Hii King Chiong : Government Should Invest In Hawkers & Petty Traders Development For Its Vast Contribution

03.04.2015--The launching ceremony of “The Chinese Hawkers and Petty Traders Micro Credit Scheme” in Jalan Alor yesterday attracted representatives of hawkers and petty traders from all across the nation to attend and witness the grand event.

The Honorary Life Advisor of National Federation of Hawkers and Petty Traders Association Dato Hii King Chiong said that hawkers and petty traders make huge contribution and therefore their issues must be treated fairly. The Government should set policies which are favourable to hawkers and petty traders to help them improve the level and quality of services.

“Hawkers and petty traders play a key role in national economy and also promote the development of tourism industry. Therefore, I hope that the Government recognises the importance of traders and invests more resources in the development of the industry.”

Also the Honorary Life Advisor of The Federation of Sarawak Hawkers’ Association and Miri United Hawkers Association, Hii lauded the Government for allocating RM30mil micro credit scheme to assist Chinese hawkers and petty traders in developing their business.
Hii yesterday attended the launching ceremony of “The Chinese Hawkers and Petty Traders Micro Credit Scheme” officiated by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. During an interview after the ceremony, he said that there are many successful entrepreneurs who started business as hawkers. It is the result of hard work and determination. Hawkers and petty traders should never underestimate themselves as with accumulated experience and capital, they will surely be successful one day.

He said traders work hard from early morning till late in the day to feed the whole family which sets the example of good culture. Food is an important necessity of the people. The issues of traders are therefore significant and should be taken seriously.

Hii said traders are very much relevant in our daily lives. Where there are people, there are traders too. Whether it is food, daily necessities or clothing, they provide for them at reasonably cheap prices. Although they cater for mainly middle and low-income segment, traders portray local culture with great spirit and add liveliness and colours to our authentic street culture.

He added that traders must be innovative to meet the challenges of the modern era, for example through business diversification to provide customers with more choices and varieties. Apart from reflecting the spirit of unity of 1Malaysia, hawkers and petty traders also attract tourists with their goods and street food.

He encouraged fellow hawkers and petty traders to apply for the micro credit scheme and at the same time enhance their business strategy and management to be ready for challenges.

During the launching ceremony, Hii also handed over donations to National Federation of Hawkers and Petty Traders Association and The Federation of Sarawak Hawkers’ Association for the purpose of annual operating expenses of the associations.