At the opening of the 14th Legislative Council earlier this month, His Majesty highlighted that local entrepreneurs should upgrade their product quality and increase their competitiveness, which will inevitably contribute to the country’s desire to diversify its economy.

The MSME Festival provides a platform to do exactly that, as well as raise awareness for Bruneian products and services while promoting and celebrating entrepreneurship. It is currently happening at Bridex Hall 1 & 2 in Jerudong until tomorrow.

The team at Sutera had the opportunity to check out what they have in store at the festival.

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Mobile Islamic classroom – Happy Harun

Recently launched in February, Happy Harun is a moving classroom and along with Tarbiyyah Global, they aim to provide a creative approach of Islamic teaching to all four districts in Brunei.

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According Ismail Hj Zailani, an instructor at Happy Harun, the mobile Islamic classroom wishes to give Islamic teaching a new life by making it different than a traditional classroom. The activities provided are mostly practical demonstrations that relates to Islam.

People can register for lessons at the festival, where the focus of the lessons will relate Asma ‘ul Husna to science.

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Unique design furniture – EVcroft Production

The founder of EVcroft Production, Dk Evie Pg Kiply, learnt how to create furniture online and tried her hand at the craft starting with incorporating herringbone patterns and hexagon inlays that stand out among other furniture makers.

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“I started with buying scrap wood and created a coffee table that featured a herringbone pattern. When it was done, I posted a photo of it on social media. That was when I started to get requests to create more distinctive furniture,” said Dk Evie.

People can check out the different designs they can create at the festival. The Founder only accepts requests for furniture as they are made to order.

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Smart Wallet – Ultimate Wallet

Brunei has been putting in an effort to go cashless by using cards or apps to pay for their things. Ultimate wallet created a smart wallet, that is compact and featured a GPS module built into the wallet.

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“We need to start encouraging people to use cards rather than cash in the future, so our initiative is to begin using a compact smart wallet rather than bulky ones that are used today,” said Abdul Ghani Saidi, Founder of Ultimate Wallet.

Visitors can find out more about the smart wallet functionality with a live demonstration of their technology at their booth, and hopefully it can persuade people to convert to the smart wallet.

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Made in Brunei skincare products – Bellary Nature

Bellary Nature have been manufacturing skincare products locally while using imported raw materials from other countries to make sure that they will comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP).

“To be compliant with the GMP, a product’s raw material must be quality controlled and documentation for all of our raw materials, so that it is 100% genuine and natural,” said Aqilah Suhaini, Office Manager for Bellary Nature.

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Thanks to the quality controlled materials, Bellary Nature sells various high quality products such as lip balms to soaps that is available at selected supermarkets in Brunei. With items ranging from BND5 to BND35, people can check out the products at the festival.

Mini spring rolls crackers – Karup

To increase the amount of locally produced snacks being sold at stores in the country and meeting the international standards set by imported snacks, Karup.bn came up with fried mini spring rolls that comes in different flavours such as sweet corn, curry and chicken.

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According the Majidah Rapidi and Liyana Adanan, the Co-Founders of Karup, the idea came around when they noticed a lack of Bruneian snacks in stores, so they created these local snacks and tried to meet the international standards set. The use of mini spring roll sheets gives the snack a uniquely local flavour that hits close to home.

Karup.bn is selling the snack at the festival for people to try, other than that, they will be giving out free samples of their addicting snacks during the duration of the fair.

These are just some of the products and services amongst the 200 booths available at the festival. Be sure to head over and support these local entrepreneurs. Shuttle buses are provided at the parking area behind Jerudong Park’s Phase 2 Food Court.