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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, June 27: Tekun Nasional Bhd (Tekun) has rebutted the allegation made by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How in the local press on June 24 that the entrepreneur development institution did not provide interest-free financing schemes up to RM10,000 for Sarawakian entrepreneurs.
Tekun Sarawak’s manager Roslan Ais in a press statement today said Tekun had in early April 2020 introduced an interest-free financing scheme for delivery riders known as Tekun Mobilepreneur 1.0 with a maximum financing value of up to RM2,000.
He added the entrepreneur development institution had also introduced the Mobilepreneur 2.0 financing scheme which has a maximum financing value of up to RM10,000 recently.
“The Mobilepreneur 2.0 Tekun Scheme has been open for applications since the announcement in early June.
“It is open to the first 100 applicants (who are eligible and meets the requirements).
“The launch of Tekun Mobilepreneur 2.0 is on July 7 and all e-hailing riders who meet the requirements can start applying for the scheme with an application limit for 500 ‘riders’.
“Both schemes currently offered by Tekun are open to Bumiputera and Indians only.
“While micro financing schemes for other communities can be applied through Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN),” he said.
Roslan disclosed that to date, a total of 211 motorcycle riders have been approved and received financing of RM394,000 for Tekun Mobilepreneur 1.0 financing scheme.
He said the scheme is open to the first 500 applicants and applicants must registered as an e-hailing delivery rider.
Raslan said Tekun thereby denied any allegation made by See as reported in a local English daily.
He said the Batu Lintang assemblyman had alleged Tekun did not provide interest-free financing schemes worth up to RM10,000.
Raslan asserted that the statement made by See was based on the findings of his visit to Sarawak Tekun’s office on June 23.
“I hope this statement will answer the allegation raised by YB. Batu Lintang assemblyman and the statement that made by him through the media recently about the TEKUN Mobilepreneur 2.0 scheme was incorrect,” he explained. —DayakDaily