REMBAU, Oct 15 2016 : Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has challenged young people to become digital entrepreneurs by taking up the e-Usahawan and e-Rezeki programmes.
He said the programmes were introduced by the government to help the younger generation earn lucrative income and offset the high-cost of living.
“The programmes were ridiculed by many people who regarded them as merely charitable causes, with the government providing the fish but not teaching the participants how to fish.
“Instead, we have many entrepreneurship programmes, but there was little efforts from young people.
“I hope more young people stop giving excuses and get involved in such entrepreneurship programmes to earn a better income,” he told reporters after launching an e-Entrepreneur Bootcamp at the Chembong National Youth Skills Institute organised by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC), near here, today.
Meanwhile, MDEC chief executive officer Datuk Yasmin Mahmood said the corporation had so far this year trained 83,000 digital entrepreneurs nationwide through the e-Usahawan and e-Rezeki programmes and was targeting to train 17,000 more by year-end to bring the total to 100,000.
“The response was beyond expectations every time we go down to the ground … the youths come to learn what e-Rezeki and e-Usahawan are all about.
“Many had succeeded under both programmes. It an opportunity given by the government to the people and if they do not grab it, they will be at the losing end,” she said.
The E-Usahawan aims to inspire and expose youths and micro-entrepreneurs on digital entrepreneurship, while e-Rezeki is based on the crowdsourcing concept, focusing on service-based model.
The e-Rezeki enables low-income households to earn better income through digital methods. – Bernama