`Buy Malaysian-made products’ campaign to be promoted more aggressively — Senator

Ling (third right) talking to several guests at the gathering.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, May 25: The federal government plans to intensify the ‘Buy Malaysian-made products’ campaign globally, said Senator Alan Ling.

He said the government’s move to provide an allocation of RM20 million for sales campaigns and trade missions abroad could help catapult awareness and sales.

“I hope it could create awareness among all of us to give our support to locally-made products,” he said.

The government intends to enhance and support locally manufactured products through permanent placement in hypermarkets, supermarkets, stores and petrol stations as well as the People’s Economic Store Initiative (I-Keep), he said.

Ling added that AirAsia had recently been working with the Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to help local entrepreneurs develop their markets and products.

“The government, through KPDNHEP, will provide access to entrepreneurial programmes and business guidance,” he said at the Media-KPDNHEP gathering here yesterday.

Ling stressed that the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector played an important role in the country’s economy and was expected to reach 41 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020.

Also present at the gathering were KPDNHEP Miri chief Joe Azmi Jamil, Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) president Andy Jong and about 20 local reporters.— DayakDaily