Rethink and refine Penjana schemes

Emmanuel Joseph

Tourists selecting durians at a market in Sabah. The king of fruits is among the high-end crops that are sustainable replacements for electronic components and other exports hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 1, 2020.

A DOZEN or so hotels, several high-profile eateries, a video-store chain and at least two international brands have announced that they are closing down as we cross the 100-day mark of movement controls in Malaysia, and surpass 10 million Covid-19 cases and 500,000 fatalities worldwide.

Our infection and death rates are under enviable control, but the government’s two programmes to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic – Prihatin and the first half of the six-step Penjana – seem inadequate to stop businesses from shuttering.

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