Dr M visits bumiputra-owned factories






Seeing how it’s done: Dr Mahathir watching a staff member making pineapple juice during his visit to Nanas Merbok Sdn Bhd’s fruit juice factory in Gurun, Kedah. Looking on is Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub (third from right). — Bernama

Seeing how it’s done: Dr Mahathir watching a staff member making pineapple juice during his visit to Nanas Merbok Sdn Bhd’s fruit juice factory in Gurun, Kedah. Looking on is Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub (third from right). — Bernama

JITRA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad paid a visit to several factories belonging to bumiputra entrepreneurs at various places in Kedah.

During a visit to the Oblong Burger Manufacturing Facility in Kampung Cherok Mokkan near here, he also held discussions with several food truck operators from several places, including Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Seleraku Trading Sdn Bhd managing director Zunita Nordin said the meeting was a good opportunity to highlight the capabilities of bumiputra entrepreneurs to the Prime Minister.

“Previously, we were often considered lazy and less industrious but this is now no longer the case. Everything has changed now as many Malay entrepreneurs have quietly achieved success.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) urged us to expand our companies so that we can improve the socio-economic level of the local community,” said Zunita.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had visited a 12ha pineapple plantation in Bukit Kayu Hitam run by bumiputra company Ber One Agro Farm.

He spent about 30 minutes listening to a briefing by the farm’s owner, Zulkafli Saidin.

Before that, he spent about an hour and a half visiting Nanas Merbok Sdn Bhd’s fruit juice factory in Gurun, when he took a closer look at how pineapple juice was processed.

He was also briefed by the company’s management.

Dr Mahathir was accompanied on his visits by former Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. — Bernama

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