Suffering the MCO in the Services Sector

By Alexander Fernandez, Nursyazana Khidir Neoh

September 2020 FEATURE
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The interior of Xiao Gu Dian (The Daily Noodles). Photo: Sherry Tan.
PENANG’S SERVICES SECTOR is a shadow of its former self. On top of an already flailing entertainment industry and a row of F&B outlets biting the dust, Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang became on August 8 the latest casualty in a string of hotel closures since the MCO began. That day, it permanently shuttered.Things do look bad for many. Penang Monthly speaks to three individuals involved in the services sector on how the pandemic upended their rice bowls, and how having...

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Alexander Fernandez

is a budding plant enthusiast, feline fanatic, Netflix junkie and gaming buff. He hopes to one day travel to Japan.

Nursyazana Khidir Neoh

is a forestry graduate from the University Malaysia Sabah.