Minister looks forward to VR changing way tourism industry operates

Minister looks forward to VR changing way tourism industry operates

Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Sarawak, Smart City, Social Innovation
KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes that digital technology such as Virtual Reality (VR) will revolutionise the way the tourism industry operates in future. Speaking during the Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 held at a hotel here last week, he said through VR technology tourists will be able to experience the destination of their choice even before making the trip. “This technology is especially helpful for elderly group of travellers who wish to travel to adventurous destination such as caves, underwater, mountainous areas and rainforest but are limited by their physical ability, health and age. Hence the VR technology would be able to give them the immersive personalised experiences as if they were there,” he added. During the event, Abdul Karim was…
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New app sends plumbers and electricians to your house within three hours

New app sends plumbers and electricians to your house within three hours

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Jiffy's Ryan Shupak, Jaimie Grossman and Paul Arlin A few months ago, Mark and Pepper Ventresca noticed ants filing into their house via the back door. "There was nothing wrong with the door, but the door frame was clearly rotted," says Pepper. Mark Googled "door repair" and called three or four different listings in Toronto. Only two of the companies phoned back and only one said it did repairs. "It will cost you $50 for us to come out and take a look," he was told. As with most dual-career couples with kids, Mark (an urban forestry supervisor) and Pepper (a teacher) had to negotiate who would man the house during the two-hour window offered by the repairman. "The reality is you usually have to take a personal day from…
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Penang to salvage food waste

Penang to salvage food waste

Farming & Agriculture, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Smart City
Noble venture: Chow placing food waste into a tank at the launching ceremony of the Food Waste-to-Energy Biogas project at the Batu Maung Solid Waste Transfer Station. GEORGE TOWN: There is energy stored in food waste and Penang is going to get some of it back instead of sending it the landfill. A six-month trial will be carried out at a biogas converter in the Batu Maung Solid Waste Transfer Station here to see its viablility. All the biogas created will be used to fuel a gas-powered generator to create electricity that will be fed into the power grid. State Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the pilot project would gauge the results with 400kg of food waste a day. “After successful calibration, the plan is to turn 150…
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Sarawak to have own model of schools for special needs kids

Sarawak to have own model of schools for special needs kids

Community Initiative, Digital Economy, Industry 4.0, Sarawak, Smart City, Social Innovation
Fatimah at the courtesy call. At left is Wishesland president Chi Poh Yung. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi KUCHING: Sarawak’s primary school for special needs children to be set up soon will not follow the existing models implemented by the federal Ministry of Education. Instead, it will be modelled along similar schools in other countries which have proven to be effective and successful, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah has said. “Sarawak’s own special needs primary schools will not duplicate what the ministry had done – in fact, we’re doing something different entirely. “We’ve benchmarked the various models and practices from other countries, most notably from Australia. One of the key differences is the inclusion of sports elements. Given the chance and…
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Sarawak dijamin tidak akan muflis dalam tiga tahun

Sarawak dijamin tidak akan muflis dalam tiga tahun

Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City
PENGHARGAAN: Awang Tengah menerima cenderamata daripada Arham (dua kiri) sebagai tanda penghargaan selepas majlis pelancaran semalam. Turut kelihatan Naroden (kanan) dan Mussen (kiri). — Gambar Muhammad Rais Sanusi KUCHING: Sarawak dijamin tidak akan muflis dalam tempoh tiga tahun seperti yang diramalkan Menteri Kewangan persekutuan sebelum ini, kata Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. Beliau menegaskan, Sarawak telah dinilai oleh agensi penarafan antarabangsa seperti Moody’s dan Standard & Poor selama bertahun-tahun. Menurutnya, malahan kedua-duanya telah mengesahkan penarafan kredit pelaburan negeri masing-masing pada A3 dan A-. “Begitu juga, Ketua Audit Negara telah memberi Sarawak Sijil Audit Bersih bagi Kewangan untuk tempoh 17 tahun berturut-turut. “Belanjawan kerajaan Sarawak sentiasa mencatatkan lebihan selama bertahun-tahun. Kami mempunyai sumber pendapatan yang mantap terutama menerusi pelaksanaan cukai jualan ke atas produk petroleum untuk eksport.…
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CM to officiate S’wak trade, tourism office in S’pore today

CM to officiate S’wak trade, tourism office in S’pore today

Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City
SINGAPORE: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be officiating the soft opening of Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office (Statos) here today. The office, which is located at Robinson Road, is to serve as a one-stop centre to promote tourism and agricultural products from Sarawak while at the same time bring in more investments, promote trade and attract more tourists to the state. The event is expected to be attended by around 100 invited guests from Sarawak and Singapore including deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing as well as acting State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion. The initiative to set up Statos in Singapore was announced by Abang Johari last year during the Sarawak International Business Exhibition and Conference (SIBEC).…
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Biggest Digital Influencers’ Convention underway in Sabah

Biggest Digital Influencers’ Convention underway in Sabah

Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Sabah
Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Assaffal P. Alian standing in the middle (seventh right) with Ken Pan (eighth right), chairman of Sabah Tourism; Datuk KL Tan (sixth left), president of MATTA Malaysia; Srinjay Sengupta (fifth left), Co-Founder of Travel Earth India with the rest of the sponsors during the launching of Digital Influencers’ Convention. KOTA KINABALU: Digital Influencers’ Convention and Earthy Awards, organized and spearheaded by Travel.Earth, an Indian travel media company, started in Sabah yesterday. The event saw a huge response since its first announcement. With over 300 applicants registering for the event, a select 54 have been chosen to attend the event. These participants will  witness various aspects of Sabah and its local culture on two days of tours. This will be followed by two days of…
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Syarikat Sarawak digalak manfaat kemudahan pelaburan disediakan kerajaan persekutuan

Syarikat Sarawak digalak manfaat kemudahan pelaburan disediakan kerajaan persekutuan

Aviation and Aerospace, Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City
TERIMA KASIH: Arham menyampaikan cenderamata kepada Pengerusi Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd Abdul Kadier Sahib (kiri) yang merupakan salah seorang penceramah jemputan sempena seminar. — Gambar Muhammad Rais Sanusi KUCHING: Pemain syarikat domestik Sarawak digalakkan untuk memanfaatkan sepenuhnya kemudahan pelaburan yang disediakan kerajaan persekutuan untuk bergerak ke arah Industri 4.0. Timbalan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif I Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA) Arham Abdul Rahman berkata, kerajaan berusaha menyediakan kemudahan menerusi pelbagai insiatif bagi membantu golongan berkenaan dalam mengembangkan pelaburan mereka. “Ia termasuk pakej insentif seperti Status Perintis, Elaun Cukai Pelaburan dan Dana Strategik Pelaburan Domestik. “Terdapat juga insentif pengeluaran robotik iaitu Elaun Modal Automasi untuk menggalakkan automasi dalam industri pengilangan dan Skim Pinjaman Mudah untuk Automasi dan Modenisasi (SLAM) untuk meningkatkan proses, keupayaan pengeluaran dan kepelbagaian dalam aktiviti nilai tambah lebih tinggi,” ujarnya.…
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SARAWAK TIMBER SME’s EXPO 2019

SARAWAK TIMBER SME’s EXPO 2019

Community Initiative, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Sarawak, Smart City
During 27th June 2019, Abang Johari attended the Sarawak Timber & SMEs Expo. The theme of the expo is to transform the timber industry and SMEs in Digital Economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. SARAWAK TIMBER & SME’s EXPO will be held from 27 -30th June 2019 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK). It is jointly organized by the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development (MIED). A picture with Abang Johari (On the left) with Mr. Heineken (On the second right) and Mr. Arix (On the right) The Expo provides an excellent platform for manufacturers and suppliers of timber and non-timber products and SMEs entrepreneurs to showcase and promote their products and new innovations. It functions as a “One-Stop Centre” where…
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Boosting Sarawak’s agricultural produce

Boosting Sarawak’s agricultural produce

Community Initiative, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City
The slide in commodities prices offers agriculture players and smallholders in Sarawak the opportunity to venture further into the downstream industries. Despite weak commodities prices, demand for food remains robust with growing population and changing lifestyles of the people. With healthy demand for food and agriculture produce, smallholders and agriculture players should capitalise on producing more for commercialiastion as they could enjoy higher return from their businesses. Sarawak, with its vast amount of land and rich in natural resources, has the potential to enhance the development of the downstream industries especially food processing. Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said the development of downstream industries especially food processing in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) will create higher value products for sale. He said the…
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