MALAYSIANS have been called to support local brands or chains, to mitigate the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tanamera Wellness Centre co-founder Mohamad Faisal Ahmad Fadzil said the pandemic has disrupted many lives and the economy.
“It is time for us to support each other and work together as Malaysians.
“Support the local chain and buy local products.
“Buy your coffee from the kopitiam rather than a cup of foreign brand coffee.
“We are as good or better than the international brands.
“We can survive this pandemic if we work together,” he said during the ASEAN Tourism Forum 1 Co-Organised with TIN Media – ‘The Rise of Muslim Hospitality Tourism’ at WHOLE PENANG 2020 in Setia SPICE Convention Centre today.
Mohamad Faisal also said that operators need to be more innovative in their business to attract customers.
He advised Malaysians to be proud of their products.
“Be proud of what you have. Do not hide your culture. Share it with others.
“We have different cultures and they are beautiful. People should be more open with their culture and business,” he said.
Arab Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCC) vice-president Amnah Shaari concurred.
She said the pandemic has changed the way people work and live their lives.
“Going digital is now the new norm.
“People are coming up with new ideas to meet the challenges; just like this event (WHOLE PENANG 2020) which has been made a hybrid event to cater to visitors, both physical and virtual,” she said.
The WHOLE PENANG 2020, organised by Alpine Group Services, provides a platform for the hospitality industry players to showcase their products during the three-day trade event.
Visitors are still able to register through walk-in registration at the Visitor’s Registration Counter at the Grand Foyer of Setia SPICE Convention Centre.
Those who prefer to visit the exhibition virtually can register themselves at https://wholemy.dreamcast.ae/
Story and pix by Christopher Tan