Fatimah (second left) accompanying Abang Johari (centre) and Dr Sim (second right)as they visited the exhibition booths in conjunction with International Women’s day celebration. Also seen are Datuk Francis Harden and Noriah Ahmad (left) Director of Sarawak Women and Family Department. Photo by Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: An incubator situated in Samarahan will commence soon, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Johari in his speech stated that he had allocated about RM5 million for women entrepreneurs to set up an incubator in Kota Samarahan.

“This incubator will be a place for women to market their products. At the same time, this network is connected to a foreign network so the products could also be promoted in foreign markets,” he said during the celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.

Abang Johari continued, “Women are also very fluent with technology, such as using Instagram to not only show off photos but also to promote fashion. This is also another channel that women can use to spark interest and attract customers to buy their products.”

“This means there are new designs in the modern world of technology where it started from imagination being converted to a good product and finally penetrated the market through the virtual world,” he added.

Abang Johari also recalled his trip to Sibu a few days ago to launch a new incubator for youths organised by the Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I have allocated RM1 million and they used it to establish an incubator, a centre for small businesses,” he said.

According to the Chief Minister, a young entrepreneur in his 30s at the event told him that he has created an application to sell his product – Chinese burger. He has received a lot of orders and even as much as 100 containers from China alone where the high demand cannot be fulfilled.

Therefore, Abang Johari encouraged small businesses, especially women, to start marketing their products through technology.

“Through the establishment of the incubator, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from villages and home businesses can reach out to the market,” he told the reporters after the event.

The notable guests present at the ceremony were Abang Johari’s wife Datuk Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, former Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abang Muhammad Salahuddin’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, late Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman Ya’kub’s wife Toh Puan Datin Patinggi Hayati Ahmat, and State Legislative Assembly (DUN) speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar and wife.