Ramanan remains Mitra chairman

Newly appointed Deputy Minister of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development R Ramanan still retains the position as the Special Committee chairman of the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra).

“Status quo for now,” he told the media when asked to comment on the position after scanning his time recorder card at the Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development Ministry (Mecd) in Putrajaya today as a symbolic start to his official duties.

Ramanan, who is also the Sungai Buloh MP, was appointed as the Mitra chairperson in April by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In a cabinet reshuffle yesterday, Anwar announced Ramanan’s appointment, taking over from K Saraswathy who now holds the position of Deputy Minister of Unity.

Meanwhile, Ramanan said he has been briefed on the achievements and agenda of Kuskop for 2023 and some aspirations outlined for 2024, and therefore is committed to continuing the ministry’s ideas to create a holistic ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the country.

Among the outlined aspirations are increasing the participation of micro, small, and medium enterprises in high-impact industries to strengthen domestic supply chains and global value chains, as well as enhancing the capacity and capabilities of entrepreneurs to be more resilient and progressive.

Ramanan said he will hold discussions with the Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development Minister Ewon Benedick to find ways to create a larger community of entrepreneurs.