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45-min Papar tourist stopover
Published on: Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Small and medium entrepreneurs in Papar will soon have their own one-stop-centre to sell their products and services to the public and tourists who come to the district.

Papar MP Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the centre is set to be built near the Papar train station.

The station is the last for the North Borneo Railway which brings tourists on a steam train journey from Tanjung Aru to Papar and back.

Passengers aboard the train will disembark in Papar for a 45-minute leisure visit in the town before returning to Tanjung Aru station.

"Currently, the centre is in the design phase and discussions are underway with the relevant departments and agencies such as the district council and the State Railways Department," she said.


She said this at a charity dinner event organised by the Kelab Komuniti Usahawan Wanita Maju Papar and Kelab Usahawan Sahabat Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) Blok Lok Kawi here, Sunday.

Her speech was read by her private secretary Hadi Ag Kassim.

Also present were AIM West Coast Chief Executive Officer Noraizan Abd Ghaffar, AIM West Coast Regional Manager Nordin Sutan and As-Sakinah Orphanage Manager Samin Ongki.

Earlier in her speech, she said the government will always give its support to women entrepreneurs in their business endeavours by providing them financial assistance through its agencies such as Bank Negara Malaysia, Small and Medium Industries Development Corporation (SMIDEC), Bank Pertanian Malaysia, Mara and several others.


"These schemes aim to provide financial means to entrepreneurs who wish to kick-start their businesses and other purposes," she said.

Furthermore, she said, late last month, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman announced the Youth Entrepreneur Scheme Sabah (YESS) grant to encourage youths to start their businesses.

The grants include RM2,000 for individuals, RM3,000 for groups as well as special provision for food truck businesses.

"This is a golden opportunity to entrepreneurs especially women entrepreneurs and all AIM members Statewide," she said.


During the event, the club's chairwoman Agnes Totu, representing the club, presented a mock cheque for RM5,000 to the Papar Orphans Welfare Organisation.

More than 300 people attended the event which was the club's first ever charity dinner. - Tracy Patrick

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