Lending SMEs helping hand through development programmes

Mohd Izhar (second from left) in a meeting with PUJB representatives at Mentri Besar's office in Kota Iskandar.

JOHOR BARU: Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd (PUJB) plans to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic through various programmes beginning next year.

State investment, entrepreneurship development, cooperatives and human resource committee chairman Mohd Izhar Ahmad said the programmes were being discussed now before Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad announces it during the presentation of Johor Budget 2021 on Nov 19.

“In general, some of the programmes such as the allocation for ‘Geran Orang Lokal’ will be bigger in order to add more recipients for next year’s programme, ” he said when contacted.

Izhar added that a few entrepreneur development and training programmes, which focused on digital transformation, have also been identified.

“Aside from easing the entrepreneur’s burden, we will also conduct more educational programmes such as workshops and seminars to educate business owners on ways to manage their operations better.

“These programmes will be given to businesses that are registered with PUJB or the Companies Commission of Malaysia, ” he added.

He said more outreach programmes would also be held to meet with business owners to get their feedback on how the state government could come up with a better policy.

“The goal here is to get the right information so that we can schedule programmes that are relevant and make a positive impact on businesses, ” he said.

Izhar added that he had chaired a meeting with PUJB and relevant stakeholders earlier to discuss the overall progress of this year’s programmes and the planned programmes for next year.

“In general, our programmes for entrepreneurs have been running almost at 100% capacity, except for one major event – the Johor International Islamic and Halal Festival – which we have pushed to next year because of the pandemic, ” he added.

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