JOHOR BAHRU – The handing over of 3,000 motorcycles to youths participating in the Mobilepreneur programme this year will be done in stages in the next couple of months, according to Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said this year’s allocation for the programme had also been approved with a five-fold increase to RM30 million from only RM5 million last year.
“Johor, for instance, will receive 300 or 10 per cent of the motorcycles. For other states, we have yet to receive the information.
“Nevertheless, we aim to see these participating youths earning income of between RM1,500 and RM2,000,” he told a press conference after the handing over of the Mobilepreneur motorcycles to 17 recipients here today.
The minister said the Mobilepreneur was a government’s initiative to help unemployed youths both in urban and rural areas to venture into service-based business without having to open or rent any premises.
Ismail Sabri said the selected youths were not necessarily be Giatmara trainees as the programme was open to all trainees from other skill training institutes and centres.
In fact, he said in a bid to ensure that they would be competitive in the market, the government would also provide marketing training for them.
“Besides, we will continuously monitor them as we don’t want the motorcycles to be used for other purposes,” he said adding that the motorcycles could be repossessed at any time if the machines were found to have been misused. – BERNAMA