Food delivery companies are now employing more "riders" to cope with the sudden increase in delivery orders during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

There has been a reported jump of 30% in food delivery orders since the MCO kicked off on March 18.

According to Shubham Saran, Foodpanda Malaysia's head of logistics, there has been a 37% increase in applications for delivery rider jobs.

"To accommodate the developing situation, we welcome anyone who may need temporary work opportunities to contact us via our rider recruitment site," he was quoted saying by Free Malaysia Today.

As for Grab, the company has resorted to using its e-hailing drivers to deliver food and other items, since the demand for its e-hailing services has gone down during the MCO.

"To date, we have taken on board tens of thousands of drivers nationwide. This enables our driver partners to take advantage of our ecosystems to generate income to sustain their families," the portal quoted a Grab spokesperson as saying.

Meanwhile, the Malay Mail reported that a lot of small and medium enterprises (SME) risk facing closure at the end of the MCO.

An online survey done by the SME Association of Malaysia (SME Malaysia) showed that 33% of respondents have just enough cashflow to last until the end of March, while 37.8% can only sustain themselves until next month.

Despite having tight cashflow or no income at all in the months to come as the effect of the MCO, the businesses are still expected to pay salaries and rent for their premises in full, among other commitments.

A consultant told the portal that since SMEs employ 70 per cent of the 10-million-strong workforce in Malaysia, a job slash of 25 per cent can potentially see up to 2.56 million people being jobless in the coming months.

Source: FMT, Malay Mail
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