Darussalam Enterprise will not spoon-feed SMEs

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) will be a referee to ensure a level-playing field for SMEs, but the minister of energy and industry at the Prime Minister’s Office assured they will not be spoon-feeding anyone.

During the recent DARe talk on Youth Entrepreneurship featuring board member Keeran Janin and invited speaker Ehon Chan, the executive director at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MAGIC), the speakers told existing and budding entrepreneurs not to solely rely on the government for help.

Chan shared with the audience of more than 150 entrepreneurs that governments are there to facilitate and ensure fairness for businesses, but their role is not to provide more than the means of what SMEs need.

Following the talk, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar urged entrepreneurs to think big and not limit themselves to just Brunei’s market.

“We live in a borderless, connected and globalised world now, and I want people to realise that we are an ASEAN Economic Community with over 600 million people who are customers,” he told The Brunei Times in a sideline interview.

“I think the more people thinking that way, the better it will be for Brunei,” he said, adding that entrepreneurs should see the whole of ASEAN and beyond the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries as potential markets.

The Brunei Times