KUALA LUMPUR: Commercial property landlords have been urged to consider giving discounts, granting rent deferment or exemptions to tenants who are unable to operate their businesses during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) made the call in view of the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).

In a statement issued today, it said the Economic Action Council’s (EAC) meeting had focused on views and complaints of SME entrepreneurs facing challenges amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The Unit for the Implementation and Coordination of National Agencies on the Economic Stimulus Package or (Laksana), established by the Finance Ministry, also tabled its report on the progress and implementation of the Economic Stimulus Packages announced by the government to mitigate the adverse impact of the outbreak on the nation’s economy.

The report was tabled to ensure that the objectives (outlined in the Economic Stimulus Packages) could be achieved.

In the same statement, the PMO announced the appointment of two more members – one each from Sarawak and Sabah – to the EAC.

They are Datuk Bridget Lai, who is a prominent banking figure in Sabah; and Sarawak Chamber of Bumiputera Entrepreneurs chairman Datu Abang Halmi Ikhwan.

Following their appointments, the number of members sitting in the EAC has increased to 13.

Chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the members of the council comprise government officials and prominent figures in the private sector.

Cabinet members who are members of the EAC are International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is one of the four senior ministers; Finance Minister Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz; and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Other members of the council are Bank Negara governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus; MERCY Malaysia founder Tan Sri Jemilah Mahmood; Westport Malaysia Sdn Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam; Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffry Cheah; Axiata Group Bhd president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim; and The Edge media group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong.

Prof Tan Sri Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali is the executive director of the EAC.