Borneo entrepreneurs showcase their products

Wani Roslan

A two-day showcase served as a platform to unite entrepreneurs and manufacturers in Borneo.

 The 2nd Borneo International Halal Showcase (BIHAS) is held at the East Concourse of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas on the sidelines of the 12th Borneo Islamic International Conference (KAIB) aimed to promote Halal products in the Borneo region to the world. Some of the products include food and beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, services, tourism, finance, health, textile fashion, biotechnology and herbs.

The Halalan Thayyiban Research Centre of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) participated in the showcase. Its Deputy Director Pengiran Dr Hajah Norkhairiah binti Pengiran Haji Hashim shared that the centre showcased products by students of UNISSA from the Faculty of Islamic Economics and Finance, while also promoting programmes under them, ranging from Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD levels.

“One of the students’ products is Al-Wahid garment with the concept on Halal modest fashion and Halal media. Alhamdulillah, their products received a positive response from the lecturers as well as the new generation.

“We hope that through this exhibition, it can help attract the young generation to join us at Halalan Thayyiban Research Centre, do research on Halal and produce more Halal products such as Halal cosmetics and Halal pharmaceutical,” she said.

Deputy Director of Halalan Thayyiban Research Centre Pengiran Dr Hajah Norkhairiah binti Pengiran Haji Hashim and Mohammad Sofian bin Alias from Al-Wahid in a group photo. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI
Chairman of Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council Pengiran Haji Yura Kesteria bin Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof in a group photo. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Mohamad Sofian bin Alias of Al-Wahid said the venture was established a year ago and it focusses on garment production based on the country’s philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).

“We hope that through this showcase, people can see our local products especially on Halal modest fashion and we aim to attract the public to wear them. All these garments are made by locals. I bought the fabric, designed them and hired local tailors to make all of our garments,” he said.

Another participant, Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BD-BEBC), showcased products from representatives of the council namely Multipro Resources Sdn Bhd, International Halal Trades Hub Services and Cottage and Youth Initiative Program.

According to Chairman of BD-BEBC Pengiran Haji Yura Kesteria bin Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof, all of their products were locally made and have been exported to ASEAN member countries.

“These products are produced by our local people including youth who have contributed a lot for them to be exported, as well as products from outside Brunei who used our Halal certification such as from Sarawak,” he said.

While hoping for support from the public and the government to focus on BD-BEBC, he said locals should be actively involved in business, in networking and marketing by using e-commerce.

Themed ‘Empowering the Borneo Halal Market’, the 2nd BIHAS saw 56 vendors from Brunei Darussalam, Sabah, Sarawak, Indonesia and higher educational institutions participate.

The exhibition held from 8am- 4.30pm ends today.