KUALA LUMPUR – Merely three days into the Movement Control Order (MCO), business owners started to share their concerns after their income is badly affected due to the shortened operation hours of up to 8.00 pm.
Sup Utara trader who has been in business for almost 20 years, Zulhuari Abdul Aziz said that his shop in Taman Tasik Permaisuri was always full of customers but business has been bad since the first day of MCO. The situation gives a huge impact to the operation of his restaurant.
According to him, although he operates from morning until 8.00 pm, with the MCO’s regulation, he only manage to rake between 5 to 10 percent of his usual sales.
“The traders are truly affected by the short operation hours. We urge the government to reconsider for the shops to be opened until 11.00 pm so that the people returning from work have time to buy food,” he told MalaysiaGazette.
According to him, 97 percent of his daily income has been affected since the three days of MCO.
Asam pedas trader, Mohd Alfakri Mohd Zahil, 32, also expressed his disappointment over the limitation of the restaurant operation hours.
He said, the traders could only depend on the patrons coming for takeaways when the government re-implements the MCO.
However, they cannot get customers if the operation hours is limited until 8.00 pm only.
“Limiting the hours until 8.00 pm is truly too early. People return from work and reach home at about 7.30pm. They won’t have the time to come.
“Therefore, the government should consider to allow businesses to operate until 10.00 pm,” he said.
Meanwhile, MalaysiaGazette also got the comments from e-hailing food delivery riders. Most of them complained about the limitation of food delivery which begins at 7.00 am and ends at 8.00 pm.
For Adi Omar, 38, the time limitation affects his income. He said, the peak hours for food delivery are between 12.00 pm until 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm until 9.00 pm.
With the latest regulation, most restaurants registered with the e-hailing food delivery would stop their operation before 8.00 pm.
“8.00 pm is the peak hour for orders at night but the order must stop at that hour too. Our delivery is affected.
“It would be more difficult for us who work full time,” he said, added that 30 percent of his income has been affected during the two days of MCO implementation.
For the record, the food sales at restaurants, shops, stalls, food trucks, and street stalls involved in MCO are allowed to operate from 6.00 am until 8.00 pm.
The similar approval is given to mobile traders, food courts, hawker centres, street food stalls, kiosks, grocery stores and convenience stores. –MalaysiaGazette