Youth urged to enter jobs making use of nature

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YOUNG jobseekers yesterday were encouraged to enter the primary industry to avoid being too dependent on the public sector for employment.

Deputy Rector of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Dr Hj Mohammed Hussain Pehin Penyurat Hj Ahmad, said that youths nowadays were too used to having an easy life.

In an interview on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark Maulud Nabi at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), he said that with the current state of the country’s economy where oil prices have fallen, the youth should revamp their mindset and take up jobs that might aid the country’s economy such as those in the primary industry.

The primary industry is the sector of the economy making direct use of natural resources. This includes agriculture, fishing, forestry and mining.

He said the young jobseekers should accept the challenge of taking up work in the primary industry as it is one of the sectors which could truly contribute to the nation’s economy.

“The youth should at least try to become fishermen, livestock and agricultural farmers because these are noble occupations in the eyes of Islam, Dr Hj Mohd Hussain said, adding that the prophet (SAW) himself was a livestock farmer in his youth.

He said that he had seen improvement with more youth entering the private sector.

However, he acknowledged a visible lack of young workers in the primary sector.

“It is a big obstacle because we are trying to adjust the mindset of young people who have grown up with everything taken care of, if we ask them to go to the field, it would be a drastic change and they will struggle,” he said.

However, he added, that should not be an excuse for the youth to be afraid of hard work and manual labour.

“We cannot deny that this generation did not go through what the previous generations did where they had to depend on nature to sustain themselves,” he said.

“In previous times, residents of the water village would resort to fishing while those on land would depend on agriculture and livestock farming to earn a living,” he added.

Dr Hj Mohd Hussain was present to deliver a talk on the importance of being independent and not relying on other people to move forward in life.

The Brunei Times