Wan Junaidi (right) and Jamil listening to one of the recipients after officiates the launching of Yayasan Bank Rakyat Early Education Assistance for UiTM Sarawak at Dewan Jubli UiTM Kota Samarahan. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KOTA SAMARAHAN: University graduates are urged to not be dependent on the public sector or large companies for jobs.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the younger generation must take a leap of faith and take up entrepreneurship.

“We should not set our minds on working for others, be it in the civil service or large companies.

“We must also have the desire to become entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry (Medac) has many programmes to train new entrepreneurs.

“This is to enable them to be competent and able to compete with others,” he said when officiating at an assistance presentation to university students here on Friday.

Wan Junaidi said Medac was collaborating with the Youth and Sports Ministry to provide trainings in entrepreneurship to youths, university graduates and the unemployed.

“We are waiting for the proposal to be presented to the Cabinet and possibly be included in the upcoming National Budget for 2021,” he said.

The Santubong MP said job opportunities for fresh graduates have been limited due to Covid-19 and hoped that they would view entrepreneurship as an alternative.

“Nearly 300,000 graduates are produced every year from universities and not all of them managed to obtain jobs. We hope that we can shift their focus to entrepreneurship,” he said.