MIRI (August 19): More than 1,600 entrepreneurs have registered under the state’s Jum Regista Bisnes program to help informal entrepreneurs register and facilitate their entry into the online business platform developed by the Ministry of International Trade and Investment (Mintred).
Under the Go Digital program to boost online business and e-commerce participation, 600 entrepreneurs have received support worth RM6 million out of the RM20 million approved under Malaysia’s 12th plan (12MP).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Trade and Investment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said so in his speech read by his deputy Datuk Malcom Mussen Lamoh during the Jum Regista exercise in Marudi yesterday.
Jum Regista aims to enable entrepreneurs, especially from rural areas, to register their business, gain access to assistance from government or financial institutions, and be able to explore other business opportunities.
Participants can open a bank account under their respective business names and activate the account online, thereby paving the way for buying and selling transactions between online traders, suppliers and customers.
“The Sarawak government always aims to produce successful local entrepreneurs. If entrepreneurs remain committed to bettering themselves and always want to improve the products or services offered, I believe they will be able to penetrate the global market,” Awang Tengah said in his speech.
He said the ministry was always looking for ways to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and that for the period 2021 to the second quarter of this year, it had helped more than 15,000 entrepreneurs through business development programs. financial assistance, capacity building and product promotion.
As a complete and conducive industrial and commercial infrastructure is essential for the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Mintred also provides infrastructure facilities to local entrepreneurs, including the completed RM13 million Marudi Industrial Estate where 23 lots are now available for application. , he informed.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that the Sarawak government recognizes the important role of SMEs, including micro-enterprises, hawkers and small traders and the B40 group, representing 98.5% of the entire business community. business in Malaysia, creating jobs, increasing incomes and contributing to economic growth. of the state and the country.
To deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sarawak government has allocated over RM5.7 billion under the BKSS 1.0 to 8.0 packages to help those affected, including SMEs.
Under 12MP, the Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme (SKMS) allocated RM100 million to Mintred and RM54.7 million was disbursed to 1,756 micro, small traders and B40 entrepreneurs.
The ministry also channeled RM33.01 million for 436 entrepreneurs under the Small and Medium Industry Loan Scheme (SPIKS), RM3.79 million under the State Government Graduate Scheme to Entrepreneurship (Gerak) (431 graduates) and RM5.66 million for entrepreneurs graduating from vocational and technical schools.
To date, a total of 3,345 entrepreneurs have benefited from interest rate subsidies worth RM77 million, the first of its kind in Malaysia by a state government.
“The Sarawak government is the only government in Malaysia that offers this interest rate subsidy,” he said.
Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, Acting Permanent Secretary of Mintred Dzulkornain Masron, SEDC Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain and representatives of government agencies involved in the Jum Regista Bisnes exercise in Marudi.