Monthly Archives: July 2009

‘Buy Malaysian Product’ campaign in Bintulu July 31


BINTULU: A ‘Buy Malaysian Product’ campaign is scheduled to be held at the civic centre here from July 31 to Aug 2.

This was disclosed by Sarawak Economic Corporation (SEDC) chairman Datuk Talib Zulpilip after chairing a committee meeting for the event at the Resident’s Office here recently.

This is the second destination after it was successfully held at the Sibu Trade and Exhibition Centre last month.

Some 150 booths will be set up during the three-day campaign, said Talib.

The campaign tagline, ‘Buy Malaysia, Smart Choice’ is being held nationwide since it was launched in 1998.

The re-branding of the campaign is to encourage consumers to buy Malaysian products with affordable prices and at the same time, help local entrepreneurs to promote their products during this global economic downturn.

This campaign is also aimed at promoting better understanding, confidence and interest among the community regarding local products and services.

All products and services offered to be classified as ‘Malaysiaa’ must be produced, installed and marketed in the country.

According to Talib, the rationale of implementing this campaign is to generate domestic expenditure growth, increase domestic demand, enhance growth of small and medium industry entrepreneurs and to ensure that the current economic downturn will not badly affect the local businessmen and consumers.

Thus this campaign is meant to create greater awareness among consumers to buy local products and to drive home the pint that local products are similar or even better than imported products, he added.

He said SEDC and the Agriculture Department will work closely to attract local entrepreneurs to participate in the campaign.

A similar campaign will be held at the Miri Civic Centre on Aug 7 and 8 and the Waterfront Square in Kuching from Oct 29 to Nov 2.

Also present at the meeting was the state director of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry Ahmad Nasir Khosri.

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Preparation for kite festival underway: Resident


BINTULU: Preparations for the fifth Borneo International Kite Festival here with theme ‘Kite for peace’ from Aug 2 to 9 is being carried out accordingly.

“Everything has been taken into consideration including the A (H1N1) scare,” the Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis told reporters after chairing a committee meeting at his office recently.

He acknowledged though that the participation this year by both local and international enthusiasts might be lesser than last year’s because of the health scare.

“I wish to assure the people and the participants alike that all the necessary precautions have been taken to avoid any untoward incident.

“With three more weeks to go before the festival I can say that I am satisfied with all the preparations the committee has undertaken,” he added.

He said that they would monitor the H1N1 situation here among the international participants.

“If there is any detection of H1N1 cases in Kuala Lumpur International Airport involving international participants (of the kite festival), we will take further action to minimise the risk of the virus spreading here,” Ismail said when asked if the organiser would conduct on-the-spot check like what was done to reveller at Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching recently.

“About 80 participants from 16 countries have confirmed participation in the fest, and we are now waiting for conformation from Italy and Brazil,” said Hussin Harun, vice-president of Malaysian Kite Flying Council.

He said Japan was sending the biggest contingent this year with 20 participants. Other countries sending participants were New Zealand, Australia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, France, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, Austria, India and Portugal.

Hussin also said fewer participants could be expected this year because of the H1N1 scare, and the fact that the (kite) festival clashed with similar festivals in Japan, Australia and several European countries.

“However, with efficient networking, we were still able to get several participants from these countries,” he added.

Deputy chairman of Bintulu Development Authority Dato Sri Celestine Ujang, who also attended the meeting, meanwhile urged the locals to come to the merriment.

“There will be ‘Kite Queens’ clad in full costumes of the various ethnic races in the state taking to the field to fly the kites,” he added. 

Language a tool to unite people: Tengah


BINTULU: Langauge is a powerful tool to unite people of differenr races.

Bahasa Malaysia as the country’s national language has proven to be an effective too to forge national unity, and boost nationalism and patriotism among Malaysians of all races, said Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management and Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.

He said that the 1Malaysia concept was already practised in Sarawak long before the prime minister introduced in in the country.

The concept was clearly evidenced when the people communicated with people of other races using the national language.

“In Lubok Antu forexample the people generally speak Iban even though the other person may not be an Iban. The same goes for Mukah and Dalat where the common language is Melanau,” he said when officiating at the launch of the state-level National Language Month at BDA Auditorium recently.

Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip read his text of speech.

Tengah said that the programme was a platform for the government to enhance cultural and intellectual literacy among the people regardless of their social backgrounds.

“The government will continue to remind the people that everything that involves national interest should be understood.

“This (language month) programme is part of the government’s efforts to remind the people to give serious attention to the government policies, which aim to create national unity and understanding among the people in tandem with 1Malaysia concept,” he said.

According to Tengah, the government was committed to preserving the uniqueness of Bahasa Malaysia as the official language by working closely with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) in organising various programmes to further strengthen the language for intellectual, solidarity and communication tools.

Recently, the government has reverted the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in national schools to Bahasa Malaysia effective 2012.

“This decision is reasonable in the context of our students wanting to learn an dunderstand the two subjects better but at the same time our students must take steps to improve their English. By mastering English we will be able to interact with people at the international level,” he said.

Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi, Jemoreng assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie, Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis, DBP branch director Jiso Rutan, Bintulu Development Authority general manager Mohidin Ishak and guest speaker Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah were among those present at the function.