Wednesday, February 19

CM tells new grads to turn entrepreneurs with projects

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Naroden (seated centre) with other guests-of-honour and participants of the symposium in a photocall.

Naroden (seated centre) with other guests-of-honour and participants of the symposium in a photocall.

KUCHING: The state’s socio-economic development will continue to expand with the participation of local entrepreneurs.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the spill-off from mega projects, such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and Pan Borneo Highway, would greatly benefit local entrepreneurs.

“The space and opportunities must be grabbed by locals, especially the Bumiputeras. It will eventually bring about positive impacts, overall,” said Adenan at the ‘Graduates Towards Entrepreneurship Symposium’ held at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex yesterday.

His text of speech was read out by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Development) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais.

Adenan also advised graduates to grab all available assistance and support given by the government to grow.

“Start-up assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs is widely available through various government agencies. What our graduates need is the right tutor and guidance.

“The effort to produce entrepreneurs is a major challenge in the current global economic situation. What we need now is not just to focus on the numbers but instead work towards entrepreneurs of quality and high in spirit.”

Adenan said the government was serious in wanting to assist small and medium scale enterprises, and this was evident with the injection of RM1.7 billion as announced in Budget 2016.

The two-day symposium featured talks on starting businesses, goal setting and building strategic plans. Divided into four phases, the second phase was a boot camp, followed by incubator/industrial training in phase three, and starting up businesses in phase four. The programme is targeted at Sarawakian graduates aged 21 to 35 and who have yet to have a stable job but are interested in entrepreneurship.

Also present were State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity Supply and Telecommunication) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi and Assistant Minister of Welfare Robert Lawson Chuat.