KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) and the British High Commission today announced a collaborative project with famous British fashion icon, Dame Zandra Lindsey Rhodes.
Kraftangan Malaysia Design and Research Division senior director, Datuk Mohd Zubair Mohd Zain said the collaborative project named 'The Malaysian Textile Development Programme London' was aimed at promoting and creating business opportunities for Malaysian textiles at an international level.
"The Malaysian Textile Development Programme London will culminate in a showcase of Zandara Rhodes's SS16 collection at London Fashion Week which will be held from Sept 18 to 22 this year in the United Kingdom (UK).
"The collection will also feature vibrant and exclusive Malaysian batik and songket, which will be transformed into Zandra imaginative and creative day and evening wear clothings," he told a press conference here Monday.
Also present was British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadcell.
Mohd Zubair said for the first time, Malaysian textiles would be featured at London Fashion Week alongside other popular and established labels such as Paul Smith, Vivien Westwood and Versus.
In the programme, Zandra would be designing a clothing collection under her label, Zandra Rhodes, using Malaysian textiles, supplied by Kraftangan Malaysia and produced by Malaysian textiles producers, he said.
He said Zandra would also be conducting a mentorship programme for selected local Malaysian textile producers in which they could learn and study the standards and prerequisite of textile production of an international fashion industry.
The Zandra Rhodes collection would also be presented at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend 2015, an annual event organised by KL Alta Moda Sdn Bhd from Nov 8 to 15 this year at the National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, he said.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Malaysia is aiming to surpass Thailand and Singapore to become the top medical tourist destination in South-east Asia by 2020.
Currently in third place in terms of number of health travellers in the region, Sherene Azura Azli, CEO of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) — a body set up in 2009 under the Ministry of Health to develop and promote Malaysia’s healthcare travel industry — said the main challenge is the lack of awareness about Malaysia as a health tourism destination.
Speaking at the Tourism Summit 2015 in Kuala Lumpur last week, Sherene said: “Middle East travellers come to Malaysia for a holiday but go to Thailand for medical treatments. We don’t shout loud enough about our unique value proposition in our marketing and communications.”
Sherene said plans include strengthening public partnership with all private hospitals involved in medical tourism and do more collective marketing in key markets to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind medical tourism destination.
These key markets include South-east Asia, the Middle East, China, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Kazakhstan.
In 2014, Malaysia earned RM730 million (US$191 million) in revenue from medical tourism and this year, the target is to reach RM1 billion.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said Zulfahmi had to ensure he was in the top 15 for each of the remaining nine races.
"Zulfahmi has to be more determined in meeting the top 15 target. He should put up a better peformance in Indianapolis next week until the end of the season. "Should he fail to be in the top 15 for each race, Zulfahmi will be slapped with financial penalties. It is entirely up to him to succeed," he told reporters at SIC Saturday.
Razlan said the decision was made after taking into consideration the objective of SIC to give at least one slot to a local racer in Moto3.
"We have many junior riders but I do no want to affect the preparations of other racers in their competition for the CEV Repsol International Championship and Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup.
"Actually, Zulfahmi did not explain his direction in Moto3. After my meeting with him this morning, we decided not to distract his concentration in the subsequent races after Indianapolis," he said.
Razlan also advised Zulfahmi to use the opportunity available to impress other teams should he want to tie up with one of them to continue his motoring career. "He needs to think of his career. Zulfahmi should go all out in the remaining nine races to ensure he could continue racing next season," he said.
Meanwhile, Zulfahmi when met said he was grateful to his team for their confidence and accommodation for him to complete this Moto3 season.
"I know it is all up to me after this, and I usually improve after mid- season, so I will work hard to improve by position in each race. "I will put in more effort as I still want to race in the World MotoGP next year," he said.
Zulfahmi is now in the 25th spot out of 28 riders in the Moto3 class with two points while his teammate, Jakub Kornfeil is now placed 18th with 19 points.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Visitors at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship 2015 (WSBK) Malaysian Round experienced thrills and excitement aplenty - both watching the action on the track and enjoying the WSBK Bike Fest at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) during the WSBK race weekend from 31 July to 2 August 2015.
“This is the second year running that SIC is organising the WSBK Malaysian Round. To reach out to and attract a wider audience beyond die-hard racing fans, we are offering many activities for visitors of all ages. Families from all walks of life will be able to enjoy a unique weekend outing, here so I urge everyone to come by to the Sepang Circuit this weekend. There are activities lined up to keep everyone entertained, even non-ticket holders,” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC.
One racing fan who came from afar to watch the race is Peter Bailey from Australia. The first time visitor to Malaysia commended SIC for a well-organised event. “I’m a big fan of Aprilia bikes. I’m here to support Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes, and Leon Haslam - and of course Max Biaggi,” said Bailey.
For many fans, another not to be missed motorsports element seen at the circuit are the WSBK girls. The girls also enjoy the interaction, with one of them, Nicholle, expressing her excitement to be back again at the WSBK. “This is the second time I am here, and I am looking forward to interacting with the crowd of fans again. It is also great to see more vendors this year,” she said.
The lovely girls and vendors were certainly memorable for carnival participants and visitors alike. One popular stop for shoppers is the S&J Concept booth offering attractive custom designed headgears and apparel. “This is our first time opening a booth here at Sepang and we’ve been seeing encouraging interest so far from many visitors, who are very keen on the helmets,” said James Lee from S&J Concept.
Took a selfie with a bike? How about printing it out on a stamp? Pos Malaysia has their booth here offering a stamp personalisation service from as low as RM20.20. All you need to do is Bluetooth the image to them and they will edit as well as design your exclusive stamp. You also have the option of having your stamp framed.
Well-known marques and companies participating in the WSBK Bike Fest, the biggest held at the Sepang Circuit ever, include NAZA Two Wheels, Kawasaki, KTM CKD, Ducati, Modenas, Givi Asia, and many more.
Friday, July 31, 2015
The Selangor state government has applied for the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge to be gazetted as a national heritage site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ridge is believed to be the largest and oldest in the world, dating back millions of years.
Speaking at the Tourism Summit 2015 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Elizabeth Wong, Selangor state exco member for tourism, consumer affairs and the environment, said the state government has plans to build an elevated structure to allow people to climb and look at the ridge without damaging it.
“This decision may not be popular with hikers and climbers but we cannot have thousands of people walking up and down and damaging the ridge,” she said. “Every week we get about 100 climbers and we are already seeing the effects.”
Anthony Wong, former chairman of sustainability at PATA, said: “Gazetting the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge is an excellent idea as the ridge is more than 10 million years old and fragile.
“We have to protect it and make it into an educational programme with opportunities for domestic and international tourism value. Plans to build an elevated pathway will make it safe for people while at the same time, it will not damage the ridge.”
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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These were in addition to security, connectivity, sustainability and manpower factors, he said.
He said as the chairman of ASEAN, Malaysia was willing to take the leadership role to better align policy and strategic planning at the ASEAN level to promote intra-ASEAN tourism, as well as to attract more tourist arrivals from emerging economies.
"Connectivity would be the key enabler to ensure people can travel safely, securely and efficiently and the government is currently focusing on enhancing connectivity with the medium-haul markets of China, Japan, Australia, India, Korea and Taiwan.
"This is in line with our goal to target high net-worth tourists and the Transport Ministry is championing this entry point project," he said in his opening keynote address read out by the ministry's secretary-general, Tan Sri Dr Ong Hong Peng, at the Tourism Summit 2015, here, today.
Nazri said some of the areas to be examined included air service agreements, border security policies and travel facilitation initiatives, as well as airport capacity developement and management
"More than 90 per cent of business and leisure travellers begin to plan their travel using search engine and this innovative technology has revolutionised the entire travel and tourism experience, and social media has played a key enabling role.
"Malaysia is intensifying marketing and promotional efforts, especially in the digital space, and has launched aggressive plans to recover the Chinese market through the digital sphere.
"Increasingly, we must acknolwedge the role played by online influencers such as bloggers, and by tourists themselves to share their unique experiences of Malaysia with their family and friends," he said.
According to Nazri, sustainable or green tourism would also help the industry to promote awareness and conservation efforts with respect to the environment, as well as improving the welfare of the local communities involved, while at the same time benefiting businesses and consumers.
The ministry also emphasised on medical tourism as healthcare travel service providers had borne fruit, making the country one of the top five destinations for medical tourism in 2012 and delivered 770,000 medical tourists in 2013, said Nazri.
"I am also proud of Kuala Lumpur's achievement in being recognised as the fourth best shopping destination globally after New York, Tokyo and London by CNN Travel in 2013.
"There is still room for improvement by positioning the country as a duty-free shopping destination, designating Kuala Lumpur City Centre such as Bukit Bintang as a vibrant shopping precinct and establishing premium outlets."
"As for culinary tourism, local food is an important element of tourists total experience and it is essential to build a clear and distinct cuisine image, besides showcasing the diverse delicacies and the country's signature hospitality as a unique selling point."
Travel and tourism's direct contribution to Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was RM61 billion (5.7 per cent of GDP) while total contribution was RM161 billion (14.9 per cent of GDP) last year.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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The Prime Minister said the premium outlet park has the potential of becoming the largest factory outlet mall in Southeast Asia after the completion of its expansion plans in 2021.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said MOP represented Malaysia's ever persevering spirit of growth and innovation.
"Bold development such as these will contribute to Malaysia's global competitiveness and further strengthen Malaysia's standing as one of the region's best shopping destinations," he said when launching the premium outlet park here today.
MOP, which opened its door on May 30, offers discounts of between 30 and 70 per cent throughout the year for off-season products from international and local brands.
Operated by MFMA Development Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Japan's Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), MOP is the first Malaysia's full scale outlet mall in the Klang Valley, spanning 24,000 sq metres.
The mall, which has 127 stores, boasts a flight check-in centre that adds a new dynamic to travellers layover experience.
Najib said the outlet park was one of MAHB's key initial projects in its Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Aeropolis master plan.
He said the master plan would not only revolutionise the country's aviation by pioneering the development and strategic planning of airport cities, but would also drive more business investments and tourists traffic to Malaysia.
"As a centre for urban growth and development, it will spur an increase in employment opportunities, thus stimulating the local economy.
"This will ultimately put Malaysia on the map as a global business hub for Southeast Asia," he added.
He said the setting up of the outlet park was one of the EPP identified under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) in Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), which was aimed at driving Malaysia towards a high-income nation and enhancing its global competitiveness.
Launched in 2011, he said the EPP under the Tourism NKEA targeted to establish three premium outlets, namely in Iskandar, Sepang and Penang.
They are projected to contribute as much as RM900 million to the country's gross national income and create 1,500 jobs by 2020, he added.
"As the ETP is to be in large part driven by the private sector, Malaysia Airports was one of the identified champions for this EPP," he said.
Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd are hosting the inaugural KL City Grand Prix from the 7th till 9th August 2015. Laying And Dismantling Of A Temporary FIA-compliant Street Circuit During the 2015 KL City Grand Prix event on 7th to 9th August