Perseverance needed to overcome obstacles, says deputy minister

Azlan Othman

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar called on job-seekers looking to venture into entrepreneurship to show perseverance and determination in the face of obstacles.

Speaking during the Islamic Finance and Entrepreneurship 2020 Basic Course at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday, Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom, who is also Honorary of Brunei Darussalam Rabitah International Al-Azhar Alumni (WAAG), said renowned entrepreneurs face vast challenges, but with perseverance and a never-say-die attitude, they step forward and attain success.

Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom said determination in facing challenges, coupled with a thirst for knowledge, enabled successful entrepreneurs manage their business, expressing belief that work ethic drive individuals towards success.

“Nurturing the entrepreneurship spirit among the youth is a national agenda that needs the attention of all parties. It is time for all parties to realise that entrepreneurship acts as a catalyst to change and economic development. Change is not confined to increasing per-capita rate of production and wages; entrepreneurship can change business structure and produce an innovative and creative society, he said.

He added, “Albeit small, entrepreneurship is a positive step forward in building success in the future. We should not forget to pray to Allah the Almighty that all our efforts will bear fruit. This is the ethic of a true Islamic entrepreneur.”

The six day-course includes a module on Islamic entrepreneurship, and business transaction laws (Fiqh Muamalat) which is crucial among Muslim entrepreneurs.

Course facilitators comprise individuals, government agencies and the private sector such as UNISSA, the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and DARe (Darussalam Enterprise).

The course runs from December 14-19, facilitated by UNISSA, KUPU SB and WAAG.

The course aims to provide the alumni a better understanding of entrepreneurship, and exposure to government and private sectors offering entrepreneurship and finance programmes.

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, senior officials and participants at the event. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
An invited speaker shares her thoughts
A section of the attendees