KUCHING: A federal ministry has plans to develop a delivery service app similar to Grab Food and Foodpanda but for food, goods as well as produce and groceries.
The minister for entrepreneur development and cooperatives, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, said the app would cover various products, specifically from rural areas to the towns, to facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers.
“For example, here in Sarawak there are groups delivering agriculture, fishery and livestock products but it’s not as widespread. We are also aware that there are not enough riders to cater to the higher demands.
“We are not competing against other delivery apps, such as Grab Food, Foodpanda, but we want to complement and create new job opportunities,” he said here after meeting the heads of agencies under the ministry.
Wan Junaidi said the Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usaha Niaga (Tekun) Nasional also provided motorcycle loan financing to those who intended to work as delivery riders.
“Loans of up to RM10,000 are available to those interested in becoming food delivery riders. So far, 200 riders have benefited from it,” he said.
As of June 10, Wan Junaidi said 27,644 entrepreneurs had benefited from all the financing facilities provided by Tekun this year, involving a total of RM257.9 million.
Wan Junaidi said issues raised, such as the absence of bank branches in rural Sarawak, were discussed at the ministry’s meeting.
He said Tekun and several banks, including Bank Rakyat, will enhance their services in rural areas, including mobile banking.
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