Malaysia is a food haven. That is the truth and the only truth. Eating is definitely a past time favourite among Malaysians regardless of background. Walk a couple of meters and you’ll see the next hawker stall tempting your taste buds.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry under the Hawker, Petty Trader and Wakaf Hindu Development Unit introduced MyHawker mobile application last year in an effort to promote the best. It’s mobile application has already raked up 5,000 registered users.
Petaling Jaya Selatan MCA chairman Datuk Donald Lim said, “Our country is famous for its variety of food, especially those sold in hawker centers. Local delights such as roti canai, satay, chee cheong fun and bak kut teh are popular.
“With the MyHawker app, the public can share their favourite food stalls and help boost business for the hawkers,” said Lim.
Users can also rate the cleanliness of the shop and this will motivate hawkers to ensure their premises are kept clean all the time, says Lim. He also advices the hawkers to keep their food affordable and ensure good hygiene at the stalls.
A microcredit scheme was also introduced to help Malaysian Chinese (who are not declared bankrupt) between the ages of 18 and 60, as stated in The Star. The government introduced the scheme under the 1Malaysia Hawkers and Small Business Foundation.
The government loan aimed to help small traders who may be facing difficulties securing a loan from the banks. Successful applicants will be able to secure loans between RM5,000 and RM20,000 with 4% interest rate per annum.
Businesses must be registered with the local government and Companies Commission of Malaysia.
“A hawker in Klang is now doing very well after taking this loan,” said Chai.