Iskandar Malaysia has launched the Socio-Economic Sustainable Recovery Initiative in Iskandar Malaysia or SECURE @ Iskandar Malaysia to maintain the socio-economic recovery of the community and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Iskandar Malaysia.
Menteri Besar, Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohammad said the initiative covers several programs in three areas, namely capacity building, retraining, and adding skills, as well as funds and grants.
He said the Iskandar Malaysia program ‘YouthToBiz’ or ‘Y2B’, for example, is the concept of giving a matching 50:50 grant for mobile businesses or business sharing facilities with a maximum grant of RM150,000.
The IM Makmur program focuses on minority groups such as single mothers, orphans, fishermen, the disabled community, the elderly, and the Orang Asli to help them meet the current challenges and generate income. This includes support for skills and tuition based on employment and entrepreneurship for their children.
“For local businesses, the Iskandar Malaysia Employment Grant can help them retain current employees and hire new employees through matching salary grants for up to six months,” he said while launching the Iskandar Malaysia 15th Anniversary Celebration virtually at IRDA Headquarters.
The State Secretary, YB Dato ‘Haji Azmi Rohani, and the Chief Executive of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Datuk Ismail Ibrahim also participated in the ceremony.
The Menteri Besar said, apart from that, the Urban Agriculture program was also given emphasis in the initiative.
According to him, Iskandar Malaysia will also organize the Iskandar Learning Festival.
“This year’s information and education festival aims to improve the knowledge and skills of the community through various online training, workshops, classes, conferences, and so on.
“Among the areas involved include e-commerce, smart cities, jobs, tourism, human resources, leadership, and specific sectors,” he said.