UTP (Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS) seals MoU with Microsoft Malaysia

Posted on : 22-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR– Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) today sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Malaysia to adopt cloud technology in its teaching, learning, research and operational excellence.

The three-year agreement will see UTP leverage on Microsoft’s cutting-edge technologies like Cortana Analytics, Power BI, Azure, and Machine Learning to enable students and faculty members to connect data across sources, drive intelligent decisions and outcomes, as well as transform processes from end to end.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, UTP is the first Malaysian university to sign a MoU that covers the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Education Programme.

Microsoft Malaysia Managing Director, K. Raman said the MoU was signed to deliver the right exposure with the company’s latest technology among students and to identify the method of using it for educational purposes.

“To date, our company has adopted the use of the Microsoft Office 365 suite to which UTP had subscribed to previously, whereby, lecturers and students alike would pool academic resources in an efficient manner through cloud technology,” he said after signing the MoU here today.

All 8500 students and 900 staff of UTP will have access to various online services available to equip students with lifelong learning and the development of essential life skills in workplaces. It includes the Microsoft Innovation Showcase Centre, Advanced Analytics for Student Lifecycle and Microsoft Imagine Academy.

Commenting in a statement on the partnership, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim, Vice Chancellor UTP said: “We are mindful of the evolving technology ecosystem that has sprouted new business models and is revolutionising the data landscape.

“It is changing the way we look at, solve and commercialise business problems. To ensure our students are best prepared to perform in this set up, we need to equip them with the most advanced learning tools. Our partnership with Microsoft is a great first step in this direction.”

SOURCE– BERNAMA

RISDA (Rubber Industry Smallholders’ Development Authority) enters SME market

Posted on : 14-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KOTA KINABALU: The Rubber Industry Smallholders’ Development Authority or better known as RISDA, is rebranding itself as it enters the SME market.

Introducing Risda Smallholders Mart (RisSMart), the outlet will be a rural business center to enable small entrepreneurs to further market their products.

State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin said the mart is one of efforts from RISDA to help entrepreneurs to boost their products.

“RisSMart serves as a hub for promoting small-scale products and also to help them to expand the business network.

“We are expecting RisSMart to be developed in each district around Sabah, but for starters we will only open one RisSMart here in Alam Mesra,” he said in his speech at the opening of Sabah RISDAEntrepreneurs Carnival at Lintasan Deasoka, here yesterday.

Also present were Risda’s deputy director-general (development) Nasarudin Malek and Sabah RISDA director Maizal Hakiman Nawawi.

A total of 35 RISDA entrepreneurs around Sabah came to the carnival to promote their products. Yahya said the program is a platform for entrepreneurs to hear and know the government’s latest initiatives and assistance towards the business community.

Since its establishment in 1973, RISDA has worked on raising the rubber yields of smallholders. It has also undertaken programmes for the benefit of smallholders.

“We know that RISDA is among the government agencies which are close to villagers. Now they have been given a greater responsibility to assist the villagers and smallholders by providing various facilities and provisions,” he said. RISDA has allocated RM27 million for entrepreneurial activities which encompasses the Additional Economic Activity (AET), product development, business premises development, marketing activities, exhibitions, promotion and building of strategic networks with relevant agencies.

“In ensuring RISDA entrepreneurs remain competitive, it’s helping entrepreneurs to increase the value of their products by increasing their ability to compete in local or international markets.”

Yahya also reminded that Sabah RISDA entrepreneurs should always take advantage of the programs offered, such as Groom Big Program and One District One Industry Program.

The Groom Big program will create more potential entrepreneurs by achieving annual sales revenue of more than RM 200,000.

As for One-District Program (SDSI), the program aims to strengthen local communities with viable socio-economic activities and service that has economic and competitive values.

Yahya also suggested that RISDA develops an online application so that all entrepreneurs can market their products under one online application.

Meanwhile, Nasarudin said the agency has allocated RM1.5m for its Entrepreneurship Activity that benefits 70 entrepreneurs in various fields of services, food, manufacturing and agriculture and the Usahawan Development Program.

“Entrepreneurship development and economic activities are RISDA’s efforts to improve the lives of smallholders not to rely solely on rubber and palm commodities.

“Hence, hopefully with this kind of carnival, it will help small scale entrepreneurs to market their products directly to the public as well as to create a wider market and business network for them,” he said.

During the event, RISDA also presented Sabah RISDA Entrepreneur Award to Sipitang entrepreneur, Ahmad Supin Abit.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

Budget 2018: Govt focusing on tax incentives to spur Industry 4.0

Posted on : 20-07-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

BANGKOK– PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI), a subsidiary of national oil company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd(PETRONAS), will continue to invest significantly in marketing and infrastructure as it seeks to grow its business globally.

Its Group Chief Commercial Officer, Giuseppe Pedretti, said PLI, as among world’s top ten lubricants companies, would continue with its investment strategy to expand its global coverage.

“PLI will invest significantly in marketing and infrastructure as it seeks global coverage for its products,”he told the media during the unveiling of PLI’s latest product, “PETRONAS Syntium Diesel With Cooltech”,here today.

He said the company has just opened its latest plant in Shandong, China and would be opening one in another important market, India, next year.

Pedretti said PLI’s new research and development plant in Turin, Italy, would begin operation in March next year, churning out more high-technology products for global markets.

Currently, the PETRONAS Syntium is the trusted lubricants brand for millions of drivers worldwide and sold in 80 markets globally.

Meanwhile, PLI Asia Regional Head, Khalid Latiff, who was also present during the unveiling of its latest product, said the company considered Asia-Pacific an important market and has laid out a comprehensive growth plan.

“There is a lot of growth in the region,” he said, adding that the company wanted to capture more market in Asia-Pacific through technologically-driven products.

The PETRONAS Syntium Diesel With CoolTech, its flagship Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) lubricant brand, specifically designed for common-rail and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) engines, has been expertly engineered to fight excessive engine heat to maintain optimum engine performance for a trouble-free drive.

Excessive engine heat is a common problem that is widely underestimated by drivers.

“PETRONAS Syntium is uniquely engineered with strong oil chains to effectively absorb and transfer excessive heat from critical engine parts. By stopping engine-damaging heat at its source, drivers can be assured of optimum driving performance,”said Pedretti.

In Thailand, the PETRONAS Syntium will be available nationwide from August onwards.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

MDEC introduces 4th Malaysia Digital Hub

Posted on : 20-07-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR— The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced WORQ, a productive co-working community space as the new Malaysia Digital Hub, to support and offer opportunities for technology and digital co-working spaces, their startups and communities.

The initiative would help the companies to connect to Asean and the global digital ecosystem, said MDEC in a statement today.

WORQ Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Stephanie Ping said the hub encouraged the participation from all technology startups, as it focused on four categories — growing startups, global technology companies, accelerators and talent builders, and investors.

WORQ is among four Digital Hubs in Malaysia besides APW, The Co. and Common Ground.

“By providing them a vibrant and welcoming community, they can interact and thrive and their work can grow amidst a robust and supportive ecosystem,” said Ping.

Meanwhile, 15 technology entrepreneurs from Asia presented their ideas at the WORQ session today.

CXS Analytics from Malaysia and Oceo Water from Singapore were announced winners of the Asean Division of the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest and were awarded US$50,000 (RM214,000) and US$10,000 (RM43,000) for first and second places, respectively.

“They will be competing in the World Championship in Shanghai, China, together with 12 champions from around the globe in October this year,” added MDEC.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Japanese workerslimber up with monkey bars, radio drills

Posted on : 20-06-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

At the stroke of 1 p.m,, a group of Tokyo IT workers spring from their desks for a few minutes of rigorous bending, stretching and thrusting in repetition as a booming voice on the radio counts: “ichi, ni, san…”

The suited staff are taking part in a regular calisthenics drill implemented by Adoc International, while over at electrical equipment firm Fujikura, the staff can be seen dangling from multicolored monkey bars.

A growing number of firm are encouraging exercise breaks, to keep employees limber — and productive — as the nation contends with a shrinking labor pool and one of the world’s fastest aging populations.

“Japan’s population is quickly getting older and there are fewer and fewer kids — this is a very big risk for companies,” said Kenichiro Asano, who works in Fujikura’s health care strategy group.

With this issue in mind, companies are looking to keep staff healthy in the hope they’ll work past the usual retirement age.

“Keeping workers in shape is an important corporate strategy,” said Asano, adding, “Good health means a sound society and a sound company.”

Adoc International’s staff practice rajio taiso, a stretching routine often learned in schools and that dates back to the 1920s.

“We chose rajio taiso because it was the simplest exercise to put in place,” said Clifton Lay, who works in Adoc International’s human resources department.

“Most Japanese and people who grew up here already know it,” he added.

Instructions for the three-minute exercise are also played daily on NHK, with different routines tailored for the elderly and disabled.

Automaker Toyota has its own in-house version, while Sony employees are supposed to join in a group stretch at 3 p.m. daily, although it’s not mandatory.

At e-commerce giant Rakuten, some 12,000 moveable desks were installed when it moved its head office. Workers can switch between standing and sitting throughout the day.

“I get tired easily when I’m sitting too long so it’s nice to be able to stand up from time to time,” said 35-year-old Rakuten engineer Liu Xiaolu.

More companies need to adopt a health-focused mindset, said Koichiro Oka, a professor of health behavior science at Waseda University in Tokyo.

“If you think it is all right not to move much on weekdays because you’re exercising on weekends, you’d be wrong,” he said.

“A lack of exercise during the week can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other health problems,” he explained.

Rajio taiso is considered by many as Japanese tradition, although the idea was borrowed from a program at a U.S. insurance firm.

It spread quickly throughout Japan, as offices and schools got into the routine.

The daily radio broadcast was temporarily banned following Japan’s defeat in World War II because it was seen as being too militaristic. But it was reintroduced in 1951.

Today, as many as 28 million Japanese are believed to take part daily.

“Doing these exercises in the morning when you arrive at work or just after lunch — when your head is not completely into working — lets you get ready and say ‘OK let’s do the job,’” said Adoc’s Lay.

SOURCE:- JAPAN TIMES

NTP (National transformation Programme) report: continued innovation increases E&E industry’s competitiveness

Posted on : 23-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR– Malaysia’s electrical and electronics (E&E) industry must continue to focus on innovation to increase its competitiveness, especially in light of the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

“Today’s market landscape is dubbed as ‘Industry 4.0′, and it is characterised by increasing digitisation and interconnection of products, value chains and business models,” said the National Transformation Programme (NTP) Annual Report 2016 released today.

Apart from innovation, the report said efforts must also take into account the current economic and business conditions.

“These include the growing competition from Vietnam and India, as well as, the need for local small and medium enterprises to keep up with multinational corporations,” said the report.

It said the establishment of the Electrical and Electronics Strategic Council (EESC) in 2015 was seen as an important development for the industry, with both the government and private sector working together to lead the direction of the industry.

“The EESC has identified seven sub-sectors for future strategic development and is aligned with the government’s aim to increase high-value activities and exports from the E&E industry,” it said.

The report also said the E&E industry created 117,609 employment opportunities by end-2016, well on track to achieve the target of generating 157,000 jobs by 2020.

It also said since the implementation of NTP in 2010, development in the light-emitting diode sector enabled 11 Malaysian companies to penetrate global markets, with combined sales of RM125.2 million recorded thus far.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, in the same report, said demand in the E&E industry continued to be driven by new Internet-of-Things applications in the sphere of wireless communications and wearable devices.

“We are confident that the existing measures under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), together with continued emphasis on innovation, will propel Malaysia towards reaching our goal (of being a high-income nation) for 2020 and beyond,” he added.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

AirAsia, Everbright JV to establish LCC (Low Cost Carrier) in China

Posted on : 14-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

BEIJING— AirAsia Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Everbright Group and Henan Government Working Group to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC) in China.

It outlines how the parties will incorporate a joint-venture to be known as AirAsia (China) for the purposes of operating a low-cost aviation business based in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China.

In addition, AirAsia (China) will invest in aviation infrastructure, including a dedicated LCC terminal at Zhengzhou airport and an aviation academy to train pilots, crew and engineers, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities to service aircraft.

The MoU was exchanged between AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Everbright Financial Investment Holding Executive Director and President, Wang Weifeng and Henan Airport Group General Manager, Li Weidong at China World Hotel here on Sunday.

The ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is on a five-day working visit to China.

Also present were AirAsia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Fam Lee Ee and AirAsia North Asia President Kathleen Tan.

China Everbright Group Vice Chairman and President Gao Yunlong said: We are excited to be part of this joint-venture to bring AirAsia to China. We believe China is ready for a true LCC and we feel that only AirAsia can deliver on that promise by providing real value to Chinese travellers, thanks to its unique combination of low fares and award-winning service.”

Henan Provincial People’s Government Deputy Governor Shu Qing said, “Henan is very pleased to offer AirAsia a home in China. Zhengzhou was once the capital of ancient China. With AirAsia supporting the city’s aeropolis – an industrial, commercial and logistics zone five times the size of Manhattan with the airport at its heart – we have absolute confidence that we will succeed in transforming Zhengzhou into the new capital for regional and global transport and logistics.”

Commenting on the agreement, Fernandes said Zhengzhou was chosen as a base due to its strategic location and importance as a logistics hub.

“As China’s gateway to Europe, Zhengzhou sits at the centre of a vast rail, highway and air transport network that forms the lynchpin of China’s development plans for its central and western regions.

“This Chinese venture represents the final piece of the AirAsia puzzle. In just 16 years, we have successfully built a presence in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan, with China closing the loop on all major territories in Asia Pacific,” he said.

While Kamarudin regarded today’s MoU as the latest in a long line of strategic collaborations with Chinese companies, from Tencent, Alipay and Union Pay for payments to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China for aircraft financing and China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Ltd for aircraft leasing.

“In addition, we are working closely with Huawei to create a digital airline and smart airport to transform the way we fly.”

AirAsia was the first foreign LCC to enter China and has carried more than 40 million guests since its inaugural route to China in April 2005. AirAsia and AirAsia X currently fly to 15 destinations in China and is the largest foreign LCC operating into the country.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Najib encourages Malaysians to take up entrepreneurship

Posted on : 11-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business, Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has encouraged Malaysians to take up entrepreneurship as it can not only generate income, but also create job opportunities for others.
He said the government wanted Malaysia to continue progressing, particularly from the social and economic aspects.
“In reaching this goal, we want to see a community comprising people who are versatile or ‘all rounders’, he said his speech at the launch of the Njoi Now Application here today.
The text of his speech was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Najib said the youth represent the biggest digital users, as they are of a generation that prioritises information that can be obtained from their electronic devices.
According to the Prime Minister, statistics showed that subscriptions through gadgets recorded an increase to 44.5 million throughout Malaysia and supported by the high penetration of smartphones that reached 16.4 million last year.
This development as well as the availability of stable broadband and Internet services, resulted in users having the latest information, as well as entertainment, immediately at their finger tips, he said.
He also urged the youth to take advantage of the digital economy which the government is aggressively promoting such as the recent Digital Free Trade Zone.
At the same time, Najib said the broadcasting field can also play an important role as an agent to mould the minds of viewers.
“With entrepreneurship programmes leading towards the digital realm, those interested can obtain guidance as well as tips to undertake business as well as learn the intricacies of trading online.
“Programmes as such also have content where traders can share experiences. This will certainly assist those just starting out in business to avoid past mistakes and continue to be mentored until they receive good returns,” he added.
Meanwhile, the launch of the Njoi Now application, organised by Astro, covers programmes in various languages with content including news, entertainment, sports and education.
It is hoped that that use of the application will contribute towards an increase in the number of Malaysians with digital access, and subsequently enhance awareness towards being digital savvy.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has encouraged Malaysians to take up entrepreneurship as it can not only generate income, but also create job opportunities for others.
He said the government wanted Malaysia to continue progressing, particularly from the social and economic aspects.
“In reaching this goal, we want to see a community comprising people who are versatile or ‘all rounders’, he said his speech at the launch of the Njoi Now Application here today.
The text of his speech was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Najib said the youth represent the biggest digital users, as they are of a generation that prioritises information that can be obtained from their electronic devices.
According to the Prime Minister, statistics showed that subscriptions through gadgets recorded an increase to 44.5 million throughout Malaysia and supported by the high penetration of smartphones that reached 16.4 million last year.
This development as well as the availability of stable broadband and Internet services, resulted in users having the latest information, as well as entertainment, immediately at their finger tips, he said.
He also urged the youth to take advantage of the digital economy which the government is aggressively promoting such as the recent Digital Free Trade Zone.
At the same time, Najib said the broadcasting field can also play an important role as an agent to mould the minds of viewers.
“With entrepreneurship programmes leading towards the digital realm, those interested can obtain guidance as well as tips to undertake business as well as learn the intricacies of trading online.
“Programmes as such also have content where traders can share experiences. This will certainly assist those just starting out in business to avoid past mistakes and continue to be mentored until they receive good returns,” he added.
Meanwhile, the launch of the Njoi Now application, organised by Astro, covers programmes in various languages with content including news, entertainment, sports and education.
It is hoped that that use of the application will contribute towards an increase in the number of Malaysians with digital access, and subsequently enhance awareness towards being digital savvy.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Najib Encourages Malaysians To Take Up Entrepreneurship, Be Versatile

Posted on : 10-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR– Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has encouraged Malaysians to take up entrepreneurship as it can not only generate income, but also create job opportunities for others.

He said the government wanted Malaysia to continue progressing, particularly from the social and economic aspects.

“In reaching this goal, we want to see a community comprising people who are versatile or ‘all rounders’, he said his speech at the launch of the Njoi Now Application here today.

The text of his speech was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Najib said the youth represent the biggest digital users, as they are of a generation that prioritises information that can be obtained from their electronic devices.

According to the Prime Minister, statistics showed that subscriptions through gadgets recorded an increase to 44.5 million throughout Malaysia and supported by the high penetration of smartphones that reached 16.4 million last year.

This development as well as the availability of stable broadband and Internet services, resulted in users having the latest information, as well as entertainment, immediately at their finger tips, he said.

He also urged the youth to take advantage of the digital economy which the government is aggressively promoting such as the recent Digital Free Trade Zone.

At the same time, Najib said the broadcasting field can also play an important role as an agent to mould the minds of viewers.

“With entrepreneurship programmes leading towards the digital realm, those interested can obtain guidance as well as tips to undertake business as well as learn the intricacies of trading online.

“Programmes as such also have content where traders can share experiences. This will certainly assist those just starting out in business to avoid past mistakes and continue to be mentored until they receive good returns,” he added.

Meanwhile, the launch of the Njoi Now application, organised by Astro, covers programmes in various languages with content including news, entertainment, sports and education.

It is hoped that that use of the application will contribute towards an increase in the number of Malaysians with digital access, and subsequently enhance awareness towards being digital savvy.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Month-long Kaamatan festival begins

Posted on : 10-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KOTA KINABALU: As Sabah celebrates a month-long Kaamatan, the city‘s harvest festival celebration is set to be a joyous, vibrant and grand affair with numerous exciting cultural events for all to enjoy.

Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said the Kaamatan festive celebration will be held in the state capital from May 18-May 20, starting at the main venue at the Padang Merdeka which will host a galore of festivities beginning from 6pm until 11pm.

“This year’s city level Kaamatan will be celebrated with the theme ‘Kaamatan: The foundation for unity’, and will culminate with a grand ceremony by Huguon Siou (Paramount Leader) of the Kadazandusunmurut (KDM) community, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan,” he said.

In announcing the Kaamatan celebration at the press conference on Monday, Yeo said the opening ceremony will be followed by the hotly-awaited Lilundus Unduk Ngadau (beauty contest) as well as Sugandoi (singing competition), Magavau ritual and choir.

“There will also be other exciting events in store for everyone to enjoy, including a bicycle decoration gala, Unduk Ngadau Creative Traditional Dress competition, karaoke contests, as well as prize presentation for all the winners,“ said Yeo.

Furthermore, he noted the Kaamatan Cycling Challenge will also be held in conjunction of the Kaamatan which will witness 100 cyclists taking on the 22KM route starting from Padang Merdeka along Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman, Jalan Penampang until KDCA Cultural Village before returning to the starting point.

“The closing ceremony of the Kaamatan on May 20 will be officiated by federal Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Tun Said Keruak,” said Yeo, adding that the finale of the festival will culminate with the Unduk Ngadau finals for Kota Kinabalu and Likas, and state-level competitions which will be held at the KDCA Cultural Village.

The venue for the qualifying round and semi-finals of this the coveted Sugandoi crown is contributed by Oceanus Waterfront Mall. Kupi-kupi fm is the official radio station for the festival.

Meanwhile, the finalists for this year’s Sugandoi Kota Kinabalu include Chrispine Joseph, Michelle Kasianus, Brenda Folsera Jasli, Nurbilin Abdul Jalil and Rushdy Rapheal Mantui.

During the cheque presentation ceremony, Yeo also received a sum of RM50,000 from main sponsors YTL Communications for the Kaamatan, while other sponsors allocated a total of RM71,500 for the annual festive celebration.

Almacrest International College also allocated RM10,000 scholarship for this year’s champion of the Unduk Ngadau 2017, including second place winner to help them pursue diploma studies.

Among those who attended the press conference include YTL Communications Sdn Bhd assistant sales manager Kelvin Siew, Pembinaan Kekal Mewah Sdn Bhd operation manager Jikain Kadis and Almacrest International College CEO Stephanie Yen, among others.

SOURCE:- BERNAMA

Oil & gas companies to promote use of natural gas

Posted on : 09-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR: Oil & gas companies can help promote the use of natural gas, together with renewable energy as the cleaner fuel option to sustain economic growth, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said now is the right time to encourage the adoption of natural gas in new markets as prices have become attractive, aided by the right investment in infrastructure.
“I am hopeful that companies and governments can form ‘smart’ partnerships to unlock the full potential of natural gas as a viable option, which makes both commercial and environmental sense.
“It is important that we see these two motives as supporting one another, not being in opposition,”  he said in his keynote address at the 19th Asia Oil and Gas Conference yesterday.
He said oil & gas companies can also help push the technological envelope to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted during industry processes.
“I understand, there have been some strides taken in the development of carbon dioxide (CO2) management technologies, including by Petronas. I hope more can be done to achieve a quantum leap in improving and deploying these technologies,” he said.
Najib said the abundance of gas discoveries had helped spur growth of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in the Middle East, the Asia Pacific and Australia.
“The emergence of more producers, increased supplies and competitive gas prices has transformed LNG into an attractive energy resource for emerging economies, and one that also had the benefit of being far less carbon intensive.
“I strongly believe that industry players can collaborate to support the wider adoption of LNG by offering innovative commercial solutions and technical assistance to nations with a fledgling interest in this sector,” he said.
He said the International Energy Agency (IEA) had predicted that global energy demand would double by 2050, not least because of a rising global population, and legacy industry players need to work harder and realign  strategic priorities to remain relevant and sustainable in the long run.
Najib said the oil and gas industry continued to be on the leading edge in adopting new technologies to raise efficiency and productivity.
“With the rise of the Internet of Things, the increasing use of big data analytics and automation, the industry will be able to deliver more energy resources at better prices,” he  added.
He said against the backdrop of these new realities and approaches being adopted by leading players, Malaysia’s economy continued to thrive despite headwinds.
“Last year we recorded growth of 4.2 per cent.  The economy, this year, is projected to grow between 4.3 and 4.8 per cent, supported by healthy domestic demand and robust private sector investment,” he added.
Najib said gross exports are expected to accelerate at a faster pace of 2.7 per cent due to a rebound in the export of commodities and with strong demand for electronics and electrical products, it is expected to spur the manufacturing sector.
Najib said under the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the energy sector is set to register annual growth of five per cent up to 2020, transforming Malaysia into a regional oil trading and storage hub and ensuring long-term energy supply security to the domestic market.
He said the recent US$7 billion investment by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, Johor, exemplifies Malaysia’s ongoing attractiveness as an energy investment destination pf choice.
“This clearly positions the oil & gas industry as one of the biggest drivers of the ETP. This investment also makes Saudi Aramco the single largest investor in the country so far,” he said.
Earlier, Najib launched the world’s first floating LNG facility, PFLNG Satu, owned by Petronas.
He said PFLNG Satu is a game changer for the industry, bringing together the liquefaction, production, storage and offloading processes of LNG to an offshore gas field.
“We are proud that Petronas has developed this technology, which will maintain the company’s technical edge as a key global LNG supplier,” he added.
Themed, “New Reality-Driving a New Approach”, the two-day conference brings together eminent industry leaders, policymakers and delegates from around the world.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR: Oil & gas companies can help promote the use of natural gas, together with renewable energy as the cleaner fuel option to sustain economic growth, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said now is the right time to encourage the adoption of natural gas in new markets as prices have become attractive, aided by the right investment in infrastructure.
“I am hopeful that companies and governments can form ‘smart’ partnerships to unlock the full potential of natural gas as a viable option, which makes both commercial and environmental sense.
“It is important that we see these two motives as supporting one another, not being in opposition,”  he said in his keynote address at the 19th Asia Oil and Gas Conference yesterday.
He said oil & gas companies can also help push the technological envelope to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted during industry processes.
“I understand, there have been some strides taken in the development of carbon dioxide (CO2) management technologies, including by Petronas. I hope more can be done to achieve a quantum leap in improving and deploying these technologies,” he said.
Najib said the abundance of gas discoveries had helped spur growth of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in the Middle East, the Asia Pacific and Australia.
“The emergence of more producers, increased supplies and competitive gas prices has transformed LNG into an attractive energy resource for emerging economies, and one that also had the benefit of being far less carbon intensive.
“I strongly believe that industry players can collaborate to support the wider adoption of LNG by offering innovative commercial solutions and technical assistance to nations with a fledgling interest in this sector,” he said.
He said the International Energy Agency (IEA) had predicted that global energy demand would double by 2050, not least because of a rising global population, and legacy industry players need to work harder and realign  strategic priorities to remain relevant and sustainable in the long run.
Najib said the oil and gas industry continued to be on the leading edge in adopting new technologies to raise efficiency and productivity.
“With the rise of the Internet of Things, the increasing use of big data analytics and automation, the industry will be able to deliver more energy resources at better prices,” he  added.
He said against the backdrop of these new realities and approaches being adopted by leading players, Malaysia’s economy continued to thrive despite headwinds.
“Last year we recorded growth of 4.2 per cent.  The economy, this year, is projected to grow between 4.3 and 4.8 per cent, supported by healthy domestic demand and robust private sector investment,” he added.
Najib said gross exports are expected to accelerate at a faster pace of 2.7 per cent due to a rebound in the export of commodities and with strong demand for electronics and electrical products, it is expected to spur the manufacturing sector.
Najib said under the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the energy sector is set to register annual growth of five per cent up to 2020, transforming Malaysia into a regional oil trading and storage hub and ensuring long-term energy supply security to the domestic market.
He said the recent US$7 billion investment by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, Johor, exemplifies Malaysia’s ongoing attractiveness as an energy investment destination pf choice.
“This clearly positions the oil & gas industry as one of the biggest drivers of the ETP. This investment also makes Saudi Aramco the single largest investor in the country so far,” he said.
Earlier, Najib launched the world’s first floating LNG facility, PFLNG Satu, owned by Petronas.
He said PFLNG Satu is a game changer for the industry, bringing together the liquefaction, production, storage and offloading processes of LNG to an offshore gas field.
“We are proud that Petronas has developed this technology, which will maintain the company’s technical edge as a key global LNG supplier,” he added.
Themed, “New Reality-Driving a New Approach”, the two-day conference brings together eminent industry leaders, policymakers and delegates from around the world.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Patriotic spirit a must in each Malaysian — Najib

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National, Uncategorized

SANDAKAN: The patriotic spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to defend the sovereignty of the country must be omnipresent in each Malaysian, said  Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said if  love for the nation and willingness to sacrifice to defend the country were deep-rooted in the hearts  of all Malaysians, no one would dare to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
“We know that if have the patriotic spirit, our nation will forge ahead because no enemy whether internal of external will dare to do anything to damage it or try to topple the government that has been duly elected by the people,” he said.
Najib said this when officiating the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’programme at Padang Perbandaran Sandakan here yesterday.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Communications and Multimedia Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He reminded the people on the danger posed by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” among Malaysians saying Malaysian security forces personnel suffered because of this during the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu militants in 2013.
Najib, in recalling the sacrifices by Supt Ibrahim Lebar who was from the peninsula, said the soldier and his colleagues, who were on duty in Semporna, were killed in the incident because there was a policeman who leaked out information on the operation to the enemy.
“I want to tell all of you here that if we are united and love our country, no enemy from outside can cause harm and threaten Sabah soil,” he added.
The prime minister said that the government had spent RM323 million this year for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone  (ESSZone)  operation.
“Until today, alhamdulillah, the ESSZone area is safe. I have been informed that many tourists are going to Semporna.”
“The tourism industry prospers in the east coast, why? (Its) because of government contributions, both from the state and federal government,” he said.
As such, Najib reminded all quarters to not try to put the state and federal governments at loggerheads because the state and federal government were like one family and had the same objective which was to bring prosperity to Sabah and its people.
Najib said the Sabah people should not be swayed by the slogan ‘Sabah For Sabah’ because as the prime minister, he would do the best for the state and its people.
For example, he said, Sabah received the biggest development allocation from the federal government for two years under the 11th Malaysia Plan, totalling RM9 billion, which was 10.3 per cent of the federal government’s budget.
“We also did something more than what is expected or thought of by the people, like Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Expressway for Sabah. The Sabah people have waited for 25 years for the expressway.
“Somebody became a prime minister for 22 years, but did not implement Pan Borneo for Sabah. I may not be (prime minister) for 22 years, but had carried out the Pan Borneo Expressway and with no toll charge,” he said.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
SANDAKAN: The patriotic spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to defend the sovereignty of the country must be omnipresent in each Malaysian, said  Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said if  love for the nation and willingness to sacrifice to defend the country were deep-rooted in the hearts  of all Malaysians, no one would dare to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
“We know that if have the patriotic spirit, our nation will forge ahead because no enemy whether internal of external will dare to do anything to damage it or try to topple the government that has been duly elected by the people,” he said.
Najib said this when officiating the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’programme at Padang Perbandaran Sandakan here yesterday.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Communications and Multimedia Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He reminded the people on the danger posed by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” among Malaysians saying Malaysian security forces personnel suffered because of this during the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu militants in 2013.
Najib, in recalling the sacrifices by Supt Ibrahim Lebar who was from the peninsula, said the soldier and his colleagues, who were on duty in Semporna, were killed in the incident because there was a policeman who leaked out information on the operation to the enemy.
“I want to tell all of you here that if we are united and love our country, no enemy from outside can cause harm and threaten Sabah soil,” he added.
The prime minister said that the government had spent RM323 million this year for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone  (ESSZone)  operation.
“Until today, alhamdulillah, the ESSZone area is safe. I have been informed that many tourists are going to Semporna.”
“The tourism industry prospers in the east coast, why? (Its) because of government contributions, both from the state and federal government,” he said.
As such, Najib reminded all quarters to not try to put the state and federal governments at loggerheads because the state and federal government were like one family and had the same objective which was to bring prosperity to Sabah and its people.
Najib said the Sabah people should not be swayed by the slogan ‘Sabah For Sabah’ because as the prime minister, he would do the best for the state and its people.
For example, he said, Sabah received the biggest development allocation from the federal government for two years under the 11th Malaysia Plan, totalling RM9 billion, which was 10.3 per cent of the federal government’s budget.
“We also did something more than what is expected or thought of by the people, like Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Expressway for Sabah. The Sabah people have waited for 25 years for the expressway.
“Somebody became a prime minister for 22 years, but did not implement Pan Borneo for Sabah. I may not be (prime minister) for 22 years, but had carried out the Pan Borneo Expressway and with no toll charge,” he said.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Bandar Malaysia a catalyst for future economic growth

Posted on : 01-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KUALA LUMPUR: The Bandar Malaysia project, which will be developed under the public-private partnership (PPP) model with an estimated cumulative gross development value of RM150bil, has the potential to be a catalyst for future economic growth, said master developer TRX City Sdn Bhd.

Chief executive officer Datuk Azmar Talib said this development offered many business and investment opportunities including in the commercial sector, creative services and tourism and hospitality industries, such as MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) and theme parks.

“We foresee Bandar Malaysia will also generate skilled employment opportunities, for example, one of the early activation components for Bandar Malaysia is the Kuala Lumpur Internet City (KLIC), which is designed as the primary digital hub for the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ),” he told Bernama in an email interview.

The world”s first DFTZ was jointly launched 40 days ago in the city centre by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak together with Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group.

The DFTZ, which has two key aspects – Alibaba”s regional logistics hub in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and KLIC, which is set to become the Silicon Valley of South-East Asia – will be situated on a 4.05ha spot in Bandar Malaysia.

The DFTZ, as reported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC, is expected to double the growth rate of Malaysian small and medium enterprises, increase overall goods export by US$25bil and create 60,000 jobs by 2025.

Bandar Malaysia is located on the old airport site of the Kuala Lumpur Air Base in Sungai Besi, just 7km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, which is now under relocation progress to replace the facilities which was no longer suitable and efficient as an air force operation base.

“We are currently focusing on completing the relocation of the Kuala Lumpur Air Base to eight different sites around the country by the end of this year.

“Meanwhile, we have obtained the approval-in-principle for the development order from Kuala Lumpur City Hall, and the Mass Rail Transit (MRT) works for line two – Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya, are in progress on site,” said Azmar.

Azmar said Bandar Malaysia would become a transit oriented development, anchored on the maximum use of public transport with the government setting it as a terminus for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project. – Bernama

The integrated development is set to be a central transport hub, connecting the MRT lines, KTM Komuter, Express Rail Link and 12 other highways.

“With all these, the project can become the future nucleus of Kuala Lumpur.

“The areas surrounding this development too will be able to benefit from the modernisation of the infrastructure brought about by Bandar Malaysia,” he said, adding the development”s primary goal is to be one of the main catalysts for the economic development of Greater Kuala Lumpur.

Bandar Malaysia is envisioned as a world-class city-within-a city that offers seamless connectivity, being the first integrated transit-oriented mixed-used cluster that will also have retail and lifestyle components, diverse types of city housing and a hub for international business, as well as for creative industries.

TRX City Sdn Bhd, formerly known as 1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd, stated in its factsheet that the long-term project is expected to be completed over the next 30 years.

SOURCE – BERNAMA

Living legacy of Murut embroidery

Posted on : 01-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

AT 72, Dainsing Darum, a master embroiderer from Sabah, is a picture of contentment.

“I have a lot to thank for,” she says. “Good health is one of them. Others are my eyesight, which has not deteriorated much despite my age, and my hands which remain steady.”

Dainsing, from Kampung Inarad, Tongod – a district located in the deep interior of Sabah – says that having good eyesight and steady hands have allowed her to remain active in pursuing her passion in embroidery, and in imparting the skills to the younger generation.

But underneath her chirpy nature, one cannot help but sense a hint of despair in her voice.

“Embroidery is something that I truly hold dear,” Dainsing told the participants of her embroidery masterclass at Galeri Petronas  in Kuala Lumpur recently. “It’s my soul; and I shudder to think what if someday this art is lost and forgotten. That’s why I’m here; I’m eager to impart this skill to anyone who wishes to learn.”

Her masterclass which consisted of embroidery, beadwork, and rattan weaving, took place from March 24 to 26 at Galeri Petronas  in Suria KLCC as part of the event line-up for the “MANAH: A Living Legacy” exhibition which ran from February 14 to April 16.

Manah is Galeri Petronas’ first exhibition for 2017. Curated by Associate Professor Dr Baharudin Arus from University Malaysia Sabah’s Faculty of Humanities, Art and Heritage, it features the artistic and creative expressions of Malaysia’s indigenous communities and their strong connection to the rainforest.

Manah, which means “ancient” or “old way” in the Temiar language, featured the unique aesthetics of the country’s indigenous people which remain intact despite the influences of modernity, to reflect their identity and origins which are strongly linked to the ecology of the land they inhabit.

Dainsing, who is from the Murut Tangala tribe, says she did not hesitate for a moment when Galeri Petronas invited her to conduct a masterclass during the exhibition.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to spread awareness about our craft. Right now, I’m the only one left in my village who knows about the Murut Tangala embroidery. I’ve been trying for some time to pass down this skill and will continue to do so for as long as I can,” says Dainsing, a mother of one.

In his speech at the launch of the exhibition in February, Petronas chairman Tan Sri Sidek Hassan said Manah sought to re-represent indigenous aesthetics in a new context, challenging the notion of indigenous culture as something that is mysterious, inferior or backwards.

“There is so much that we can learn from the values and practices of indigenous people when it comes to global issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable living. Their minimalist way of life is in itself a lesson in sustainability – a subject only recently given more prominence including by the corporate world. Petronas is proud to contribute towards enhancing traditional knowledge and a holistic culture,” he said.

Apart from Dainsing’s masterclass, other highlights of the exhibition were artworks from a new generation of young indigenous artists, namely Alena Ose’ Murang (Kelabit, Sarawak), Shaq Koyok (Temuan, Selangor), Kendy Mitot (Bidayuh, Sarawak) and Kaleb Anyie Udau (Kenyah, Sarawak). These contemporary art pieces are uniquely infused with their ancestral culture and heritage.

Dainsing says she started learning about embroidery when she was 12, first by observing her aunt and later on copying her aunt’s works using banana leaves.

“But once I mastered the techniques, I improvised on them. The key is knowing the pattern and calculation, and where the needle should go next. The calculation must be correct from the first stitch or else, the whole piece will end up wrong,” she says.

Her commitment in preserving and promoting the craft saw her take part in numerous art and craft exhibitions in Sabah and Sarawak.

In September 2011, she participated in the Collaborative Exhibition and Weaving Workshop between Sabah and Indigenous Australia Weavers at Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne, Australia.

“The skills and motifs of the Murut Tangala embroidery are passed down from one generation to the next. Legend has it that my ancestor first learned embroidery and weaving by observing spiders spinning their webs in the wild,” says Dainsing, who has mastered over 40 intricate patterns, each steeped in symbolisms.

Pointing to a piece of embroidered garment, she says, “For instance, this wavy line pattern here depicts a snake, which symbolises cheating hearts. There is another that symbolises wisdom, which is represented by this round pattern, depicting full moon,” says Dainsing, whose masterclass attracted scores of artisans in the Klang Valley.

“Follow your heart, let the fabric dance with the needle,” she tells the participants.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Yayasan Sabah keen in developing human capital through handicrafts

Posted on : 28-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KENINGAU: Yayasan Sabah will continue to be committed in human capital development through various handicraft development programmes, said its director, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad.

He said this in his speech read by Pusat Kraftangan Sabah (PKS) group manager, Zaiton Bakri, during a certificate presentation ceremony at Dewan Salingkawang, PKS, here yesterday.

Forty five trainees who had completed the Basic Handicraft Training Programme under the Special Programme Intended for Community Enrichment received their certificates in “Seni Kraf Hasil Rimba – Anyaman Buluh” and “Seni Kraf Tekstil – Membatik”.

The three-month programme was held at PKS and at Kg. Bakuku, Ulu Tomani, Tenom. “This is a noble effort by Yayasan Sabah Group and Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) Malaysia under the Human Resources Ministry in developing individuals,” said Sapawi.

He said the collaboration between PKS and HRDF was a smart partnership to help the youth in gaining experience and be involved in handicraft making

“PKS has been playing an important role in inculcating the interest and passion of the local communities in local handicraft and Sabah batik.

“Since its establishment in June 2012, PKS has made its mark in the handicraft industry and is on par with other handicraft producers,” said Sapawi.

He hoped the collaboration between PKS and HRDF would be strengthened in efforts to develop the youth of Sabah.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES