‘Be proactive and contribute to Brunei’s growth’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEIANS need to stop relying on the government and try to contribute to it, said the deputy director of Vision 2035 yesterday.

“Instead of what the government can do for me, it is the time to ask what I can do to help the government – to aid the economy that is drastically declining,” said Zety Sufina Sani during the Enterprise Open Day for SMEs, held at the Design and Technology building at the Anggerek Desa Technology Park.

She explained that those seeking employment have to be flexible in their job search and not just wait for an opening in the government. They should look for jobs in the private sector or delve into businesses.

“The economic growth will depend on activities in the private sector. If we have businesses, especially big ones... that will help generate economic activity,” she said, adding that this will also help reduce unemployment.

“Bruneians should be more pro-active, independent, and entrepreneurial and not rely on the government. This also means that they have to sharpen their skills and education level to have that competitive edge,” the deputy director said.

She went on to say that with the ASEAN Economic Community in place, those seeking jobs should have the courage to take up challenges.

“If not much can be done in Brunei, they should seek opportunities overseas as they may have a better chance of developing their skills there,” she said.

She added that this would equip them with new experience and expertise when they return to the sultanate.

She said this is the type of mindset Bruneians need to adopt – to improve oneself and not wait for others to provide help.

“For example, one person could master the skills of aircon maintenance by working for a company. But after that they should aim to open their own company one day,” she said.

In a report published on Wednesday, Minister of Finance II and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim said that government earnings dropped about 70 per cent compared to the revenue it received in the 2012/2013 fiscal year.

He also said that Brunei could face a larger deficit than the previous projection of $2.28 billion in the current financial year if global oil and gas prices continue to fall.

The Brunei Times