State women entrepreneurs prove successful in online businesses

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Naroden (third right) receiving a souvenir from Adiman as Saranita chief Jamilah Shukri (second right) and others look on.

KUCHING: Women entrepreneurs in the state had shown their capabilities in operating online businesses and trade which were monopolised by men in the past.

In pointing this out, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais said the trend of women entrepreneurs picking up online marketing had increased recently.

“A recent study in 2011 revealed that businesses operated by women were at a mere 13.2 per cent but now it had reached 30 per cent,” he said.

Naroden was speaking at the Broadband Entrepreneurs Transformation Seminar organised by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Persatuan Usahawan Wawasan Wanita Sarawak (Saranita), at Yayasan Sarawak yesterday.

According to him, the efforts made by MCMC and Saranita came at the right time to assist small scale businesses owned by women.

“Business owners should not look at the conventional way to promote their products. If utilised properly (i.e. using the online platform), I believe that they can go to the international market,” he added.

He said that the Internet had significantly changed the way people communicate and if used wisely, it will bring a positive impact to the respective businesses.

Earlier on, MCMC state director Adiman Ahem said MCMC through their ‘Get Malaysian Business Online’ (GMBO) had assisted around 50,000 small and medium scale enterprises last year.

“By providing grants worth RM1,000 to eligible enterprises, they can get involved in online business and expand their networks.

“Since it was introduced last year, we had received 41,582 applications and 34,051 were successfully processed … 457 were local Sarawakian businesses carried out by mostly women,” he said and added that the programme is jointly organised by .my domain registry, Google and iTrain.

Meanwhile, Adiman urged eligible entrepreneurs from the state to participate in the National Transformation Agent Award (ANT) next year which aims to award successful individuals or groups which have impacted the community by using broadband.

Those interested can visit www.skmm.gov.my for more information.