Dennis (seated centre) and Awang Merali (on his right) with the boot camp participants.

MIRI: Forty-three youths here and some from Baram took part in a local three-day SOULS go-getter boot camp which concluded yesterday.

The boot camp empowered the youth to apply knowledge and experience gained during their activities at the camp to help improve their respective communities.  

Telang Usan Assemblyman Dennis Ngau said during the closing of the boot camp held at Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort that the organisers, the state government and Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas), want to turn the youth into future “job providers” as entrepreneurs and not just “job seekers”.

He said Tegas initially focused on promoting technical education and vocational training (TVET), but had diversified to promoting commerce and entrepreneurship among young people.

The boot camp was the second one held after the one in Kuching last year. The next one will be held in Belawai this coming March 27 to 29.

Dennis, who is also a board member of Tegas, thought that Sarawak was rather fortunate because Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his administration was working hard to develop Sarawak by introducing more than 81 initiatives including the digital economy.

Also present at the boot camp were Tegas operations officer Awang Merali Pengiran Mohamad and chairman of Rakan Belia Tegas, Surai Anthony Abell.

Dennis (seated centre) and Awang Merali (on his right) with the boot camp participants.