The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is committed to reviving the community’s economy with initiatives to boost the economy towards recovery during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To fuel this plan, four initiatives have been outlined and implemented.
Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said, the first strategy is to create employment opportunities for the people in the city. Since last year, MBI has provided more than 500 job opportunities.
According to him, this initiative has created a new lease of life for the affected community in Ipoh, especially for those who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“This effort will continue in 2022 as MBI is reviewing the ongoing work process, especially the urban services, to provide more space for employment,” he said during the Budget 2022 Townhall Dialogue Session held virtually today (July 17).
The second initiative is to encourage small traders through the provision of platforms and business space by creating more than 40 e-kasih kiosks.
“To date, more than 447 permits have been issued and its period is till the end of this year. The issuance of this permit will be continued in 2022 if it is deemed suitable to continue,” said the Mayor.
MBI is also planning to identify areas that are suitable sites for citizens to operate business in the future.
According to Rumaizi, the third initiative is via the MBI Prihatin (MBI Cares) programme, which provides assistance to target groups. The main financial source for this programme is via funds contributed by external agencies and private sectors.
“As the fourth initiative, MBI has also increased the number of small development projects. With the planned development agenda, more small-scaled projects will be implemented, in turn giving more contractors job opportunities.
“MBI will once again hold a Vote Work Draw scheduled for this month’s livestream on MBI’s Facebook with almost 100 jobs which will be offered in the future,” he explained.
It is hoped that this effort will be able to heighten the economic growth of Perak to ease the burden of the people, especially G1 and G2 contractors who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.