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SMA-AZAM continues community digital initiative workshop in Bintulu

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New digital innovations are transforming everyday business transactions and marketing, opening up new opportunities and creative ways for startups, entrepreneurs or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reach out to consumers on both domestic and international fronts.

From March 19-20, Sarawak Multimedia Authority in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak held the second edition of its Community Digital Initiative workshop series at SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub, Bintulu.

SMA-AZAM’s workshop on building community awareness on digital economy in Bintulu was an important initiative by both organisations to transform Sarawak’s conventional economy to a digital economy.

Associate Professor Dr Johari Abdullah gave the participants an overview of IR 4.0 in his presentation called "Memastikan masyarakat louar bandar Sarawak yang 'digital-ready'
Associate Professor Dr Johari Abdullah gave the participants an overview of IR 4.0 in his presentation called “Memastikan masyarakat luar bandar Sarawak yang ‘digital-ready'”

Conducted by representatives from government and private sectors such as SMA, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), and local industry players, the workshop aimed to empower Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and entrepreneurs with relevant e-commerce marketing skills and networking that could enable them to mobilise their respective communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture the digital economy.

Approximately 50 participants comprising selected JKKK members and local entrepreneurs from Bintulu Division attended this one-and-a-half-day workshop.

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The main objectives of this workshop were to provide a platform for local community leaders and JKKK to play their role as state development frontliners in motivate and mobilise their communities to be digital-ready. To achieve this objective, a representative from SMA gave a summary of Sarawak’s digital economy strategy to better facilitate participants’ understanding and implementation of digital initiatives within their communities.

SMA Digital Village Unit Administrative Officer Amirrul Rizwan Mohd Abd Hafiz delivering his session on the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy.
SMA Digital Village Unit Administrative Officer Amirrul Rizwan Mohd Abd Hafiz delivering his session on the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy.

Other workshop highlights were knowledge sharing sessions from successful industry players like apparel and accessories entrepreneur Neng Kho Razali, on how to leverage on digital platforms to market original Bornean designs to the international market, and agro-based entrepreneur Heineken Laluan on packaging, shipping, and selling local produce to global markets.

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Accessories entrepreneur Neng Kho Razali outlining her experiences in entrepreneurship and how she leveraged on free tools on social media to push her fashion business to the local market.

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Bintulu Deputy Resident Hussaini Hakim represented Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi as he officiated the closing ceremony where workshop participants also received their certificates of participation.

The first edition of this workshop was held in Lawas last year.

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AIFFA mengetengahkan kelebihan belia dan potensi Sarawak dalam bidang perfileman

By Nissa Normin

Keunikan budaya dan landskap muka bumi di Sarawak telah menarik minat ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA) 2019 untuk membuka tirainya sekali lagi di Kuching, Sarawak dan akan bermula pada 25 hingga 27 April.  Acara gemilang ini akan melibatkan sebanyak 16 buah anugerah dipertandingkan dan melibatkan penyertaan lebih dari 10 negara ASEAN.

Pihak AZAM telah diundang ke majlis perasmian AIFFA untuk kali yang keempat di Sarawak pada 25 Januari yang lalu yang telah disempurnakan oleh Menteri Pelancongan, Kesenian, Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Seramai 15 orang wakil dari AZAM Sarawak termasuk lima orang belia AZAM Young Souls telah terlibat bersama dalam menjayakan majlis pelancaran yang lalu.

Selaras potensi Sarawak sebagai lokasi set penggambaran filem yang semulajadi dan kreatif, Mohd Saifullah Haini atau lebih dikenali sebagai Seph Haini, pengasas Spativate dan ahli AZAM Young Souls bersetuju dengan adanya AIFFA ia dapat mempromosi dan memberikan inspirasi kepada anak muda untuk berkecimpung dalam bidang hiburan dan industri penciptaan kandungan khasnya.

Seph Haini, salah seorang ahli AZAM Young Souls yang turut hadir ke majlis pelancaran AIFFA 2019.
Seph Haini, salah seorang ahli AZAM Young Souls yang turut hadir ke majlis pelancaran AIFFA 2019.

“Kenyataan Sarawak dipilih sebagai tempat tetap dalam penganjuran AIFFA akan meletakkan nama bandar, negeri dan negara kita sebagai hab kreatif yang terkenal di peringkat antarabangsa,” ujar beliau lagi.

Menurut Fabian Hee, juruvideo bebas dan salah seorang belia AZAM Young Souls yang turut hadir ketika majlis perasmian, beliau menyifatkan bahawa acara berprestij seperti AIFFA setidaknya boleh meningkatkan kesedaran umum mengenai pelbagai jenis kandungan dan filem yang tersedia di rantau ini, khususnya pada filem-filem Asia Tenggara.

”Disebaliknya itu, AIFFA akan membawa penciptaan kandungan yang lebih pelbagai dari belia tempatan dan diharapkan para belia ini dapat meletakkan Sarawak untuk dikenali di seluruh dunia,” jelas beliau lagi.

Di samping itu juga, acara yang dianjurkan selang dua tahun sekali ini secara tidak langsung memberi ilham kepada para penggiat seni untuk lebih aktif dalam menghasilkan filem dan juga berpeluang untuk mengenali dan memahami tentang penghasilan filem yang lebih bermutu untuk tontonan masyarakat.

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Fabian turut mengutarakan pendapat beliau agar acara berprestij seperti AIFFA ini dapat memupuk hubungan antara penggiat filem dengan pemimpin serantau agar dapat membantu dalam meningkatkan industri tempatan untuk lebih berdaya saing di peringkat antarabangsa.

Menurut Seph pula, beliau berharap agar acara seperti AIFFA ini akan memudahkan beliau untuk lebih memahami tentang bagaimana filem-filem yang ditayangkan terpilih sebagai untuk bertanding dan beliau berminat untuk mengetahui tentang kriteria-kriteria yang dipertandingkan dan meletakkan AIFFA ini berbeza dengan acara-acara berprestij yang lain.

Justeru itu, AIFFA memainkan peranan yang besar dan luas kepada para penggiat seni di Sarawak khususnya kerana pelbagai manfaat dapat diketengahkan dengan adanya AIFFA di negeri ini.

Perkara ini dipersetujui oleh Fabian dan Seph apabila mereka mengatakan acara seperti AIFFA dapat ditonjolkan lagi dengan adanya penglibatan atau penyertaan belia dalam aktiviti seperti bengkel perfileman. Ini akan lebih bermanfaat untuk bakat yang berpotensi pada masa hadapan yang seterusnya menjadi penyumbang sebagai penggiat seni di Sarawak.

Artis terkenal tanah air, Vanidah Imran dan Pengarah filem, U-Wei Shaari turut berkongsi pengalaman dan penglibatan mereka dalam bidang perfileman.
Artis terkenal tanah air, Vanidah Imran dan Pengarah filem, U-Wei Shaari turut berkongsi pengalaman dan penglibatan mereka dalam bidang perfileman.

Tambahan Seph pula, pihak berkepentingan juga memainkan peranan penting dalam memastikan penglibatan belia khususnya dalam bidang perfileman ini untuk memastikan penglibatan belia yang lebih aktif dalam industri kreatif dan industri tempatan dan seterusnya menarik minat bakat-bakat yang terpendam balik semula ke Sarawak.

Justeru itu, tidak dinafikan bahawa AIFFA merupakan acara berprestij yang boleh membawa naik nama-nama penggiat seni tanah air untuk leboh dikenali dimata dunia dan para belia di Sarawak berpotensi untuk menonjolkan bakat masing-masing dalam industri kreatif ini. Menjadikan Sarawak buat kali keempat sebagai tempat berlangsungnya acara ini akan meletakkan nama Sarawak untuk menjadi terkenal menerusi penggambaran filem-filem pada masa akan datang.

Bringing youth to the forefront of development in KYDO’18

KUCHING: The face of Kuching is fast-transforming into a cosmopolitan destination with a plethora of artsy and cultural events taking place in the 191-year-old capital over the last few years.

Adding to the city’s vibrancy recently was Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO) 2018 which returned to the Kuching Waterfront on November 10 this year since it first debuted in 2012.

Organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM) and youth volunteer group AZAM Young Souls, the outdoor portion of the two-day event featured a slew of young bloods in the local fashion, beauty and arts industry as they performed and showcased their talent in various sessions and activities throughout the day.

“What struck me was how much the local fashion scene has evolved looking at the collections – from ethnic contemporary to futuristic designs. There also seemed to be more teenage and young adult modern dance outfits active today when it was quite a struggle to get them a few years ago,” said AZAM Deputy Chief Executive Officer Rosalind Yang Misieng.

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Youth encouraged to be bold and work for market exposure for digital business

Speakers and participants taking one for the album in a group shot during the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO).
Speakers and participants taking one for the album in a group shot during the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO).

KUCHING, November 9: Youth startups and creatives should be bold to put themselves out there to get market exposure and take advantage of available programmes for entrepreneurs and digital businesses.

In an interactive session with Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan during the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out 2018 (KYDO) themed “The Power of Leverage: How Youths Could Initiate and Inspire Change to Society and Government”, he spoke on the opportunities and challenges that face the youth group in urban and rural areas in the entrepreneurship and digital economy sectors.

“Now Sarawak has become a center for business people to come. The Peninsular Malaysia market has become too crowded. For those who are farsighted, they can see Sarawak as ‘lubok rezeki’ and the West Malaysian businessmen want to open up businesses here and do joint ventures with Sarawakians,” said Snowdan, who officiated the two-day youth programme from 9-10 November organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak and youth volunteer group AZAM Young Souls.

Datuk Snowdan Lawan (centre) speaking during the interactive session on the opportunities and challenges for the youth in the digital economy as moderator Seph Haini (right) and AZAM Sarawak Honorary Secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari look on.
Datuk Snowdan Lawan (centre) speaking during the interactive session on the opportunities and challenges for the youth in the digital economy as moderator Seph Haini (right) and AZAM Sarawak Honorary Secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari look on.

About 85 participants from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, UiTM Sarawak, TedX Kenyalang and local youth attended the programme which saw youth entrepreneurs, startups, creatives and youth-driven outfits like HAUS KCH and The Champions inspire, influence and generate impact on young people to set and achieve higher goals for Sarawak.

In his opening speech, Snowdan commended KYDO for being in line with the state government’s aspirations to hold more creative and dynamic events to engage and inspire the younger generations as key stakeholders and partners in our development agenda.

“Events such as this, which take into consideration, very current trends, opportunities and challenges, are ideal platforms to nurture future leaders; leaders who are knowledgeable, innovative, dare to take risks, embrace high integrity, inclusive and visionary.”

The purpose of the Ngopi Ngeteh 2.0 portion of KYDO is to spark brainstorming and discussions among the youth groups, including on the best way to implement digital initiatives in various economic and socio-economic sectors within local communities.

“The youth have the opportunity to support development in many anchor sectors in Sarawak’s Digital Economy Strategy, which include but are not limited to, E-Commerce, Social, Tourism and even Agriculture.”

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.

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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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.

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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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.