| Rokiah Mahmud |
YOUTH, who represent three-quarters of the Sultanate’s total population, play an important role in generating the economy of the country. The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam along with members of the private sector has provided several incentives and platforms to encourage youth to be actively involved in entrepreneurship ventures. The incentives not only come in the form of money, but also in terms of consultations and others in order to assist them in growing their business.
With such facilities provided, the country is now seeing more and more youth committing themselves in various industries ranging from clothing, bakery and pastry making, hospitality services, catering services and so on. Moreover, the existence of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter helps to enhance their presence as well as promote their products to a greater and broader audience.
The Bulletin yesterday spoke to a couple of individuals on their entrepreneurship drive during the launching of ‘Back to School’ Charity Expo 2014 organised by the KatakIjau Humanitarian Relief Support Group.
Haikal Henna, a talented henna-drawing youth, started to realise his talents when a group of his close friends often requested him to draw henna during ceremonial occasions such as weddings.
“At first, I only did henna-drawing for family and friends. I started to do it seriously when I started to get a lot of requests not just among friends, but also members of the public.
“Since then, I have started to become interested in turning my talents into a business for my side income, and Alhamdulillah I have received positive responses from my customers. What has motivated me in doing this is the satisfaction I see in my customers, especially among the kids,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hajah Rossita binti Ajak, Secretary-General of KatakIjau Humanitarian Relief Support Group, advised youth who have a dream to venture into entrepreneurship industries.
She advised them to not only concentrate on promoting themselves to the public, but also to seek knowledge and skills in order to develop their business. At the same time, she added, they must be committed in their business so that it will generate income for them.
Hajah Rossita said that it is not easy to set up a business, but she said that youth should not hesitate to seek advice from experienced friends, colleagues and others.
She said being involved in a charitable organisation eventually helped her to develop her entrepreneurship skills, and at the same time gain new experiences every time they planned charitable projects.
“What motivates us (KatakIjau) in raising fund is to help the less fortunate. Helping them gives us immense satisfaction for being able to lend a helping hand,” she explained.