Awang Tengah (centre) accompanied by Ripin (left) being briefed by Miri Land and Survey Head Supt Hardi Fadillah Hamzah (right) at the Kampung Beraya Tamu.

MIRI: The state government has approved an allocation of RM50 million for the Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme to assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to help cushion the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said that applications for the loan are still being entertained.

The state government will absorb all the interest charged on the loan for a period of three and a half years for those who apply from now until December 2020.

The loan scheme is being coordinated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development with Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Agro Bank.

On another note, the Sarawak government has set aside a total of RM2 million to help build the Kampung Beraya Lambir integrated sports centre. Aware that the amount is insufficient, Tengah assured that the government will find ways to top up the amount required.

Tengah told this on Wednesday after visiting the newly completed Kampung Beraya Tamu in Lambir.

He also suggested a comprehensive development plan for Kampung Beraya as he sees a bright future for the village.

Tengah, who is also Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development disclosed that the comprehensive plan will enable the state government to identify and develop the area further while enhancing the village’s downstream industry. He also revealed that the government is going to build an international school in the area.

He was accompanied by Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais and Ripin Lamat.

The Tamu was built under Lambir Assemblyman Ripin Lamat’s Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) at a cost of RM600,000 and was completed in June 2019.