KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau is on a fact-finding mission to see how badly the Covid-19 fallout has been for micro entrepreneurs in the state.
Tangau, who is also Trade and Industry Minister, has embarked on a series of visits to districts statewide to identify those whose rice bowls have been affected by the Movement Control Order in order to assist them.
“I am now visiting villages in various districts to see entrepreneurs in need of help,” he said, in a statement here today.
“Today I am in Ranau and met up with several entrepreneurs who have been long in their trade but are now affected by Covid-19.
“Together with me are my senior officers from the ministry who will assess the kind of assistance we need to channel to them.”
Tangau was speaking after visiting two local enterprises namely Cahaya Kasih Sdn. Bhd and Hasil Pertanian Organik (HPO) Enterprise in Ranau yesterday.
He said the ministry was eager to assist those affected after receiving a funding of RM20 million through the Sabah New Deal stimulus package announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal recently.
Tangau said the visits are also aimed at finding ways to improve the entrepreneurs’ efficiency, adding this will in turn create beneficial spin-offs such as job opportunities to villagers.
Meanwhile, the Upko president also brought his party leaders along on the visit to expose them to the kind of enterprises they could pick up and develop in their own constituencies.