KUCHING: A total of RM854,600 worth of grants for minor rural projects (MRP) were presented to 27 organisations in Santubong constituency at Penview Convention Centre Demak, on Saturday (Nov 28).
Santubong MP, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar presented the grants meant for activities, assistance and projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of the people.
The recipients include schools, suraus, charity organisation, village and security development committees (JKKKs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
In the same ceremony, Wan Junaidi also handed over a special relief fund amounting to RM17,000 to seven families who were survivors of a recent fire in Bintawa.
Wan Junaidi, who is also the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (Medac), said hoped that the allocation could assist those whose livelihood got affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In this trying time, other than merely handing out assistance, Medac is actively looking out for ways to come up with programmes that can help create jobs and stimulate business activities,” he said at the handover ceremony.
Moreover, Wan Junaidi also added that the latest programmes include delivery rider programmes introduced by the National Entrepreneur Economic Fund (Tekun) and Small and Medium Enterprise Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp).
To date, the ministry has 2,114 riders under ‘Tekun Mobileprenuer’ programme, while the SME Corp ‘Micro Connector’ programme targets to have 5,000 Warong Riders.
“I believe opportunities come in many forms. We notice that demand for delivery riders has increased because of the movement restrictions.
This is an opportunity that the people can consider especially those who have lost their jobs because of Covid-19.
“For those who are interested, maybe they should consider joining the SME Corp Micro Connector programme and become one of our Warong Riders,” he said.