Couple use government aid to grow businesses


Employees busy arranging the cookies in plastic jars at the factory in Kepala Batas, Penang. — Photos: Bernama

A COUPLE who started a marinated lamb business during the movement control order (MCO) last year using financial assistance by the government is grateful to be able to expand the business and provide employment to others.

The husband and wife team, Rosnizam Ishak and Roazian Md Noor, both aged 44, from Kepala Batas, Penang, had to close their restaurant and cookies factory due to the implementation of the MCO last year.

They almost went bankrupt due to lack of income, until they received assistance of RM3,000 via Geran Khas Prihatin (GKP) and RM1,000 under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN).

Rosnizam said with assistance they received from the government, they started a marinated lamb business from home to generate income by selling directly to buyers and their agents.

Roazian (left) and Rosnizam preparing the marinated lamb and chicken at their factory in Kepala Batas, Penang.Roazian (left) and Rosnizam preparing the marinated lamb and chicken at their factory in Kepala Batas, Penang.

“With the help received from the government, we started the marinated lamb business in April last year.

“After more than eight months, we were able to restart the cookies business.

“During the MCO, our cookies business and the restaurant suffered badly. We almost went bankrupt with several debts to settle at that time.

“However, thanks to our marinated lamb business, we used the profit to reopen the cookies business and our restaurant offering western dishes, ” he told Bernama.

Rosnizam said since starting the marinated lamb business, they were able to generate monthly sales between RM30,000 and RM50,000 before putting aside some as savings to reopen the cookies factory and restaurant.

He said finally in December last year, they were able to reopen the cookies business and the restaurant.

The couple used the profit from their marinated lamb business to restart their cookies and restaurant businesses.The couple used the profit from their marinated lamb business to restart their cookies and restaurant businesses.

They were also making some improvements including selling marinated lamb at the restaurant and ready-mixed marinade ingredients (for lamb, chicken and beef) for those who want to prepare their own at home.

“We are very grateful to be able to provide employment opportunities to others, as in the cookies factory we have 30 permanent employees while in the restaurant there are six people.

“These are in addition to the 30 agents we have for the cookies business and six agents for marinated lamb.

“My wife and I are happy to help those affected during MCO by offering them jobs.

“Our cookies business seems to be showing good progress, especially now, with Aidilfitri coming soon, ” he said.

Rosnizam getting ready a tray of cookies to be placed in the oven.Rosnizam getting ready a tray of cookies to be placed in the oven.

Roazian said she and her husband can now heave a sigh of relief as they can settle their outstanding debts, especially their housing loan.

“We hope to expand the business to help more people affected during this MCO.”

“We are grateful for assistance of the GKP and BPN to help us start the marinated lamb business and then slowly raise our capital, ” she said.

Roazian believed that the marinated lamb business is one of the wisdoms they found during the MCO to start a new business venture and provide employment to others as well. — Bernama

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