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SMEs – contact Dato.

April 29, 2008

Let your voices be heard

“I am open for a business chat. Contact my PA … come and sees me in the office.” – Dato Hamdillah

If there is an award for the best Brunei Government servant, I would definitely vote for Dato Hamdillah, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources. 

The above image (which I took from Ranoadidas.com) shows he really meant business and to me, that shows his openness. I know he is somewhat over-exposed in the local media scene but his presence has an essence. Behind that grinning-dimpled face is a brain that, to me, works 24/7.

In one press interview, Dato is aware that there must be a change in the mindset of the Public-Private-Sector partnership, asking SMEs not to be reluctant in providing feedback and criticism on the many government SME programmes due to fear of backlash. I await the announcement from the ministry on the ‘re-engineered schemes based on current business reality and feedback/learning points from past experience’.

Dato Hamdillah has done a number of projects, schemes and initiatives from facilitation scheme to tourism to saving Borneo’s rainforest and the possibility of the 4th wave of foreign direct investment opportunity, that I have lost count on the actual numbers. 

The Enterprise Facilitation Scheme for example, with a loan ceiling of $1.5 million, has already provided loans totalling $28:6 million to 86 SMEs from 1999 to 2007. Another financing loan is the Microcredit Financing Scheme which has a loan ceiling of $30,000 and has provided $7.79 million worth of capital to 409 SMEs from 2001 to 2009 (next year?).

What remains an issue at the moment continues to be on the start-up capital for SMEs. Hope MIPR is also looking into this? Thanks.  

3 Comments leave one →
  1. kepalahotakbejambul permalink
    May 1, 2008 6:29 am

    saya pon senuju dr ramble. vote for dato H yeah! the 1st tym i saw his Ad dlm Rano’s atu i thot eyy ini sdh bagus! hehe..i liked his biz talk prog in brunei tv too (RTB Int’l #).
    and oso, bnr tuu start-up capital ah. i heard we hav to present a biz proposal wich is good but a piece of land provided as security? aduihh.. i tink memadai th agreement for mthly repay by standing order sj,na dpt kn tu? but then, if biz na jln pyh jua tuu..cna ia kn pay back?? cubatah nah.

  2. Ramble On permalink
    May 1, 2008 8:28 am

    thats a good one there kepala. May I suggest you write to Dato directly?

  3. kepalahotakbejambul permalink
    May 2, 2008 8:48 am

    wuhuu!! bah insyaAllah wil do😉 but if we’r to sugest a plan we hav to be clear jua on its consequences, atu yg bagi panjang jambul di kepala hotak tuu..ehee.. nnt th if ada msa terluang utk memanjangkan jambul demi kesjahteraan penglihatan yg munasabah dan sesuai dgn kehendak mata yg memandang (“D)

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