S’wak govt hands over excavator, backhoe valued at almost RM1 mln to DUBS Miri

Ripin (inside the excavator) and others at the handing over of the heavy machinery.

By Tedong Rantayy

MIRI, Jan 28: Chamber of Sarawak Bumiputera Entrepreneurs’ (DUBS) Miri branch received an excavator and backhoe valued at almost RM1 million from the Sarawak government.

The handover took place today at Tanjong Lobang, by Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Dr Ripin Lamat who was representing Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

“This assistance given, to DUBS Miri, reflects the Sarawak government’s commitment to helping enterprises or those in the State so that their members can undertake projects,” Awang Tengah told those present, according to his speech text which was read out by Ripin.

He added, the announcement to provide DUBS Miri with the heavy machinery was made by Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg during his opening remarks at the association’s 14th General Meeting for the 2021–2024 term at Eastwood Golf and Country Club in Miri on February 20, 2020.

The two machines would be managed by DUBS Miri Cooperative and will be rented out to members for them to undertake projects.

“We hope with the assistance provided, members of Miri DUBS can carry out or undertake projects to generate income.”

awang Tengah who is also Minister for International Trade, Industry and Investment added, various initiatives have been carried out and planned to ensure the survival of the entrepreneur ecosystem in Sarawak.

“Amongst these initiatives are Skim Pinjaman Industri Kecil dan Sederhana (SPIKS), offering loan schemes of up to RM250,000 to Bumiputera entrepreneurs in order to help them to purchase equipment for their businesses. We also have the Go Digital programme providing grants in the form of equipment worth up to RM10,000 (such as laptops or cameras) for entrepreneurs who wish to use social media to promote their products,” Tengah said.

Also present to witness the handover were Minister for Transport Sarawak Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, DUBS Sarawak chairman Datu Abang Helmi Ikwan, Miri DUBS chairman Mohammad Hafidz Rohani and Miri Deputy Mayor Cr Ariffin Mohamad. — DayakDaily