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Handicraft woven from bamboo can generate RM20 mln for Keningau

KENINGAU: Kraftangan Malaysia believes that handicraft woven from bamboo can generate up to RM20 million in revenue annually for Keningau with the right marketing and promotions.

Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the district’s fine, quality bamboo handicraft, such as bags and containers, had been attracting Asian and European tourists to buying it.

“Bags, especially those made by craftsmen from Kampung Batu Lunguyan using the Dusun traditional motifs, are durable.

“It is not impossible that the village comes to be known as the ‘Land of Bamboo’ as its handicraft is of the highest quality and can potentially penetrate the international market,” she added.

She told reporters this after officiating the state-level Kraf KampungKu programme in Sook, near Keningau here yesterday.

Also present was the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department and Sook State Assemblyman, Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin.

Aside from Kampung Batu Lunguyan, Mas Ermieyati said Kraftangan Malaysia would also be assisting 15 other villages in Keningau, also producers of bamboo handicraft, to market and promote their products to achieve the RM20 million revenue target.

Aside from the Tourism and Culture Ministry, 28 other government and private agencies are also involved in the implementation of the state-level Kraf KampungKu programme.

It includes the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority and the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority.

Mas Ermieyati said that next year, Keningau district would be organising the Visit Keningau Year, which would include a large scale promotion of bamboo handicraft.

She also said that as of February this year, 3,960 handicraft entrepreneurs in Sabah had registered with Kraftangan Malaysia, of whom 1,098 are forest product entrepreneurs, with sales totalling RM4.69 million.

Meanwhile, Kraftangan Malaysia Director-General Zuraida Mokhtar said the agency had always emphasised on sustainable entrepreneurial attributes, to ensure that the handicraft business continue and remains competitive.

“The Craft Village project is not just about implementation. It includes a holistic approach, with product laboratories, guidance, quality advisory services, product design and marketing,” she added. — Bernama

Source: Borneo Post

Dragon Boat Race good for tourism: Masidi

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race can have a positive impact on the State’s tourism-related industries.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said, looking at the participation by international teams, it can bring a great number of visitors from overseas which leads to an increase in demand for accommodation, tour packages, food and dining outlets, among others.

“The visitors will bring life to the tourism sector with their affordable spending power and their stay will increase the hotel occupancy rate.

“They also can spend their day by visiting islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park after the Dragon Boat Race to enjoy adventurous tours to seek the proboscis monkeys as well as fireflies in the wetlands,” he said during a courtesy call by FCAS president Datuk Seri TC Goh.

Also present were the organising chairwoman Datuk Susan Wong and the committee members.

Masidi also agreed to be the guest of honour for the race’s sunset beach welcoming party at Likas Bay, on May 7.

Among the activities planned for the party are the torch lighting ceremony and exciting performances, including a dragon dance, singing and dancing.

Meanwhile, Goh disclosed that he is still waiting to get more participants aged below 20 to join the race this year.

“The existing participants are growing in age and it is important to get more young and energised teenagers to be involved and inherit the traditional sport event – the dragon boat race, after all it is a healthy sporting event,” he said.

Source: Daily Express

Visit to Brunei

Visit to Brunei

KEBAWAH Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam berkenan menerima mengadap Menteri Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar Negeri Sabah Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Manjun berlangsung di Istana Nurul Iman

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam  received in audience Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Bin Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah, Malaysia who was in Brunei Darussalam on a 3 days working visit recently ( 26-28 March 2017). During the audience ceremony, His Majesty and Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi discussed bilateral relations between Brunei and Sabah especially in tourism partnership.  His Majesty takes keen interest on the progress of the various joint-promotions of tourism related initiatives between Brunei & Sabah. Sabah Tourism Board is proud to partner Royal Brunei Airlines in many joint-promotions initiatives which resulted more tourists visiting both Brunei & Sabah.
Accompanying the Sabah Minister was Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam. Also present during the audience ceremony was Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Sing , Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II  Brunei,  Pengiran Datin Shazainah Binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Shariffuddin, Permanent Secretary in Prime Minister Department  Brunei, Shaikh Hj Fadilah Bin Shaikh Hj Ahmad, Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Brunei, Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai, Permenant Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah,Mr Gordon Yapp, General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board, and Ms Suzaini Sabdin Ghani, Deputy General Manager Sabah Tourism Board.
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Paginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam telah berkenaan menerima menghadap Menteri Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar Sabah, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Masidi Manjun yang berada di Negara Brunei Darussalam dalam rangka lawatan kerja baru-baru ini ( 26-28 Mac 2017). Majlis menghadap tersebut berlangsung di Istana Nurul Iman . Semasa majlis menghadap tersebut, Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia dan Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Masidi Manjun telah berbincang mengenai isu-isu dua hala di antara Negara Brunei Darussalam dan Sabah, Malaysia terutamanya dalam aspek pelancongan, kebudayaan dan alam sekitar. Turut hadir sama dalam majlis menghadap tersebut adalah Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia ke Negara Brunei Darussalam, Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman. Turut hadir adalah Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Hal Ehwal Luar Negeri dan Perdagangan II (Kedua) , Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng.

Sabah International Fishing meet April 25-30

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Anglers Association (SAA) will again be organising the annual Sabah International Fishing Tournament this year from April 25- 30.

“The tournament venue will again be in Pulau Layang Layang. So far SAA has received confirmation from more than 100 participants and as in previous years, the anglers come from several countries including Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong and China,” said SAA President Datuk Wilfred Lingham.

“Although the closing date for entry to Pulau Layang Layang was on March 18, the tournament is still open for anglers who want to fish in local fishing grounds such as Semarang, ‘Karang-Karang’, ‘takat 360′ and Mantanani as well as around Kudat waters.

“We know that the cost to go to Pulau Layang Layang can be quite expensive. Thus by keeping registration open, anglers who want to participate but do not want to spend too much can still join in the tournament.

“They can still register with SAA and depart on April 27. The closing date for them would be on April 24 at 4pm,” Lingham said on Tuesday.

It was learnt that the number of foreign angler participation had been increasing each year with about 60 per cent of the Layang Layang bound anglers being made up of foreign anglers, the majority hailing from China and Brunei.

Similar to the previous years’ tournament, anglers participating in SIFT will have to adhere to the rules and regulations set by SAA and the National Security Council.

This includes fish species which are not allowed to be landed according to the Fisheries Regulations (Control of Endangered Species) Act 1999 (Amendment 2008). These include the Giant Wrasse (Ikan Mameng), all sharks, rays and bill-fishes.

“If hooked they must be released immediately. For those who manage to hook a billfish, they can submit photographic proof or video of the catch as the fish must also be realised immediately in accordance to the International Game Fishing Association’s (IGFA) rules.”

The prizes have been increased from six to 10 this year with a total of RM70,000 in cash and kind including trophies and medals.

All participants will also receive a tournament T-shirt and certificate. They will also be entitled to a lucky draw which will be held during the prize presentation ceremony.

The tournament would not be held without the continuous support of the Sabah Tourism Board, Sri Pelancongan Sabah and Sutera Harbour Resort Golf Marina Spa and Country Club as the venue provider, he said.

“We would also like to record our gratitude to Parex Group and Davco, Pure Fishing, the State Fisheries Department, ComNav2 (Mawilla2) Operational Command Area and the Royal Malaysian Navy for their support to SAA and SIFT,” he said.

He added that the winning fishes will as usual be auctioned off to the public at 1pm on April 30.

“Those interested to buy formalin free fish can come and participate in the auction on that day,” he said, adding that this is part of SAA’s effort to promote awareness about formalin free fish.

Inquiries about the tournament can be directed to the SIFT 2017 secretariat at +60138509788 or +60168276762. – Neil Chan

Source: Daily Express

7th Borneo Dental Congress

7th Borneo Dental Congress

7th Borneo Dental Congress

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun officiated the 7th Borneo Dental Congress held in Sutera Harbour Resort on March 18, 2017 with local and foreign delegates.

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun merasmikan Kongres Pergigian Borneo kali ketujuh yang diadakan di Sutera Harbour Resort pada 18 Mac 2017 yang telah dihadiri oleh peserta dari dalam dan luar negara.