GEORGE TOWN, March 13 (Bernama) -- The Penang state government has withdrawn from Sumut Fair, to be held for a month from March 20 in Medan, Indonesia.
State Domestic and International Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said the decision was made last Wednesday following the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We have never missed the Sumut Fair in Medan. We go there every year to promote our small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)’s products, but we do not want to put our entrepreneurs and staff at risk even though the number of cases in Indonesia is much lower compared to Malaysia,” he told a news conference, here today.
He said a total of 27 of SMEs and 12 state and federal agencies were supposed to participate in the 30-day event.
However, said Abdul Halim, small-scale programmes under his portfolio would still be held, such as the ABCD Digital Entrepreneur 5.0 course, scheduled for March 21 and 21 at Penang Island City Council Auditorium and Bayan Baru Seri Malaysia Hotel respectively.
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He said, however, the number of participants was limited to 60 at each programme.
International programmes such as Penang International Halal Expo and Conference (Aug 21-23) and Penang Techfest and World Congress on Information Technology (Sept 11 to 20) will also be held as scheduled, he said.
“However, the state government will monitor the COVID-19 outbreak situation from time to time and will inform further developments according to the situation," Abdul Halim said.
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