The COVID-19 outbreak has not only taken lives the world over, but have also equally affected people's livelihoods.
A recent survey by the Statistics Department has found that almost half of those who lost their jobs during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the outbreak, were self-employed Malaysians.
The survey, which involved 168,182 participants aged 15 and above, also showed that about 43% of self-employed people did not have enough money to last them beyond two weeks, while 28.4% said their cash reserves would only last one month.
While 46.6% of the self-employed respondents lost their jobs during the period, another 35.5% have had to settle by income reduced by over 90%.
The worst hit is the food and beverages sector, with 35.4% people losing their ricebowls, followed by fisheries and agriculture (33% and 21.9% respectively). About 18.7% people in logistics were also affected.
Given the circumstances, 81.9% of the self-employed surveyed said that they were not prepared for an extended MCO.
According to the survey, residents in 3 states, namely Sabah, Kelantan and Perlis are the most affected by the MCO.
The survey also took into account the employment tenure of the survey participants, in which about 69.7% of those who have worked for less than a year saying they barely had savings to last them a month.
The MCO was enforced on March 18 to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, and was supposed to last until March 31. It was later extended to April 14.
The government will announce tomorrow whether there will be another extension.
Source: FMT, NST
Photo source: FMT
Thu Apr 09 2020
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