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  • Exhibitors at 7th Muslim World Biz must be ready to fulfil export demand +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- The exhibitors, especially the locals, at the 7th Muslim World Biz must be ready to fulfil the export demand from trade buyers and visitors, said organiser, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) International Business Centre. Chief Executive Officer, Muhammad Raja Talib Dr Raja Mohamad, said the supply capacity was the main concern. "The challenges in the past were that some of the local companies could not meet the demand. "We have quality trade buyers that sometimes want to buy something like 20 to 30 containers of the products, but unfortunately our local entrepreneurs were not able to supply the Read More
  • Franchise industry unperturbed by economic challenges +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The franchise industry remains on a strong growth path judging from the 15 to 20 new franchise products that have expanded locally and abroad, despite current economic challenges. “The industry remains positive. Many Malaysian brands are expanding overseas,” Malaysian Franchise Association Vice-Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Richard Ong told a press conference on Malaysia Franchise Award 2016 yesterday. He attributed the success of the industry to various efforts by the authorities to promote the sector at various events, trainings and exhibitions. “We believe the industry will continue to grow strongly,” said Ong. To-date, the industry contributes between 50 per Read More
  • Luisa Marshall and band bring cheer to cancer patients at Rose Garden +

    KOTA KINABALU: A Vancouver band led by singer Luisa Marshall as Tina Turner brought cheer to cancer patients at Rose Garden here yesterday. Luisa who has been impersonating the queen of rock ‘n’ roll for the past two decades brightened up the normally subdued atmosphere with some of her idol’s hit songs such as Simply the Best, What’s Love Got To Do With It and Proud Mary. She performed for the patients at the Day Care Centre of the Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu (PCA) ahead of the ‘Tina Turner Tribute Show’ for the 16th PCA annual dinner and Read More
  • Projects that benefit the people to be given priority +

    PUTRAJAYA: Ministries must prioritise development projects that will benefit the people more, even if they result in lower economic returns to the country. This will be the Government’s focus for the next few years, to ensure such projects are carried out. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said he would be talking with the ministry officials concerned on how to readjust their priorities, particularly for Budget 2017. He and his deputy Datuk Seri S. K. Devamany will also personally visit “people’s projects” to monitor their progress to ensure no delays and hiccups happen. “For now, we Read More
  • MRT trial runs to start in October +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will get their first feel of the much anticipated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) this October with the commencement of trial runs. Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) director of operations and assets management, Mahmood Razak confirmed on Thursday the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line will start a three-month trial run from Oct 1. This would precede the official launch of operations on Dec 31. "Phase one of the MRT SBK Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, will be almost complete by October, as all civil structural works for the elevated stations and guide ways are complete. Read More
  • Rosalind Chew (Sabah Society for the Blind President): Foot reflexology, body therapy courses empower the blind +

    Today marks a new milestone for the SHAREDA Youth for achieving to build 2 units of single storey semi-detached house for the blind residents at Wallace Blind Centre, Tuaran. The newly completed building is actually an extension to the cluster of existing residences at Jalan Pertanian Kampung Marabahai, Tuaran. The opening ceremony was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor, Minister of Local Government and Housing. Hajiji applauded the efforts by the SHAREDA Youth for initiating such a bold move to contribute to the people who are less fortunate. “I hope more private sectors will be inspired Read More
  • UMS tailors digital entrepreneurship course for people with disabilities +

    KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has tailored a training course to help people with disabilities (or OKU, orang kurang upaya) gain financial independence. Its spokesman, Dr Ferlis Bullare said that the entrepreneurial alternative organized by the Psychology and Social Health Faculty ofUMS meant to assist OKUs in learning digital entrepreneurship in marketing hand-made products, thus helping them to generate income. “This course enables participants to learn digital income generation through product marketing techniques on social network sites. “It also seeks to apply the knowledge, and digital entrepreneurship amongst existing micro entrepreneurs, and the public who wish to pursue in Read More
  • All systems go for 60th Merdeka Day launch in Tawau +

    PUTRAJAYA— Preparations to celebrate the 60th Merdeka Day are going on full swing, with the launch scheduled to be held in Tawau, Sabah, on Aug 6, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. The highlight of the celebration would be on Aug 31 at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, he said, adding that it would culminate on Sept 16 in Sarawak. Salleh said last year’s ‘Sehati Sejiwa’ (One Heart, One Soul) theme had been retained as it was still appropriate to mobilise all members of society despite their differences. “This independence will not last if it is Read More
  • Matrade organises business forum for Indian diaspora +

    KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) organised a Business Forum for the Indian Diaspora at Menara MATRADE today in an effort to promote Malaysia as a trade and investment partner. The forum was held in conjunction with Diamond Jubilee Anniversary and theInternational Kongu Convention organised by Malaysia Namakkal Welfare Association in Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil yesterday. Themed as ‘Cultural Awareness (Panbaadu Kaappom)’, the event attracted a total of 15,000 Kongu communities from many countries including India, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, Germany, South Africa and Singapore. The business forum organized by MATRADE was attended by over 400 participants who Read More
  • FAMA (Federal Agriculturer Marketing Authority) to begin exporting rambutan to China this year +

    LANGKAWI: The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) will begin exporting rambutans to China beginning this year, with an initial export of five tonnes worth RM500,000. Its director-general, Datuk Ahmad Ishak said yesterday this would be a trial, aimed at gauging the potential of the Chinese market. He said the export value would be re-assessed depending on the response. “The rambutans will be exported by air once permission has been obtained from China,” he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of agreement to buy rambutans between Fama and contract farmers in Kampung Kubang Badang here yesterday. He added that Read More
  • SAMUR project now 98% complete +

    SIPITANG: The Sabah Ammonia and Urea project (SAMUR) which has been implemented from 2012 here is now 98 per cent complete, said Petronas Chemical Fertiliser Sabah Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Mohd Iskandar Bakeri. He said the project involving the construction of three key plants, namely ammonia, urea and granulated urea in one complex, while using technology from Denmark, Italy, Germany and Holland, is expected to be fully completed in the second half of the year. “When complete, the plant is capable of producing 740,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) and urea fertiliser of 1.2 million MTPA. The US$1.9 billion Read More
  • MyCorps volunteers return from three-month mission to Cambodia +

    SEPANG: Fifty participants of the MyCorps international volunteer programme safely returned home today after completing their three month community mission in Cambodia. The arrival of the second series of the MyCorps Placement Programme participants at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, comprising volunteers from various races and religions was greeted by Ministry of Youth and Sports undersecretary of the International Division, Effendi Razali, as well as their families and friends. Speaking to reporters, Effendi said the programme that began from May 8 and ended yesterday focused more on providing a workforce to improve the basic amenities and water catchment areas in Read More
  • Steering committee to aid BeraBest entrepreneurs to be set up soon – Ismail Sabri +

    A steering committee will be set up by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development to develop products under the BeraBest brand and expand its market abroad. Its Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the committee would aid 39 Berabest entrepreneurs through various agencies under the ministry such as Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), FELCRA Berhad and the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA). He said through this approach, the BeraBest entrepreneurs not only can receive allocations from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry but can also apply for assistance from his ministry. Ismail Sabri said since its inception Read More
  • Six marine parks in Sabah as santuaries for sharks +

    KOTA KINABALU: Six of the ma­rine parks under Sabah Parks will be gazetted as shark sanctuaries in an effort to protect the species. Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Masidi Manjun made the announcement in the wake of the recent slaughter of sharks off Sabah’s Mabul island. The incident which went viral on social media caused an uproar among netizens. He said the move to gazette might be able to help protect the population of sharks around Sabah as the state government was not able to legally ban shark hunting and finning. However, he said the initial approach would Read More
  • KKIP to develop several sectors under 11MP: CEO +

    Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) has targeted several sectors to be developed under the 11th Malaysia Plan, said its Chief Executive Officer Melvin Disimond. He said among these are automotive and its related sectors, halal industries, biotechnology clusters, aerospace technician training centre, logistics facilities as well as the continuation of the Ready Built Factories. "We shall be launching our Ready Built Factories Phase Five soon. As for the sectors in automotive, biotechnology and aerospace training, we have embarked on a series of collaborations and initiatives and which are at various stages towards realisation," he said during KKIP's Hari Read More
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