Encouraging Gombak youth to go into business

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

Participants and visitors at the 2019 Selangor Mini Entrepreneur Expo for the Gombak district at Melawati Mall, Kuala Lumpur. — Photos: SHAARI CHE MAT/The Star

THE eighth 2019 Selangor Mini Entrepreneur Expo (Mexus) for Gombak showcased 14 youth entrepreneurs from the district.

This edition was jointly organised by the District and Land Office of Gombak and the Selangor entrepreneur, rural, village and traditional village development committee.

Committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said the expo was a one-stop centre for entrepreneurs to gain education, exposure and awareness about the various aspects of business.

“For every location that we hold Mexus, there would be a specific theme. The theme for this eighth Mexus was ‘Jom Belia Niaga’.

“We hope the youth in Gombak will take advantage of this to rise and become successful entrepreneurs, ” she said at the expo held at Melawati Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

“We usually hear that these entrepreneurial expos are too big, so the Selangor government decided to hold mini expos specifically for micro-entrepreneurs, ” Rodziah added.

The entrepreneurs featured in the exhibition were recipients of the Selangor Micro-Entrepreneur Fund (DUMS).

DUMS provides aid of up to a maximum of RM30,000 to micro-entrepreneurs from all types of industries in the state.

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari launched the Mexus event in Gombak and presented DUMS aid worth RM153,754 and Hijrah Selangor Foundation funding worth RM465,000 to deserving business owners.

“I hope entrepreneurial development in Selangor will truly better the lives of the

people of our state and country, ” he said in his speech.

“I am very happy with the creation of Mexus as we can introduce the entrepreneurial development products provided by the state government, such as DUMS and the Hijrah Selangor to the people.“

Amirudin said Selangor had many entrepreneurial programmes to help people at every stage of their business.

Khaliff Cookies managing director and Mexus exhibitor Siti Noorikha Mahbob said she owed a lot of her success to the DUMS aid.

Khaliff Cookies has been operating for three years.

“We started as a small business in the village with a model of RM5,000 for equipment.

“As we got more customers, we expanded and rented a shop. The Selangor government saw that we were passionate about our business and offered us a RM30,000 grant to buy bakery equipment under DUMS, ” she said.

Siti Noorikha said many micro-entrepreneurs did not know about the types of assistance offered by the state government.

“There were many in the same batch as me who received aid, but they were unable to maintain their businesses even with the state government’s support.

“It takes hard work to succeed in business, especially in our current economy which is very challenging, ” she said.

Samza Food Industries founder Dr Mohamed Zairul Mohd Yunus said it was important to have young energy in his business.

“We want young people to contribute to our business, as they help bring new perspectives and knowledge of current trends, ” he said.

Mohamed Zairul said he had taken part in several expos in the past, both locally and internationally.

“The state has helped my business a lot by allowing us to be featured in these expos, ” he said, adding that his company also received a RM20,000 grant for machinery through DUMS.

Another exhibitor, Hidayah Bakery and Frozen Food owner Timah Mat Noh, a first-timer at the expo, said she was grateful for the opportunity to promote her business to a wider audience.

She said she received a curry puff sealing machine from the state as a gift for winning the best shop in Gombak award.

The next Mexus will be held this Saturday at Dewan Dato’ Penggawa Permatang at the District Land Office in Kuala Selangor.

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