Perak has now entered the second week of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) and second day of the Movement Control Order 3.0 nationwide.
Ipoh city which is well known for various daily activities especially in the economic sector has quieted down due to the current EMCO and MCO 3.0.
Business owners and entrepreneurs from different sectors have to comply with the MCO set by the government in order to break the chain of COVID-19, the silent killer causing the deaths of people everywhere.
Concubine Lane, the historic alleyway since 1892, is one of the most popular heritage sites in the city. The shophouses previously owned by Chinese tycoons are known tourist attractions. Once often filled with the laughter of people relaxing at hipster cafes and a spot for selfie enthusiasts, the crowd has since died down. This is caused by the temporary closure of business operations.
We are all going through difficult times. Like it or not, we have to accept how the situation is affecting us. For example, the tourism industry suffers the most severe impact. Other industries involving transportation, shopping, food and beverage, arts and culture, accommodation and event management had to cease operations.
We are aware that the pandemic has caused major economic shock and it will take a long time for our economy to recover. If we wish to see a steady pace of growth in the country’s economy after this pandemic, every party has to take responsibility for the social, as well as the economic good of the country.
There is no shortcut to economic recovery. However, we must be positive that the government has proactively taken initiatives in stimulating and revitalising the economy, especially in the private sector.
To successfully prevent the transmission of the virus, we must all comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).
All the answers lie within us. Victory is in our hands and if you set your mind to it, anything is possible!