Alor Gajah MP Redzuan Yusof is ready to share his knowledge on entrepreneurship if he is appointed to head the revived Entrepreneur Development Ministry.
Redzuan acknowledged that the task will be challenging.
“The task (as minister) is wide and challenging, especially the areas involving the growth of bumiputera entrepreneurs,” he told Bernama after a briefing for MPs at Parliament today.
Redzuan said the original masterplan to develop entrepreneurs, drafted by then-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the creation of the of Entrepreneur Development Ministry in 1995, needed to be updated and improved to increase the involvement of bumiputera entrepreneurs, in line with the prime minister’s Vision 2020 plan.
Asked on whether the prime minister had contacted him on the appointment, the Alor Gajah MP said he heard rumours from third parties on the matter, and admitted that Mahathir had discussed with him on shaping the nation’s new administration.
The Entrepreneur Development Ministry was created to replace the Public Enterprise Ministry and focused on growing bumiputera entrepreneurs with the aim of creating a bumiputera trade and industry community.
The ministry was renamed in 2004 as the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry, and was later dissolved in 2009 under the Najib Abdul Razak administration, with its role taken over by other ministries.