FREE GRANTS FOR NEW BUMI EN­TREPRENEURS

A chance for low-in­come fam­i­lies to im­prove their stan­dard of liv­ing, says MB

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BU­MI­PUT­ERA small- and medium-scale en­trepreneurs( SM Es) have been en­cour­aged to join the Bu­mi­put­era Mi­cro En­trepeneurs De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (MCash), which pro­vides free grants to them to ex­pand their busi­nesses.

Perlis Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said the pro­gramme, ini­ti­ated by the gov­ern­ment through the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (NCIA), al­lows SMEs to move up their busi­ness to a new level.

“This im­por­tant ini­tia­tive will pro­vide a chance for low-in­come fam­i­lies to im­prove their stan­dard of liv­ing so that they will not de­pend on gov­ern­ment aid,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Azlan was met af­ter pre­sent­ing more than RM5.5 mil­lion in grants un­der MCash and Pro­gram Dana Mu­dah­cara Ter­aju@NCIA that was jointly im­ple­mented by NCIA and Unit Pen­er­aju Agenda Bu­mi­put­era (Ter­aju) to 15 re­cip­i­ents from Perlis.

Sarizan Hamid, 42, who owns a bar­ber shop at Bazar Wakaf Rakyat in Je­jawi, said the RM18,550 he re­ceived from MCash helped him to buy new equip­ment for his shop.

Sarizan said he had to fork out RM10,000 in cap­i­tal when he started the busi­ness eight years ago.

“I started with only two chairs and now I plan to buy two more chairs and new hairstyling tools,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the grant.

Sarizan urged more young en­trepreneurs to join the MCash pro­gramme if they were in­ter­ested in open­ing up their own busi­nesses.

Bak­ery owner Nor Faiznin Mokhtar, 34, said it was easy to ap­ply for the MCash pro­gramme and the ap­pli­ca­tion process was fast.

“I learnt about MCash trough a sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by the Perlis gov­ern­ment and ap­plied for the grant to re­place an old bread mixer that I have.

“It took sev­eral months for my ap­pli­ca­tion to be ap­proved and now I can pro­duce more bread with the new mixer,” said Faiznin.

Aima De­vel­op­ment Sdn Bhd gen­eral man­ager Mohd Zu­ber Ah­mad said the RM4.5 mil­lion grant he re­ceived un­der Dana Mu­dah­cara Ter­aju@NCIA was for the in­fra­struc­ture work at a mixed de­vel­op­ment project car­ried out by the com­pany in Ta­man Pu­tra Utama here.

“We are glad that Ter­aju has agreed to open up the fund to de­vel­op­ers and we will make use of the money that we re­ceived for projects that will ben­e­fit the Bu­mi­put­era com­mu­nity here,” he said.

He said the mixed de­vel­op­ment project, to be com­pleted by end of next year, would pro­vide 100 units of houses and 145 shop units on a 20.2ha site.

HAFIZUDIN MOHD SAFAR PIC BY

Perlis Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azlan Man (seated) and North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Redza Rafiq (sec­ond from right) with a re­cip­i­ent of the MCash grant, bar­ber Sarizan Hamid (right), in Kangar yes­ter­day.

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