The Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) has again called for the Malaysian government to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) “as soon as possible”. As the oldest SME association in the country, SAMENTA said it looks forward to working with the government, including...
The Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) has voiced support for the proposed postponement of the 80:20 quota for the hiring of foreign workers in the manufacturing sector. If implemented, the quota would mandate SMEs in the manufacturing sector to hire 80 percent of local workers before being...
The Small and Medium Enterprises Association Malaysia (SAMENTA) is fortifying its presence in the central region with the official unveiling of SAMENTA Melaka on 3 July. SAMENTA Melaka was inaugurated by the state’s senior exco for investment, industry and entrepreneurship, Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh. Present to witness the occasion was...
Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) has expressed displeasure about the lack of consultation before the announcement of the RM300 fee for the micro-credential training grant. SAMENTA Central chairman Datuk William Ng said, despite having a communication channel with Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp), the association was...
Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) has congratulated Bank Negara Malaysia and the five successful applicants of the digital banking licenses. The five successful applicants are: A consortium of Boost Holdings Sdn Bhd and RHB Bank Bhd; A consortium led by GXS Bank Pte Ltd and Kuok Brothers Sdn...
The government should not entertain the proposal to subsidise the RM1,500 minimum wage for SMEs that are unable to pay the sum, an economist said. Dr Geoffrey Williams of the Malaysia University of Science and Technology said although the proposal was viable, “it should not be done”. Williams said it would...
SME100 returns to Penang after 10 years, in conjunction with the SAMENTA 35th Anniversary celebrations. The greatly anticipated awards ceremony was held at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang. The SME100 SAMENTA 35th Anniversary awards ceremony was graced with the attendance of Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang, Tuan Yang Terutama...
A higher minimum wage may hurt the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as they are still struggling from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Senior Minister and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, the government needs to consider the SMEs and informal sector before...
Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of the re-opening of the international borders with effect from 1 April 2022. “The re-opening of our borders will significantly aid in the recovery of our economy. Our economy grew by a modest 3.1 percent last year...
THE government is set to launch the RM40 billion SemarakNiaga Keluarga Malaysia Programme today to help help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recover from the the Covid-19 pandemic and create jobs. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said RM40 billion had been allocated for the programme through the...
Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) urges to government to prioritise the SMEs survival which are going through a steep and difficult recovery currently. SAMENTA central chairman Datuk William Ng, therefore, has proposed several measures in the immediate term that can help SMEs during this difficult period such...
Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) is alarmed with the recent announcement of a hike in electricity bill for commercial and industrial users. The hike, described as a ‘surcharge’ under the Imbalance Cost Pass-Through mechanism, can be called by whatever name, but it is going to hamper the...

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