TUMPAT, March 8 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development will help improve the economy of the Siamese community in Malaysia through funding provided by Tekun Nasional.
Its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said the number of people in the Siamese community in the country was about 72,000, including 18,000 living in Kelantan.
"So far, 397 entrepreneurs from the Siamese community throughout the country have obtained funding from Tekun Nasional amounting to RM8.43 million, including 86 from Kelantan. We want more businessmen coming from this minority community through Tekun Nasional," he said.
Mohd Redzuan was speaking to reporters after launching a Tekun Nasional Entrepreneurial Seminar programme for the Siamese community in Kelantan here today.
The pilot programme is aimed at providing businessmen with the knowledge and skills in line with present-day technological development.
Mohd Redzuan said although the Siamese community was a minority, they could contribute to the country’s revenue through their involvement in various ventures.
He added that the Siamese people in Malaysia could use their knowledge and skills of their community, especially in agriculture and manufacturing, and expand them more creatively here.
Among the prospects which they could be involved included agriculture, retailing and halal products.