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samenta July 10, 2023 0 Comments

On July 10, 2023, SAMENTA’s Northern Region hosted a powerful dialogue with Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Steven Sim Chee Keong. This insightful two-hour session provided a much-needed platform for SMEs to have their voices heard directly by a key government figure.

Engaging in Open Dialogue:

The conversation spanned a wide range of issues relevant to Malaysian SMEs, including:

Taxation policies and concerns.
Wishlist for upcoming budgets.
Availability and accessibility of grants for businesses.
The current state and future prospects of the Ringgit.
Both sides engaged in open and constructive dialogue, with Minister Sim taking the time to carefully listen to the challenges and aspirations of SME representatives. His willingness to engage in a candid exchange of ideas demonstrated a genuine commitment to understanding the needs of this critical sector of the Malaysian economy.

A Platform for Advocacy:

SAMENTA’s initiative in organizing this dialogue highlights the organization’s dedication to:

Championing the interests of SMEs across Malaysia.
Building bridges between the business community and policymakers.
Advocating for practical solutions and supportive policies that empower SMEs to thrive.
By facilitating open communication and knowledge sharing, SAMENTA plays a crucial role in fostering a positive and collaborative environment for SMEs to flourish.

A Resounding Success:

The SAMENTA-Steven Sim dialogue was a resounding success, leaving participants feeling empowered and optimistic about the future of Malaysian SMEs. The event generated positive media coverage and sparked further discussions about the government’s role in supporting and nurturing this vital engine of economic growth.

Looking Ahead:

This dialogue marks a significant step forward in the ongoing collaboration between SAMENTA and the Malaysian government. As both parties continue to work together, we can expect to see even more positive outcomes for SMEs in the months and years to come.

Congratulations to SAMENTA Northern Region for organizing this impactful event! We extend our sincere gratitude to Deputy Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong for his valuable time and commitment to engaging with the SME community.

Together, let’s strive to create a dynamic and supportive ecosystem where Malaysian SMEs can reach their full potential!