KUCHING: SUPP Central Woman Chief, Kho Teck Wan appealed to Sarawak Government to provide special business relieve grant or loan to the saloon, photo studio, gym, and spa business owners as they had to close down their businesses since March this year.

She said these businesses were prohibited from operating during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as they need to be in close contact with their customers. Most of these businesses are operated by small business owners who had complied with the government orders. 

Some owners, she said, are actively proposing many Standard Operating Procedures to the government in preparation to open for business in the future. These business owners choose to close their door because they understand their roles to keep our community safe. 

Kho pointed out that with such a good compliance and understanding amongst these business communities that are still being banned from operating their businesses, some employees of these businesses are being put on volunteer leave without pay to help their owner sustain the business and retain their employments.

To acknowledge their sacrifices, Kho appealed to Sarawak government to provide a special one time assistant to the hairdresser, makeup artist, trainer, sports coaches, gym and fitness instructors, photographers, and swimming instructor.

As the majority of these businesses employed skilled and semi-skilled local professionals, she reckoned that losing of such businesses will greatly impact the economy recovery process in the future and urged the State Government to consider her humble request and suggestion.