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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.

The first day of KYDO’18 held at a local hotel here from 9am-4.30pm will involve a series of seminar sessions by young changemakers and entrepreneurs to inspire discussion, generate fresh knowledge, motivate the youth and spark off new initiatives by the participating youth.

In the first session titled “Young change makers in transforming today’s socio-economic landscapes” Faisal Hassan (a strategic marketing and technology development company founder and CEO) and Alcila Abby (eco-warrior, beach cleaner) will share how the youth of today can leverage on digital tech to make a living as well as contribute to social change.

“Arts & Culture: Turning Creatives into a career and business/social enterprise” moderated by representatives from HAUS KCH will feature artists from various mediums such as Angelina Bong (visual artist and spoken word poet), Lance Vun Vui Khien (photographer), Ho John Cris Panganiban (hip hop dance instructor, singer, choreographer) and Leonard Siaw ( muralist, street artist).

In the “Impact of Socio-cultural Influencers on Youth” session moderated by The Champions, panellists Cyril Dason (web designer) and Dalton Yeo (videographer), will share their experiences as content creators and expound on the impact of digital influencers and youth community activists on today’s youth in terms of mindset, social consciousness and enterprise.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC) will also be providing a sharing session in “Introduction of Global Online Workforce” where participants will learn how this digital platform will assist Malaysians on how to leverage on crowdsourcing platforms to generate digital revenue consistently and on a full time basis.

Meanwhile, Day 2 of KYDO’18 from 9am to 11pm at the Godown Amphitheatre is an exciting day of back-to-back activities and exhibits. To start the day with energy, join the Zumba session from 9am-10am, followed by a Creative Makeup Competition and other con-current activities such as live arts, dance competition, quiz competition, conceptual photography session, and buskers.

Other activities to entertain yourself with as you walk down the Kuching Waterfront will be the arts exhibition, flea markets and K-Wheel Riders.

Thrill your senses with the night session where you will be entertained with the mini concert KYDO 2018 which will showcase local talents in various mediums such as the modern dance performance, fashion shows, acoustic performance among others.

The objectives of the programme are to bring together Kuching youths from diverse backgrounds and interests to converse, perform and play together as part of a healthy lifestyle and social interaction, to get local youths to talk about current social and economic trends with a view to encourage the younger generations to contribute ideas and recommendations on moving forward; and to help provide a stronger unified front for the youths to be heard, to be engaged and included in the state’s development process.

It is hoped that this programme will drive youth development for Kuching and, Sarawak as a whole, to the next level, capitalising on Sarawak’s own unique gifts and strengths.

For more information on KYDO’18, contact AZAM officer-in-charge Mohd Wasli Mohd Ismail at 082-411799

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.

Program satu hari ini melibatkan sesi ceramah daripada wakil Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) iaitu  Encik Hazwan Razak yang memberikan Pengenalan kepada Ekonomi Digital sekaligus memulakan sesi 1 bagi program, tersebut, manakala  sesi 2 pula  diikuti dengan pembentangan daripada Tuan Safari Bin Ali, Timbalan Peguam Besar Negeri, Jabatan Peguam Besar Negeri Sarawak yang membincangkan topik berkenaan dengan Ordinan Minyak dan perlombongan & MA63 diikuti dengan sesi 3 yang dikendalikan oleh Saudara Haris Abdullah yang membicarakan tentang testimoni Usahawan Berjaya dan bagi sesi petangnya pula adalah sesi Townhall  “Digital Inclusivity With The Youth” bersama YB Yussibnosh Balo, ADUN N57 Tellian, YB Abdul Yakub Arbi, ADUN N58 Balingian dan YB Dato Hanifah Hajar Taib, Ahli Parlimen P213 Mukah

Booth Pameran AZAM Sarawak melibatkan pengenalan kepada AZAM Sarawak, bidang tugas, dan kumpulan sasar yang menjadi tumpuan kepada aktiviti dan program yang dijalankan oleh AZAM Sarawak. Selain itu, terdapat juga Kuiz dan permainan yang melibatkan ekonomi digital dijalankan oleh Sukarelawan Belia AZAM yang dibawakan khas dari Kuching untuk bersama-sama memeriahkan lagi majlis ini. Tambahan pula, pihak AZAM turut berkesempatan menemubual beberapa belia Mukah yang aktif bagi video pendek yang akan dihasilkan untuk mengetahui pendapat dan pandangan daripada mereka mengenai bidang ini yang akan dimuat naik ke siaran Youtube AZAM iaitu AZAM Online TV.

Selain AZAM Sarawak, terdapat beberapa agensi lain yang turut mengambil bahagian, antaranya seperti Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Pusat Internet Kluster Mukah, Centex Dalat,ICATS dan PPKS Mukah, Kelab Seni Belia Mukah, Ajakcut Barbershop, QM Services, Hasiah Henna Art dan Usahawan Mikro Kebajikan (UMK) Mukah. Sebanyak 300 orang belia Mukah mengambil bahagian. Mereka terdiri daripada belia dari sekitar parlimen Mukah meliputi kawasan Balingian, Telian dan Dalat, Pelajar dan kakitangan Politeknik, Uitm, PPKS, serta guru-guru dari Pejabat Pendidikan Bahagian Mukah.

Mukah merupakan lokasi pertama dan program ini akan diadakan di Sri Aman dan Lawas pada bulan November 2018 nanti menurut pihak penganjur.

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.

As an effort to familiarise and educate grassroots leaders on development strategies and trends under the digital economy agenda, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak is organising a one-day workshop called Randau Digital Sarawak themed “Ke Arah Masyarakat Digital” on 5 September 2018 in Limbang.

A hundred participants comprising members of the Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) from Limbang Division are expected to attend this one-day workshop.

The workshop is primarily to generate awareness among JKKK members – who are among the state’s development frontliners, on the importance and benefits of digital economy. The workshop seeks to equip the JKKKs with the relevant knowledge and networking that can enable them to mobilise their respective communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture digital economy.

The sessions will be conducted by government representatives from Department of Agriculture Sarawak (DOA), Kuching District Office, UNIMAS, and local industry players.

Among the key sectors to be discussed at the workshop are capacity-building on digital economy, e-tourism, technopreneurship and digital agriculture.

The one-day event will also include a randau session with local elected people’s representatives who will provide an opportunity for the people to voice out and discuss their concerns about digital economy initiatives and development.

It is the first in a series of workshops for JKKK, in a programme by SMA and AZAM, to promote digital inclusivity. The next workshop is scheduled to be held in November for Miri Division.

For more information, contact Yaana Singkie (AZAM Sarawak) at 082-411799 or e-mail: yaana@azam.org.my.

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.

In an effort to bridge the gap for Sarawakian fresh graduates seeking employment or all-round skills that would help them get ahead in the workplace or in their private enterprise, AZAM organised the AZAM Youth Upskilling Programme on 28 July 2018.

The one-day upskilling programme was a combination of motivational speaking and roleplay scenarios to promote understanding of interpersonal dynamics and communication skills.
The one-day upskilling programme was a combination of motivational speaking and roleplay scenarios to promote understanding of interpersonal dynamics and communication skills.

In the first of a series of self-development programmes geared for AZAM Young Souls and the youth, the upskilling programme imparted lessons on valuable soft skills that would make the difference between a ‘job’ and a ‘career’. It was also hoped that the sessions would help nurture youth to be socially responsible citizens and youth leaders.

The one-day programme themed “Inspire. Influence. Impact.” was led by AZAM Youth Development Committee chairman En Mohamad Ariff Irwani bin Azahari who coached the youth in key soft skills like presentation and communication skills, business etiquette, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

En Ariff, who is also a professional speaker, trainer and life coach, highlighted his motivational speaking sessions with fun, experiential learning in the form of games that built awareness around interpersonal communication and confidence in public speaking.

En Ariff (6th left) and AZAM DCEO Miss Rosalind Yang Misieng (6th right) taking one for the album with the AZAM Young Souls and other youth participants at the conclusion of the workshop.
En Ariff (6th left) and AZAM DCEO Miss Rosalind Yang Misieng (6th right) taking one for the album with the AZAM Young Souls and other youth participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

Participants also got to demonstrate what they learnt from En Ariff’s public speaking tips by speaking in front of the camera. Besides helping participants observe their performance from the audience’ viewpoint, it also helped prepare them in the event that they had to speak on camera.

More upskilling programmes for AZAM Young Souls are coming up! Keep up-to-date with AZAM’s activities by liking or following our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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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AYCLive@Borneo744 berlangsung dengan meriah!

Oleh : Mohd. Hassnal Hakim Junaidi
Diterjemah dan disunting oleh : Margaret Apau

KUCHING: Dalam usaha kita memastikan pembangunan ekonomi digital di Sarawak terus berkembang, AYCLive@B744 tampil menyediakan pelbagai aktiviti yang bermanfaat dan menyeronokkan demi untuk menggalakkan penglibatan belia dalam agenda pembangunan negeri ini.

Kira-kira 350 orang pengunjung telah menghadirkan diri dalam program kerjasama antara AZAM Young Souls dan AZAM Sarawak yang berlangsung pada 18 November 2017 di Borneo744 Jalan Semangat itu, antaranya adalah terdiri daripada mahasiswa Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), persatuan belia sekitar Kuching dan Samarahan serta orang awam.

Pengunjung turut tidak melepaskan peluang dalam menyertai bengkel tekno keusahawanan yang dikendalikan oleh Mac Jake yang membicarakan berkenaan dengan peluang anak muda dalam menembusi pasaran hari ini dalam membina kerjaya mereka masing-masing.

Mac Jake pengasas CampFyre dan rakan kongsi bagi Squirtle Sdn Bhd memberi penekanan kepada kreativiti dan inovasi dalam keusahawanan.
Mac Jake pengasas CampFyre dan rakan kongsi bagi Squirtle Sdn Bhd memberi penekanan kepada kreativiti dan inovasi dalam keusahawanan.

Selain itu juga, Wilson Beh yang merupakan pakar dalam bidang fintech atau teknologi kewangan, juga tidak ketinggalan dalam memberikan pendedahan kepada peserta bengkel mengenai konsep dan senario dalam bidang ini supaya mereka faham akan kepentingnya dan dapat mengadaptasikan ia sekaligus merealisasikan perkembangan ekonomi digitial di Sarawak.

Beh semasa mengendalikan bengkel tentang teknologi kewangan.
Beh semasa mengendalikan bengkel tentang teknologi kewangan.

Bengkel keusahawanan seni yang dikendalikan oleh Shaikh Azahar Shaik Hussain, pensyarah fakulti seni gunaan dan kreatif Unimas, pula memperlihatkan potensi bidang ini bukan sahaja boleh dijadikan sebagai minat semata-mata malah ianya dapat memberikan pulangan dari segi ekonomi kepada kita semua.

Syaikh Azahar menekenkan tentang potensi bidang seni dalam arena ekonomi digital.
Syaikh Azahar menekenkan tentang potensi bidang seni dalam arena ekonomi digital.

Selain daripada perkongsian ilmu daripada pakar, AYCLive@B744 juga menampilkan pelbagai aktiviti menarik seperti busking, jamming, pameran motosikal dan kereta besar, pameran cosplay, jualan lambak, pameran pendidikan dan banyak lagi.

Tambahan pula, AYCLive@B744 kali ini juga memberikan kelainan apabila julung kalinya penganjuran ini melibatkan sesi forum yang dikenali sebagai sesi “Ngopi Ngeteh” dengan membicarakan topik bertajuk “Adapting to Change and Riding On Trends in the 4.0 Era”.

Forum ini menampilkan ahli panel seperti Zaiwin Kassim, kurator TEDx@Kenyalang, Beh, salah seorang pengasas PolicyStreet dan Ashweein Narayanan, wakil dari hub masyarakat kreatif HAUS KCH dan wakil MAGIC Sarawak Amirin Arsyan dan dikendalikan oleh AZAM Young Souls iaitu Muhd Ammar Zafri Zainuddin dan Amalina Matali.

Sesi "Ngopi Ngeteh" membicarakan tentang potensi ekonomi digital untuk membangunkan masa depan belia Sarawak.
Sesi “Ngopi Ngeteh” membicarakan tentang potensi ekonomi digital untuk membangunkan masa depan belia Sarawak.

Forum sesi ini diserikan lagi dengan persembahan pertunjukkan fesyen daripada mahasiswa Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing (LUCT) diriingi dengan persembahan muzikal daripada At Adau, Soundholic, Foxgloves dan persembahan tarian moden dari kumpulan tari UNIMAS.

Majlis penutupan telah dirasmikan oleh Dominic Chuo, Ahli Lembaga AZAM Sarawak dan turut sama Lelia Sim Ah Hua, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AZAM Sarawak.

Mengambil gambar sebagai kenangan selepas akhirnya forum: (dari kiri) Amirin, Zaiwin, Sim, Ashweein, Chui, Beh dan Timbalan Pegawai Eksekutif Rosalind Yang Misieng.
Gambar kenangan selepas tamat sesi forum: (dari kiri) Amirin, Zaiwin, Sim, Ashweein, Chuo, Beh dan Timbalan Pegawai Eksekutif AZAM Sarawak Rosalind Yang Misieng.

Turut hadir sama memeriahkan majlis adalah Krew Cats Rangers yang mengadakan kuiz kepada orang ramai dan dikuasakan oleh Warrior Energy Drink selaku penaja minuman khas pada hari tersebut.