KUALA TERENGGANU: The first T-Bikers Shop in the state was opened by Youth and Sports Committee chairman Rozi Mamat near the Batu Bersurat roundabout here yesterday.
Lan Jawa Motor became the first motorcycle workshop under the T-Bikers Shop programme, which was a collaboration between the state government and 1Malaysia Youth Cooperative (KOB1M).
Rozi said the programme was a continuation of the state government's efforts to fulfil their promises to the youth and bikers' community in Terengganu.
"We had organised various programmes for bikers ranging from sporting events to volunteerism activities.
"So now, we are continuing with the T-Bikers Shop to help youths who are involved in bikes, such as this workshop," he said to about 300 youths present at the launching ceremony.
He said each parliamentary constituency would have its own T-Bikers Shop as the programme expands statewide.
"The next T-Bikers Shop will be in Marang, and then, maybe Dungun and Setiu.
"Our target is to have at least one T-Bikers Shop in each parliamentary constituency."
Rozi said shops under the programme would receive a RM150,000 assistance; RM50,000 from the state government and the other RM100,000 from KOB1M.
"The assistance will be given in stages and the shops will have to pass certain key performance indicators as they progress."
He said the assistance would also include business management training to ensure their businesses would grow.
The proprietor of Lan Jawa Motor, Azlan Abdul Rahman, 37, said he was grateful to be chosen as the first workshop under the programme.
"This is what I needed to push my business to the next level.
"Most workshop owners know how to fix motorbikes but lack the skills to expand their businesses.
"The programme have its own experts to guide me improve my business."
Malaysia's MotoGP sensation Zulfahmi Kahiruddin was also present at the launching ceremony, together with former ace Wazi Abdul Hamid, who is also the president of Riders United bikers association.
Wazi said Riders United acted as a bridge between aspiring entrepreneurs among bikers and KOB1M so that their talents would not be wasted.
"It will not do anyone any good if young bikers were just left to their devices and programmes like the T-Bikers Shop can guide them to become entrepreneurs," he said.