KEMAMAN, TRENGGANU, DEC. 17 – The economic and societal well-being of community from the Kemaman district in Trengganu is set to be uplifted following the implementation of a communal drying cabin project by Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM) and several collaborating agencies.

The communal drying cabin project was initiated under the Community Empowerment Programme (CEP), an initiative driven by financial institutions and government agencies. Conceptualized in March this year, its objective is to the uplift low-income segments, especially the B40 community, through provision of value chain assistance (communal infrastructure, guaranteed market) and the employment of financial services.

TPM plays a pivotal role in this social innovation initiative as the technology provider in building and developing the appropriate technology to meet requirements of the Kemaman fishing community.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Encik Zulkifli Fitri Ismail, TPM Vice-President for Group Business Development and Corporate Affairs, said this social innovation capability has provided a channel for the economic empowerment of the low-income segments through technological intervention by TPM and other agencies.

He said that prior to undertaking the communal drying cabin project, a feasibility study was conducted to ensure its successful application not only in Kemaman, but also throughout Malaysia.

“Our study revealed that the needs in uplifting the economic and societal well-being in Kemaman, Terengganu, is more urgent compared to other areas. Zulkifli also said the drying centre is expected to accelerate the drying time of anchovies and fish from 24 hours to three (3) hours only. Thus, the worries of rainy weather during the monsoon season become a thing of the past. At the same time, it is far more hygienic and wastages are eliminated.

“The new communal drying cabin would enable the fishermen to enjoy higher quality of dried anchovies and fish as compared to the traditional method. It also offers a larger capacity of up to 500 kg, or half-a-tonne, of anchovies and fish to be dried at any one time.

“Employing the drying cabin will enable each fisherman to increase his average monthly income from RM400 to RM1,200, which is three (3) times more compared to the traditional method.

“Additionally, the fishermen will enjoy a continuous stream of income even during the rainy and monsoon season. With the increased income, it enables the fishermen to eradicate poverty and enhance their living standard towards a more fulfilling life,” Zulkifli emphasised.

Apart from the handover ceremony, BNM’s Agensi Kaunseling & Pengurusan Kredit (AKPK) and Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) were also present to share and disseminate relevant information pertaining to financial literacy and services.

Technology Park Malaysia, an agency of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), has an integrated infrastructure, facilities and support services to assist technopreneurs and entrepreneurs who are keen to commercialize their ideas in the four industry clusters, namely, ICT, Engineering, Biotechnology and Green Technology.

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