Tiong calls on local youths to come back, grow businesses in Sibu

Tiong (third right) and other dignitaries pose for a group photo at the entrance to Sibu Gateway Chinese New Year Market.

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KUCHING, Jan 24: Bintulu MP Dato Sri Tiong King Sing calls on Sibu youths to consider staying in their hometown to grow, develop and start businesses.

He said after the youths have learnt some skills and knowledge in other places and accumulated some necessary experience, they should consider coming back to transfer those knowledge and skills to others in Sibu and use the talent and experience they have garnered.

“Just like the concept of Restructure, Rebuild and Thrive, that I had championed, we need the power of the youth to stimulate the local economy and revitalise the community for the good of Sibu, especially Dudong.

“Break the mould, introduce more investments and resources to create a future with more development potential and opportunities for the next generation after you and me,” he said at the 2022 Sibu Gateway Chinese New Year Market yesterday (Jan 23).

On the 70-booth market which runs from Jan 20 to Jan 30, Tiong said it serves as a platform for the youth and entrepreneurs who are full of business ideas and provides them with an opportunity to communicate and learn from each other on making their enterprises more advanced and competitive.

Tiong who is also the Dudong assemblyman took note that young people today are facing widening disparity between the rich and poor with a predicament that most resources are concentrated in the hands of the upper class.

However, he reminded the young people of the adage that wealth does not last more than three generations.

“Don’t think it is easier for anyone to achieve success just because they come from a wealthy family background if they cannot understand the struggles of the previous generations or those entrepreneurs from poorer families.

“Starting from scratch is never easy. In the process of building a career on their own strengths, what they have experienced in their journey, will give them the wisdom to gain a firm foothold in society and business, certainly more than young people with relatively little experience.

“Therefore, no matter what family background you come from, you should try to build a business from scratch with your own strength and leverage the latest technology and social media to create your brand and presentation and then integrate into the international market for more business opportunities,” he elaborated.

At the event, Tiong also announced a grant of RM50,000 for Entrepreneur Association of Sarawak, as an additional resource to help more young entrepreneurs start business ventures. — DayakDaily