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  • Malaysian designers urged to tap China’s rapidly growing fashion market +

    BEIJING-- Spending power in China is expected to grow in tandem with its rising economy, especially from the growing middle class. Therefore, it is time for Malaysian designers to penetrate the Chinese market, amid growing demand for more fashion labels. Recently, two leading Malaysian fashion designers, Khoon Hooi and Melinda Looi, presented their latest Autumn Winter 2016 collections at the Shanghai Fashion Week. Buyers and media from all over China were invited to the Danube Fashion Office (DFO) showroom in China's undisputed fashion capital to preview and order the latest creations of the two designers. The Malaysia External Trade Development Read More
  • MAS appoints Capt Izham Ismail new MASwings CEO +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- Malaysia Airlines has appointed Captain Izham Ismail as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its sister airline, MASwings, effective July 1. He takes over from the current CEO, Captain Ritzerwan Rashid, who will retire at end-August. Izham will focus on developing a comprehensive and sustainable plan to improve MASwings' operations, financial performance and customer service experience," Malaysia Airlines' CEO, Christoph Mueller said in a statement today. Izham has close to 36 years of experience in the aviation industry and thus, combines a valuable breadth of understanding in airline operations and business management. "I am proud that he is Read More
  • Malaysia inks deal with Saudi Arabia to cooperate in tourism industry +

    PUTRAJAYA-- The government of Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on co-operation in the field of tourism. Malaysia was represented by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz while Saudi was represented by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage. In a statement today, the ministry said both parties agreed to take necessary steps to encourage promotion and co-operation in the tourism sector through collaboration in research and development as well as joint Read More
  • Sabah earns RM6.5 billion from tourism +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah garnered an estimated RM6.5 billion in tourism receipts, attracting 3 million visitors in 2015, according to Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai. “Sabah is richly blessed with natural wonders which make it the second most preferred destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur according to China’s leading online agency, Ctrip.com,” he said during his officiating address at the 13th training course on Marketing and Promotion of Ecotourism Products yesterday at the Klagan Hotel. In his speech, Joniston commended the initiative by the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) to organise the training course under the Malaysia Technical Cooperation Read More
  • Ahmad Zahid wants ministry to seriously condier cross-cultural curriculum +

    KOTA KINABALU-- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants the education ministry to give serious attention to the current teaching service scheme to ensure that it is improved. Ahmad Zahid said the accolades showered on teachers during the teachers' day celebrations each year were not enough to appreciate the contributions of this group of people. Instead, their welfare should also be given attention through the teaching service scheme, he said. "I have confidence in the current Education Minister who has teaching background. Please do the best for your fellow teachers," he said during his speech at the Read More
  • Govt will continue to improve service scheme for teachers, DPM assures +

    KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi assures that the government will continue to improve the service scheme for teachers in recognition of their contributions. “Teachers are like national heroes who help to build the nation by educating our children and that is why it is important to have a better scheme of service for them. “They are like the sun that illuminates and shines on others. They truly are the light of life and soul of the nation,” he said while referring to this year’s theme of “Teachers As Nation Builders” in celebration of Teacher’s Read More
  • Student’s success is teacher’s success – Najib +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- The success stories created by many today are the results of their teachers' efforts and dedication to ensure success for each of their students, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Relating his memories as a student, the prime minister said the teachers were always strict, but their strictness always came with an abundance of love to help shape the students' personalities. "The student's success is their success, and those who are successful today are the results of efforts taken by their dedicated teachers who always put their students' development and learning process as their top priority. "In conjunction with Read More
  • Malaysian fruits, agro products promotion unlocks huge market potential in Finland +

    HELSINKI-- Malaysian exotic fruits and agro-industry products have a huge market potential in Finland following an overwhelming response received from customers and purchasers during their promotional activity. Organised by the Malaysian Agriculture Representative Office in the Hague (PPP The Hague) in the Netherlands, the promotion was held at an outlet of the K-Citymarket, the biggest hypermarket chain here on May 6 and 7. It arrayed carambola (starfruit), mangosteen, mango, red dragon fruit, jackfruit, pineapple and papaya, as well as agro-industry products such as Agromas White Coffee, Agromas Seri Kaya Madu, Agromas Kuah Rojak Madu, Agromas Kuah Kacang and Coconut Chunk. Read More
  • Bank Negara issues commemorative coins to mark Sabah Foundation’s 50th anniversary +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has issued commemorative coins in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Sabah Foundation or Yayasan Sabah. The Sabah Foundation was founded by the late Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun on May 10, 1966. In a statement Monday, the central bank said the main objective of launching it was to enhance the socio-economic standing of all Malaysians in Sabah, especially those in rural areas, through various education and economic development programmes. The commemorative coins come in two specifications, namely coloured silver and Nordic gold brilliant uncirculated. The coloured silver has a face value of Read More
  • Sabah Foundation – 50 Years of serving the people +

    Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Foundation will be launching its 50th Anniversary on May 9 at the Auditorium Tun Raffae, Menara Tun Mustapha. According to its Director Datuk Sapawi Ahmad, the main objective of the event is to launch the year-long celebration of Sabah Foundation's birth and as recognition for all efforts brought about by Sabah Foundation in providing for education and the social well-being of the people in Sabah. "We hope the event will also foster awareness of the history of Sabah Foundation and its grand socio-economic impact on the people of Sabah since its inception 50 years ago," he said. Read More
  • Japan holds huge potential for Malaysia’s halal sector +

    TOKYO--Zubair Khalil, 30, faced difficulties in sourcing halal food when he first set foot on the land of the rising sun 11 years ago. He was a mechanical engineering undergraduate at Gifu University, in Gifu Prefecture then and at that time there were no Japanese restaurants or shops selling halal food or products there. The nearest halal food outlets were located 300 kilometres away, at metropolitan Tokyo. Thus, Zubair brought enough supply of halal rations each time he went back home and when the supply gets depleted his family back home couriers him what ever is necessary. Apart from that, Read More
  • Sabah to host national-level Teachers’ Day 2016 celebration +

    SEREMBAN-- Sabah has been chosen as the host for this year's national-level Teachers' Day celebration with the theme of 'Teachers As Nation Builders" (Guru Pembina Negara Bangsa). Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the theme was in line with the responsibilities shouldered by teachers as nation builders whose roles were very important even at the pre-, primary or secondary school levels, right to the tertiary level. "The Teachers' Day celebration is not just celebrated by wishing Happy Teachers' Day, but should also be reflected in aid and assistance that we can provide for former teachers," he said after opening Read More
  • Kaamatan festival a medium to promote Sabah ethnic groups +

    SANDAKAN--The Kaamatan Festival is one way of promoting the ethnic groups in Sabah to all the communities within or outside the country. State Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam said the Kaamatan Festival was the best platform for all communities to highlight the cultural assets of the Kadazan, Dusun, Murut dan Rungus (KDMR) ethnic groups. "This cultural heritage must be preserved in the best manner possible as it reflects the identity of a particular community in Sabah," he said when officiating the Kaamatan Festival at the Sandakan district level, here Sunday. He said the Kaamatan Read More
  • Agrobazaar Malaysia opens up opportunities for SMEs in Singapore +

    SINGAPORE-- The government's initiative in opening up the Agrobazaar Malaysia at Sultan Gate here has paved the way for small and medium enterprises to market their products in the country as well as internationally. A producer of fish-based frozen products, Noormala Ismail, 42, said the agrobazaar had enabled her company, Cahaya Mala Enterprise, to penetrate the Singapore market to sell otak-otak daun nipah, popiah otak-otak and satar. She said Singapore was the second country after Brunei that Cahaya Mala Enterprise had entered. "The agrobazaar is an excellent medium for us to penetrate the Singapore market. I am confident that through Read More
  • ASEAN focuses on removal on non-tariff barriers in 4 sectors in 2016 +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- ASEAN focuses on the removal of non-tariff barriers in four sectors this year, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid said. He identified the sectors as agrifood, healthcare, logistics and retail, including e-commerce. "We are working very hard to make sure that the private sector participates in working groups to address problems in the prioritised four sectors," he told a media conference on the 'ASEAN Economic Community: Progress and Achievements', here today. Munir said the Malaysian corporate sector needed to acquaint itself with the four sectors and keep tabs on their progress to prepare Read More
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