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RM100 Million To Assist ‘Internet’ Entrepreneurs

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KOTA BELUD – The government has allocated RM100 million to expand the opportunities and potential of entrepreneurs who conduct their businesses through the internet.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the initiative through programmes known as e-Rezeki and e-Usahawan would be managed by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

He said the funds acquired from the ministry’s agencies and subsidiaries would also be used to assist jobless youths set up online businesses for themselves.

“If we have the skill, we utilise the available facilities to expand our potential because there are businesses that can be conducted at home. This is a new approach in generating income and economy.

“We use the internet to increase our income, not to viralise something that has not been verified,” he said when launching the Program Langkah Bersama Sehati Sejiwa organised by the Sabah Information Department here Saturday.

Salleh said the initiative would also be expanded to fishery and agriculture-based entrepreneurs to enable them to market their products through the internet as practised in Korea and China.

In another development, he said the government was committed to empowering the development of internet infrastructure, hence the allocation of RM1.2 billion for it in the Budget 2016.

He said three aspects, comprehensive coverage, reasonable rates and uninterrupted speed are given priority to ensure that 95 per cent of Malaysians including rural residents would enjoy internet access by 2020.

Meanwhile, the minister also presented appointment letters to 1Malaysia Community leaders of four villages here and one in Kota Marudu. – BERNAMA

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