GEORGE TOWN: Although most of George Town’s Heritage Day celebrations have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an electricity store here decided to mark the special occasion by running a promotion of a month.
Ban Hin Bee general manager Wilson Yeoh, 45, said George Town’s World Heritage Day is considered one of the oldest and oldest electricity stores in Penang.
“We are a 60 year old company. Our first store opened in 1961 as a bicycle store before being transformed into an electrical store.
“We now have six outlets on the island and one on the mainland in Bukit Mertajam,” he said.
Yeoh expressed his satisfaction that the power stores in Penang have been allowed to operate under phase two of the National Recovery Plan (PNR).
“I am relieved that our outlets can reopen after being closed for over a month,” he said.
Penang entered the second phase of the PNR yesterday.
Malaysia Furniture Council Vice Chairman Datuk Cha Hoo Peng said he was happy the furniture industry was allowed to reopen during phase two of the PNR.
“We thank the government, but we hope that it will also allow the local furniture stores to operate again. For now, we are only allowed to export furniture, ”he added.
He said local furniture sales are around RM 5 billion per year and exports were RM 12.6 billion last year.
“We hope that the Ministry of International Trade and Industry can speed up its approval process so that furniture exporters can start their operations soon,” he said.
Cha, who is also Fiji’s Honorary Consul General in Penang, said there were a handful of Fijian citizens residing in Penang.
“In addition to the employment opportunities, Fijians are amazed by the unique and diverse cultures of George Town.
“It is a pity that due to the pandemic Fijians here cannot participate in interesting activities in conjunction with George Town’s World Heritage Day celebrations like in previous years,” he added.
The second phase of the PNR opens up much of the retail sector, which contributes substantially to Penang’s gross domestic product.
In addition to car washing activities, others are allowed to open computer and telecommunications stores, bookstores and stationery stores, electrical stores and hairdressing salons (basic services only).
People may also seek services in manufacturing related to automobiles (vehicles and parts), ceramics, furniture factories (for export), rubber, steel and cement.
Farmers’ markets and morning markets will be allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., but will be limited to the sale of vegetables, fruit, groceries, processed chicken, seafood and meat.
All individual sports and recreational activities that do not involve physical contact are also permitted.