Seize opportunities, be entrepreneurial, youths told

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HOLDING a higher qualification does not mean that one should only be employed in senior positions in the private or public sector, a Legislative Council (LegCo) member said yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit, who is also Penghulu of Mukim Telisai in Tutong called on youth to take up or create any jobs that can boost economic development.

He said that it was time for the current generation as well as the next to assume that knowledge should be the catalyst to any form of work, including self-employment by becoming entrepreneurs in agriculture, tourism, fisheries, manufacturing or other enterprises.

To support them, it was therefore necessary for the relevant authorities to provide support in the form of skills, experience, education and appropriate monitoring of entrepreneurial efforts, he said.

YB Hj Ramli added that the recently-established Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Centre, as the SME head, should lead and monitor all SMEs to ensure that they will eventually be independent and be able to stand on their own.

Referring to a previous titah by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the LegCo member then said it was clear that the monarch places strong focus on the development and progress of human resources.

This, he noted, will lead to economic development, particularly through the provision of opportunities to young locals to work in and hold key positions in the private sector.

Young locals were also given entrepreneurship opportunities so that they will not depend entirely on public sector careers, he said.

In relation to that, YB Hj Ramli said that the proactive and innovative roles of relevant ministries in carrying out technical and vocational courses, as well as those with engineering and entrepreneurship elements were in line with part of the Vision 2035 framework, and that the support of all parties towards this should be realised.

However, LegCo member cum Head of Kg Putat in Mukim Lumapas Yang Berhormat Hj Jumat Akim in his vote of thanks yesterday said that a study should be conducted into why vocational school graduates were rarely successful in starting up their own businesses.

“Over the past decades, we have been able to produce thousands of vocational graduates such as engineers, car mechanics, air-conditioning mechanics, and (in fields such as) electrical wiring, welding, hairdressing, sewing, cooking, baking.

“We hope that they will be active and progressive in the business field, but we are disappointed to see that it is rare for them to successfully set up (business),” he said.

A study should be conducted to determine the causes for this and how to change graduates’ mindsets to become more business oriented or what facilities should be provided to the vocational graduates, YB Hj Jumat said.

The Brunei Times