Time for Sabah, Sarawak to play bigger role

Time for Sabah, Sarawak to play bigger role

Dato Madani Sahari As a Sarawakian, I am aware that there has been decades-long limitation in bringing the automotive industry to Sabah and Sarawak, as the logistics factors alone make it seemingly challenging to set up an automotive manufacturing ecosystem. However, with the advent of technology and disruptions within the mobility sector, new opportunities have arisen for the people of Sabah and Sarawak. With the correct strategy, it is the right time for meaningful participation, with new comparative advantages now available for the region. MARii has long been working closely with the Australian government to develop numerous turnkey projects in electric mobility and advanced manufacturing for the benefit of Malaysians. Now, in the case of Sabah and Sarawak, an opportunity has presented itself. Firstly, the advent of online technology has helped to bridge the geographical divide of the South China Sea, bringing collaborators together from all corners of the nation. Secondly, the people of Sabah and Sarawak have the expertise and knowledge of their local terrain and...
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Should Sarawak start an airline?

Should Sarawak start an airline?

LIKE the Sarawak government and many ordinary Sarawakians, the state’s tour and travel operators and the business community in general seem to finally have had enough of our national airlines. They joined the growing chorus publicly criticising the airlines, in particular AirAsia. What caused the local travel industry to finally snap was the decision by AirAsia to abruptly cancel the Kuching-Shenzhen flight at the end of the month, without prior consultation with the state government (which reportedly subsidised the flights) or local industry players. Various reasons have been given for the cancellation but none are very convincing. This is not the first time the low-cost airline has left Sarawak air travellers and travel industry in a lurch. Some years earlier, it, too, abruptly cancelled Kuching-Jakarta flights despite promising load factors. The Shenzhen flight cancellation will only add fuel to the long-held suspicion that AirAsia has never been serious about wanting to develop Kuching as another regional air hub. This is presumably so as not to jeopardise its...
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KURSUS PELAJAR MELAYU ISLAM CEMERLANG (KPMIC) 2019 SIRI I: GEDONG/SIMUNJAN/SEBUYAU

KURSUS PELAJAR MELAYU ISLAM CEMERLANG (KPMIC) 2019 SIRI I: GEDONG/SIMUNJAN/SEBUYAU

KURSUS PELAJAR MELAYU ISLAM CEMERLANG (KPMIC) 2019 SIRI I: GEDONG/SIMUNJAN/SEBUYAU Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu (AKYBMS) bersama rakan kolaboratif strategik pendidikan akan mengadakan program bersasar bercorakkan pemantapan insaniah, motivasi, menggali sumber-daya yakin diri dan kemahiran interpersonal terhadap pelajar tunas sekolah menengah. SMK Simunjan No. 1 SMK Gedong SMK Sri Sadong SMK Sebuyau Tarikh: 23 Februari 2019 Tempat: Dewan Setia Simunjan Masa: 7.00 pagi Jumpa ktkorang semua Sabtu tok! #gogoyeah #simunjan #gedong #sebuyo #melayusarawak #akybms #amanahkhairatyayasanbudayamelayusarawak #ekonomipendidikanpolitikagamabudayakeluargabelia #eppak #pendidikan #pelanstrategikmelayusarawak2035 #psms2035 #melayuislam #kpmic #gogoyeah #ktbffh #kpmic #kpmic2019 #kpmic2019siri1...
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Sarawak having its own airline a good idea — Mayor

Sarawak having its own airline a good idea — Mayor

Adam Yii MIRI: The recent announcement made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg of Sarawak having its own airline is described as a good idea Mayor of Miri City Council Adam Yii supports the idea and describes the plan as apt in the desire to develop Sarawak’s tourism industry. “I love to see Miri connected directly to Chengdu and Chongqing in China, Seoul and Pusan in Korea, Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, Taipei in Taiwan, Pontianak in Kalimantan (for the medical and educational potentials) as well as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia,” he said in a statement issued in conjunction with the cancelation of AirAsia’s direct flight between Shenzhen and Kuching. Yii said he was very disappointed with the cancellation of the direct flight. “It’s another setback for the local tourism industry. “Notwithstanding the fact that it was reported that these flights had a passenger load of over 70 per cent, plus the incentives provided by Sarawak government, AirAsia still chooses to stop...
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MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

SEPANG: The word “lifestyle” may seem out of place at an airport, but it is exactly what Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to inject into its five international airports in five years. The country’s main airport operator is looking to revamp the commercial space at international airports in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. In an interview with FMT, Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, who is spearheading the commercial reset, said the exercise is about raising the standards of airport retail and realising the full potential of commercial space. “Look at other airports in the region like Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. Their average sales per pax (SPP) is at least two to three times more than KLIA’s,” he said. Nazli, who is also MAHB’s senior general manager, cited South Korea’s Incheon Airport as a good example of commercial services. While commercial space at Incheon is only 43,500 square metres against KLIA’s 51,000, its SPP is US$33.83 versus KLIA’s US$9.50. Nazli attributed this...
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Kolaboratif sektor awam, swasta anjak sektor pertanian

Kolaboratif sektor awam, swasta anjak sektor pertanian

KUCHING: Kolaboratif sektor awam dan swasta sangat penting dalam menganjak sektor pertanian kepada sektor berorientasikan eksport. Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas berkata, atas sebab itu beliau meneruskan idea mempunyai syarikat utama sebagai modul baharu dalam hala tuju pertanian negeri. Beliau yang juga Menteri Pemodenan Pertanian, Tanah Adat dan Pembangunan Wilayah berkata demikian pada mesyuarat dan makan tengah hari bersama pengurusan kanan lapan syarikat di sini, semalam. Turut hadir pada mesyuarat tersebut Setiausaha Tetap Kementerian Pemodenan Pertanian, Tanah Adat dan Pembangunan Wilayah Datu Ik Pahon Joyik dan Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Dr Alvin Chai serta para pegawai kanan yang lain. Menurut Uggah, syarikat terutama yang telah kukuh mempunyai banyak kelebihan, antaranya loji pemprosesan yang diiktiraf antarabangsa bagi standard kualiti selain pasaran yang sangat penting. “Kita kini berdepan dengan persaingan sengit daripada negara-negara seperti Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia dan lain-lain. “Jadi, fokus kita haruslah pada standard kualiti,” katanya sambil menambah, peranan kerajaan pada asasnya adalah untuk membantu dan bukannya menjalankan perniagaan. Tambah Uggah lagi, kerajaan akan campur tangan...
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