Upcoming YR1M entrepreneurship programme for small-time businesses

By Danielle Ringgit


KUCHING:  For those who are already involved in small-scale businesses but looking to expand, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) is offering an entrepreneurship programme.


The entrepreneurship programme is one of iM Sarawak’s initiative in the human capacity building that has been successfully carried out in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and now Sarawak.


PROVIDING A PLATFORM: (Seated, second right) Irwan Zulkarnain Hasbee, Council Member of 1Malaysia Sarawak Advisory Council (1MSAC).

PROVIDING A PLATFORM: (Seated, second right) Irwan Zulkarnain Hasbee, Council Member of 1Malaysia Sarawak Advisory Council (1MSAC).


To be held February 15-16 this year at Dormani Hotel, the two-day programme offers training for participants in soft skills like communication, marketing, identification of target markets and basic financial management.


Following the training session, a one-month monitoring session will be done weekly to monitor each participant’s progress.


Previously carried out in Sibu and Limbang November last year, this programme has managed to recruit about 40 participants and is hoping to get the same, if not more, participants in Kuching.


The programme will also be carried out in Sibuti from February 21-22 and in Kapit on March 5-6.


Irwan Zulkarnain Hasbee of the Council Member of 1Malaysia Sarawak Advisory Council (1MSAC) highlighted a couple of participants from the entrepreneurship programme in a presentation during the press conference held January 23.


Mohd Abdul, for example, worked as a labourer, earning RM50 per day. After joining the programme, he immersed himself in renovation and constructive business studies and within one month he obtained a contract worth RM6,000 from the Community Development Department (Kemas) building a kindergarten.


Another participant, Urai Imang, a single mother of three, used to work two jobs: one offering postpartum massage services and the other working as an office cleaner.


She could barely afford to keep up with her small daily wages let alone start her own business.


After receiving training from the programme, she took the initiative to take up midwifery as a profession and full-time business and now earns up to RM900 a week.


“Basically this programme is to increase the income of small time entrepreneur by giving them training in soft skills to aid them in expanding their business.” said Irwan.


With the aim of improving the quality of life for small business owners and for those with low income, this programme hopes to teach and develop soft skills and business acumen in small-time entrepreneurs.


The entrepreneurship programme is targeted at those who are currently unemployed, youths earning low income, single mothers and others from both urban and rural areas.



So, if you think you are serious about starting a business and can commit in following the training and mentoring sessions, you can register with Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Sarawak Entrepreneurs Association (SEA) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

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