KUCHING: Entrepreneur Bell Bernard Aggan has become the first Iban to be appointed as a member of SME Corp Malaysia (SME Corp), an agency under the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (Medac).
Medac Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the appointment is timely and will assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the state in facing the challenges and uncertainties due to the current Covid-19 situation.
With more than 40 percent of its people still living in rural areas, Sarawak entrepreneurs require a different set of assistance and incentives than their counterparts in West Malaysia, he pointed out.
“Many SMEs in Sarawak are still unaware of the various aid made available for them by the federal government. In addition to this, there is also a crucial need to help them digitalise their operations.
“Hopefully, the appointment of Bell can help provide the much needed insight for the agency to enable them to understand the challenges and circumstances.
“Subsequently, we will be able to come up with programmes and assistance tailored for SMEs in the state,” he said in a statement today (June 10).
Currently, Bell also holds the position of treasurer-general of the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Oklahoma City University, United States of America.
At the same time, SME Corp has also appointed Dr Zunika Mohamed from the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department as its member of corporation, effective June 1.
Dr Zunika, who has been in the public service for almost 30 years, is currently the EPU Deputy Director General (Macro). She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia.