Pernas to create opportunity for entrepreneurs in Sabah

Date : 22 Mac 2022
Source: New Straits Times

KOTA KINABALU: Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (Pernas) and Sabah Industrial Development and Research Department (DIDR) have signed a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) to provide training programmes for local small and medium industry (SMI) entrepreneurs.

The SMI entrepreneurs will receive guidance via the Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) project and a grant assistance of RM400,000 known as Sabah Small and Medium Industry Assistance (BAIKS).

Pernas chairman Datuk Zakaria Mohd Edris said at least 20 entrepreneurs in Sabah would benefit from the collaboration.

“Today’s ceremony marks another commitment and initiative of Pernas in realising its mandate in leading the franchise industry in Malaysia.

“Pernas is always looking for opportunities to work with government agencies, ministries, private sector, industry players and non-governmental organisations (NGO) in an effort to produce more entrepreneurs to boost the growth of the franchise industry.”

Also present were state Assistant Industrial Development Minister Tamin Zainal to witness the signing ceremony held at a hotel here today between DIDR director Tseu Kei Yue and Pernas chief executive officer Mohd Hilaluddin Abd Shukor.

The collaboration is aimed at assisting both bumiputera and non-bumiputera small entrepreneurs in Sabah whose businesses had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is also to increase the number of small and medium entrepreneurs to venture into business based on the franchise and pre-franchise system.

The BYOB project also offers two programmes – the “Successful Women Entrepreneurship Engagement Talent (Sweet)” for women and the “Young Entrepreneurship Engagement Talent (YOUNITY)” for youths.

Entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to undergo structured training, business matching, financing and business monitoring for six months upon commencement of business.

From the two programmes, Pernas plans to produce 1,000 franchisees and pre -franchisees.

Since the project was introduced, BYOB has registered 1,070 participants and RM19 million had been allocated for the implementation.

The state Industrial Development Ministry through DIDR will distribute grants to entrepreneurs who successfully participated in BYOB projects. Each entrepreneur will receive RM20,000.

Pernas offers business packages from brands under the Business In Transformation (BIT) programme such as Alap-Alap, Mr Doonat, Keropok Lekor Masyhur, Nuvis, Chik Satay, Eyda Ice-Cream and Rollie Café.