Malay participation in economy needed

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THE Federation of Malay Economic Bodies (GABEM) has expressed its intentions to collaborate with its counterparts in this region to organise a regional Malay economic convention in a bid to promote interaction and economic initiatives among entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized businesses.

This was disclosed by its Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik of Malaysia following a meeting with the presidents of both the National and Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI and BMCCI) Dr Hj Kamaruddin Dato Seri Paduka Hj Talib, and Permanent Chairman of BMCCI Hj Mahmud Md Daud yesterday.

Tan Sri Abdul Rahim, who is currently visiting the sultanate, hoped that the Malay entrepreneurs in the Southeast Asia region can gather and discuss matters pertaining to the current situation of the bumiputera (Malay) businesses, the challenges and problems they are facing and make proposals on how to find solutions for them.

He said that during the event, representatives from the chamber of commerce and industry from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore can deliver various topics of discussions with regards to economic activities and learn from each others’ best practices.

Representatives from indigenous ethnic people in the southern Philippines known as the Moros and the Malays in southern Thailand may also be included, he said. But prior to the convention, he added, there is a need to establish a secretariat for better coordination.

The Brunei Times