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.

Workshop on content creation focuses on “Telling Sarawak’s Stories”

AZAM Sarawak, Faradale Media-M  and the Sarawak State Government collaborated with the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) on a workshop on content creation themed “Telling Sarawak’s Stories” on 16 December 2017, 8am-5pm at The Waterfront Hotel.

The one-day workshop featured talks on content creation through different mediums like animation, documentaries, film and multimedia.

Award-winning Malaysian film director U-Wei Haji Saari (“Hanyut”, “Perempuan, Isteri dan…”) Dr. Riezal Dim (Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, UNIMAS), Mr. Rolando Inciong (ComDev specialist from the Philippines), Pn. Azlynda Jawawi (CEO Wijasa Media) and Mr. Maurice Renay (lecturer on animation at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Sarawak) spoke at the one-day workshop.

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Exciting lineup of activities at AZAM’s AYCLive@Borneo744 youth event

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KUCHING: Workshops, musical performances, recreational sports and more await at Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak’s latest edition of AYCLive on November 18 at Borneo744.

Free and open to the public, AYCLive@Borneo744 will be a one day event starting from 8am to 6pm. AYCLive is AZAM Sarawak’s signature youth event that combines artistic and recreational activities with programmes that promotes personal and professional growth among the youth.

Among the bands slated to perform at AYCLive@Borneo744 are At Adau, Soundholic, Foxgloves, Amey Suhaili, Afiq Zafi, Adi Bazli, Co-Ed Crew, Kenshin Clan, and Imaginasi Music.
Among the bands slated to perform at AYCLive@Borneo744 are At Adau, Soundholic, Foxgloves, Amey Suhaili, Afiq Zafi, Adi Bazli, Co-Ed Crew, Kenshin Clan, and Imaginasi Music.

Come and be entertained with musical performances by At Adau, Soundholic, Foxgloves and modern dance by University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas). Watch out for the fashion show staged by Limkokwing Borneo which will also see At Adau performing.

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