KARAK: Not too long ago, Amminhi Munisami, 28, was a full-time housewife.
Today, she earns about RM10,000 a month after learning baking and marketing skills under the empower East Coast Economic Region’s (ECER) free entrepreneurship and skill training programmes.
Her cakes are being sold in places as far as Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru, with Amminhi charging up to RM580 for outstation delivery.
Her husband, who works as a lorry driver, helps her with the delivery,
“He supports me fully,” said Amminhi, who is the top winner among seven female entrepreneurs awarded for significantly raising their income after taking part in the programmes last year.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai presented the winners with RM1,000 each during the launch of the empower ECER Bentong-Sabai skill and entrepreneurship training centre here yesterday.
Later, he told reporters that MCA has decided on the candidate for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor.
The candidate, he added, was a local who enjoyed popular support in the constituency.
“We’ve asked the candidate to work hard on the ground. The candidate will be announced by the Prime Minister,” he said.
Liow was responding to a statement by Johor Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin that the seat would be returned to MCA in the general election.
Khaled had said that the seat had traditionally been contested by MCA and it was only appropriate that the party contest the seat in the elections.
In the last polls, former mentri besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman had stood in the constituency against DAP leader Lim Kit Siang and lost.
Lim has since vowed to defend his seat although he did not rule out the possibility of contesting in a new constituency.
“We’re happy to see that the support from the ground is very much higher. The people are disappointed with Lim as he only shows up during elections,” said Liow.
He said he was confident that voters would throw their support behind Barisan in the elections.
“We have proven that we are able to deliver results to the people,” he said.