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Supporting Muslim entrepreneurs: Telekom Malaysia, Mentor Niaga

AvantiKumar | Sept. 9, 2013
Collaboration to inspire and motivate Muslim entrepreneurs to move up the value chain, said the partners.

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Photo - (From left) Azizi A. Hadi, Executive Vice President, SME, TM; and Norni Osman, Chief Executive Officer, Mentor Niaga Resources.


Malaysian telco Telekom Malaysia has announced new collaboration with Mentor Niaga Resources, which provides platforms for local Muslim small and medium enterprises to build business networks.

Telekom Malaysia (TM) executive vice president, SME, Azizi A Hadi said this move was part of an ongoing strategy to help Muslim entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to move up the value chain and extend their business reach.

"We are glad to be able to work hand-in-hand with Mentor Niaga towards empowering Muslim SMEs by enhancing their businesses with our ICT expertise and offerings through this strategic initiative," said Azizi.

"TM always keeps our doors open for collaboration with local SME organisations and associations to provide other SMEs with the right business exposure catering to different needs - in this case, Islamic content and perspectives on managing business," he said.

"TM will continue to increase its outreach to SME communities and the Company believes that this collaboration adds further value to TM's partnership with Malaysian SMEs in line with the Company's aspiration to become the preferred communications partner for SMEs," said Azizi.

Mentor Niaga Resources chief executive officer, Norni Osman, said; "We at Mentor Niaga always believe that knowledge is power. Most business people - especially the Bumiputeras [Muslim Malays] failed not because of financial problems alone, but mostly due to lack of business knowledge and the absence of a business mentor or aspiration to help and guide them through."

 Avoiding 'trial and error'

"As we are aware, most Malays were not born in business families. Therefore, when we wish to enter into the business world, we tend to do it using 'trial and error' method, as we do not have prominent successful mentors or business gurus to look up to or to turn to when we have problems," said Norni.

By organising these entrepreneurial events, we hope to inspire and motivate SMEs through the knowledge and experience sharing sessions with reputable and successful entrepreneurs as their mentors," she said. 

As part of the collaboration between TM and Mentor Niaga Resources, two major seminar and convention sessions will be held to benefit Muslim SMEs - "Bisnes Sebagai Fardhu Kifayah" and "7 Mentor, 7 Industry" seminar - from September to October 2013.

Mentor Niaga Resources (MNR) was established to help Bumiputera small to medium entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses through knowledge and education. We offer business trainings and programs to improve their knowledge and enhance their skills in business.


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