70% of Johor SMIs owned by women

About 70% of the state’s small and medium industries (SMI) are owned by women – raking in some RM60mil in revenue.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said such overwhelming achievement showed the active involvement of women in small businesses.

“This is the result of over 12 years of concentrating on SMIs and it is a positive sign for the fairer sex.”

Abdul Ghani said this while speaking during a video conferencing session with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the national Women’s Day celebration at his official residence in Saujana here.

He added that to date, there are some 1,700 SMIs registered in the state where 1,200 are managed by women.

“Some of the products generated by these small industries are also recognised and used throughout the country.

“It is an achievement that we should be very proud of,” he said.

Abdul Ghani said the Women’s Day celebration was conducted simultaneously at 26 other locations in the state and involved more than 10,000 women.

“This shows the overwhelming support that we have from the women entrepreneurs in the state,” he said, adding that future plans would be to develop existing SMIs or come up with newer ideas.

Najib who was listening to the brief report, commented that the advancement of women SMIs was something that the state should be proud of.

“This clearly shows the commitment shown by the Johor government and we hope that in the future the position of women will be further established,” he said.