| Wani Roslan |
AN EXPOSITION on the ‘One Village, One Product’ (1K1P) scheme of Village Consultative Councils (MPK) across the country, was launched yesterday at the Royal Wharf in the capital as a side event in conjunction with the Regatta Brunei Darussalam 2015.
The launching was officiated by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, in his capacity as a representative of the regatta’s Joint Advisory Supreme Committee.
Also in attendance were Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof; permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, senior government officials, penghulu and heads of villages.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Al-Fatihah and a thanksgiving prayer, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Minister of Home Affairs, who then toured the booths on display.
The exposition is being held to help local entrepreneurs promote their products by creating public awareness, which will also raise the reputation of the villages involved.
In an interview, the Secretary of the Sungai Bunga Village Consultative Council, Zaini bin Haji Salleh, said, “The village’s product is based on seafood. It produces prawn crackers and fish crackers as well as other seafood products to be sold to the public. Alhamdullilah, the response has been very encouraging.
“Apart from producing food, we also provide a homestay service, known as the Seri Tanjung Homestay and day trip programme.
“We received a positive response from the public for this idea and hopefully, the service will be launched this year.”
Meanwhile in an interview, a representative of the Putat Village Consultative Council, Haji Junggal bin Jumat, who is selling products based on local handicraft, said, “The handicraft business is a family business and has continued to the next generation. We always participate in events such as this so we can promote our local products.
Regarding the response, he said, “It is very encouraging in the local market and hopefully, we can make our products marketable internationally,” he added.
The exposition is running for three days until March 1 and involves participation from 51 entrepreneurs.
The MPKs involved represent Kampong Kapok, Kampong Putat, Kampong Belimbing, Kampong Panjang Mandaram Besar, Kampong Bukit Sawat, Kampong Sungai Teraban and Kampong Rataie.
The public can visit the booths at the Royal Wharf from 9am to 8.30pm.