Selangor Journal
State executive councillor Dato’ Teng Chang Khim speaking to the press during a virtual press conference to launch the “Industry Dialogue: Post-Pandemic Recovery” video series, on October 16, 2020.

Selangor launches video series on MSMEs’ survival during Covid-19 pandemic

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SHAH ALAM, Oct 16 — The Selangor government has produced a series of video interviews titled “Industry Dialogue: Post-Pandemic Recovery” (Dialog Industri: Pemulihan Pasca Pandemik) which features local small enterprises from various sectors sharing their experiences during the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) and its adverse impact on their businesses.

Following the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the local industry and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) were hit hard and yet more had survived the impact of the MCO, said the State Investment, Industry and Commerce and Small and Medium Enterprise Committee chairman Dato’ Teng Chang Khim.

“From the perspective of the government, we want to listen to the people and industry players on their thoughts. Therefore, we have lined up ten series of these interviews involving dialogues between myself, representing the state government, speaking to industry players from different sectors,” Teng said to the media during a virtual press conference to launch the video series today.

“I will be interviewing ten business people from ten industries to hear about how they survived through the MCO,” he explained.

Teng said the series will run on a weekly basis for 30 to 40 minutes each and will feature the challenges the MSMEs faced as well as their post-Covid-19 pandemic recovery plans.

“Of course, everybody was pessimistic over the economy during the (first) MCO. Some have suffered very badly and a lot of them have survived. But, they are still positive about the future,” he said.

The first episode of the video series will commence on October 20, 2020, and will be broadcasted on Teng’s official Youtube channel.

The interviews feature business owners from the science and technology, agriculture and fishing; logistics; tourism; F&B; e-commerce; film and beauty industries as well as the retail and property development sectors.

According to the statistics from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), 98.5 per cent or 907,065 of registered companies in Malaysia are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with 19.8 per cent of that total are from Selangor.

SMEs contribute 38.3 per cent to the national gross development product (GDP) and 66.2 per cent of employment opportunities nationwide.

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