I CONGRATULATE Asia Inc for hosting conferences on managing in challenging/uncertain times.
I also commend the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) for organising courses on strategic planning, horizon scanning, etc.
However, I think for the start-ups under DARE (Darussalam Enterprise), much more is needed.
This is because:-
1. The locals still look to the government to get them out of any jam, be it business failures, unemployment, etc. The dependency mentality is still evident despite His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s recent titahs asking the people to be ‘bold’ and ‘resilient’.
2. Many in the community have a mindset of giving importance/priority to oneself and one’s family. In other words, giving priority to ‘self over nation’.
3. Others in the community have the mentality of minding their own business and looking after their own interests and their family’s interests. Priority is given to prosper oneself and one’s family. Again, the mindset is ‘self over nation’.
Unless this mindset is changed to one of ‘nation above self’, we will be stymied in all our efforts even if we have good business ideas, good intentions and good budgets for start-ups.
The CSPS can lead the charge in changing the mindset by organising compulsory psychological programmes for the youth, National Service Programme (PKBN) participants, graduates and owners of start-ups.
The CSPS should engage the psychologists at the Ministry of Education and the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital to devise the programmes to encourage a mindset change towards ‘nation above self’.
I am not talking about patriotic indoctrination programmes. However, unless we have a mindset change at the individual level, all the good intentions of DARE will come to zero.
– Claude Louis