Grab now in Malacca and Kota Kinabalu

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KUALA LUMPUR: Grab (formerly known as MyTeksi), Southeast Asia’s leading ride hailing app is introducing the GrabCar’s services to two other major tourist hotspots, Malacca and Kota Kinabalu.

“Grab is already present in these cities when we introduced our MyTeksi service, therefore GrabCar is meant to complement current taxi service by offering an alternative transportation option that is convenient and affordable in these highly populated tourist locations where transport, traffic and parking are often an issue,” said Jaygan Fu, Country Head of Grab Malaysia.

Fu went on to add that Malacca and Kota Kinabalu attracted a significant number of both local and international tourists and visitors yearly. Malacca is a UNESCO certified World Heritage City, known for its traditional and cultural value, whereas Kota Kinabalu is home to some of nature’s best beaches and waterfronts in East Malaysia. Coupled with the economic opportunities in both these locations, therefore, Grab identified this as an opportunity to cater its private hire vehicles to those who were already used to the idea of ride hailing services.

He also went on to share GrabCar not only leverages on the same safety aspects as MyTeksi but with added features.

“Both GrabCar and MyTeksi drivers are required to go through stringent background checks, have access to 24-7 customer service and PDRMbutton in the driver’s app in the event of emergency, passengers can share their ride with their friends and family so they can keep track of their whereabouts and also both drivers and passengers are covered by an insurance policy,” elaborated Fu.

In addition to this, other distinct features significant to GrabCar are that it operates based on a fixed-fare and passengers can choose to pay either via cash or credit/debit card.

“This means regardless of traffic conditions, passengers will know their fares up-front and have the convenience and flexibility of a dual payment option,” said Fu.

GrabCar’s launch in Malacca and Kota Kinabalu will not only be a likeable transport option for tourist and cost conscious passengers, but it will also be a viable source of income for those who want to be a GrabCar driver in these areas.

“Grab with its array of transport options has a social mission to not only provide safe, reliable and affordable transportation options, but is now fast becoming a source of income for many who prefer the comfort, convenience and flexibility of not being in a desk-bound job but yet still able to earn a decent income,” Fu further added.

To start booking Grab rides, passengers only need to : 1) Download the app from either the Google Playstore OR Apple Appstore, 2) Key-in the respective key-in and drop-off location, 3) Fill in debit/credit card payment* as an alternative payment option 4) Proceed to book! For more details aboutGrabCar, log on to and www.grab.com respectively. If you are using a debit card, please do not forget to call your bank to authorise your transaction! –(PR)

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

Honda Malaysia launches New Accord

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : National

SETIA ALAM: Honda Malaysia set a new benchmark for an executive sedan with the launch of the New Accord on Wednesday. The redesigned 9th Generation Accord offers a great package of value for money while maintaining premium features in all variants.

The Accord which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is the flagship model of Honda. With over 75,000 units on Malaysian roads, the Accord has been consistently a favourite executive sedan since its introduction in 2001 in the country thanks to its DNA of quality, refinement and premium.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Katsuto Hayashi said, “According to our internal data, the Total Industry Volume (TIV) from January to August this year fell about 15% compared to the same period last year. With our total sales from January to August 2016 at 55,751 units, we managed to maintain our position of No.1 in the Non-National segment. For this same period, our market share was around 15% and this allowed Honda to maintain the No.2 position in the overall TIV.”

“During this challenging period, customers would be more conscious in their spending and will look for a vehicle that gives not only value for money but best overall package in terms of sales and after sales. We find that Malaysian customers still favour “sedan” vehicles over other vehicle types. Therefore, it is crucial for us to be able to offer a complete sedan series to our customers. The New Accord offers a new level of expectation in the executive sedan and further completes our sedan series line-up of City, Civic and Accord in Malaysia,” he added.

Three variants of the New Accord will be offered; 2.0VTi, 2.0VTi-L and 2.4VTi-L. The highest variant is powered by Honda’s revolutionary “Earth Dreams Technology” engine for an even more exhilarated drive and better fuel efficiency.

The New Accord has been redesigned to offer a sophisticated yet masculine exterior with new front bumper design, stylish LEDheadlights for both front and rear, plus two-tone black and silver rims to complete the dynamic outlook. In order to meet the lifestyle of modern day executives, the New Accord has been fitted with a 7-inch Touchscreen Advanced Display Audio unit with i-MID that is Apple CarPlay compatible and Android Auto ready.

The level up premium offering of the New Accord is further enhanced with a class above features for customers. Specifically, the 2.0VTi variant now comes with features that are normally found in the higher 2.0L variant such as Smart Entry, Push Start Button and Cruise Control.

With safety being always paramount to Honda, all three variants now come with six airbags, in addition to Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and ISO Fix.

With a sales target of 500 units per month, the sleek, premium executive sedan is anticipated to contribute to Honda Malaysia meeting its target of 90,000 units for this year.

Honda Malaysia is confident that the premium driving experience in an outstanding package of the New Accord will extend its popularity in the D-segment.

The New Accord with its class-leading features is the first Honda model to be offered in the brand new colour of Obsidian Blue Pearl. Other new colours that will be introduced to the New Accord line-up are White Orchid Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic. The New Accord will also be available in Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.

For customers’ convenience and greater value for money, the New Accord comes with 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage at 10,000km service intervals. –(PR)

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

CM advocates for locals in districts

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

RANAU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has been the advocate of the local people in his annual visit to the districts. He has asked the industries in each of the districts to recruit employees from among the local people.

“The State government supports industries in the districts and hopes they can contribute to the development of the local people, including training them to take up jobs and contribute to the industries,” he told reporters during a working visit to Ranau on Thursday.

Musa also said that his visits to the districts helped to strengthen relations between the people and leaders as well as solidarity among the people.

He advised the people to avoid matters or affairs that could lead to disharmony and instead focus on strengthening unity.

“Real progress and development can only be achieved when a society lives as one because where there is discord, nothing can be achieved,” he added.

The Chief Minister was also pleased to note the people of Ranau’s success in cultivating durian which now produces great yields during the fruiting season.

“This shows the people of Ranau are special because they can take advantage of what the district has to offer and turn it into an attraction for others to come and visit,” he added.

In Ranau, the Chief Minister heard a briefing from district officer Faimin Kamin and launched a local fruits carnival.

There will be a Durian Festival here beginning tomorrow (September 10) until the end of the fruiting season.

Musa also visited the Taman Saujana Kinabalu housing project of Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd. The 528 single-storey terrace houses there were completed this year.

He later dropped in at the Sabah Tea Garden tea plantation and the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm in Kundasang.

Also in his entourage were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Resource Development & Information Technology Datuk Siringan Gubat and Ranau MP Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

UMS always ready to assist needy students, says Vice-Chancellor

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) provides various forms of welfare assistance for its needy students, said Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah.

“Students facing financial, family, education or other problems should not hesitate to contact officials at the Student Affairs Department.

“The Student Affairs Department has always been concerned with the welfare of students. So far UMS has not received any complaint that students had to go hungry in order to save money as was reported on social media recently,” he said.

Mohd Harun was speaking at the presentation of student welfare assistance ceremony at the Gallery, UMS Chancellery Building here, yesterday.

Also present were Nur Jauhar Foundation Patron, Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ismail Ali .

At the ceremony, 89 new students who registered with UMS under the Bottom 40 per cent Household Category (B40) on August 28-29 received the assistance.

Mohd. Harun said that B40 was an initiative to help underprivileged students from the Bottom 40 per cent Household Category to continue their tertiary education.

“Since the initiative was first implemented for the 2013/2014 academic year, a total of 100 places are being offered to underprivileged students every year.

“They are offered to those from the interior region of Sabah whose family income is below the poverty line income (PLI) of RM1, 170,” he said.

Mohd Harun said currently 376 of them were registered with UMS and the first batch of students who registered for the 2013/2014 academic session would graduate in November this year.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

Sabah to host international conference on spiritual tourism for first time

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will host a first-ever international conference on spiritual tourism in relation to sustainable development, next year.

The 1st International Conference on Spirituality, Culture and Sustainable Tourism will be held from May 28 to June 2, 2017 in Kota Kinabalu.

It coincides with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

The conference is hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and organised by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabah and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

It will be co-chaired by KDCA Director of Culture and Heritage Dr Benedict Topin, UiTM Sabah Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management Program Coordinator Dr Spencer Hedley Mogindol and USM Secretariat of Local Knowledge Dr Darlina Md Naim.

When announcing the conference yesterday, KDCA Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said association decided to hold the event for the preservation of indigenous knowledge.

“Relevant with current times, KDCA and its co-organisers will host the conference, next year. It hopes that this conference will provide a platform for tourism industry players, researchers, academicians and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry to present and discuss their knowledge and findings that are relevant to the conference theme,” Maximus said.

He added that the conference dates have been set to coincide with the state Kaamatan Festival so that the delegates can have the opportunity to observe the Kadazandusun’s unique multi-ethnic cultural heritage presentations and rituals of honouring the rice spirit (bambarayon) as well as celebrate a thanksgiving feast for the year’s harvest.

With the aim to prospect the new field of spiritual tourism studies in relation to sustainable development, the conference targets to provide a forum for global research collaboration and mentoring; explore spiritual and ecological tourism products, services and processes; and to gain knowledge from the last custodians of indigenous knowledge.

“The conference aims for 80 presenters of papers and posters with an overall target of 120 delegates from both local and international organisations.

Organisers also aim to include tourism industry consultants, government officials, tourism operators and policy-makers as participants as well as for managers of tourism destinations and establishments to present their case studies.

A “Call for Papers” has been announced since August 1 through various platforms – at the 6th International Conference on Local Knowledge in Gurney Hotel Penang; the 3rd Global Indigenous People Performing Arts Festival in Taiwan; and through a meeting in Yogyakarta with the Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia Master and Doctoral of Tourism Studies Head of Programme.

Similarly, an announcement for the conference has already been made on the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Events Calendar and the Sabah Tourism Website Events Calendar.

A special session on The Introduction of Kadazandusunology will also be held during the conference on May 29, next year.

The conference proper will be held on June 1 and 2 to cover the niche themes of worldviews and beliefs; spirituality and ecology; indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions; and sustainable tourism development.

Further information on the conference can be obtained from the Vice-Chairperson (Education) of the KDCA Youth Council Tania Maria Tangit at 019-6663086 or by sending an email to conference@kdca.org.my orKDCA.Conference@gmail.com.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

Close ties helps resolve border issues

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

KOTA KINABALU: Close working relations between Malaysian Army and its Indonesian counterpart has helped in resolving various issues related to the two countries’ common borders.

Speaking at the “Malaysia-Indonesia Land Operation Planning Team 34th Annual Conference” here on Thursday, Malaysian Army delegate’s leader Colonel Marzuki Mokhtar said that the armies of both countries have been conducting joint operations at the border to curb trans-border crimes.

“When we have close relationship, it is easier for us to share information especially intelligence. When we have information of certain crime activities, we can alert our counterparts so they can take necessary actions on their side of the border and vice versa,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Army delegate head Brigadier-General Eko Margiyono said that the conference is also a platform to build mutual trust between the armies of the two countries.

“We in ASEAN have our unique way to resolve problems. It is not like the western way of ‘black and white’ or right or wrong. Among ASEANmembers, we approach problems in family kind of way.

“Terrorism for instance, which is not unique to any country but this is where our mutual trust plays on important role. We share intelligence information so it can be nipped in the bud before getting out of hand,” he said.

According to him, the strong ties between the two organisations have spawned various collaborations such as joint patrol along the shared borders to preserve peace in both countries.

Kota Kinabalu has been chosen to be the host of the two-day annual conference which started Thursday.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

Close ties helps resolve border issues

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : National

KOTA KINABALU: Close working relations between Malaysian Army and its Indonesian counterpart has helped in resolving various issues related to the two countries’ common borders.

Speaking at the “Malaysia-Indonesia Land Operation Planning Team 34th Annual Conference” here on Thursday, Malaysian Army delegate’s leader Colonel Marzuki Mokhtar said that the armies of both countries have been conducting joint operations at the border to curb trans-border crimes.

“When we have close relationship, it is easier for us to share information especially intelligence. When we have information of certain crime activities, we can alert our counterparts so they can take necessary actions on their side of the border and vice versa,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Army delegate head Brigadier-General Eko Margiyono said that the conference is also a platform to build mutual trust between the armies of the two countries.

“We in ASEAN have our unique way to resolve problems. It is not like the western way of ‘black and white’ or right or wrong. Among ASEANmembers, we approach problems in family kind of way.

“Terrorism for instance, which is not unique to any country but this is where our mutual trust plays on important role. We share intelligence information so it can be nipped in the bud before getting out of hand,” he said.

According to him, the strong ties between the two organisations have spawned various collaborations such as joint patrol along the shared borders to preserve peace in both countries.

Kota Kinabalu has been chosen to be the host of the two-day annual conference which started Thursday.

SOURCE:- NEW SABAH TIMES

Ranau National Day Celebration Sept 10

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Ranau: People around the district are invited to join in the District-level National Day Celebration 2016 that will be held at the SK St Benedict Ranau padang on Sept 10 at 8am.

Ranau Police Chief cum Programme Committee Chairman, DSP Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah said the celebration which adopts the theme ‘Sehati Sejiwa’ will be officiated by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment cum Karanaan Assemblyman, Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Masidi Manjun.

“Among those expected to be present are Ranau MP, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, Minister of Resource and Information Technology Development cum Paginatan Assemblyman, Datuk Siringan Gubat and Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing cum Kundasang Assemblyman, Datuk Dr Jaoachim Gunasalam, among others.

“Among the main activities will be parade of over 30 contingents from various bodies including schools, NGOs and government departments. Another planned event is a public procession that will begin at the Tamu Pasar Malam, crossing the town and ending at the SK St Benedict,” he said.

Apart from the marches, Farhan said other highlights include T-Baton presentation by PDRM, Cultural Dance by the Intergration Department and the Sabah Tinagas Association.

“There will also be various competitions. The celebration will end with prize presentation to winners of the various competitions,” said Farhan when chairing the meeting for the celebration at the Ranau District Office Operation Room, Wednesday.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Trio to represent Sabah at national-level ‘Bintang Kecil’

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Kota Kinabalu: Feli Stacy Paimin, Delbert Connan John and Azleezatulnazwa Lifp will represent the State at the national-level Bintang Kecil RTM competition after they beat three other contestants on Wednesday.

Each of the top three winners brought home RM1,200, a trophy and a certificate while the other three State-level finalists received RM700 each at the Sabah Zone Bintang Kecil finals at RTM Kota Kinabalu’s TV Studio.

Feli Stacy, 10, wowed the judges through a powerful rendition of Fina’s ‘Menangis Lagi’ while 11-year-old Azleezatulnazwa also did well when she performed ‘Kesuma Hati’, a song originally sung by Malaysian songstress Ziana Zain.

The sole male State representative to the national-level, Delbert, 10, showcased an energetic performance through ‘Ke Pangkal Jalan’.

All three of them expressed excitement at being selected as the top three contestants and hope to honour their families and the State at the national-level competition to be held in Sarawak later this year.

The other State-level finalists are Adam Jordan Jerman, Beyona Eva Bisoni and Eiffel Paul Pailus.

Prizes were presented by Sabah Broadcasting Director Ali Ngasio.

Held annually, Bintang Kecil has entered its 30th edition this year and last year, Farhana Naslyn Suhailin from Sabah won first runner-up while the winner was Sarawakian Abdul Halim Hisamudin and in third place was Hafi Danisha Lili Mohd Hafiz from Terengganu.

SOURCE:- THE DAILY EXPRESS

1,000 skilled workers needed at POIC yearly

Posted on : 08-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Kota Kinabalu: POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Dr Pang Teck Wai said the POIC Lahad Datu is in need of manpower, especially in electrical engineering as electrical technicians.

The industry has a big power line of 132 KV as well as needs locals to fill a range of jobs in management, accounting and civil engineering.

“Presently, we have about 1,500 workers in POIC Lahad Datu and over 90 per cent are locals and there are about 1,000 vacancies yearly, including for professionals, technical and engineers that are needed for the industry there,” he said.

“However, we have not able to get enough workers in particular skilled workers and engineers … we are facing difficulties getting engineers and good managers, accountants and lawyers to work there.

“The main reason is because many of them want to work in cities and main townships.

“That is why we need workers with willingness and the right perspective as the industry is growing in places like in Lahad Datu and Sipitang, and not in city areas,” he said, adding that industries are being developed near the source of natural resources.

To a question, he said POIC Lahad Datu has 25 factories and the biggest industry player is Genting which produces bio chemicals for high performance lubricants using palm oil.

Pang was speaking to Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu students in Sepanggar on career opportunities in conjunction with the two-day Career Carnival of the Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) Sabah 2016 programme.

It is jointly organised by Polytechnic Education Department, Community College Education Department, Vocational and Technical Education Division, Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) and other TVET institutions.

SOURCE:- DAILY EXPRESS

IRDA (Iskandar Regional Development Authority) eyes RM25 bln new investments for Iskandar

Posted on : 05-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) aims to attract RM25 billion in new investments for Iskandar Malaysia this year.

Corporate management and finance director Nor Hisham Mohd Yusof said Irda was confident of achieving the target as it has already secured RM17.7 billion in new investments in the first half of 2016.

“About 60% of the investments are contributed by the property sector which is mainly invested by mainland Chinese, followed by manufacturing and services sectors,” he said at the Iskarnival 2016 press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Nor Hisham said Irda had lowered its target to RM25 billion this year from the RM30 billion investment secured last year due to the slowing global economic growth.
He said that from 2006 to June 30, 2016, the total committed investments amounted to RM207.99 billion.

“We are on track to achieve the target of RM383 billion investments by 2025,” he added.

Iskarnival 2016, the fifth edition of the event, is held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Iskandar Malaysia in Johor. It aims to foster community ties and social-economic inclusiveness which is key to the sustainable future of Iskandar Malaysia.

Jointly organised by Khazanah Nasional Bhd, UEM Sunrise Bhd and Iskandar Investment Bhd, the event will take place at Iskandar Puteri (formerly known as Nusajaya) for one weekend each in September, October and November 2016.

Each week will feature a themed festival, namely Iskarnival Kreatif (Sept 17-18); Iskarnival Naratif (Oct 15-16) and Iskarnival Sama-sama in November.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.

SOURCE-BERNAMA

See Hua-Yeo’s Mooncake Festival draws huge crowd

Posted on : 05-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The Mooncake Festival jointly organized by the See Hua Group, Yeo Hiap Seng (Malaysia) Berhad (Yeo’s) and Tea FM attracted close to a thousand-strong crowd at Suria Sabah here last Saturday.

The primary objective of the event was to promote and preserve Chinese culture and provide an opportunity for families to celebrate the Mooncake Festival together.

A series of activities were held during that day such as colouring, drawing, clay modeling, talent and mooncake eating contests and lantern parade in the evening.

There were also shows and lucky draws for the public. Furthermore, members of the public who produced See Hua Daily News’ masthead and participants of the lantern parade were given mooncake and Yeo’s beverage.

Meanwhile, the lanterns submitted for the lantern design competition were truly creative. Some contestants even utilized recyclable materials in the making of the lanterns.

On another note, many readers have subscribed to e-paper for See Hua Daily News, The Borneo Post and Utusan Borneo during the event. Subscribers only need to pay RM38 annually for one publication, RM50 for two publications and RM60 for three publications.

Present at the event were See Hua Marketing (Sabah) Sdn Bhd area support manager Tie King Hoh, See Hua Marketing (Sabah) Sdn Bhd senior marketing manager Wong Pak Ing, Yeo’s corporate communications senior manager Joe Wong, and Suria Sabah events and promotion manager Tan King Hong.

SOURCE:- THE BORNEO POST

Malaysia is 8th largest foreign investor in Laos

Posted on : 05-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : International Business

VIENTIANE: Malaysia has emerged as the eighth largest foreign investor in Laos with investments of RM2.3 billion from 2000 to 2015.

Malaysian Ambassador to Laos, Datuk Than Tai Hing said investments by Malaysian companies at present covers the banking and finance, insurance, tourism, education, construction and agricultural sectors.

“It also encompasses two free trade zones, namely the Nelamit/Dongphosy Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vientiane and Savan-Seno SEZ in Savannakhet in southern Laos.

“Both the SEZ will clearly contribute to the economic growth and development of Laos in the future,” he told Malaysian reporters yesterday.

Than was speaking against the backdrop of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to Laos to attend the 28th Asean Summit and 29th Related Summits here.

He said the Prime Minister will attend a meeting with the Malaysian business community here today (Sept 6).

“The meeting will involve key Malaysian investors, namely those companies involved in undertaking iconic and high potential projects in Laos such as the East-West Economic Corridor Railway Project, a rail venture in the Dongphosy Specific Economic and Nam Pha Hydro Power, involving hydro power generation,” he added.

He said 10 other Malaysian-owned investment companies will attend the meeting.

“This meeting is viewed as a good platform for the Malaysian business community here to provide an update as to the status of their projects,” Than said.

He also said in 2015, bilateral trade between Malaysia and Laos stood at RM106 million.

“Malaysian exports to Laos at RM100 million covered clothing, textiles, vehicle spare parts, mining material, electrical and electronic goods, chemical products, natural rubber, palm oil and manufactured goods.

“A bigger part of imports comprised communication equipment and electrical components,” he added.

Than said the tourism industry has had a big impact on diplomatic cooperation, the economy and bilateral trade between Laos and Malaysia.

On the Asean Summit, he said the presence of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was a visible sign of Malaysia’s solid support for Laos as the Asean Chairman.

“The attendance is also symbolic and important as 2016 represents the 50th anniversary of the forging of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Laos,” he added.

Najib will head the Malaysian delegation to the Asean Summit from Sept 6-8.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Najib to lead Malaysian delegation to 28th, 29th ASEAN Summits (at Laos)

Posted on : 05-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : International News

VIENTIANE: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will lead the Malaysian delegation to the 28th and 29th Asean Summits from Sept 6 to 8 in Vientiane, Laos. This will be the first Asean Summit held after the establishment of the Asean Community on Dec 31 2015 and after the adoption of the Asean 2025; Forging Ahead Together (Asean Vision 2025), both of which were concluded during Malaysia’s Chairmanship. Malaysia’s Director-General to the Asean Malaysia National Secretariat, Jojie Samuel said given that this marks the inaugural year of Asean Community, Laos’ Chairmanship theme of ‘Turning Vision Into Reality for a Dynamic Asean Community’ is timely and appropriate as Asean strives to turn its aspirations and vision into reality. “In addition to the Asean Summits, the Prime Minister together with other Asean leaders will also attend the Asean Plus Three, East Asia Summit and other Asean + 1 Summit with dialogue partners, which include the United States, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and the United Nations,” he told the this reporter, here today. Samuel said Najib’s programme will kick off tomorrow with the opening ceremony of the 28th and 29th Asean Summits. “During the opening ceremony, the leaders are expected to witness the launch of the ‘Visit Asean@50 campaign logo. The logo will be used in 2017, as part of the visit Asean@50: Golden Celebration campaign,” he said. The visit Asean@50: Golden Celebration campaign will be held to promote the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of Asean, and embracing the Asean region as a single and united tourism destination. “The event will be followed by the convening of the 28th Asean Summit or the plenary session. Taking into account that this will be the first Asean Summit after the Summit in Kuala Lumpur, and given the importance of realising Vision 2025, the agenda of the plenary session is mainly to discuss the progress of the implementation of Asean 2025: Forging Ahead Together or also known as Asean Vision 2025, a roadmap for the region’s continuous community building efforts,” he said. Samuel said the leaders are also expected to sign the Asean Declaration on One Asean One Response: Asean Responding to Disasters as One within and outside the region, which aims to enhance Asean’s collective prepardeness in dealing with disasters including coordination of efforts to disaster management; enhance Asean’s coordination among Asean member states in disaster management. “The prime minister’s programme on Sept 7 will begin with the 29th Asean Summit. This session will be conducted in retreat format whereby the leaders will have a closed session and will have frank and constructive discussions on external relations and Asean’s future direction. The Asean leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues,” he added. On the same day, the Asean + 1 Summit will also begin with the convening of the 19th Asean-China Summit to commemorate the 25th Annivesary of the Asean-China Dialogue Relations. “The leaders are also expected to have constructive discussions on the Asean-China cooperation throughout its 25 years of cooperation and its future direction,” he said. Apart from the Asean-China Summit, the leaders are also expected to convene the following Asean+1 Summit – Asean-Japan Summit, the 18th Asean-South Korea Summit, 2nd Asean-Australia Summit. On Sept 8, the leaders will continue their Asean+1 Summit with the 14th Asean-India Summit followed by the 4th Asean-United States Summit. “During the summit, the leaders will also issue a Joint Leaders Statement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). A statement will be made to further demonstrate Asean’s commitment in ensuring a swift conclusion of the RCEP negotiations,” he added.

SOURCE–BERNAMA

Accomplished Iban dirge expert to participate in New York international lamentations performance

Posted on : 05-09-2016 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUCHING: The Tun Jugah Foundation, a foundation formed to preserve and promote the Iban culture, arts and language, is sending an accomplished ‘Tukang Sabak’ or Iban dirge expert/soul guide, Siah Tutong to participate in an international lamentations performance in New York. Siah is from Rumah Nabau in Entawau, Baleh in Kapit.

According to the foundation chairman Tan Sri Leonard Linggi Jugah, the performance is a cultural event created by an american artist called Taryn Simon in collaboration with Dr Ida Nicolaisen, former Vice-Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues.

“It is hosted and sponsored by the Park Avenue Armoury, a non-profit arts institution in New York City,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Linggi said the performance would be held from Sept 13 to 25 at the Armoury’s Wade Thomson Drill Hall. “The Park Avenue Armoury is one of New York City’s most important cultural institutions. More than 25 participants from countries such as Ghana, India, USSR, Kyrgystan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Columbia, China, Finland, Kenya, Bhutan, Ecuador, Greece, Venezuela and Romania will take part in the event,” he said.

“The performance looks at the professionalism of grief from an anthropological perspective and invites cultural experts to share their unique ceremonial lamentations that follow the loss of human life,” he said.

Linggi added Siah would leave for New York today and she would be accomanpied by the Foundation’s Museum Curator Janet Rata Noel. “She will return to Sarawak on Sept 26 to begin preparing for a trip to London in May 2017 where she will be participating in a second installation of this cultural event.” he said.

SOURCE— BERNAMA