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Malaysia in the eyes of the World



This thread for the relationship between Malaysia and countries of the world!!
Another thread about only projects throughout the world from Malaysian developers!
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Korean cultural extravaganza to mark 50th anniversary of Malaysia–Korea ties
Saturday October 24, 2009
By CHOONG MEK ZHIN



Seeking blessings: Baek performing the Taepyeongmu or the `Dance to Pray
for Peace and a Good Harvest’. Baek is also a famous performer of two other
Important Intangible Cultural Assets.


IT WAS a treat for the senses at the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Performance staged at the Craft Complex Ampitheatre in Kuala Lumpur recently. The audience was captivated by the colourful costumes and awed by the richness of a culture unfamiliar to many of them.

A 40-member tour team comprising art directors and performers showcased a variety of performances, ranging from folk songs to court music.

One of the performances was Korea’s Designated Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 92 called Taepyeongmu, which was performed by distinguished performer Baek Hyun Soon, who has won numerous awards.

The dance, which is also known as the Dance to Pray for Peace and a Good Harvest, is based on a unique rhythm that expresses movement in stillness and is used in shamanistic rituals.

The performance started off with the graceful Hwgwanmu dance that has a 2,000-year-old history and was performed to entertain guests at royal banquets.

Each of the five dancers wore a crown with beads in five colours and executed movements with their hands covered completely by colourful long sleeves.

The same troupe, from the Baek Hyun Soon Dance Company, also performed the Sogo Dance, in which they each held a small drum with a handle known as a sogo and depicted various activities conducted by farmers, hunters and soldiers.

The Samulnori performance brought some light moments. The Samulnori consists of four instruments, namely the janggo, which is an hourglass-shaped drum, the buk or barrel drum, the kkwaenggwari or small gong, and the jing or large gong, that represent rain, cloud, thunder and wind respectively, and the exuberant antics of the kkwaenggwari player, traditionally the leader of a farmers’ band, amused many guests.

Three people, each distinguished in their own field of specialty – Kang Jung Sook, Won Jang Hyun and Kim Seung Jung – also took to the stage individually to play the 12-string gayageum, daegeum and haegeum respectively.

The music played on the instrument is called sanjo; it starts slow and gradually picks up the rhythm. It can be accompanied by byeongchang and together they make up Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 23, for which Kang is well known.

Won, on the other hand, won worldwide recognition for his prowess on the daegeum or large transverse bamboo flute because he created his own style of daegeum sanjo, a solo improvisational folk music that is acclaimed among his peers. He has performed in 50 countries, counting Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre among the venues.

Choi Su-Jung then entertained the audience singing Gyeonggi Folk Songs from the Gyeonggi-do Province that is designated Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 57.

Best known for harmoniously combining traditional and modern Korean music, the Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra also performed a medley of songs, including the Canon in D by Pachelbel to which famed Korean break dance group B-Boys performed.

The award-winning group’s performance showcased various routines and individual skills as well as excellent choreography, drawing cheers and applause from the crowd who were obviously energised by the lads’ boisterous and feisty moves.

A troupe of dancers from Istana Budaya also performed local traditional dances and silat moves.

Korean ambassador to Malaysia Bong Ryull Yang said the event showed how much both countries valued their ever-growing friendly and cooperative relations.

“This is the beginning of the celebration to mark the important bilateral relationship between our two countries that will mark its 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations come 2010,” Bong said.

According to Information, Communications and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Mohammad Mohammad Daud, Malaysians can expect to see more during the Korean Cultural Festival.

Next on the list of events is the Korean Contemporary Sculpture Exhi*bition at the National Art Gallery from Oct 26 to Nov 12, while the Korean Film Festival from Oct 30 to Nov 4 will feature the latest movies like Tsunami at Haeundae and Speed Scandal (with subtitles).

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Study of laws in 18 countries for ISA review
News 2009-10-08 15:41

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- In its effort to review the Internal Security Act (ISA), the government is carrying out a comparative study of the preventive laws in 18 countries including the United States, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said today.

He said the other countries were Singapore, Australia, Tanzania, Brunei, India, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Bangladesh, Ireland, Ghana, Uganda, Timor Leste, South Korea, Macau, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.

The preventive laws of the United States being looked at were the Patriot Act 2001 and the Homeland Security Act 2002, he told reporters at his office here.

Abu Seman said the ISA would be amended in accordance with the country's model.

He also said that non-governmental organisations, academicians and the public with whom the ministry had held discussions did not want the ISA to be repealed.

"They want the ISA to be retained to ensure security of the nation and people but have asked for it to be amended for improvement in terms of safeguarding human rights and transparency," he said.

He said discussions would continue to be held until the amendment bill was tabled in parliament this month.

On the threat by the Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (Bendera) group of Indonesia to invade Malaysia today armed with bamboo spears, Abu Seman said the security forces were on the alert to face any eventuality.

Bendera was reported to be getting ready to invade Malaysia to "avenge" all alleged wrongs committed against Indonesia.
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Rakan Muda To Enhance Malaysia Image In Five Countries
October 24, 2009 21:17 PM
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BANDUNG, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- Rakan Muda will help enhance Malaysia's image abroad by spreading its wings in five countries, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said the setting up of Rakan Muda outfits in Indonesia, Egypt, Australia, Britain and the United States would be a good training ground for Malaysian students, who would become their members.

"As 'ambassadors', the students will get to know the local community better and get involve in meaningful activities in an effort to enhance the country's image," he told reporters after launching the Bandung Rakan Muda Unit at Universiti Padjajaran here Saturday.

Ahmad Shabery said three more Rakan Muda outfits in Indonesia, namely in Makassar on Sulawesi island, Jakarta and Surabaya.

He said Bandung Rakan Muda members would assist Tasik Malaya earthquake victims as well as carry out social works in the local community.

The ministry is also planning to hold the Bandung Games, an annual sports carnival for Malaysian students in Indonesia, said Ahmad Shabery.

He will pay a courtesy call on his Indonesian counterpart, Andi Alfian Mallaranggeng tomorrow where he was expected to brief him on the Rakan Muda programme.

Ahmad Shabery is also scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian Red Crescent Society to facilitate community services to be carried out by Rakan Muda outfits in the republic.

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Malaysian students in Australia up 10 pct from 2008 to 2009
Sunday, October 25th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of Malaysian students studying in Australia this year has increased 10 per cent compared to last year, the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Penny Williams said.She said currently there were approximately 21,000 Malaysians studying in Australia and an additional 15,000 students had enrolled in Australian programmes offered in Malaysia.

“Malaysia is currently the fourth largest source country for international students in Australia with universities in Victoria and Western Australia becoming popular destinations among the Malaysian students,” Williams told a media conference at the “Study In Australia 2009” education fair, here yesterday.

She said most of the Australian institutions would increase their focus on “Vocational and Education Training (VET) as another pathway to gain educational qualifications recognised by Australian government and employers this year.

“The Australian Government takes a strong interest in maintaining the quality of education especially on VET for Australians and international students alike.

“The National Quality Training Framework ensures Australia’s national VET system provides high-quality, industry-relevant training and qualification recognition,” she said.

Thirty-six leading Australian institutions are participating in the “Study in Australia” annual education fair held yesterday and today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, here. — Bernama
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Uniten entry among 32 solar cars in Aussie trek
Sunday, October 25th, 2009

DARWIN, Oct 25 — Thirty-two solar-powered cars including Solar Ranger1 from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) today started the long trek across Australia in the World Solar Challenge 2009.

The solar cars representing teams from 15 countries were flagged off at Darwin parliament house at 8.30am watched by hundreds of spectators and world media representatives who gathered as early as 7am.

The Netherlands’ Nuon Solar team with the car Nuna5 is the race favourite.

Uniten's 15-member team is confident that Solar Ranger1 would finish the 3,000km trek from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia.

Other than handling the solar car system, the teams would also face other challenges, not to mention the weather conditions.

The drivers’ stamina was not the only factor as they also had to synchronise information received from the escort cars.

"It is not only about machine as the human factor also has a role," Mohd Syafiq Khasmani, Solar Ranger1 driver and Uniten engineering student said. The other drivers are Edmund Ti Wee Keat, Aziz Suhaimi and Yaw Chong Tak.

Each team comprises four drivers who take turns to drive the solar cars over nine days starting at 8am daily.

The drivers would stop and put up camp at 5pm daily before continuing the race the next day.

Signs of the enormous challenge ahead were seen when several cars developed engine and brake problems about 20km after the flag-off.

Solar Ranger1 had no such problem and managed to reach the first pitstop near Katherine, about 320km from Darwin via Stuart Highway.

The main challenge for Solar Ranger1, which proudly has the 1 Malaysia logo across the body, would be to finish the race.

Wolfgang Three, an observer from Germany, was confident that Uniten's team could spring a surprise.

"It is not mission impossible. Your team (Uniten) can do it," he said.

The World Solar Challenge is part of the Global Green Challenge 2009 which ends on Friday. — Bernama

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Scomi wins RM15.3m contract in Venezuela
Published: 2009/10/26

SCOMI Group Bhd (7158), an oil services company, has won a RM15.3 million contract to provide drilling fluids in south Venezuela.

The six-month deal is its first contract in south Venezuela. Work started early this month.
The contract is with Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company. Scomi has been working closely with PDVSA for the last 13 years.

Under the contract, Scomi will provide its own formulated oil-based drilling fluids, Confi-Drill as well a specially-licensed water-based drilling fluid.

“This is a much anticipated breakthrough for us. Leveraging on our existing drilling waste management business, we have been promoting and supplying our drilling fluids in the country since 2008,” said Steve Bracker, president of Scomi Oiltools, a unit of Scomi.
Scomi Oiltools has been providing drilling waste management and machine shop services in Venezuela since 1997 from four locations.

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RM105m investment for Istanbul job: MAHB
By Presenna Nambiar Published: 2009/10/26



Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) (5014) will spend some RM105 million this year on its soon-to-be-launched airport management venture in Istanbul's Sabiha Gocken International Airport.

MAHB has paid about RM80 million for its 20 per cent stake in the project, RM25 million of which was settled in 2008.

A further RM50 million will be spent by the end of the year, to complete expansion works.

The new terminal and apron, which was completed in 18 months, some 12 months ahead of schedule, will be officially launched by Turkey's prime minister on October 31

The airport operator will fund the investment from its own coffers.
"At the moment, due to its initial stages, the revenue contribution is quite minimal, mainly coming from technical and consultancy fees. We don't expect revenue from dividends to come in until at least five years after completing the expansion works," MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad told Business Times via e-mail recently.

In 2008, the Istanbul Sabiha Gocken Uluslararasi Havali-mani Yatirim, Yapim Ve Isletme As (ISG), a joint venture among three companies - MAHB, Limak Holding and GMR Infrastructure Ltd - won the bid for the project.

The ?343 million (RM1.7 billion) project, comprises the completion of a new international terminal building, a car park building as well as the construction of a hotel and a VIP annexe.

MAHB's 20 per cent stake in the joint-venture company entitles it to have two representatives on the board of ISG, currently held by Bashir and MAHB's chief financial officer Faizal Mansor. A few of MAHB's senior officials, who include Bashir, are also heading airport working committees.

The international terminal building project concession is for a period of 20 years.

"With two international airports in Istanbul, Ataturk on the European side and Sabiha Gocken on the Asian side, we see great potential in the airport," Bashir said.

MAHB's analysis shows that Ataturk has growth constraints due to space limitations while Sabiha is the second largest airport with a growing surrounding population and plenty of space for future expansion.

As at August 20009, Sabiha Gokcen was the fastest growing airport in Turkey and, maybe, Europe with 35 per cent growth in passenger traffic compared to the same period last year.

The venture is the third of its kind for MAHB, which already has equity stakes in two other airports overseas - Hyderabad International Airport and New Delhi International Airport.

On whether there are any plans for similar investments, Bashir said while it is looking at a few possibilities, no decisions have been made.

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FTA With NZ Significant Milestone For Both Nations, Says Najib
October 26, 2009 19:20 PM

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Malaysia and New Zealand Monday marks a significant milestone in trade and investment prospects for the two countries, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Speaking to reporters after a bilateral meeting with visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at his office here, the Prime Minister said with the inking of the agreement, Malaysia was confident it would become a hub for New Zealand businessmen and investors to venture into the Asean market.

Hopefully, Malaysia will be used by New Zealand businessmen and investors as a gateway to the Asean market," he said after a 30-minute meeting with his New Zealand counterpart.

Najib said he hoped the FTA would spur more New Zealand companies to expand their operations to Malaysia as all outstanding trade and investment issues between the two countries have been resolved amicably.

" We had useful and positive discussions. We examined where we stood especially on economic relations. Bilateral trade figures between the two countries are strong.

" Two-way trade between the two countries swelled to RM6.15 billion in 2008 compared to 2006. Although bilateral trade volume has dwindled this year, we believe this is a short-term setback brought about by the global economic crisis.

We believe total trade will be on the upswing in 2010," said Najib, who is also Finance Minister. Najib said he and Key also discussed cooperation in education between the two countries which had traditional educational ties.

He said tourism links also looked promising despite the economic uncertainties, with 56,000 New Zealanders visiting Malaysia last year.

" Our discussions also delved on other areas like defence. New Zealand wants regional peace and security guaranteed. We are also looking for areas of cooperation in science and technology and information and communications technology (ICT),"he said.

Najib thanked New Zealand for its commitment towards the formation of the East Asian community and hoped the community would become a reality like the European Union (EU).

He said the Malaysia-NZ FTA signed would also cover environmental collabrations as " environment is an important consideration for Malaysia."

" We want to work with New Zealand since it has an excellent track record in this field. Furthermore, we are committed and gearing towards a green technology era. We are keen to work with New Zealand on environmental issues," he said.

Key, speaking at the same press conference, said signing of the FTA would provide a chance for New Zealand companies to venture into Malaysia and vice-versa.

" We see this as an opportunity for New Zealand companies to come to Malaysia and vice-versa. It's important for us," he said.

Key said New Zealand will also like to expand relations in tourism as Malaysia has been wooing about 1,000 New Zealanders a week to Malaysia.

The New Zealand Premier also said his country would work closely with Malaysia as Wellington would continue to be an Asean dialogue partner for the next three years.

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WELCOME...Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with
his New Zealand counterpart John Key in Putrajaya today
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Uniten Continues In World Solar Challenge Race At 15th Place
October 27, 2009 13:32 PM
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ALICE SPRINGS (Australia), Oct 27 (Bernama) -- Universiti Tenaga Nasional's (UNITEN) solar car, "Solar Ranger", retained its position at 15th place on the second day of the World Solar Challenge (WSC2009) race across more than 3,0000km of the Australian continent since last Sunday.

As at 5pm Monday, the UNITEN solar car recorded a distance of 633km at its second checkpoint, after recording 318km at the first checkpoint in Katherine, about 320km from Darwin.

Solar Ranger started at 24th position from the Parliament House in Darwin.

At the time this report was written, a solar car from Japan, the "Tokai Challenger" was leading the race, ahead of the defending champion, Nuna5 from the Netherlands, by more than 100km.

Tokai Challenger recorded 1,494km at the second check point compared with Nuna5 at 1,211km, which was in third place behind the Japanese car and the United States of America Michigan University's "Infinium" .

CAD engineer from the Solar Nuon (Nuna5) team, Jesper Wentink, said Nuna5 experienced technical problems on the first day resulting in the team to be left behind an hour behind Infinium and Tokai Challenger.

"The Japanese team is really good but our chance haven't gone to zero," he said when met by Bernama Monday at the Nuna5 stop area, about 40km from Alice Springs.

He expressed confidence that Nuna5, which can travel at a maximum speed of 120km per hour, would end the solar car race on the fourth day as targetted by the team.

According to the race regulation, every solar car has to be in the race for nine hours everyday and to stop by the Stuart Highway, the main route of the race, at 5pm everyday.

The solar car race from Darwin to Adelaide involved 32 cars from 15 countries. The race will end at the Victoria Square, Adelaide, on Friday.

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Masteel Clinches Rm120 Million Deal With Australia's Stemcor
October 27, 2009 17:35 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd (Masteel) has clinched a deal to export RM120 million worth of steel bars to Australia over the next two years under an agreement with Stemcor Australia Pty Ltd.

Its managing director and chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Tai Hean Leng, said the deal signified the company's commitment to export substantial amount of steel bars to the Australian market.

"Australia and New Zealand will be our main markets in the next four to five years," he told reporters after signing the off-take agreement with Stemcor here Tuesday.

Also present was Deputy Trade Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan.

Stemcor is an independent international steel trading organisation.

Tai said the agreement would allow Masteel to penetrate growth markets like Australia and New Zealand and at the same time, bring about export income for the country.

"Cementing our presence in the Australian market would further augment our expertise as an exporter of steel billets to the Asia Pacific markets.

"This is part of our long-term strategy to focus on export markets for growth and we have worked hard to establish this for the last five years," he said.

Adding another feather to its cap, Masteel was awarded the Certification of Product Compliance from the Australian Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels (ACRS) for the steel manufacturer's continued effort to raise the bar and ensure the safe and consistent quality of its products.

ACRS is an independent third-party accreditation system with the goal to ensure that reinforcing steels are quality-approved materials which comply with Australian standards.

Tai said the company could also import the products to New Zealand as it has accepted the ACRS standard.

"Masteel has already made headway into New Zealand market and its first export deal is expected to be concluded within the next few weeks," he said.

He said currently, export market made up to 35 per cent of Masteel's production capacity, which annually produced 450,000 tonnes of billet and 350,000 tonnes steel bar.

"We will continue to invest between RM15 million and RM18 million on new technology to boost efficiency and quality to reduce manufacturing cost next year," he said.

Tai said despite global economic meltdown, the company expected demand for steel to recover from the fourth quarter this year on the government's pump-priming initiatives to boost steel demand.

"Given this backdrop and with this new off-take agreement, Masteel is optimistic these developments will contribute to a healthier financial performance for the next two years," he said.

Meanwhile, OSK Research, in a note, said the deal marked a milestone for Masteel in venturing into the huge export market.

OSK said Masteel's export contribution only represented less than 10 per cent of group's revenue and was limited to semi-finished steel, namely billets.

"Our market sources reveal that the Australian market normally offers better margins compared with the domestic market," it said, adding that assuming an average selling price of RM2,000 per tonne, this represented a supply of 30,000 tonnes of steel bars annually.

It also expected Masteel to be a potential beneficiary of the stimulus packages announced globally.

"Since the lag impact of high price bars and wire rods transacted in May and June 2009 will certainly work in favour of the company's coming third quarter numbers," it said.

Masteel rose two sen to close at RM1.04 on Bursa Malaysia today with 8,966 lots traded.

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UAE-Malaysia keen on care for children with special needs
Wednesday October 28, 2009

DUBAI: Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), especially Dubai, are keen to learn from each other the care and development of children with special needs.

The matter was discussed when Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, had an audience with Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein on Sunday.

Princess Haya is the wife of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

“My delegation and I are inspired by the work that’s being done at the Al Noor Training Centre for Chil-dren With Special Needs,” Rosmah, told reporters before flying home on Monday night.

Rosmah, who was in Dubai for the Women in Leadership Forum, also took the opportunity to visit the training centre on Sunday.

She also informed the princess about plans to convene the Summit of First Ladies on Nurturing Women Leaders of Tomorrow in Malaysia next year.

“Princess Haya has offered her full support for the proposed conference,” Rosmah said, adding that she had invited the princess to attend the summit.

She had called for the convening of the summit to seek ways to advance women’s role in leadership as well as address issues affecting them in her keynote address at the forum.

— Bernama
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Sri Lanka wants Malaysians to invest in its tourism sector
Thursday October 29, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sri Lanka government is seeking to attract Malaysian investors to its tourism sector as it targets 2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2016.

Sri Lanka tourism development authority director general S. Kalaiselvam said with the resolution of the civil conflict, tourist arrivals into the country had increased sharply and the number was expected to move beyond the average 500,000 visitors annually now.

“We are looking at investments coming into the country,” he told reporters after the “Visit Sri Lanka” presentation yesterday.

He said several tourism resorts and sites had been identified and there were 13 islands that would offer enormous potential for investors.

Kalaiselvam said at present the country had 14,000 rooms that could cater to 800,000 tourists.

However, to accommodate 2.5 million tourists, 50,000 rooms would be needed.

“We are waiting for the private sector to come in and invest,” he said.

He said that while two decades of civil war had put a lid on its tourism industry, now that the war was over, the industry was expected to thrive.

“We are confident of achieving our target in 2016. It is an achievable target. One third of the country which was previously closed to the tourism industry, is now open. We also have a low tourist base,” he said.

He also said Malaysia was one of its key target countries and Malaysian tourist arrivals had also been steadily increasing since July.

“In July there was a 28% increase (year-on-year), in August 34% and September 26%.

Looking at the trend, we are confident that we would be having an increase in numbers from Malaysia,” he said, without divulging any figures.
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SABAH WANTS INVESTORS IN PORT MANAGEMENT
29th October, 2009



Sohar International Port Complex officials greeting Musa on his arrival
at the complex for a tour of the facilities on Tuesday in Sohar, Oman


SOHAR: The Sabah Government is interested in attracting all sorts of resource-based value-adding industries as well as manufacturing for import substitution.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said at the Lahad Datu Port, and POIC Lahad Datu in particular, the government was interested in investments, which would add value to the raw materials produced such as palm oil, cocoa and timber.

“To develop its related downstream industries and export the manufactured products to the world, we will welcome investors with the expertise and the financial means to complement our infrastructure development and supply our logistics needs, with one important area being port development and management,” he said after a briefing and a tour of the Sohar International Port Corporation (SIPC) in Oman on Tuesday.

Musa is presently leading a 20-member business delegation on a one-week visit to Sohar, Muscat and Rotterdam.

He said the mission was to try to gain first-hand knowledge of SIPC, and how the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman have been so successful in planning, developing and managing SIPC.

“It is our hope that the Port of Rotterdam and the Sabah Government, through Lahad Datu POIC, will be able to replicate this model and also make it work in our Lahad Datu Port,” he said.

Musa said the State Government namely the POIC was also interested in the industrial complex, which has been developed side by side with the Sohar Port.

“The Sabah Government looks forward to having partnerships with international companies to develop our economy so that the value of our commodity can be maximised and our people will enjoy a better quality of life,” he said.

Among those present at the occasion were Jan Meijer, Chief Executive Officer of Sohar International Port Corporation (SIPC), Minister of Industrial Development, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, Minister or Rural Development, Datuk Ewon Ebin, Sabah Economic Planning Unit director, Datuk Ismail Abdullah, POIC Sdn. Bhd. CEO, Dr Pang Teck Wai, Federation of Sabah Manufacturers president Datuk Seri Panglima Wong Khen Thau, SIPC Deputy Chief Executive Officer Jamal T. Aziz and members of the Sabah trade delegation.
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Malaysian franchises enjoying good response overseas
Friday October 30, 2009



Secret Recipe is among local brands that have done well overseas

KUCHING: Franchises from Malaysia are enjoying good response overseas with 22 products and services having successfully penetrated the international market.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry franchise development director Mohamad Amin Ma’mon Mohamad said among the Malaysian brands enjoying response overseas were food products such as Secret Recipe, 1901 and Marrybrown; education centres such as Smart Reader and Q-dees, as well as clothing and accessories brands like Bonia and Clara beauty centre.

“Presently, 22 products and services from Malaysia through the franchise concept have entered 50 markets including Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Africa, Bangladesh and India. They are receiving very impressive response,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Amin said the Government would continue with its efforts to encourage local entrepreneurs, especially bumiputras, to enter the franchise business which can bring in lucrative income.

There are 388 franchise businesses operating in the country including 108 owned by bumiputera entrepreneurs.

Food business is where most of the local entrepreneurs are getting into with 120 franchises, clothing and accessories take second place with 53 franchises, maintenance and services 46 and beauty and health-based franchises, 32.

Amin said the ministry’s franchise development division would hold programmes like expo, workshops and seminars to continue to create awareness of the basic concept of franchise business and get more people keen in the business which is capable of contributing to the country’s economic growth.

He said there were several financial assistance programmes under the ministry to help entrepreneurs venture into the franchise business. The ministry is aiming to create at least 1,000 franchisees and 50 franchisors under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

The ministry together with Perbadanan Nasional Bhd, the Malaysian Franchise Association, Sarawak Chief Minister’s Department and the Sarawak Economic Development Corp launched the Sarawak Zone Franchise Seminar and Expo yesterday.

The event will be held at the Sarawak Tourism Complex here till Saturday. It is intended to expose and provide education to the visitors on the concept of franchise business as well as the policies and support from the Government and related agencies on the development of the industry.

The three-day programme will see mini franchise exhibitions participated by 10 franchisor companies which are exhibiting their products and business packages.

Workshops will be also held where visitors can interact with selected franchisors directly. — Bernama
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Turkey Invites Foreign Companies To Take Part In Airport Projects
November 01, 2009 12:21 PM
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ISTANBUL, Nov 1 (Bernama) -- Turkey is inviting local and foreign firms to take part in its airport enhancement projects to meet the bustling growth in the country's aviation sector, its prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said.

To this end, he said the government was considering building a third airport in Istanbul for which there would be opportunities for foreign investors.

He said that the aviation sector has developed tremendously in the country with many airports recording rapid growth in terms of passenger traffic and airlines patronising these airports.

He said the development of the airports was not for luxury but to cater to the needs of the people with the projects to be based on the build-operate-transfer model.

"Turkey has liberalised foreign investment rules in the aviation sector," he said at the launching of the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISGIA), the newest airport of the bicontinental city here on Saturday.

The new terminal at ISGIA, was developed by a consortium in which Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) participated in.

The consortium, which also comprised GMR Infrastructure Limited of India and Limak Group, a Turkish company, developed, managed and now operates the ISGIA.

The facility, located Asian side of the bicontinental city, is named after Sabiha Gokcen, the first female combat pilot in the world.

ISGIA has been the airport which chalked up the biggest growth rate between 2002 and 2007.

Passenger traffic is exxpected to reach 25 million by 2023.

MAHB has a 20 per cent equity in the consortium involved in building the new terminal which is estimated to cost 343 million euro and will cater for 10 million passengers per year.

The Prime Minister said the Turkish government was looking into the possibility of setting up a third airport in Istanbul because of the constraints at the Ataturk International Airport on the European side.

He said the government was also planning to construct a second runway for the ISGIA and four airports had been identified in the ehancement projects.

Also present at the inaugration were Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri and MAHB chairman Tan Sri Dr Aris Othman.

Earlier, during a press conference held prior to the inaugration, Limak chairman Nihat Ozdemir the company would consider bidding for any opportunity that may arise and plans to bring its partners including MAHB in the consortium to join the project based on their good relations.

Besides being a shareholder in the consortium, MAHB is also involved in the provision of advisory and consulting services in the airport master plan and detailed design study, especially in the operational readiness and airport transfer exercise.

Currently, MAHB is also involved in projects at the new Hyderabad International Airport and the Delhi International Airport in India.

-- BERNAMA
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Strong Aussie dollar helps boost tourism to Malaysia
2nd November, 2009

SYDNEY: The strong Australian dollar and Malaysia’s ranking as a top tourist destination has resulted in a 33 per cent increase, to a record 427,076, in Aussie departures to Malaysia last year.

The increase by more than 100,000 visitors from the previous year is also attributed to Australians’ preference for short-haul destinations – especially Malaysia and other Asean holiday spots – compared with the more expensive ones in Europe and the United States.

Up to September this year, Australian arrivals in Kuala Lumpur registered an increase of 20.6 per cent to 371,488 as compared with the same period last year.

Tourism Malaysia Sydney director Shahrin Mokhtar said the change was due to Australians preferring affordable places closer to home as against expensive long-haul travel destinations in the west.

“We expect to see even more Australians visiting this year because of the strong Australian dollar (A$1= RM3), which is fantastic value for a holiday in Malaysia,” he said.

“It’s even cheaper than the high-cost holiday within Australia.

“In addition, Australians feel the ‘destination fatigue’ towards local holiday venues that do not offer the cultural and physically exotic nature as Malaysia’s,” he said.

Australia, Shahrin said, was among the top 10 tourist-generating markets for Malaysia because it ranked high among Australians as a “must-visit” destination.

This was as a result of Tourism Malaysia’s efforts to promote Malaysia as a preferred destination among Australians and New Zealanders, and this was visible through various marketing campaigns and regional road shows (with the theme “Fun & Affordable”) held in various parts of Australia.

Meanwhile, New Zealander arrivals in Malaysia have also recorded a double-digit growth of 35.6 per cent to 56,117 in 2008. This year (January-September) figures posted showed an increase of 13.5 per cent to 45,362.

The Australian outbound tourism market has not suffered as much as predicted during the global financial crisis, not nearly as much as it did after the New York World Trade Centre 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Asian bird flu outbreaks.

Compared with the other Asean destinations, Malaysia is a fairly strong draw-card for Australians and New Zealanders, attributed to a large extent to its positioning as an interesting alternative to the more predictable locations such as Bali (Indonesia), Thailand and Fiji, Shahrin said.
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Scomi unit and Indian firm to bid for monorail job
Tuesday November 3, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Scomi Group Bhd said its unit Scomi Engineering Bhd and India’s Geodesic Techniques Pvt Ltd have agreed to jointly bid to build a 59km monorail project in Bangalore.

Scomi said in a statement yesterday that the proposal to the government of Karnataka was to design, build, own, operate and transfer three monorail lines.

The company said the project, under the Swiss Challenge approach, was estimated to cost US$2.4bil for the first phase, and that it would be the first monorail system in Bangalore.

Work on the first line was slated to begin in mid-2010 with the last line completed in 2013. Under the agreement with Geodesic, an engineering design and structural company, Scomi will be the technology partner and systems integrator for the monorail system.

Meanwhile, another Scomi unit, Scomi Marine Bhd, announced yesterday that its 80.54% subsidiary PT Rig Tenders Indonesia Tbk, which charters offshore vessels to the oil and gas industry, posted a net income of US$2.35mil for its third quarter to Sept 30, on an increased net margin of 6.8%.

The improvement was due to the overall reduction in operational expenses and contribution from vessel sales, it said.

For the period under review, Rig Tenders posted revenue of US$35.46mil, which mostly came from the chartering of vessels.
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