Stop complaining and go into business, Malaysian youth urged

UALA LUMPUR - The youth can focus on nation-building through entrepreneurship instead of complaining about the negativity happening in the country, says MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon.

"There are several bad news and negativity in the country with the depreciation of the Ringgit and the 1Malaysia Development (1MDB) issue," he said. "Complaining about these will not get you anywhere," he added.

Chong said the Chinese youth were eager to start their own businesses. "They want to know how they could do this," he said.

"For some of them, the challenge is the language barrier. They do not understand or know how to approach government facilities, so we are here to reach out to them," Chong said at the fourth "Let's Kickstart Your Business 4.0: Entrepreneurship Talk" organised by MCA Youth at the party headquarters here yesterday.

The objective was to provide a stage where successful entrepreneurs could share their experiences with aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly on how to source for financing.

MCA also provides microcredit loans for young entrepreneurs through its cooperative, Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia (Kojadi).

Language could be an advantage for the Chinese youth because by knowing Chinese, they were able to understand the happenings in China, said Chong.

"China has come out with their One Belt, One Road initiative (a strategy by China to connect Asian and European countries)," he said. "So, there are tons of investments coming out of China, especially to Malaysia.

"This is a golden oppurtunity and I hope the youth, regardless of race, would take the chance and strike at the opportunities availabe.

"Start businesses or careers that can build on in this new era," he said.

Chong added that it was better to focus on entrepreneurship.

"Yes, you can be concerned about political developments but for young people, it is time to build your own career and business rather than sitting at the coffeeshop and complaining."

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