Govt grant to help aspiring women entrepreneurs, says CM

Posted on : 04 Feb 2018  Source of News: borneo post online

Students deliver the national and state anthems using sign language. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: The state Women and Family Department has received a government grant worth RM500,000, meant to help women who have undergone training at the department to obtain start-up capital for their ventures.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who announced this grant yesterday, said it was his wife Datin Patinggi Dato’ Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang who suggested this programme meant to reach out to these women.

“I will give you (department) the RM500,000 as start-up capital. My wife is surprised that there is even a spa and massage training. So thank my wife for this grant,” he said when launching the Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry Open Day 2018 at Kuching Waterfront.

In her remarks earlier, Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said the RM500,000 grant should be able to help some 100 women.

According to her, the department is providing four types of training – creative sewing, cooking, make-up, as well as spa and massage.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari lauded Fatimah’s ministry for hosting the open day event, meant to reach out to the target group.

Adding on, he said he was impressed by the cultural performances staged by children, teenagers and adults.

On another subject, Abang Johari said the state government’s RM5.8-million allocation slated for upgrading dilapidated childcare centres and preschools in Sarawak, would be the first of many more to come.

“I cannot wait for the federal government to allocate the fund. So I granted RM5.8 million, which should be the first phase. And after the first phase, we would have to go for the second phase,” he added.

Additionally, he reiterated about the state government’s plan to implement the State Water Grid system to make sure that all villages across Sarawak would have uninterrupted access to treated water supply.

“We will launch the first phase, using the Batang Ai dam to supply water all the way to Tanjong Manis,” he said, stressing that it was intolerable to see some villagers having no access to treated water supply despite the state having ample water resources.