Most impacted sectors in Sabah includes Tourism, Fisheries, Land Transportation, Oil Palm Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail, and Hotel/Accommodation (source: Special Bulletin, Department of Statistics, Malaysia). Malaysia has 236,000 fewer jobs in the private sector during the 2nd quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year (source: Principal Statistics of Labour Force, Malaysia, Q2 2020, Department of Statistics, Malaysia), and Sabah lost close to 4,900 jobs due to lockdown (source: Daily Express, 8 July 2020).

Most affected are self-employed and youth. Both the Federal & State government’s economic stimulus / recovery packages (e.g. PRIHATIN, PENJANA, Sabah New Deal, etc.) managed to facilitate most businesses to retain majority of their employees. But cases of COVID-19 have spiked up from end-September, and CMCO, TEMCO and interdistrict movement have been imposed in early October.

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