Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

TATAU: The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development has urged women entrepreneurs in Bintulu to obtain business licences so they will not be left out from receiving assistance provided by the state government.

Its minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said registration of a business is crucial in order to be eligible for government aid.

“The ministry is holding roadshows throughout Sarawak to call on all women entrepreneurs to register their businesses and obtain licences,” she said at the 2020 Community Solidarity Randau (dialogue) sessions Tatau division held at Tatau Sports hall here on Monday (Oct 19).

Fatimah pointed out that many small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) opted not to register their businesses for fear of being taxed.

“Without licence, these entrepreneurs would not be able to benefit from the government’s assistance.

“Our task force team and strategic partner agencies will assist them (women entrepreneurs) through this roadshow, and to clarify that these SMEs are not required to pay tax,” she added.

On the development of women entrepreneurs, Fatimah believed that most of them in Sarawak are lacking marketing skills apart from slow internet connection speed.

“Based on observation, according to the director of Women and Childhood Welfare Department, many SMEs are facing similar problems,” she said.