Student attributes winning to Internet and newspapers

CHOO Mei Yuin of SMK St Teresa, Kuching said the Internet and newspapers had help her a lot in her award-winning essay.

The Form Four lass won the first prize in the lower urban secondary school category of the AZAM-Petronas Writers’ Awards 2009 to walk away with RM700. She wrote on the “45th Anniversary of Sarawak’s progress in Malaysia.”

“I did a lot of research from internet and newspapers for my essay, and they helped me a lot. Also, I thank my mom and my teachers for their guidance. It’s indeed a great feeling to win the first prize,” said Choo, who entered the competition for the second time last year.


Seminar to clarify Sarawak land policies

KUCHING: The Sarawak government’s land policies will be explained and deliberated upon at an upcoming seminar to be attended by 400 people from all levels of society.

The seminar, jointly organised by the Planning and Resource Management Ministry, Land and Survey Department and Angkatan Zaman Mansang, will be held in Bintulu on April 21 and 22.

It aims to enhance understanding of the state’s land policies besides getting feedback and suggestions from the participants on land-related issues.


Kuching schoolgirls present pua kumbu to US and Russia

KUCHING: Sarawak’s pua kumbu has caught the eyes of the Americans and Russians through a non-conventional way.

During a two-hour video conferencing yesterday, SMK St Teresa students Angeline Audrey and Edna Emily introduced the much sought after Iban hand-woven blanket to young audiences in Oklahoma in the United States and Ufa-shigiri in Russia.

The event was the third Internatio-nal Indigenous Youth Video Conference organised by the US State Department in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang and the State Library held at the State Library in Petra Jaya here yesterday.

The theme was “Culture and the Environment.”


AZAM to study impact of SCORE in Sarawak

KUCHING: Non-governmental organisation Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) plans to undertake a study on the social impact of major pro­jects such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said the study was needed as such projects presented new challenges to the people due to rapid changes in the political, economic and social environments.

“We are aware of the need to keep people informed and engaged in the development process.

“To undertake this, Azam is set to explore fresh approaches to reach out to the people, especially grassroots communities in rural areas and the younger generation,” he said at the NGO’s 25th anniver­sary dinner here on Monday night.


Agrofest seminar to focus on livestock

KUCHING: An Agrofest seminar to be held in conjunction with this year’s State Farmers’ Day will focus on the livestock sector and its business potential.

The seminar on Nov 2 will provide an overview on the development and potential of the state’s livestock sector.

Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam), which is organising the seminar jointly with the State Modernisation of Agriculture Ministry, said its focus was timely as the livestock sector had been identified as one of 10 priority industries to be developed under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.


Sarawak to host CJA eighth meet from Oct 13

KUCHING: The Commonwealth Journalists Association’s (CJA) local chapter, in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang, will host the CJA’s triennial delegates’ conference here from October 13 to 18.

CJA branch chairman Florence Yii said about 80 delegates comprising 40 foreign journalists, their Malaysian counterparts and observers are expected to attend the conference themed News Targets for Today: Better Democracy and a Better Environment.

“I am confident this eighth conference will provide tremendous exposure and networking opportunities for local media practitioners and journalists from Commonwealth nations.

“It is the first time such a conference is being held in the country and SouthEast Asia. It coincides with Sarawak’s 45th anniversary within Malaysia,” she said.


Foster love of reading early, says asst minister

“From stirring children’s interest and teaching them to read to providing reading materials and good role models, there must be a whole chain of activity if we are to create a reading society,” Fatimah said at the launch of two books jointly published by Sarawak NGO Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) and Petronas at the State Library here.

The books, Shaping a Culture of Thinkers and Sparkles of Growing Minds, are compilations of winning entries in the Azam-Petronas best development feature awards and short story writing competition in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Azam chief executive Datuk Aloysius Dris said the competition aimed to cultivate interest in reading and writing stories about Sarawak.


Teaching the masses about Conservation

KUCHING: Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) is spearheading the education for sustainable de-velopment programme under the patronage of Unesco.

Azam’s chief executive officer Datuk Aloysius Dris said the non-governmental organisation was engaging the country’s media in the programme through workshops and brainstorming sessions.


Clean development mechanism conference in Kuching

KUCHING: The Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) is organising a conference on clean development mechanism at Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Jan 24-25.

Speakers include Dr Nadzri Yahaya from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Dr Norini Haron from Forest Research Institute Malaysia and Eco-Ideal Consulting Sdn Bhd executive director Soon Hun Yang.