‘Let’s do business’

Inked: (from left) SSM chief executive officer Datuk Nor Azimah Abdul Aziz and chairman Ahmad Sabki Yusof, Fuziah, Mohammad Yusof, Higher Education deputy secretary-general (policy) Datuk Dr Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Supian, director-general Prof Dr Azlinda Azman, and Polytechnic Education and Community College Department director-general Dr Mohd Zahari Ismail posing for a photo after the MoU signing ceremony. — KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star

THE Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry (KPDN) will help interested students to be part of the Jualan Rahmah initiative.

KPDN, said its Deputy Minister Fuziah Salleh, could assist students in higher education institutions (HEI) who want to sell daily necessities like food by offering discounts and assisting them to set up counters on campus.

Jualan Rahmah, which offers savings of up to 30% on the price of daily necessities as compared to market prices, is an initiative under the government’s Payung Rahmah programme to help the B40 group cope with cost of living issues.

Fuziah was speaking to reporters after witnessing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and the Higher Education Ministry to encourage entrepreneurship and business registrations among HEI students.

Some 116,000 free registration slots were offered to HEI students with a total grant allocation of RM7mil under the Prihatin Business Registration Scheme (SPPP) by the SSM.

The scheme was introduced in Dec 23, 2020, to help the B40, husbands and wives, and students in HEIs to register their businesses for free.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mohammad Yusof Apdal, in his speech, said the collaboration is in line with the aspirations of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) to produce holistic, entrepreneurial and balanced graduates.

“The MoU will further complement the efforts that have been implemented by the ministry to encourage students to become entrepreneurs and to be involved in business,” he said at the event held in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 2.

Mohammad Yusof added that the focus of the ministry this year is to cultivate a social entrepreneurial mindset, activate student cooperatives and encourage student involvement in small businesses on campus.

“A new implementation model was also introduced to ensure the effectiveness, continuity and implementation of this initiative.

“As of July 31, a total of 77,258 businesses had been registered under the SPPP and of that, 33,299 were under the full-time HEI students category,” he said.

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