Be Internet savvy, entrepreneurs told

Sheikh Umar trying out a scooter after opening Kejos Lab.

JOHOR BARU: The state government wants more young entrepreneurs to be Internet savvy in order to expand their business, not only locally, but on an international scale as well.

Johor Entrepreneurship Develop­ment, Cooperatives and Creative Economy Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali said the growing trend of online shopping can generate extra income for local entrepreneurs.

“People nowadays use apps like Shoppee and Lazada to buy products from as far as China, so we must also use such platforms to boost business.

“Entrepreneurs must make use of this ‘borderless world’ to sell their products outside,” he said after opening used auto-parts shop Kejos Lab here.

Sheikh Umar said this was also in line with the Government’s target to create one million job opportunities in entrepreneurship.

“Currently, there are about 70,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in Johor, with a majority of them being young entrepreneurs.

“We are trying to get at least 10% of this number to be involved in the creative economy sector by offering relevant aid and linking them with related industries and agencies,” he said.

Meanwhile, on another matter, Sheikh Umar said he will meet up with state Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad to discuss the relocation of Kejos Auto Project in Jalan Bakti, Larkin.

“The entrepreneurs in that location are under the creative economy group. They recently received letters from Johor Land and Mines office notifying them to relocate.

The letter stated that the 1.61ha land will be used to build affordable housing projects.

“Hopefully, we can find solutions for both parties,” he said.

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