Government has to find a way to assist the displaced workers in our country, in light of the current lockdown of private sector businesses.
So said political leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah.
During an MSJ press conference on Sunday, Abdulah said government’s 3-week shutdown has thrown low-income earners in the “bamboo” by leaving them without support.
He said he understands the country is in a financial hole, however, he added that the government has to find a way to assist the displaced workers one way or the other.
Abdulah said “You cannot just throw them in the bamboo and say fend for yourself. That is not good enough because when those families, whether they are single-parent mothers who work and not having money coming in, how are they going to feed their children? How are their children going to learn? They may have children who may have SEA coming up or other exams coming up and need the devices and WiFi or data for online learning.”
The MSJ leader also asked government to address the inconsistencies in shutting down restaurants and malls while allowing street vendors to continue. He said while he was not suggesting the closure of street food vendors, the government should allow restaurants to carry out online sales and curbside pick-up, and it would avoid customers congregating inside.