Willie (left) along with Awaeang (centre) cuts a ribbon during the launching of the first Nang Ori outlet in Kuching, while Asean Chamber of Commerce Sarawak branch chairwoman Zainon Tumboh looks on.

KUCHING: Nang Ori’s first outlet in Kuching was launched yesterday.

Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin along with his wife Chooi Yee Ling officiated at the opening of the first Nang Ori outlet here at Kuching Sentral.

Nang Ori is a local brand that was founded by Awaeang Kwasin. It initially sold black pepper products before branching out with its own massage oil, sprays, and gels.

During the launching ceremony, Nang Ori also launched four new products — black pepper cappuccino, blueberry jelly, Delimix (health drink) and a detox drink.

Willie commended its founder Awaeang on her commitment and efforts that have contributed to her first outlet in Kuching.

“She has opened business sites in Selangor, Kota Samarahan and now, here in Kuching Sentral.

“In addition, this outlet will facilitate Nang Ori entrepreneurs’ business in the sale and purchase process or in the process of posting to Miri, Sri Aman, Bintulu and others,” he said, adding that it was also making things easier for entrepreneurs by providing them with training.

He encouraged Nang Ori to continue helping the community and improve their competitiveness in the business sector.

“Apart from that, I look forward to more youths and even housewives who want to generate more income, to take this golden opportunity.

“Entrepreneurs should also make use of digital technology when it comes to business, whereby with the knowledge they are able to attract customers from the international markets,” he said.

Willie (left) along with Awaeang (centre) cuts a ribbon during the launching of the first Nang Ori outlet in Kuching, while Asean Chamber of Commerce Sarawak branch chairwoman Zainon Tumboh looks on.

Awaeang explained that the site (Kuching Sentral) was chosen based on its location, ample parking space, public bus facilities, and operation hours in a shopping mall.

“When our agents come to collect stock from our previous office, they had to travel a certain distance to collect it, and that prompted me to open an outlet here.

“As entrepreneurs, we need to be attentive to the demands of our buyers and take the initiative, as change is the only thing that is constant,” she said, adding that it is their goal to bring Sarawak pepper into the Asian market.

She hoped that the federal and state governments, together with the private sector, could help entrepreneurs in terms of promotion and incentives.