Micro-SMEs left out of govt aid, says group

The government needs to engage with business associations and representatives so no small business is left out, says Industries Unite coordinator David Gurupatham. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussein, February 28, 2021.

MICRO- small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are neither registered with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry nor business councils are feeling the heat of poor consumer sentiment, and being left out of the government’s assistance for businesses, a coalition of trade, business, and professional associations said.

David Gurupatham, group coordinator of Industries Unite, a coalition of more than 40 trade, business, and professional associations throughout Malaysia, said there were a handful of micro-SMEs that fall into this category, hence, the information on government assistance as well as the necessary guidelines and procedures did not reach them.

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