NOOR ARFA BAGS MARA ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- Noor Arfa Holdings Sdn Bhd, the

state''s renowned songket and batik producer, has won the 2011 Mara Entrepreneur

Award in the corporate category.

State Mara deputy director Mohd Tahir Mat Yusofh (rpt Yusofh) said the

award, which honours outstanding entrepreneurs, would motivate Bumiputera

businessmen in the state to work harder to achieve success.

Noor Arfa, which has factories in Terengganu and Melaka, was nominated for

the same category by the state Mara last year, but was not successful, he told

Bernama today.

Mohd Tahir said the company, which has received a lot of assistance from

Mara, is helmed by Wan Mohd Ariffin Wan Long, 55, a laboratory assistant, at the

Terengganu Handicraft Centre between 1974 and 1982, with the help of his wife,

Noor Hijerah Hanafiah, 54.

Mohd Tahir said Mara has to date produced about 3,000 Bumiputera

entrepreneurs in the state, with the number expected to swell next year.

Mara helps Class F, E and D contractors through its SPiKE loan scheme, which

offers loans of up to 75 per cent of a contract value, with approval and

disbursement within three days after receipt of a complete application.

Mohd Tahir said Mara has provided business loans totalling RM27.558 million

and RM18.317 million under the SPiKE scheme in the state.

As part of efforts to produce more Bumiputera entrepreneurs, Mara offers

courses in retail business and entrepreneurship and business loans, he said.

The SPiKE scheme and Mara''s latest programme "UK Dinamik", which offers up

to RM10,000 interest-free loans through its "al-qardhul hassan" financing, will

help hawkers and petty traders to increase their income, he added.

-- BERNAMA

IB SHI WGM TOM

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