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Go into technology-based industries, bumis urged

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Friday August 14, 2009

KUANTAN: Bumiputra entrepreneurs have been urged to venture into technology-based industries such as engineering, shipping and aeronautics.

Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister Datuk Hasan Malek said the ministry was willing to set aside allocations under the 10th Malaysia Plan to help entreprenuers interested in these fields.

“They need willpower and a deep interest in these ventures to ensure success.

“We encourage bumiputra entrepreneurs to get involved in technology-based industries as not many are doing so now,” he said after opening a Multi Cipta Engineering Sdn Bhd factory in the Indera Mahkota industrial area here last week.

Also present were State Rural Development and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Mara senior director (entreprenuer development) Mohamad Samion and Multi Cipta Engineering managing director Zamri Hassan.

The company is involved in metal fabrication and welding and has a joint venture with Universiti Teknologi Mara to extract palm oil from waste at the mills.

Its facility is under construction in the Gebeng industrial area and is expected to be operational by January next year.

Hasan said that entrepreneurs needed to understand the commercial world and identify latest market strategies.

“This is to ensure they sell the products and services that meet market demands,” he added.

Mohamad also said that Mara spent RM20mil this year to groom budding entrepreneurs under the Technical Entrepreneur Programme (Putek).

The fund was to assist entrepreneurs in acquiring training and purchasing equipment, he said.

He said that two training centres for Putek entrepreneurs were being built in Kuala Ketil, Kedah, and Pasir Gudang, Johor.

He advised university graduates to participate in the programme to be competitive and prepared for the job market.

Source: The Star

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