Honing villagers’ interest, skills for business
SIPITANG, April 4 (New Sabah Times) -- The Rural Development
Ministry will focus on the interest and skills of villagers
Its Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that the
skills could be developed with the assistance of the ministry
and government agencies so that these villagers would able
to venture into business.
“If their skills are unique to a particular village, then
those skills can be developed,” he said adding that such
effort would add in improving the standard of living of
rural folks especially the poor.
According to Pairin, who is also a Deputy Chief Minister,
with dialogues and exhibitions held, it would generate
interests among rural folks to go into business with their
He said that there were many aspects that had to be looked
into and they included loan borrowings, training and business
Pairin was speaking to reporters at the opening of a dialogue
with small-scale entrepreneurs and an exhibition by small-scale
entrepreneurs here yesterday.
Also present were Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Sapawi
Ahmad who is also Sindumin assemblyman and the ministry
deputy permanent secretary Abdul Razak Walli and district
officer Abdul Wahab Abdul Hamid.
Pairin said that efforts like a dialogue were the first-step
taken to gauge feedbacks from the people.
“Once they have a clearer picture on how to go about it,
we will assist in other aspects,” he said.
Some 500 people from Sipitang, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu,
Membakut and Menumbok attended the dialogue.
Three working papers were also presented by the Federal
Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister, Rural
Development Ministry and Federal Agriculture and Agro-based