Fatimah (front row, fourth left) with the programme participants.

KUCHING: A total of 4,151 women entrepreneurs have submitted their applications to register for the Sarawak Women Entrepreneurs Licensing Programme (PuWAS).

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the applications were received through Google Forms by the Ministry as of July 9, 2020.

She said during the recent programme in Kuching and Subis, a total of 99 applications for business registration and trading licenses were submitted to the Internal Revenue Board (LHDN).

Eleven of the applications had been approved by LHDN while the other 88 were still being processed.

“Three applications for license and temporary permits were made to the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) and one of these has been approved,” Fatimah said when officiating at a function in Dalat on Saturday.

Fatimah said for Subis, a total of 20 applications for licences and temporary permits were made to the Subis District Council (MBS) and were still being processed.

“To aid women entrepreneurs affected by Covid-19, the chief minister agreed on May 29, 2020 to change the existing grant in the form of equipment to a round capital worth RM2,000 for women entrepreneurs,” she said.

The Dalat assemblywoman said among the requirements for them to be entitled for the aid was to be aged 18 years and above and not a recipient of the RM3,000 Special Prihatin Grant (GKP), the special RM1,500 grant under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS).