Genovasi Malaysia training for more personnel – Najib

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

PETALING JAYA: The government will send more personnel for training under the Genovasi Malaysia programme to master design thinking to improve the efficiency and productivity of government departments and agencies, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today.

He said Genovasi, through its Design Thinking Innovation Ambassador (DTIA) programme, had trained 4,000 people from the public and private sectors using the Stanford and Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) Design Thinking model.

“I have heard very positive feedback from participants who attended the Design Thinking Innovation Ambassador programme over the years. These are administrative and diplomatic officer cadets and in-service personnel from around the nation.

“They told me how design thinking has been applied to improve work processes in various government units like the Works Department (JKR), Wisma Putra, Fire and Rescue, and the Police Force,” he said at a ceremony to mark the 5th anniversary of Genovasi, here.

Genovasi, which was launched on Aug 1, 2012, aims to have Malaysians youths foster the culture of innovation using the Design Thinking methodology as a skill to create community-centric projects, which is the new wave of wealth and solutions to improve public service delivery.

Najib said the police, for instance, came up with an idea which they piloted as an initiative called “Talk to Us”, aiming to improve community engagement, which received a very positive response from the public.

He said the creation of that programme was a direct result of the police participation in Design Thinking courses provided by Genovasi.

Najib also announced that Sarawak would be the first to commit to the implementation of Design Thinking training.

“I suspect Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has quite a bit to do with this. I congratulate Sarawak for this forward-thinking move and hope that other states will also move to do the same soon,” he said.

Najib said he was proud of Genovasi’s journey over the last five years, and hoped that it would continue unrelentingly in its effort to get Malaysia to adopt a more future-proof way of thinking.

He also announced that Genovasi would also conduct its programmes in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin, partnering with Kumpulan Media Karangkaf and Oriental Press Group, so that participants were better able to absorb the learning experience.

“The idea is that we want as many people as possible to be part of this Design Thinking movement, to be ready to face the challenges that an ever-changing future will bring and I am hopeful that having these modules available in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin will allow more people to undergo the Genovasi courses,” he said.


Shell awards financial grants to NGOs

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local Business

KUALA LUMPUR— Malaysian is open to have free trade agreements (FTAs) with Latin American countries such as Mexico and Peru following positive export growth to both nations, said Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said many Malaysian companies were already operating there.

“That is certainly an option that we are looking at as we are pro-FTAs and we have one with Chile which is doing well.

“We are open to having bilateral pacts with those countries which we do not have FTAs yet,” he told reporters after officiating Latin America Business Day 2017 here today.


M’sia open to have FTAs with Latin American nations – Mustapa

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR— Malaysian is open to have free trade agreements (FTAs) with Latin American countries such as Mexico and Peru following positive export growth to both nations, said Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said many Malaysian companies were already operating there.

“That is certainly an option that we are looking at as we are pro-FTAs and we have one with Chile which is doing well.

“We are open to having bilateral pacts with those countries which we do not have FTAs yet,” he told reporters after officiating Latin America Business Day 2017 here today.


Maybank to continue hiring employees

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR — Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) will continue hiring employees despite the challenges posed by the global economic uncertainty.

Maybank Group Chief Human Capital Officer Nora Abd Manaf said the bank would not resort to massive dismissals despite facing economic pressures, including rising costs.

She said Maybank would not stop recruiting employees but would exercise cautious, especially in choosing the right candidates and at the same time, not marginalising existing ones.

“Maybank always needs new employees and ideas to ensure that we will continue to be competitive and grow globally, including (seeking) new ways of dealing with today’s sophisticated ecosystem and technological development,” she told reporters after flagging off the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge (MGAC) 2017 Global Final here, today.

Nora said new employees not only could give new input, but could also help existing ones grow and develop.

The MGAC, a business talent competition, is part of the bank’s aspiration to create a talent pool of world-class future business leaders and competent financial experts for the region.


Confidence in Malaysia’s future output remains positive

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

KUALA LUMPUR: Confidence over Malaysia’s future output remained in positive territory in July 2017, despite the deterioration of operating conditions that were lower than the average for the first half of the year, according to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey.

The survey, conducted by Nikkei and IHS Markit, said Malaysia’s manufacturing sector continued to under-perform during July, registering further contractions in both output and new orders, amid reports of weak market activity and demand.

”However, manufacturers added to their workforce, partly in anticipation of an increase in production for the coming year.

”Confidence regarding future output remained in positive territory during July,” it said.

The Nikkei Malaysia Manufacturing PMI is based on data compiled from monthly replies to questionnaires sent to purchasing executives in over 450 industrial companies.

It said the July survey indicated little pressure on capacity.

“Backlog of work declined for the third time in the past four months, with the rate of contraction the greatest recorded by the survey, since data was first collected over five years ago.

”However, longer-term expectations are seen as more positive, with respondents on average anticipating a rise in production over the coming 12 months,” it added.

Expected growth underpinned a slight increase in employment, the second time in the past three surveys that a rise in workforce numbers had been recorded.

Meanwhile, on a regional level, the survey highlighted that the headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI slipped to 49.3 in July from 50.0 in June, marking the first deterioration in the health of the sector so far this year.

“The Philippines and Vietnam remained the top two performers in July and were the only two countries to see manufacturing sector conditions improve, while Malaysia’s rate of decrease (in business conditions) was noticeably slower compared to June’s record low,” it added.


CM: We’ve progressed & prospered

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has undergone rapid progress and prosperity since independence.

“It has enabled the state government to implement various development programmes benefitting the people and state,” Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said when launching the state-level Merdeka Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign at the City Hall building compound here yesterday.

As a result of the progress made, he said education and job opportunities were created and the people’s socioeconomic status enhanced.

“At the same time, relations between the state and federal governments continue to be strengthened to ensure the development agenda is put into action for the benefit of the rakyat,” said Musa who is also Finance Minister. He added that the good relations between the two governments had clearly brought about development and progress for the state.

“And, apart from gaining recognition, Sabah is also given space and opportunity to contribute significantly at the national level under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Chief Minister also stressed that the government’s development policies and programmes required support and co-operation from everyone including the civil servants, corporate sectors and NGOs.

“I believe that understanding, the spirit of togetherness and unity will spur further growth in Sabah,” he added. Meanwhile, Musa said the theme of this year’s Merdeka Month celebration “Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa” was apt as it called on the people to respect one another, unite and work together as Malaysians.

“As such, I hope this programme will receive good response from the people. Let’s fly the Jalur Gemilang together throughout the state during the month of August,” he said.

According to him, the Merdeka Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign were important for the people to instill a sense of patriorism as Malaysians.

“It is a platform for us to continue to show our gratefulness, appreciation and gratitude to our country which has given us the opportunity to appreciate the true meaning of merdeka,”Musa said.

And, the Chief Minister also thanked Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Haji Hajiji Haji Noor who is also chairman of the Merdeka Month celebration’s main committee as well as city mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai, chairman of the implementation committee and its members for their determination and strong sense of patriorism in ensuring the success of the events.

Musa later flagged off a convoy of 15 vehicles taking part in the Kembara Merdeka Negaraku programme organised by the state Information Department.

Among those present yesterday were State Assembly Speaker, Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali; DeputyChief Ministers Datuk Yahya Hussin and Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah; Hajiji; Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun; State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, the mayor and heads of federal and state department.


Bambangan sauce wins grant for Keningau agropreneur

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: A 31-year-old lecturer is among the entrepreneurs who received Malaysia Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) Young Agropreneur Grant for her work with the bambangan fruit.

The government-sponsored grant is aimed at promoting agriculture as a high-income career among young entrepreneurs.

“Bambangan is one of our local fruits so I thought why don’t we innovate with it so that people from outside would know about the fruits that we have here in Sabah,” said Nur Azzwa Mohd Asrim who received RM4,452 as an incentive to run her business operation.

The mother of one started her business in January last year with her company, Syarikat Maywaa Enterprise, producing local fruits sauce including their signature product, ‘Sos Cili Bambangan’.

“I started my business with RM3,000 and now we have three employees who produce 390 bottles every month for every flavour, priced at RM7.90 each,” said Azzwa who also teaches Accountancy at Geomatika College in Keningau.

Marketing her products online, her company produces chili sauces in three flavours made from local fruits namely bambangan, tarap and pineapple, and jackfruit is next on her flavour plan.

“For the time being, we only sell our products in Keningau but we do have plans to expand the business by marketing the sauce at tourism stores both inside and outside of Sabah,” beamed Azzwa, adding that she hopes to break into the Asian market in the future.

Earlier, Assistant Minister of Agriculture & Food Industry Datuk Haji Musbah Jamli said that the measures taken by MARDI in encouraging young entrepreneurs is in line with the state government’s wish to promote food and agriculture industry in Sabah.

“MARDI Young Agropreneur AGORA Program aims to expose young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 40 to modern entrepreneurship concept, business foundation as well as technology talks related to agro-based industry,” he said in his speech before officiating Sabah MARDI Young Agropreneur AGORA IV and ‘Hari Bersama Pelanggan 2017 here yesterday.

The three-day programme held at MARDI started from July 29 and saw more than 50 young Agropreneurs taking part in various challenging activities targeted in shaping them into successful agriculture entrepreneurs.

“The state government, through agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry and agencies under Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry such as MARDI, FAMA, LPP, TEKUN, AGROBANK, IADA and LKIM always work hand in hand to promote the agriculture sector in the state,” affirmed Musbah.

He added that other activities conducted during the program was National Transformation 2050 (TN50) aspiration which include technology talk, demonstrations and exhibitions as well as sales of local agriculture products and books published by MARDI.


Funds channelled to Sabah: Musa

Posted on : 01-08-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Kota Kinabalu: Twenty five per cent of Federal Government allocations are channeled to Sabah through the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, a figure Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman says will immensely benefit the State especially now with a new minister in charge.
He stressed on Monday that with a better relationship between the State Government and the Ministry, the people will know how the allocations get spent on rural development projects and programmes in the State.
“It’s a big percentage and it’s so important for Sabah,” he said during the launch of a Village Management Certificate Programme and presentation of Desa Perdana Award for Sabah and Labuan 2017 (pic).
Also present was Rural and Regional Development Minister Dato Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who reiterated that Sabah and Sarawak have been allocated a quarter each of Federal Government allocations channeled through his ministry while the remaining 50 per cent distributed among all the eleven States in Peninsula Malaysia.
While expressing his gratitude for the huge allocations, Musa said he was pleased with Ismail for regularly contacting him or his officials regarding Sabah’s development needs.
“It’s important that there must always a good relationship between the State and the Federal Government,” he said.
On this note, he again drew comparison with Ismail’s predecessor Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is now President of the opposition Parti Warisan Sabah.
He reiterated the State Government was often left in the dark about Federal allocated development projects and programmes when the ministry was led by Shafie.
“These things happened. And it’s time that the people must know what had happened,” he said.
On Sunday, the Chief Minister said some rural development projects to provide basic amenities of electricity and clean water supplies in Sabah funded by Rural and Regional Development Ministry then under Shafie had become wasteful projects.
Parti Warisan Sabah secretary general Loretto Padua Jr in a statement Monday denied the accusations.
He said Musa was “making wild and baseless accusations without any documentary evidence that confirm Shafie is a failed minister.”
Meanwhile, 500 Village Development and Security Committee chairmen took part in the three-day programme organised by Institut Kemajuan Desa (INFRA) in cooperation with Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).
It was held in Sabah for the first time.
Ismail, in his speech, reminded that although the chairmen are only leaders at the grassroots, they have important roles to play including to ensure the Barisan Nasional wins in the coming general elections.
Kampung Merampong, Keningau was named the winner of the Desa Perdana Award 2017.
Second and third went to Kampung Sugiang Tengah, Tenom dan Kampung Seganga, Lahad Datu, respectively.
For Labuan, Kampung Layang Layangan took top place followed by Kampung Sungai Miri and Kampung Lubok Temiang. – Leonard Alaza