SHAH ALAM, Jan 19 — Programme Tunas Niaga (PROTUNe) 2022 organised by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) managed to record a jump in its total income of RM2.54 million last year.
PKNS deputy chief executive officer (corporate and entrepreneurship) Suhaimi Kasdon said the amount is much higher than the income recorded in 2021 which was RM165,479.30.
He said the programme which was implemented for 10 months starting last March also enabled small entrepreneurs from 50 selected schools in Selangor to record a net profit of RM745,067 last year, compared to a profit of RM56,094.56 the previous year.
“PKNS is very pleased to be able to continue the PROTUNe legacy for 24 consecutive years in collaboration with the Selangor State Education Department (JPS) and we feel obliged to implement this initiative to boost the world of entrepreneurship among the community, especially students,” Suhaimi said.
The programme was deemed successful with encouraging participation of a total of 23,076 participants among students, involving 1,125 companies registered with the status of sole proprietorship from 1998 until now.
“This year alone, a total of 1,250 participants were accepted, consisting of students from Form One to Five, with the guidance of 100 teachers from 50 selected schools in Selangor,” he said at the 24th Convention of the Programme Tunas Niaga (PROTUNe) 2022 at Dewan Aster, PKNS Headquarters Building, earlier today.
PROTUNe is a programme organised by PKNS to cultivate entrepreneurship among Bumiputera students with priority given to rural schools.
The ceremony also saw the presentation of awards to schools that showed excellent performance in the field of entrepreneurship last year.
A total of 10 PROTUNe award categories at the state level were contested, namely, Hope Award 2022, Best Service Award 2022, Best Creative Product Award 2022, Best Innovative Product Award 2022, Best Financial Report Award 2022, Best Chief Executive Officer Award 2022, Best Mentoring Teacher Award 2022, Best Presentation Award 2022, Best School Award 2022 and Best Company Award 2022.
The awards were presented by the state executive councillor for housing, urban wellbeing and entrepreneur development Rodziah Ismail.
Meanwhile, Rodziah said the state government will offer an entrepreneurial counselling programme to all entrepreneurs to get guidance to advance their business by next March with the cooperation of the Credit Counselling and Management Agency (AKPK).
A similar programme was held by PKNS last year which was attended by about 1,000 entrepreneurs for the same service.