Among them was Lee Kian Ming, 40, who is currently operating a homestay business at his hometown in Pulau Ketam, Selangor.
He urged youths, who were originally from new villages, to return to their villages and carry out their own business.
“It will help to spur and sustain their local economy there. It is not easy as some will say that they cannot make money in villages.
“This is not correct but they must have the heart and passion to do their own business and be creative at it,” said Kian Ming, who had studied and stayed in Taiwan before returning to Malaysia.
He was speaking at a seminar during the recent carnival at the hall of SJK (C) Kay Sin in Perkampungan Machang Bubuk in Bukit Mertajam.
The second speaker, Low Ley Soon, 32, who is an architect from Ulu Yam Lama, Selangor, said he has a studio of his own and was also operating a homestay business on freelance basis.
“Apart from that, I also help my parents run their restaurant.
“Ulu Yam Lama is one of the places that is slowly fading as young people are starting to move to bigger cities for opportunities.
“However, I want to ensure that Ulu Yam Lama retains its popularity and I hope to sustain my homestay business,” he said.
Quak Sheau Huey, 39, from Perkampungan Machang Bubuk, has been operating her own cafe at the village since two years ago.
“Previously, I worked in Kuala Lumpur and decided to come back to my hometown.
“My parents are here and after I quit my job, I learned how to make coffee and desserts.
“It is nice to come back to my hometown and be with my parents. I’m also happy to be part of the work that makes my village popular,” she said.
The seminar titled ‘Development and Economic Creation in New Village’ was the highlight of the one-day carnival.
The event was organised by Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon’s service centre, together with Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim’s service centre, the Machang Bubuk New Village Community Management Council (MPKK) and Taman Machang Bubuk MPKK, Tourist Player Magazine with the cooperation of a few organisations.
Khai Loon said the Penang Sihat programme was also added into the list of this year’s carnival activities, such as a photo exhibition, travel seminar, children’s corner and local street food, besides the seminar.
“The goal of this event is to explore the creation of new village employment opportunities, encourage more young people to return to their hometown to start businesses and the exchange of entrepreneurship among local returnees.
“I hope that through the seminar, young people will be more confident to come back to their villages,” he added.
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