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CARING ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE “Less Than Expected, More Is Needed”

CARING ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

“Less Than Expected, More Is Needed”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (27 March 2020) – At RM250 billion, the “Prihatin” or Caring Economic Stimulus Package does indeed sound impressive, but industries directly impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19 may need a little bit more. The extensive list of initiatives announced was very much focused on the people right at the end of the chain, with a series of cash handouts to ensure the wellbeing and livelihood of the people.

For the industries, particularly hospitality and tourism, the multi-level discount increases for electricity depending on consumption is much welcomed but the Federal Government is reminded again to ensure the same is being extended to Sabah and Sarawak, where energy is managed separately, not by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

The announced payroll subsidy of RM600 per month for three months, for employees earning below RM4,000 a month, is needed but is below what the industry expected. The hotel industry in particular, had earlier proposed a minimum of RM1,000 per employee, or a minimum equivalent of 50% of employee’s monthly pay for a period of six months. This is in response to a much lower occupancy rate projected for the coming months looking the situation worldwide.

“We are looking at an average occupancy for Malaysia of nothing more than 25% in June, and that is if the Movement Control Order (MCO) ends on 14 April with the spread of Covid-19 under control,” explained Kamaruddin Baharin, President of the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH). Recovery is not expected till the third quarter with the industry putting hopes in the year end holidays to ease up on accumulated losses for the year.

According to MAH, as of now 2,041 employees of the industry had been laid off due to economic pressures and the extended MCO, while 9,773 are given unpaid leaves and another 5,054 taken pay cuts. This number is based on sampling size of 56,299 and is set to grow over the next few months.

State

Total Rooms (Sampling Size)

Occupancy

Occupancy

Occupancy

Forecast

Forecast

Forecast

Forecast

Jan2020

Feb 2020

1-17 March 2020

18-31 March 2020

April 2020

May2020

June 2020

Johor

6,445

54%

41%

38%

15%

16%

18%

26%

Kedah

1,234

56%

46%

37%

21%

24%

21%

29%

Langkawi

3,675

74%

57%

39%

10%

14%

13%

14%

Kelantan

1,039

49%

53%

48%

18%

27%

29%

35%

Kuala Lumpur

32,261

60%

47%

33%

11%

17%

19%

25%

Melaka

3,875

41%

30%

23%

10%

23%

25%

31%

Negeri Sembilan

2,227

40%

29%

24%

10%

23%

22%

33%

Pahang

2,984

30%

25%

30%

9%

18%

17%

24%

Pulau Pinang

8,663

61%

49%

32%

6%

14%

16%

23%

Perak

3,464

44%

38%

28%

17%

18%

25%

29%

Sabah

6,771

68%

37%

25%

6%

10%

12%

16%

Sarawak

6,081

38%

39%

34%

12%

14%

20%

24%

Selangor

13,521

52%

45%

31%

9%

16%

18%

23%

Terengganu

1,893

36%

43%

44%

23%

29%

31%

41%

Total

94,133

55%

44%

32%

11%

16%

19%

25%

*MAH R&D Occupancy Survey

Among others, MAH had also stressed on the call for banks to waive interests on top of the moratorium, and to reduce employers’ EPF contribution but both were not included. Instead, employers are encouraged to consult EPF on restructuring, rescheduling or postponement of contributions from 15 April onward.

“We will need to work with what is given now, and we will continue to engage and update the Government on the situation on the ground, if the initiatives are helping or if hotels are still forced to close given such unprecedented economic pressures,” added Kamaruddin. He also cautioned that the world is still in a partial lockdown condition and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for tourism until a cure or vaccine is found.

State

Total Employees (Sampling Size)

PayCut

%ofEmp

Unpaid Leave

%ofEmp

LayOff

%ofEmp

Johor

3,215

108

3%

202

6%

72

2%

Kedah

692

0

0%

80

12%

0

0%

Langkawi

4,314

340

8%

902

21%

92

2%

Kelantan

560

76

14%

157

28%

0

0%

Kuala Lumpur

17,826

2,880

16%

3,641

20%

542

3%

Melaka

1,872

65

3%

191

10%

85

5%

Negeri Sembilan

1,452

0

0%

179

12%

130

9%

Pahang

1,464

0

0%

150

10%

231

16%

Pulau Pinang

5,549

240

4%

430

8%

84

2%

Perak

1,654

91

6%

595

36%

245

15%

Sabah

4,934

893

18%

1,075

22%

177

4%

Sarawak

3,488

175

5%

258

7%

92

3%

Selangor

7,981

134

2%

1,812

23%

238

3%

Terengganu

1,298

52

4%

101

8%

53

4%

Total

56,299

5,054

9%

9,773

17%

2,041

4%


 
About the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia formed in 1974 and initially established by a group of concerned and dedicated hoteliers to bring about a more dynamic hospitality industry aimed at building a workforce of highly skilled, innovative and disciplined individuals. Its long-term goal was to enhance the efficiency of the hospitality industry, thus, bringing about a more dynamic Malaysian hospitality industry. MAH, as the official national network for the hotel industry, represents more than 900 hotels throughout Malaysia supplying a total of 155,287 rooms which is about 65% of the total number of hotel rooms available as guest accommodation in this country. With 13 chapters across the nation, MAH acts as a voice of the industry, working as one body to promote, protect, represent and advance the interests of its members.

About MAHTEC

MAHTEC Sdn Bhd commenced its fiscal year in 1998 to profile MAH as a human resource development provider and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of staff-in-service in the industry. MAHTEC is the training arm of the Association specializing in developing quality human resources in the hospitality industry. Highly specialized in the areas of Hospitality Skills Training and Managerial Development Training, all programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified Trainers through workshops and practical session.