KUCHING: Mar 10: Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak), Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) and Faradale Media-M (FMM) had their chance to take a sneak peek into D-Virtual Park, the first virtual reality (VR) theme park in Malaysia.

The purpose of the visit to the park located at Serba Dinamik facilities and Smart Hub in Kota Samarahan on Mar 10 was to explore potential collaborations and linkages in future programmes as VR technology will become an increasingly important and accessible tool in various industries as the state moves towards Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0). 

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Women with a mission

Recently, two Malaya-based social entrepreneurs made their way to a sharing event organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in Kuching, Sarawak. Founder of Grow the Goose and Borneo Cocoa, Ida Faranina Othman has been an entrepreneur for 16 years, from owning and running a baking studio, event management company, supplier of corporate gifts, production house, advertising agency, photo studio to a kids party planning outfit.

Her entrepeneurial passion grew in her since her younger days. At 10 years old, she wanted a t-shirt that everyone wears. “I wanted it so my mum asked me to save up. So I sell things like recycled cans until I was able to collect enough money.” At 12, she started a cupcake business while at 15 she babysits.

Hence, after she took a break to focus on her family, she noticed a gap in the market on child empowerment programmes. It was a little experiment with her children that led her to launch ‘Grow the Goose’ — a social enterprise focusing on financial empowerment programmes for children to help them attain financial wisdom before entering adulthood.

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AZAM Sarawak to hold talk on commercial swiftlet farming

KUCHING: Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak is organising a knowledge sharing on commercial swiftlet farming to be held this Nov 12 at Kompleks AZAM, here.

The knowledge sharing aims to share and educate participants on the route to a successful swiftlet farming investment, a lucrative enterprise which is attracting more and more Sarawakians.

It will be delivered by Dr. Charles Leh, AZAM member and Honorary Curator of World of Birdnest Museum, Singapore. Dr. Charles was a zoologist and curator of natural history at the Sarawak Museum from 1982 to early 2018 when he retired.

He was also an adjunct lecturer with UNIMAS from 2002 to 2014 at the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology. He conducted research on swiftlets and its farming for over 30 years and he wrote several books on the secret of swiftlet farming and A Guide to Birds’ Nest Caves and Birds’ Nests of Sarawak.

“I hope that participants will gain an insight on the potential of this industry particularly with upcoming technological advances such as AI, as well as steps to conserve our biological resources,” said Dr. Charles.

About 50 participants comprising members of AZAM, local entrepreneurs, government officers of the relevant agencies, non-profit organisations and, professionals and students in the related fields are expected to attend.

This knowledge sharing is a part of activities organised for members of AZAM and is also open to non-members.

Other AZAM’s activities organised for its members earlier this year included a study trip and rural community outreach programme in Niah, Miri Division and, in Lawas of Limbang Division as well as, a knowledge sharing session on Social Enterprise.

Admission to the talk on swiftlet farming is free and the limited seats are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Those interested in joining this event can contact AZAM Sarawak at 082 411799 (Nissa Normin) for further information.

Talk on swiftlet farming at AZAM Sarawak on Nov 12

KUCHING, Nov 6: Angkatan Zaman MAnsang (AZAM) Sarawak will be organising a knowledge sharing on commercial swiftlet farming this Nov 12 at Kompleks AZAM here.

The knowledge sharing, according to a media release today, aims to share and educate participants on the route to a successful swiftlet farming investment, a lucrative enterprise which is attracting more and more Sarawakians.

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