Form a co-op to ensure job security, delivery riders urged

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Food delivery riders are in for a more secure future with a proposal to set up a cooperative to better protect their welfare, the government announced.

Entrepreneur Development and Co-operatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said as things were now, it was the delivery companies that profited.

“There are a lot of food delivery riders. I am proposing that they form a cooperative where the delivery companies form a consortium to buy shares in it, ” he said after launching the Tekun Mobilepreneur programme here yesterday.

The programme is aimed at assisting food delivery riders with interest-free loans during the recovery movement control order (MCO) period.

Wan Junaidi said food delivery riders would have a long-term source of income if they had a cooperative of their own, adding that his ministry would be working with the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun) to study the proposal.

He said some 250 food delivery riders were already provided with RM2,000 interest-free loans to repair their motorcycles under the Tekun Mobilepreneur programme.

Wan Junaidi said five riders were given RM10,000 interest-free loans to buy new motorcycles, with 48 other applications pending approval.

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