Mixed Reaction To Decision on MECD

Bernama - Friday, April 17KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama)

The decision to absorb the agencies under the abolished Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry (MECD) into eight ministries evoked a mixed reaction from various quarters.

Malay Businessmen and Industrialists Association of Malaysia (Perdasama) chairman Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir said he believed the move was in line with the 1Formula concept advocated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

The decision will streamline loans for business as of now entrepreneurs had to go to several ministries to settle their payments, he said when contacted in Mecca where he is performing the umrah (small haj).

Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) chief executive Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman said he was worried that the restructuring would impede the entrepreneurial development.

He said this was because entrepreneurial development was not the main functions of several ministries taking over the MECD functions.


"The MECD functions taken over by these ministries could burden their workload," he said, adding that Fomca hoped the new ministry would make entrepreneurial development their main thrust.

"In the case of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, if there is a conflict between traders and consumers, which side are you on?" he asked.

National Consumer Complaints Centre chief executive Mohd Sha'ani Abdullah said the decision was aimed at enhancing the competitive edge of Bumiputera entrepreneurs and prepare them to make breakthrough globally.

"How to go global when Bumiputera entrepreneurs are merely involved in the cottage industry. The move will also harmonise the duplication of functions on entrepreneurial development in various ministries," he said.

Koperasi Pengangkutan Putrajaya and Cyberjaya Berhad honorary secretary Mohd Salleh Mat Zin said the decision had confused its members who were planning to get information and financial aid as the MECD agencies were now under eight ministries.



"They are disappointed and is in limbo on whether the old policies and plans will be continued. What will happen to the cooperative societies' programmes? Are they being discontinued?" he asked.

Konsortium Transnasional Bhd chairman Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said he hoped the decision would increase the productivity in the transportation system as the government definitely had plans to integrate the services.

"Despite being absorbed by other ministries, the functions of the agencies remain unchanged. If changes are made, definitely the changes will be for the better for everybody," he said.

Federal Territories Former Ex-Servicemen Taxi Drivers Association president Abdul Samad Saim said he anticipated there would be conflicting instructions from the Road Transport Department and the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board to the transport industry players.

"We will be at their mercy. Anyway, we hope they are going to look after our welfare and improve the transportation system," he said.




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