KOTA KINABALU: The is a fund of RM30 million for the Chinese hawkers across the country to borrow.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mah Siew Keong, said the loan is specifically for vendors who do not have adequate documents to borrow money from the bank.
“The maximum loan and repayment interest will be known in early April when the facility is officially launched,” Mah told reporters after a walkabout to meet hawkers at Lido market, off Penampang road yesterday.
He was accompanied by Gerakan vice president cum Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan, State Gerakan liaison chief Datuk Gordon Leong, Federation of Chinese Association Sabah president Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Tc Goh and party members.
Mah who is also looking after the welfare of the Hawkers Association, said there are some one million officially registered hawkers nationwide where some 200,000 are Chinese.
On another issue, he said a memorandum has been sent to the government to look into the recognition of United Examination Certificate (UEC) issued by Chinese independent schools.
“Also in the memorandum are suggestions and ideas related to the matters as many community are concerned and hope UEC will be recognised by the Malaysian government.
“I had a dialogue session with the parties concerned as this issue has been long overdue,” he said.
Mah who is also Gerakan’s president hopes they will receive the good news this year though unsure if the recognition will be given, but at least efforts has taken towards that direction.
He also called on the United Chinese School Committees’ Association (Dong Zong) to resolve their internal conflicts soon.-Sayangsabah.