SUPP leader calls for SOPs to reopen massage parlours

MIRI: The government is urged to come up with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to allow massage parlours to reopen so that they can cope with their loss after months of closure.

This is according to SUPP Krokop sub-branch chairman Vincent Huang who observed that most businesses have reopened under the Conditional MCO and Recovery MCO.

“However, massage parlours, bars, karaokes and cinemas still remained close. I’ve received a lot of complaints from massage parlour operators saying if the closure goes on longer, they will have to shutter for good. If that happens, the unemployment rate will increase further and a lot of social problems will arise,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Vincent Huang

“Operating costs such as rental, utility bills and workers’ salary had become too much for them to bear,” he added.

He noted, however, that it is important to have the SOPs in place so that they could resume operation.

He suggested making Covid-19 testing a compulsory procedure before reopening to ensure the safety of customers and operators.

“The invisible enemy is creating some sort of anxiety for everyone to even go out of their house. But life must go on. Revival of economy is part of human survival. Since vaccination is not ready, mass testing is the most ideal way to ensure the safety of everyone,” Huang said.

He cautioned, however, that there is a certain risk if such businesses reopen in a hurry.

“If the situation permits, the government will definitely allow these business to resume,” he said.

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