Initiative to help low-income earners


State finance officer Datuk A. Rahim Nin (second from right, in white shirt) and Zaiton (right) putting up the Jopac sticker on one of the food trucks at the carnival in Iskandar Puteri.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government received more than 600 applications from local business owners who are keen to participate in the Johor Packet Food and Delivery Services (Jopac).

State women development, family and community committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said that to date, some 50 business owners in Johor, mostly home-based, have been approved to provide delivery services under Jopac.

“Jopac was initiated to help those running home-based businesses, who faced difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic and those who had recently lost their jobs.

“The programme, which kicked off in May, allows these operators to appoint one of their family members to deliver the goods while the rest prepare the food,” she said.

Zaiton said this when met after launching the From YPKDT (Darul Takzim Family Development Foundation) with Love carnival at a mall here on Saturday.

She added that the state government opened up 150 spots for the second phase of its implementation of Jopac. Applications closed on Sept 7.

“We cannot open too many spots at one time as we want to see the effectiveness of the platform before making it more widely available,” she said.

She added that Jopac works much like any other food delivery service such as Grab Food and Food Panda but was created especially for those in the B40 economic category as well as those who had recently lost their jobs.

“At the moment, Jopac runs through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram but we are coming out with an dedicated application the public can download on their mobile phones.

“We will be working with Digital Johor to come out with the application that we hope to launch it by next month,” she said.

On a separate matter, Zaiton said that the state government launched its 38th “Mama Friendly” room at the mall during the event.

“The rooms have been made available in many buildings, including malls, schools and government premises.

“We aim to have at least 40 rooms by the end of this year but by the look of it, we may be able to open an extra 10 rooms,” she said.

The “Mama-Friendly” rooms are set up specifically to allow mothers to pump out breast milk in a comfortable and private environment.

On the event, Zaiton said that some 30 stalls and food trucks, mostly run by those in the B40 category, single mothers and people with special needs, were open during the two-day carnival which ended yesterday.

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