Small Business and Agro Seminar very useful

April 30th, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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A relative of mine attended one of the talks in Klang last week. She said Murugiah spoke well, and even though a big crowd was expected, less people turned up. She also said that a number of opportunities were revealed during the talk, not only limited to agri-based businesses.

The low turnout is being attributed to rumours of sabotage by Murugiah’s own party, PPP.

Those interested in attending can refer to www.minew.org (the link is also available on the sidebar).

KLANG: Indians are generally unaware of economic opportunities made available by the government to the community, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah said yesterday.

He said many did not know that they could take loans from the government to start their own businesses or get involved in the agriculture sector.

“After I was appointed deputy minister, I visited many ministries and discovered many opportunities open for all, not just Bumiputeras.

“Because there is little exposure, the Indian community  do not know what has been made available by the government,” he said after launching a Small Businesses and Agro-Farming Seminar here yesterday.

The one-day seminar, attended by some 2,000 participants, was aimed at creating more awareness about business opportunities for the community.

Murugiah, who is in charge of Indian Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the idea for the seminar came about after Indians took part in street rallies after claiming that the government had sidelined them in terms of assistance and financial support.

“I want to create awareness so that Indians understand what has been done for them by the government.

“For example, there are the Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usahawan Niaga (Tekun) loans which many don’t know about.

“This is why seminars like this are needed so that they provide information about the government’s intentions.”

He said Indians should not criticise the government and approach unrelated parties without first approaching ministries to find out what was available for them.

Murugiah said up-and-coming Indian entrepreneurs should consider venturing into the bird’s nest business as it was lucrative and there was a huge demand in Malaysia.

“Bird’s nest can fetch up to RM6,000 per kilogramme according to grade and this business requires only a small capital,” he said.

On whether he would lodge a police report on the text message sent by certain quarters warning Indians to stay away from the seminar, Murugiah said he would leave it to the Prime Minister’s Department to investigate and take action.

The nationwide seminar was first conducted in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, in January, and later in Johor, Penang, Perak and Kedah before coming to Klang.

It will later be held in Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Pahang.

So far, some 12,000 Indians have participated in the seminar.

Another thing that he should focus on is the number of applicants, number of successful applicants, and the reasons why some applicants are rejected.  This statistics are equally important to ensure fairness and non-discrimination.  Next would be to analyse if such rates are consistent with other communities and if the same reasons affect the failed applicants in the other communities.
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