Johor sets aside RM1.5mil for Tukar scheme

PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government has allocated RM1.5mil in its budget this year to help increase the number of sundry shops under the sundry shop transformation programme known as Tukar shop.

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Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said presently there were 50 such outlets statewide and they expect the number to grow to 400 by 2020.

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“Under the Tukar shop programme, we want our traditional sundry shops especially in the rural areas to be more competitive to survive in this challenging business environment,” he said during a press conference after the launching of 1Malaysia items initiative access to Tukar shops and JohorMart stores here at Unikl Bandar Seri Alam on Saturday.

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Under the new initiative, Tukar shops will now have access to 1Malaysia goods such as milk, sources, cordials, groceries and household items.

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During the event, there was also a MoU between Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Berhad (PUJB) and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) to open up JohorMart stores programme to Bumiputera entrepreneurs.

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“Under the MOU, PUJB will help to supply the 1Malaysia goods to the Tukar shops statewide while Mara will assist with RM500,000 in loans to those eligible,” Mohamed Khaled said.

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Many of the sundry shops are unable to get the 1Malaysia goods due to transportation costs but now PUJB will distribute the goods to the Tukar shops and JohorMart stores.

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Meanwhile, PUJB general manager Hahasrin Hashim said with the collaboration with Universiti Kuala Lumpur here, that provides a warehouse for their newly launched JohorMart stores proFgramme.

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“This is a good platform to expose students to the business world,” he said, adding that they hope to open up some 30 JohorMart stores statewide this year.

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Article source : http://www.thestar.com.my/Metro/Community/2015/04/28/Johor-sets-aside-RM15mil-for-Tukar-scheme/

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