Institusi perbankan digesa bantu peniaga bangkit

© Provided by Berita Harian Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Ekonomi), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed zaky@bh.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Institusi perbankan digesa menyokong pembangunan semula perniagaan pasca COVID-19, termasuk perusahaan mikro, kecil dan sederhana (PMKS), kata Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Ekonomi), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Beliau berkata, keutamaan yang perlu diberi perhatian oleh institusi kewangan adalah memastikan perniagaan mendapat akses kepada pinjaman ketika ekonomi dibuka semula.

“Bank harus membantu membina semula perniagaan sama ada besar atau kecil. Perhatian khusus perlu diberikan untuk membangunkan kembali PMKS yang terjejas oleh pandemik.

“Kita melihat wabak ini juga menyediakan peluang perniagaan terutama dalam bidang digitalisasi. Justeru, bank harus membantu perniagaan, terutama PMKS untuk memoden, mendigital dan mengubah operasinya,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menyampaikan ucapan pada Sidang Kemuncak Kewangan dan Perbankan Malaysia 2021 anjuran KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific hari ini.

Yang turut serta, Pengerusi Majlis Penasihat Kelab Ekonomi Kuala Lumpur (ECKL), Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar dan Presiden KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, Tan Sri Michael Yeoh.

Mustapa berkata, bank juga perlu melaksanakan lebih banyak inisiatif untuk menyokong perniagaan berteknologi tinggi termasuk menggalakkan syarikat pemula niaga dalam ruang digital.

“Perniagaan baharu ini berada di barisan depan ekonomi inovatif dan mereka mesti diberi kemudahan yang diperlukan,” katanya.

Beliau menjelaskan, bank juga mengalami perubahan besar, terutama disebabkan oleh teknologi dengan model perbankan tradisional menjadi masalah lampau dan perbankan maya menjadi semakin meluas, menyaksikan perubahan itu akan memberi kesan kepada pekerja bank.

Justeru, katanya bank harus lebih agresif membantu pekerjanya, dengan memperkenalkan program pengembalian pekerjaan bagi menambah dan meningkatkan kemahiran.

Dalam masa sama, tegasnya bank mesti mendidik pelanggan dan rakyat Malaysia umumnya mengenai pentingnya kelestarian serta usaha memenuhi standard Alam Sekitar, Sosial dan Tadbir Urus (ESG).

“Ini menjadi semakin penting dalam memastikan masa depan yang lestari bagi kita semua,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Mustapa berkata persepsi asas menunjukkan bank meraih keuntungan tinggi sekali gus menuntut kesediaan organisasi kewangan melaksanakan lebih banyak perkara untuk meningkatkan peranan dalam komuniti.

“Bank harus lebih berdaya maju dalam membiayai projek usaha sama awam-swasta (PPP) atau projek yang diswastakan memandangkan cabaran fiskal yang kita (kerajaan) hadapi ketika ini,” katanya.

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