20 May – While the government has not declared on a full lockdown following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Malaysian businessman and fashion designer Rizalman took matters into his own hands by temporarily closing his business, RIC Sdn. Bhd.
The 50 year-old businessman shared the news in an official statement that read, "Following the current outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic virus, the top management of Rizalman Ibrahim Group of Companies has agreed to carry out full closures and restrictions for all employees and sales under RIC Group Sdn Bhd even though we are registered and have MITI certification. These closures and restrictions will take up to two weeks or until a date to be announced."
The company also added that the online sales of products under RINETWORK, namely T'Neeq and T'Neeq Junior will be suspended until further notice.
"These sales closures and restrictions are intended to take into account the safety of our employees and help reduce the spread of the COVID 19 infection. Please pray that everything will be easier together. Thank you," the statement added.
Rizalman himself wrote on his Instagram, "Let us execute this first as a sign of support in eradicating this for the good of all."
Many expressed praise for Rizalman over his concern for his employees' safety, with one netizen writing, "This is a smart decision. Hopefully a lot of people will follow suit."
The COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia has been on the rise, with the latest number of cases totaling to more than 6000 - with many calling for a full lockdown to lessen the burden on medical frontliners and hospital facilities.
(Photo Source: Rizalman Instagram)