FREE BUSINESS ZONES PROJECT LAUDED BY MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE
This is a great move and one that had its inception by the former MB of Negri Sembilan, Mohamad Hassan in 2014 and current UMNO deputy president.
I was among others that included former Prime Minister Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak and wife where he openly advocated a free business zone where consumers can apply for their business licenses with strict adherence to protocols of the Food Act at the Farmers Day celebrations in Negri Sembilan.
This was a brilliant move to help those financially challenged.
I am glad that yesterday the federal territories ministry also announced that residents in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan will be allowed to conduct their businesses anywhere within the three federal territories for the next five months.
Today the Kedah government announced the same for hawkers in five selected towns and city council areas where they can sell items anywhere they wished for a fee of RM10 a month starting on Sunday.
Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Nor did not say how long this would go on, but added that it would give those living within the Alor Setar, Sungai Petani, Kubang Pasu, Kulim and Langkawi city or town council limits an opportunity to make a living during these trying times.
Like others those applying for temporary business permits at RM10 per month must follow hawker rules set by the respective councils and ensure cleanliness at all times and according to the provisions of the Food Act.
Those interested among them traders will now be required to contact their relevant local authorities and provide information on their plans and where they will be conducting business, and must follow the written guidelines which will be released soon.
Today I appeal to all other states to follow the same as to facilitate and give an opportunity for our struggling communities to earn a living during these trying times of job loss, insecurity, anxiety and pandemic.