Applying the Silicon Valley startup culture here in Sarawak

Originally referring to the large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in south San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley is headquarters to 39 businesses in the Fortune 1000, and thousands of startup companies.

A paradise for most startup entrepreneurs, while Silicon Valley is a thousand miles away from Sarawak and it may be impossible to replicate the exact components here, it doesn’t mean we can’t understand what makes it work and try to adapt it to our circumstances.

Read more here: Applying the Silicon Valley startup culture here in Sarawak

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Fighting for zero corruption

Building financial literacy is an important step in combatting corruption, stressed panellist Syed Nizamuddin Sayed Khassim during the one-day Anti-Corruption Seminar for Youth on Nov 5.

The Youth Parliament Malaysia member was speaking to a crowd of 50 or so undergraduate students at the seminar themed ‘Together we fight for zero corruption’ organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak in collaboration with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

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The Next New Thing: Trends and Disruptions in the World of Venture Capital and Startups

Local start-ups must learn to take risks, be more open and be mentors to each other in order to make it in today’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In giving the advice yesterday, IBM Venture Capital Group software strategy director Deborah Magid said that startups today are capable of ‘disrupting’ traditional businesses through innovations as what they do through technology tend to be cheaper, more engaging and efficient to customers.

Read more here: The Next New Thing: Trends and Disruptions in the World of Venture Capital and Startups

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AZAM Sarawak wins ASEAN Leadership Award for Rural Development & Poverty Eradication

VIENTIANE, Laos: Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) has won the prestigious 2nd ASEAN Leadership Award on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication.

AZAM Sarawak Chief Executive Officer, Datu Aloysius Dris received the award on Friday night from Le Luong Minh, ASEAN Secretary-General at the gala dinner held in conjunction with the 9th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and Related Meetings held at Lao Plaza Hotel here. The award comprised a certificate and a trophy.

AZAM Sarawak, which represented Malaysia at the award ceremony, was one of the two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) nominated by the Sarawak state government at the state-level for the award. At the national-level, it was identified by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development as the most qualified NGO to receive the ASEAN Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Leadership Award.

Present at the award presentation ceremony here were Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Deputy Secretary-General of the ministry Datuk Rahim Abu Bakar and Deputy Undersecretary (Strategic Planning Division) Mohd Ali bin Sebran and Principal Assistant Secretary (Strategic Management Division)  Farah Felinda Hanim binti Razali. Also present were the AZAM Sarawak general manager Rosalind Yang Misieng, board member Adeline Liong and member Sim Ah Hua, who is also general manager of Sarawak Development Institute (SDI), a sister body of AZAM Sarawak.

Besides AZAM Sarawak, nominees from other nine ASEAN countries also received the leadership award at the gala dinner hosted by Bounheuang Douangphachanh, Minister to the Government’s Office and Chairman of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication in Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR).

The dinner was for the ASEAN Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Ministers and delegates. Guests at the event were entertained to Laotian dances and songs as well as Western songs and feted to Laotian cuisines. The dinner concluded with the guests joining their friendly Lao hosts in the traditional Laotian dance called Lamvong Lao Dance.Yesterday, Prime Minister of Lao PDR, Thongsing Thammavong declared open the 9th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting at Lao National Cultural Hall here.

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Datu Aloysius Dris (left) receiving the prestigious ASEAN Leadership Award from ASEAN Secretary-General, Le Luong Minh (right) as others look on.

Source & Link : http://www.newsarawaktribune.com/news/50802/AZAM-Sarawak-wins-ASEAN-Leadership-Award/

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Short video competition on unity to be launched together with youth forum

A youth forum on Unity will be held on 14 November 2015 together with the official launching of the short video competition on “Kuching…City of Unity”.

This is a collaboration with the Sarawak State Government in conjunction with Kuching’s declaration as a City of Unity.

For interest in joining this youth forum and for the official launching of the short video competition, please confirm your attendance using this link : https://www.facebook.com/events/1080968201921864/

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8 October 2015 ** Talk on Community Based Story Telling Through Video **

Talk on Community Based Story Telling Through Video

Organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur

Date : 8 October 2015

Venue : Conference Room, Kompleks AZAM, Crookshank Road, Kuching, Sarawak

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME

2.00 pm          Arrival of participants

2.30 pm          Welcome Remarks

                          By Mdm. Norjanah Haji Razali

                          Member, Board of Directors 2014 / 2016

                          Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak)

2.45 pm         Video Presentation

3.00 pm         Knowledge Sharing

By Mr. Bird Runningwater

                         Associate director of Native American and Indigenous Programs for the Sundance Institute

 

                         Question and Answer

Refreshments

 4.30 pm       Ends

*****

 

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Elements of Volunteerism

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Perhaps this is one of the many reasons people take part in volunteerism.

Among those speaking about volunteerism at Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) seminar on Sept 7 to mark its 32nd anniversary was public speaking champion Stephen Fernando who gave an insight on how to make a difference by being different.

Read more here: Elements of Volunteerism

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