Engaging youth in state’s development process through vibrant and inclusive KYDO’18

KUCHING: Over the last five years Kuching city has seen the exciting emergence of various youth outfits centring on career, the arts and culture, building communities, carrying out community service in the form of volunteerism, social consciousness and modern and innovative enterprise – a trend not seen before.

To carry forward this momentum Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak and youth volunteer group AZAM Young Souls are providing a platform to bring together these diverse groups to interact, synergise, and produce ideas on future efforts through their youth programme Kuching Youth Day Out 2018 (KYDO’18), a two-day event from 9-10 November 2018.

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AZAM sertai jerayawara belia “Digital Inclusivity” anjuran UKAS dengan kerjasama SMA di Mukah

Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak telah mengadakan pameran bersempena dengan  Hari bersama belia Mukah dalam Ekonomi Digital anjuran Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak (UKAS) dengan kerjasama Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA)  pada 10 Oktober 2018 yang lalu. Tujuan program ini dijalankan adalah untuk mendekatkan fahaman ekonomi digital dalam diri belia Mukah.

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Dengarkan “Randau Digital Sarawak” Sept 25-26!

KUCHING, September 20: Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) dengan kerjasama AZAM Sarawak tampil dengan rancangan radio bertajuk “Randau Digital Sarawak” . Usaha ini adalah sebahagian daripada usaha program Inklusiviti Digital yang akan menemui pendengar CATS FM sebulan sekali sehingga bulan Februari tahun hadapan. “Randau Digital Sarawak” akan menyentuh topik-topik berkaitan dengan bidang ekonomi digital seperti sistem pembayaran tanpa tunai, pertanian digital, e-pelancongan, e-dagang dan sebagainya.

Dalam episod pertama program “Randau Digital Sarawak”, AZAM Sarawak bersama pegawai SMA akan mengupas mengenai peranan dan tanggungjawab SMA dalam menginovasikan bidang teknologi digital dan komunikasi yang akan memberi kesan kepada aspek pertanian, pelancongan dan perniagaan, serta memaksimumkan kemajuan yang dicapai agar dapat pergi ke arah peningkatan jaringan internet yang mampan di seluruh Sarawak. Melalui episod ini, pendengar dapat mengetahui lebih lanjut fungsi yang dimainkan oleh pihak SMA dalam meneraju Sarawak ke arah negeri digital pada masa hadapan.

Saksikan rancangan pertama “Randau Digital Sarawak” menerusi ketetapan berikut:

25 September 2018
Mai Mensia Maioh Semampai Sedia Enggau Digital
Segmen Rentak Ruai 3-4pm

26 September 2018
Keterangkuman Digital: Ke Arah Masyarakat Berdaya Sedia Digital
Segmen CATS Drive Time 5-6pm

SMA-AZAM Digital Inclusivity campaign kicked off in Limbang

LIMBANG, Sept 6: In efforts to ensure that Sarawakian communities are well-equipped to participate in the new digital economy, the first in a series of Randau Digital Sarawak workshops themed “Ke Arah Masyarakat Digital” was held yesterday (Sept 5) in Limbang as part of the state’s initiatives to ensure digital inclusivity across Sarawak.

Organised by Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak, about 100 participants comprising community leaders and members of the Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) from Limbang Division attended.

The workshop focused on familiarising and educating grassroots leaders on development strategies and trends under the digital economy agenda as well as equipping them with the relevant knowledge and networking to enable them to mobilise their communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture digital economy.

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Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang was the guest of honour for the randau session on “Peranan pemimpin dalam menggerak masyarakat akar umbi ke arah ekonomi digital” which allowed participants to discuss the future of digital economy in the Limbang division.

“There are many opportunities under digital economy for us to explore, especially in terms of agriculture in Limbang where we are lacking in manpower,” said Paulus, adding that it was difficult to find workers in Limbang, citing cases where farmers or smallholders had been struggling to maintain their farms and collect their produce due to this shortage.

“There are some initiatives where automated irrigation systems have been applied to solve these kinds of problems,” Paulus continued, adding that this kind of automated farming and fertigation could be applied to other crops such as chilli.

He urged participants to also take advantage of free platforms like MyBazar or social media to sell their local products for a wider market reach.

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The workshop began with seminars from experts and government representatives Unimas Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology dean Dr Johari Abdullah and Sarawak Administrative Officer from Kuching District Office Suraijah Zainol as well as sharing sessions from successful industry players like apparel and accessories entrepeneur Neng Kho Razali and agro-based entrepreneur Reman Apon.

The breakout sessions in the afternoon covered four key areas: capacity-building, e-tourism, digital entrepreneurship and agriculture and agro-based ventures.

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The sessions were conducted by representatives from Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak (MTACYS), Department of Agriculture Sarawak (DOA), Limbang Resident Office, Kuching District Office, AZAM and local industry players.

The next workshop is scheduled to be held in November for Miri Division.

Engaging Grassroots Communities in Digital Development

KUCHING: Advancements in digital and communication technologies are fast-transforming the global economic landscape and Sarawak will not be left out in this digital revolution. In its efforts to ensure that Sarawakian communities are well-equipped to participate in this new economy, various initiatives have been carried out by the state government to ensure digital inclusivity.

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Watch out for AZAM Toastmasters Club at i-CATS’ Creating Life on Campus programme

EVENT UPDATE: i-CATS’ Creating Life on Campus programme has been postponed to a later date. Watch this space for more updates!

(from left) AZAM Toastmasters vice president Azim Ismail, president Bong Kuek Kong, AZAM community development officer Mohd Wasli bin Mohd Ismail, communication officer Margaret Apau and Nissa Normin.
PROGRAMMES IN THE PIPELINE: (From left) AZAM Toastmasters vice president Azim Ismail, president Bong Kuek Kong, AZAM community development officer Mohd Wasli bin Mohd Ismail, communication officers Margaret Apau and Nissa Normin.

A day of confidence-building sessions and an introductory course to AZAM Toastmasters Club (AZAM TMC) is in the works for International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak’s (i-CATS) inaugural “Creating Life on Campus” programme on 8 September 2018.

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Educating AZAM Young Souls in soft skills upskilling programme

En Ariff led the one-day motivational programme that helped provide the youth participants a working knowledge of what drives people in self-motivation, interpersonal communication and intensive public speaking.
En Ariff led the one-day motivational programme that helped provide the youth participants a working knowledge of what drives people in self-motivation, interpersonal communication and intensive public speaking.

Soft skills like communication, self-motivation, leadership and time management are all skills that can separate a candidate from other job applicants with the same hard skills and technical qualifications.

In surveys conducted by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and JobStreet on unemployment among fresh graduates in 2016, it was found, among others, that one in four fresh graduates in Malaysia remains unemployed for six months after their graduation and that three main reasons why fresh graduates remain unemployed were: poor attitude, lack of English proficiency, and poor communication skills.

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Women’s Forum on empowerment and thriving in the digital economy

Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit launching the forum.
Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit launching the forum.

KUCHING, 21 March 2018: More than 100 women from universities, non-profit organisations, government agencies and the media attended the Women’s Forum at the TEGAS Innovation Hub to share their journey as women at work, home and business.

Deputy State Secretary of Sarawak Yang Berbahagia Datu Dr Sabariah Putit launched the forum that featured an impressive line-up of speakers such as IBM Malaysia managing director Chong Chye Neo, The Tuyang Initiative co-founder Ms Juvita T Wan and Pustaka Sarawak CEO Rashidah Hj Bolhassan.

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TEGAS signs MoU with five startups during SCaT Fair 2018

KUCHING: The Sarawak Bumiputera Technical Education Promotion Charitable Trust (TEGAS) announced that it will be collaborating with five agencies in various sectors under digital technology during the launch of Sarawak Career and Training (SCaT) Fair 2018 on March 10.

TEGAS exchanged MoUs with Azendian Solutions Sdn Bhd, Chumbaka Sdn Bhd, EFFEX Co Sdn Bhd, Petrosar Academy Sdn Bhd and Satu Creative Services Sdn Bhd where theywill collaborate in data analytics, gaming and virtual reality, robotics and drones, flying simulation as well as entrepreneurship coaching and mentoring.

“All of these efforts will improve the performance of TEGAS as the leading platform in promoting digital innovation which comprises STEM, TVET and entrepreneurship innovation in Sarawak,” said TEGAS chairman Datu Len Talif Salleh before the launch of SCaT Fair 2018 by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg themed “Enhancing Employability”.

Jointly organised by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research (MESTR) and TEGAS, the three-day education and career fair also featured 17 speakers talking on career and educational opportunities as well as the STEM Playground, Hackweekend Kch and UCSI’s The Big Chef.

The STEM Playground had 24 educational institutes, companies and agencies offering stimulating acitivites for children in the realms of digital innovation such as drones, robots, data analytics, coding, 3D holograms, 3D printing, lab activities and more.

The activities were geared towards sparking the interest of children and parents in science, technology, engineering, mathematics towards digital innovation and digital economy.

Another highlight of SCaT Fair 2018 was the collaboration under TEGAS and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre Berhad (MaGIC) where participating youth were given 50 hours to write code for an agricultural project, one of the main thrusts under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy, especially in IoT and Big Data.

Hackweekend Kch will continue onto other divisions in Sarawak and will see more youth participants challenged to find coding solutions for manufacturing, tourism, smart city, digital health, e-commerce and digital government.

SCaT Fair 2018 hosted 70 educational institutes and training centres, 60 companies offering 5,526 jobs, nine agencies offering scholarships and bursaries.

TEGAS will also be holding what will be its biggest educational roadshow to date – Project of Dreams Realised (PRO-DR) the week after next which will begin from Lundu to Lawas so that youths from rural areas will be able to enjoy the same opportunities as their urban counterparts.

AZAM and SDI visit Hanoi to study its sustainable rural development programmes

Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) and Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) kick-started the new year with a study visit to Hanoi, Vietnam from 14th to 19th January 2018.

The objective of this five-day study visit was to learn from Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) and Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) on the development policies, initiatives and strategies Vietnam adopted to accelerate development sustainably in the country.

The study visit also enabled AZAM and SDI members to explore ways on how to engage rural communities to ensure sustainability not only for rural development but also for the rural economy.

About 16 delegates comprising AZAM Board Members, SDI Board Members and secretariat from both organisations attended the five-day study visit to Hanoi.

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