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Advice to the mobilepreneurs
Published on: Thursday, September 29, 2022
By: Anthea Peter
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SSMTA President Dr Rosalyn Gelunu.
SSMTA President Dr Rosalyn Gelunu.
Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah SME Mobile Trucks Association (SSMTA) urged mobilepreneurs in Sabah to join the association in order to obtain local permits to run their mobile truck businesses at locations approved by the Local Authorities. 

Its President Dr Rosalyn Gelunu said this in view of a few mobilepreneurs who were previously summoned by the authorities for parking their mobile trucks at locations they were not allowed to. 

“There are entrepreneurs who already have three or four food trucks, but the problem is they do not know where to park. They tried, yet they were fined.

“We welcome them to join SSMTA. With us, the entrepreneurs will know which areas they are allowed to park as we will educate them on this. They will also be able to get the permits granted by City Hall (DBKK) though us,”

She told Daily Express after holding an introductory talk on SSMTA at the Sabah International Coffee Festival, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, here. 

Dr Rosalyn said the association will also provide more exposure to its members by letting them operate their mobile trucks at events or festivals, at a lower rental price. 

“SSMTA can secure better deals with the rental fees, so they will be able to save (and earn more). We welcome all types of businesses, not just food,” she said. 

Among locations that allow mobile truck business operations are Damai, Tanjung Aru and Kg Air, while permits are still being obtained for Jalan Merdeka and Likas Sports Complex Area. 

Meanwhile, Dr Rosalyn said SSMTA has some 280 registered members to date, adding that the association will be identifying 50 high-potential mentees who will receive full guidance in starting up their mobile truck business. 

They will be required to go through a series of workshops and education initiatives provided by SSMTA before they can be selected as a mentee. 

This is part of the association’s aspirations to build up Sabah’s youths and encourage them to pursue entrepreneurship in the mobile truck business, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Dr Rosalyn added that SSTMA is currently working to get Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC) and Agrobank as loan providers for aspiring mobilepreneurs who want to purchase a mobile truck or smart trailer to start-up their business. 

Recently, Dr Rosalyn led the SSMTA delegation in a courtesy call paid to Mayor Datuk Noorliza Wang Alip, which aimed to provide follow-up exposure on SSMTA and its mission to promote the mobile truck business concept in the city. 

During the discussion, Noorliza disclosed DBKK’s plan to collaborate with SSMTA to improve the economic status of traders through events that could become a local and tourist attraction, and thus contribute to developing SME mobilepreneurs in Sabah.   Those interested to be a member of SSMTA can contact the Secretary General at 0172595796. 

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