ALL the people SOME of the time
but NOT ALL the people ALL the time" ~Abe Lincoln~
Based on qualitative interviews conducted on a random sample...the following were observed:-
- In Penang, staff in the semi-conductor industry are facing "pay cuts" and "forced leave".
- In Kulim, Kedah work in certain factory(ies) have reverted to "single shift". Elsewhere, on the outskirts of Alor Setar...a factory dealing with basic food neccesities will chalk-up losses in the millions if there is no government intervention.
- In KL, "businesses are closing down"....I personally know 5 business owners who are in various stages of shutting down their businesses.
- In Thailand, ...based on conversation with business owners in Padang Bezar, revenues and visitors have tumbled...compared to previous years
Be Prepared for a NO-FRILLS & HARD WORK 2009! Happy New Year.