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KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawakian entrepreneurs, whether in Sarawak or in Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the country, can now hop on board the Sarawak Product Pavilion (SPP), the state government’s e-commerce platform, to sell their products to bigger markets outside the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who is also Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, said the door is now open for them to be registered with SPP in Kuala Lumpur.
“This is the gateway to the big market out there. Through this online platform you can showcase your products to consumers in Peninsular Malaysia and the wider global market,” he said at the soft opening of the SPP in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
The SPP in Kuala Lumpur will be forging links with major shopping malls in the city and online major players such as Lazada, Alibaba and others to help market products from Sarawak.
Awang Tengah, who is also Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources, said 240 entrepreneurs in the state had already registered with SPP and he expected many more to come on board.
“For a start, Sarawak Products Pavilion will penetrate the markets in Kuala Lumpur but ultimately it will enter the bigger global market and our ministry is facilitating this platform to support entrepreneurs.
“The biggest setback for Sarawak entrepreneurs in marketing their products is access to bigger market and SPP KL is the answer which entrepreneurs in Sarawak can tap into now,” he added.
Among the unique arrangements is free transportation of goods of SPP-registered entrepreneurs throughout Sarawak to the SPP in KL in the initial stage.
The SPP is strategically situated in a five-storey premises at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in KL, featuring food, handicrafts and café (Ground Level), furniture, timber-based products and eco-tourism products (Level 1), e-commerce operations (Level 2), seminar and training facilities (Level 3) and accommodation (Level 4).
Awang Tengah also called on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) to support the state government’s efforts to put more Sarawak products into supermarket shelves nationwide.
According to Assistant Minister of E-Commerce Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, who is also Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small, Medium Enterprise Development, SPP is linked to Anjung Usahawan and the upcoming collection centres in Sarawak.
He also said it would be a Sarawak icon in promoting the state’s products to major retail giants such as Giant, Tesco, Aeon and Mydin.
He urged entrepreneurs in Sarawak to register with SPP and called on elected representatives to pass on the message.
Also present were Deputy Minister of KPDNKK Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Assistant Minister of Native Laws and Customs Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Deputy State Secretary Datu Abu Bakar and MEID permanent secretary Datu Liaw Soon Eng.