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AZAM members study visit in Lawas to contribute to rural community development

KUCHING: Lawas has a big potential in tourism with many traditional and attractive emerging products although it is located in a strip of Sarawak territory between the Temburong district of Brunei and Sabah.

As an effort to familiarize members with Lawas’ socio-economic development with the view to assist in promoting Lawas, Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with Lawas District Office is organising an AZAM Members’ Study Visit and Rural Community Outreach programme that will be held from 11-14 July 2019 in Lawas.

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Among the places that AZAM members will be visiting is the waterfront of Kampung Awat-Awat, the tahai cottage industry and long jetty in Kampung Punang, Meragang Buffalo Station, and the Ceramic Beads Handicraft Centre at Kampung Long Tuma.

The main objectives of this programme are to provide an opportunity for AZAM members to reach out and contribute to rural community development. To achieve this objective, a motivational and knowledge sharing session will be held during the study visit to Kampung Awat-Awat, and the session will be conducted by AZAM members, YBhg. Dato Dr. Munirah Mohd Hassan, and Edward Minggat anak Gena. Fifty participants comprising selected JKKK members and villagers of Kampung Awat-Awat are expected to attend this session.

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To familiarize the AZAM delegation with Lawas’ socio-economic development, Lawas District Officer Ladin Atok will be giving an overview of the development in Lawas.

Other programme highlights are knowledge sharing sessions from tourism operator and entrepreneur Joseph Yusuf Tai, on the update of e-tourism projects in Lawas, AZAM members Associate Professor Dr. Margaret Chan Kit Yok on using e-books for tourism and Edward Minggat anak Gena, on engaging the rural community in tourism. Fifty participants comprising the relevant business communities in Lawas are expected to attend these sessions.

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As part of the outreach programme, the AZAM delegation will hold a social gathering in Lawas to enhance rapport and networking with local partners.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak Communication Officer Nissa Normin at 082-411799 or e-mail: nissa@azam.org.my.

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SMA-AZAM workshop builds on community awareness on digital economy in Kapit

KAPIT, July 4: Increasing innovations and development in digital platforms such as mobile commerce and online businesses has created vast opportunities in the marketplace, empowering entrepreneurs and startups with the opportunity to plan out their own marketing strategies, and connect them with a more diverse customer base from all over the world, leveling the playing field for SMEs and retailers alike.

In line with the Sarawak government’s intensive efforts to transform Sarawak’s conventional economy to a digital economy, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak held the third edition of its Community Digital Initiative workshop series from 3-4- July 2019 in Kapit as part of a statewide campaign to spread digital inclusivity.

Conducted by representatives from government and private sectors such as SMA, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Center of Technical Excellence (Centexs) and local industry players, the workshop aimed to empower Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and entrepreneurs with relevant e-commerce marketing skills and netowrking that can enable them to mobilise their respective communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture the digital economy.

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About 40 participants comprising selected JKKK members and local entrepreneurs from Kapit Division attended this one-and-a-half day workshop which aimed to provide a platform for local community leaders and JKKK to play their role as state development frontliners in motivating and mobilising their communities to be digital-ready.

To achieve this objective, a representative from SMA gave an overview of Sarawak’s digital economyh strategy to better facilitate participants’ understanding and implementation of digital initiatives with their communities.

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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The first and second edition of the workshop was held in Lawas last year and in Bintulu in March 2019.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak’s Community Development Unit officer Yaana Singkie at 082-411799 or email: yaana@azam.org.my.

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Media briefing on Digital Inclusivity

KUCHING: Digital inclusivity, whereby creating a digital-ready community through awareness- and knowledge-building, developing digital skills and competencies as well as promoting inclusive digital participation, are all vital to ensuring the implementation and smooth facilitation of the Sarawak Government’s digital economy agenda.

An important role to facilitating understanding among community stakeholders in the digital economy is by strengthening the media understanding of the key focus areas of the Sarawak Digital Economy. With that in mind, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak and TV Sarawak is organising a half-day media briefing for the media called for Media on Digital Economy on 28 March 2019 in Kuching.

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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.

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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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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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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Catch AZAM on CATS FM

19th October 2017
Radio Program AZAM Episod 13, Rentak Pemansang Kenyalang: “Ngemansangka Pengawa Betanam engggau Asil ari Utai Tanam Ba Sarawak Nengah Cara Dagang enggau Begunaka Teknologi Digital” @ CATS FM

20th October 2017
Radio Program AZAM Episod 13, Rentak Pembangunan Kenyalang: “Membangunkan Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani di Sarawak Melalui Komersialisasi dan Teknologi Digital” @ CATS FM

AZAM TO INTRODUCE YOUTH MEMBERS MENTORSHIP TO GROOM ITS FUTURE LEADERS

The year 2014 has been another eventful year for AZAM.

In his Statement published in the 2014 Annual Report, AZAM’s Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani said AZAM was a key collaborator in some of the state’s seminars such as those on “Socially and Culturally Vibrant Cities and Towns” with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

He also said AZAM’s youth development programmes had also seen a steady increase in the number of participation as well as in partnerships with other institutions both local as well from outside Sarawak.

Tan Sri Morshidi said during the year under review, AZAM also introduced new youth activities such as a collaboration with PETRONAS on a Youth Dialogue, which is a rural youth outreach activity to facilitate their interaction with the state’s leaders on development concerns in Sarawak.

AZAM had also continued to work closely with local radio stations and newspapers to disseminate useful information on current development happenings around Sarawak through its radio programme and newspaper development feature articles.

Meanwhile in his remarks at the 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of AZAM held last Saturday in Kuching, Tan Sri Morshidi who is also the State Secretary said if last year’s performance of AZAM was any indication, AZAM looked set to not only enjoy more productive years ahead, but is also well prepared to scale new heights.

He added, one of the highlights in 2014 was the launch of AZAM Online TV, an online video channel via Youtube, which was to help provide fresh and positive images of Sarawak to both local and international audiences. In this digital era, such move was a natural progression in AZAM’s efforts to communicate development information and knowledge quickly and more creatively, to the people of Sarawak and other stakeholders.

Among other things, the AGM agreed with the proposal to introduce a mentorship progamme for the youth members of AZAM aged 21-30, by the senior members. This is primarily to groom the younger members to be future leaders in the organisation, and to work towards a more strategic and coordinated development programme for the youth target groups in Sarawak.

Tan Sri Morshidi called on the senior members of AZAM to volunteer to mentor the youth members to help turn them into highly active volunteers.

On matters raised by members, a former Deputy Chairman of AZAM, Datu Dr. Hatta Bin Solhi suggested that more youths be encouraged to reach out and work with troubled youths.

Another member, Abang Haji Nawawi Abang Drahman said that in addressing problems of substance abuse among youths, those working with such troubled youths must be well trained.

YBhg. Dato William Wei, a board member of AZAM suggested that voluntary efforts should be made to provide more training opportunities for youths who are unemployed or lack job skills, especially by local industries.

AZAM presently has more than 100 members who are accepted based on their commitment to volunteer in capacities such as, members of various working committees, conference speakers, facilitators, or moderators, trainers, writers and judges of competitions.

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