According to this story,
the government’s move to provide RM100 billion in credit and guarantees for SMEs was not enough.
SME Association of Malaysia president Datuk Michael Kang was quoted as saying that what is needed isn't more loans but direct cash assistance.
I think this is something like asking for BR1M (or whatever they called it nowadays) for the SMEs.
Hmmm....RM100 billion in credit and guarantees are not really enough help.
Okay, whatever. I'm okay with the government helping everyone, provided it has the money for it.
After all, government's money is people's money.
At least, the SMEs are asking for help by not bashing the government for helping the B40 group like some people as I highlighted in this post,
No need for hate-mongering during this Covid-19 war
Well, maybe the SME owners are also desperate to feed their families like the B40 people.
But then again, DAP supremo Kit Siang was also quoted in the report as saying this,
So, Kit Siang is saying that Muhyiddin's topmost priority as PM now is to rescue SMEs owned by people like his next door neighbour, a 42-year-old businessman who after 15 years now has 60 workers, five rented factories and some installment paying machinery.
I do wonder exactly how dire is the guy's situation. Does he still have food for his family at home now or does he have any savings to tide things up till the end of this pandemic?
Really? Can't use his savings to save his SME?
Those 60 workers, are they locals or foreigners?
I don't know about you, but no matter how it's put, I still think the guy is above the level of the hawker whose story I highlighted in this posting,
Please help our hawkers, don't hate Taiwan
And that hawker was not even really asking the government for "direct cash assistance" and instead just asking for his community to continue buying food from him and the other hawkers so that they could survive the pandemic.
Well, Kit Siang thinks helping his SME owning neighbour and people like that is government's topmost priority now. That puts helping the hawkers definitely not his topmost priority then.
For me, the government's topmost priority now should be to stop the spread of this Covid-19 pandemic. The rest are important too but can come later.
If the government can stop Covid-19, then I'm sure it can also help the SMEs, hawkers, Makcik Kiah and the rest of us.