Engaging youth in business


1 The ‘Exco Le Tour Selangor’ programme in Petaling Jaya included several stalls selling batik and local crafts.2 One of the teams performing during the Kompang Formation Competition.

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) organised a culture and entrepreneurship programme for youths.

The statewide programme, dubbed Exco Le Tour Selangor, was held in collaboration with the State Economic Planning Unit (Upen).

The Petaling Jaya edition of the programme was held at Dataran Boulevard in Section 52, an open space between Lotus cineplex and PappaRich cafe in PJ State.

Section 52 has also been designated as PJ’s “Kota Seni” (Art City).

The event included busking performances, the “Idola Kota Seni” talent competition semi-finals as well as several stalls selling batik and local crafts.

“This programme is aimed at introducing the entrepreneurship secretariat members as well as offer assistance to micro entrepreneurs in Selangor,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain in his speech.

“The secretariat comprises five agencies, namely Upen’s Entrepreneur Development Department, Selangor State Development Corporation, Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor, Hijrah Selangor and Mais Zakat.

“We also have a booth here for youths who are about to get married or already have families to enquire about the various incentives offered by the Selangor government.”

He added that the line-up of arts and culture activities would promote Kota Seni as a place for local arts and culture.

State Youth Development, Sport, Culture and Entrepreneur Development chairman Amirudin Shari was the guest of honour at the event.

Mohd Azizi and Amirudin also gave away prizes to the winners of a Kompang Formation Competition.

“The state government has identified Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam as the sites for Kota Seni which will promote arts and culture,” said MBPJ councillor Peter Chong.

“The council is hoping that events such as today’s programme will result in more weekend activities at Kota Seni and make Petaling Jaya a more liveable city.”

Chong, who was also the programme’s organising committee chairman, said it was also a lead-up event to the PJ International Fest that will be held at the end of next month.

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