KUALA LUMPUR: The rapid spread of Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO) that followed suit are affecting businesses from all sectors, including newspaper vendors in the country.
Newspaper vendors in Penang said the situation was dire as they were unable to sell newspapers at shops due to the partial lockdown.
They are urging the state and federal governments to look into their welfare following the MCO imposed.
Penang Newspapers and Books Sellers’ Association president M. Murugesu said the government has taken various initiatives to help small businesses in the state.
However, he said, their plight has been overlooked.
“We are unable to sell newspapers at sundry shops and roadside stalls since the MCO came into effect.
“We are also facing risk on a daily basis. Where are our incentives? Please help us. We are still carrying out our duties as a medium to spread state and nationwide level news to the public in the form of newspapers.
“Although the people are being confined to their homes, we, the newspaper vendors are still doing our jobs in distributing newspapers to Penang residents. Hence, we hope our plea will be given due consideration,” he said in a statement today.