Johor sets aside RM1.5mil for Tukar scheme

For transformation: Mohamed Khaled (left) officiating at event which will give Tukar shops and JohorMart stores access to 1Malaysia products.

PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government has allocated RM1.5mil in its budget this year to help increase the number of sundry shops under the sundry shop transformation programme known as Tukar shop.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said presently there were 50 such outlets statewide and they expect the number to grow to 400 by 2020.

“Under the Tukar shop programme, we want our traditional sundry shops especially in the rural areas to be more competitive to survive in this challenging business environment,” he said during a press conference after the launching of 1Malaysia items initiative access to Tukar shops and JohorMart stores here at Unikl Bandar Seri Alam on Saturday.

Under the new initiative, Tukar shops will now have access to 1Malaysia goods such as milk, sources, cordials, groceries and household items.

During the event, there was also a MoU between Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Berhad (PUJB) and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) to open up JohorMart stores programme to Bumiputera entrepreneurs.

“Under the MOU, PUJB will help to supply the 1Malaysia goods to the Tukar shops statewide while Mara will assist with RM500,000 in loans to those eligible,” Mohamed Khaled said. 

Many of the sundry shops are unable to get the 1Malaysia goods due to transportation costs but now PUJB will distribute the goods to the Tukar shops and JohorMart stores.

Meanwhile, PUJB general manager Hahasrin Hashim said with the collaboration with Universiti Kuala Lumpur here, that provides a warehouse for their newly launched JohorMart stores proFgramme.

“This is a good platform to expose students to the business world,” he said, adding that they hope to open up some 30 JohorMart stores statewide this year.

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