NABAWAN: The government has allocated RM7.1million to Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) Nabawan Branch this year to provide financing for members to expand their business activities, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup here.
Of these, RM3.2 million had been issued to them he said, adding that of the total, 90 percent of the financing capital had been used for agricultural activities.
“I see a lot of lands that were previously filled with wild plants are now open and planted with oil palm and crops that give income to the Nabawan community. This is a positive sign, where the AIM capital is used in the right way.
“I am very happy to see this development; not forgetting the growth of retail outlets, eateries, car and motorcycle workshops, tyre shops owned by AIM entrepreneurs. It proves that local entrepreneurs are able to compete with outsiders,” he said when opening the Staff and Friends of AIM Nabawan Branch Awards Presentation Ceremony here on Thursday.
At the event, a total of 10 AIM staff and 60 Friends of AIM Nabawan Branch received the first ever award to appreciate the achievement of AIM staff and the success of AIM Friends in improving their own economies and and that of their families.
Kurup, who is also Pensiangan member of parliament, called on all Friends of AIM to step up their efforts more intensely, especially in conducting business projects, as well as to take on opportunities in the form of capital provided by AIM.
He said AIM should ensure that the outcome of entrepreneurial development programs was always relevant and met current trends in the country, or globally.
The program was attended by 1,300 Friends of AIM Nabawan Branch, including Puan Sri Malinda Kurup, West Coast AIM chief operating officer Hajah Noraizan Badul Ghaffar, Nabawan Branch AIM manager Mohd Shah Farezza Mazlan, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup and chairman of AIM’s Entrepreneur and Friends Club, Tinny Saloh.
Source: Borneo Post Online