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      14 October 2016  

SME opportunities for Bumiputeras

Tambunan (Friday) - Deputy Chief Minister cum SEDIA Deputy Chairman Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the Gerak IKS SDC 2016 programme is among the government's moves to create business opportunities for Bumiputeras in the state. He said this programme would be complemented by funding assistance from TERAJU, MARA, Tekun, YUM, and many other agencies.


"This programme is to serve as a platform to help entrepreneurs identify appropriate agencies, business or enterprise types," he said when closing the Gerak IKS SDC roadshow at Tambunan this afternoon, themed 'Exploring the potential of rural SMIs'.

Tan Sri Pairin expressed hope that the participants had gained knowledge and received the benefits of this partnership which provided ample events and information. Pairin, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development, noted that the roadshow programme also provided various activities such as training, mini expos, and networking between entrepreneurs, to name a few.

"These programmes will foster the culture of entrepreneurship among Bumiputera entrepreneurs and equip them with knowledge and experience, in addition to providing opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to discuss issues and challenges faced in promoting entrepreneurship, and the development of SMEs in the state".

"I hope that the participants in this programme have identified the appropriate agencies which can provide them with assistance and funds, either to start or expand their businesses," he said.

Pairin, who is also the MP of Keningau, said this kind of assistance provided by the government was to increase the number and quality of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the industrial and commercial sectors and at the same time, promoted the formation of resilient Bumiputera entrepreneurs in strategic industries.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that holding the roadshow programme in Tambunan was timely, as the district including neighbouring Ranau are areas rich in natural resources, flora and fauna that are unique and exotic and an interesting terrain waiting to be developed. He cited Mount Kinabalu as an example of a flagship tourist attraction for Sabah, as Tambunan has Mount Trusmadi which has been synonymous with tourism eco-adventure. Pairin further said that Tambunan and Ranau are famous for their eco-tourism industry, while the growing homestay industry has received encouraging response and attention from the government to provide further development.

Pairin explained that the Gerak IKS SDC, which was launched upon the recommendation of the Chief Minister, is a roadshow programme held throughout Sabah this year, and is jointly organised by SEDIA, TERAJU and SME Corp, in collaboration with State and Federal government departments and agencies. He told the crowd that the programme held in Tambunan had been the fifth series and was conducted in collaboration with the Tambunan and Ranau district offices.

Present at the ceremony were SEDIA Chief Executive Datuk Dr. Mohd. Yaakub HJ Johari, Tambunan District Officer Thomas Logijin, Ranau Assistant District Officer Mohd. Yassin Ibrahim, rector of UiTM Datuk Dr. Abdul Kadir Ruslin, secretary-general of the Sabah Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce Datuk Razak Walli, head of state and federal government departments and community leaders. - As reported in Borneo Post -As reported in Borneo Post

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