built to stop road accidents; these can only be stopped by careful driving.

๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ.