I’m grateful to live in a country that has been able to keep the COVID-19 outbreak under control. And the fact the authorities never resorted to extreme measures such as a nationwide lockdown is a blessing for someone like me – a father of three young children working in the private sector.
However, I had always depended on neighbouring Malaysian towns for getting school essentials to keep my expenses low. Due to the border closure, I have no choice but to gather these items at local stores at much higher prices.
While I wholeheartedly support the campaign to shop domestically to benefit our economy, I also have a family to support. I feel, at times, overstretched.
A lot of private businesses are facing lower revenues due to the pandemic, and my company is no exception. As a result, there is no bonus this year, a benefit that had previously helped to tide me over financially.
I would like to call on the authorities to look into providing relief for middle-class families by shortening the list of school essentials.