KUCHING: The state government has allocated RM5 million to build the ‘Anjung Usahawan Kabong’ to further boost the socio-economy of the community in the area.
Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development (Mintred) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, who stated this, said the project will be implemented next year.
“Besides that, assistance for the Sarawak Rural Entrepreneur Transformation Project for small traders worth RM200,000 will be channelled through the Saratok District Council,” he said when officiating at ‘Let’s Register Our Business’ under the Sarawakku Sayang programme yesterday.
On the business registration programme, Naroden noted that there are still many traders in Sarawak who have not registered their businesses.
He said based on the survey of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM), Sarawak so far only has 62,000 business enterprises, of which 98.5 per cent are small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
“According to the data of the Ministry of Local Government and Housing under local authorities alone, we have about 44,015 hawkers and micro-traders in the micro category throughout Sarawak.
“Of this number, a total of 25,663 hawkers and traders are still unregistered and do not have licences or permits,” he revealed.
He stressed that this situation disqualifies and makes it difficult for them to get the assistance offered by the government, including the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS).
In this regard, he called on traders, especially small and medium entrepreneurs, to take advantage of the ‘Let’s Register Our Business’ programme that is being held.
“This programme invites all who are in business or those who want to do business to register because there are still many of our traders and hawkers in rural areas who do not yet have a business licence or permit,” he said.
Also present were Kabong assemblyman Mohd Chee Kadir, Betong Division Resident Friday Belik and Mintred deputy permanent secretary Zulkarnaen Masron.