KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) together with its sister companies under the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) pledged to contribute RM1 from its ticket sales to support relief and recovery efforts for those affected by bushfires in Australia.
MAS said it will contribute RM1 from ticket sales of each passenger flown by the airline for the month of January 2020.
“The airline is also working with the National Disaster Relief Management Agency (NADMA) Malaysia to fly in volunteers if required by the Australian government,” it said.
MAG group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said he is concerned on the escalating bush fire that has ravaged many parts of Australia, forcing several areas to be declared state of emergency.
“Malaysia Airlines is a global company that operates in 20 countries around the world. Australia has always been close to our hearts, having had one of our earliest cadet pilot and engineer training there.
“The Australian government has also provided us various forms of assistance during our time of difficulty.
“Our employees in Australia and their families are saddened by the situation and our other employees globally who share their sorrow, have been asking how they can help to ease the situation,” Izham said.
He said due to the severity of the situation, MAS have decided to make a monetary contribution in addition to supporting NADMA in their aid on behalf of the country.
“It has been reported that the fires have generated violent weather, which can influence regional and global climate.
We are committed to not just limit our assistance in the form of monetary, but we have also initiated discussions with various organisations that can offer skills and expertise in the recovery of the ecosystems,” he said.
MAS said the airline has been in touch with the Australian High Commission in Malaysia to channel the proceeds towards wildlife protection, the firefighter benevolent fund and Red Cross, the major organisation managing the affected people.
“We pray that the situation can be contained very soon. We sincerely hope that our contribution will help ease some of the burden of the Australian people. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the families of those who perished in the fires,” added Izham.
Malaysia Airlines flies to five cities in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth) and operates 53 flights a week to the country.
Source : New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking today expressed his sympathy to Australia for the devastating bushfire incidents that are ravaging the southeast part of the country.
Darell said Malaysia recognises that global climate change has brought about effects that have resulted in increased frequency, magnitude and scope of natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
“Every economy has now become vulnerable to this threat and we must, therefore, be prepared in managing the situation individually as an economy and collectively as a region.
“These natural disasters present great challenges to our global supply chain, affect people’s health and mobility as well as threaten the lives of animals and endangered species,” he said in a statement today.
As the host of Apec 2020, Darell said Malaysia stands by Australia in support of its efforts to fight the wildfires and Malaysians pray that the situation will return to normalcy soon.
“We also call on all Apec member economies to come together in support of similar efforts to better mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies and natural disasters across our region,” he added.
Source : The Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 -- Malaysia stands ready to extend necessary assistance to Australia in its ongoing bushfire crisis, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She said this includes the deployment of National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) personnel, the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) and assets to help put out the fires and to support rescue operations in Australia.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the massive bushfires that have caused the loss of lives and extensive damage in Australia.
“On behalf of the government of Malaysia, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. Our prayers are with the people of Australia during this difficult period,” she said in her official Facebook account today.
According to media reports, a total of 24 people have been killed and almost 2,000 homes destroyed in the bushfires that have ravaged three Australian states, burning about five million hectares of land.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said Malaysia stands in solidarity with Australia as firefighting teams and emergency services personnel work tirelessly around the clock to battle the blazes.
“This crisis has underscored the devastating impact of climate change globally. Therefore, steadfast commitment towards implementing sustainable policies and collective action by all countries is needed to arrest this trend and prevent it from getting progressively worse.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected,” he said.
Source : Bernama
With a strong history of educational links between Australia and Malaysia, it came as no surprise that Australia Education Minister Dan Tehan chose Malaysia as his first international official visit since he took office in August last year.
“Malaysia is an important partner when it comes to education and I wanted to come to Malaysia given the rich history that we have between the two countries,” Tehan said.
The Colombo Plan saw over 20,000 talented young students from around the Asia Pacific region, including Malaysia, studying in Australia from the 1950s to the mid-1980s.
Tehan was appointed as Education Minister in August last year following the succession of Malcom Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia. Prior to this appointment, Tehan served as Social Services Minister.
He was described by The Sydney Morning Herald as a person with a reputation of “a likeable and reliable fixer” that led to his installment in the education portfolio.
He remained as Education Minister under Prime Minister Scott Morrison following the 2019 Australian federal election in May this year.
During the visit, Tehan attended the inauguration of University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU campus.
He also delivered an address at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) as part of the university’s Global Talk Series and visited research facilities at Monash University Malaysia.
“More than 23,500 Malaysian students are currently studying in Australia and our universities are working together on world-leading research that will make a difference in both countries.
“Our new Colombo Plan provides incentives and support for Australian students to study in Malaysia. We also have 7,500 Australian students who have come to Malaysia over the last decade to study here.
“One of the things I’ve really enjoyed while in Malaysia has been exploring the policies that we have in Australia and exchanging views about what happens here in Malaysia.
“This visit has been quite extraordinary because everywhere I go, I would bump into someone who has studied in Australia or their children have studied in Australia. It creates warmth between our two nations,” said Tehan.
In an exclusive interview with Higher Ed, Tehan shared details of the new offerings for international students to study in Australia and his take on the importance of partnerships between both countries in education and research.
WITH the international education sector being Australian’s fourth biggest export earner amounting to around A$37 billion (RM105 billion), Tehan stressed that Australia wants to continue to welcome international students.
“We have 39 universities in Australia and all of them are high-class universities. Besides that, students’ satisfaction rate with their experience of studying in Australia is in the high 90s.”
However, he said there has been some focus towards Melbourne and Sydney as the traditional destinations when there are various other programmes for international students to study across the nation.
“We want to make sure that international students also look into other parts of Australia that are extremely welcoming for them to study at as well.”
He added that the government is keen to ensure that students consider other parts of Australia like Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns or Hobart.
“We want students to go to every part of our great nation to visit and study. For instance, I represent a rural electorate. And Deakin University has a campus in Warrnambool, near the Great Ocean Road.”
He said they are also providing incentives through scholarships for students to study in Australia including work rights.
“Our Destination Australia programme is a scholarship that will support the study and living expenses associated with studying a qualification at a regional campus of an eligible tertiary education provider.
“We’re using an incentive programme so that we’ll get a better dispersal for our international students market. Through this, you’ll get A$15,000 (RM42,000) to come and stay in Australia.”
He said the government also offers post-study work rights that allow a two-year ability to work in Australia after finishing one’s degree.
“Students appreciate the ability not only to study but also to work. The experience from working and studying here puts you in a very
good state for employment opportunities when you return home. It’s one of the reasons why the international education market in Australia continues to grow.
“If you come and study in Australia, you can stay for an additional two years, and in some cases three to four years to work in Australia post higher education.
“Additionally, if you study in regional and rural parts of Australia, you’ll get a greater ability to stay afterwards when you finish your degree to work.
He added that they are also looking at getting graduate apprenticeship — of students spending a year or six months in an industry or business — as part of the degree programme and student experience.
Tehan pointed out that roughly 23 per cent of Australia’s international student market is offshore investment by their universities in other countries formed by two-way partnerships.
“Partnerships will enable us to continue to
grow our education cooperation with other countries,” he said, adding that the recent launch between UOW and KDU is a successful partnership that the Australian government is looking to encourage.
“I was pleased to launch a new partnership of an Australian university that will be cementing its relationship in Malaysia to provide higher education.
“UOW has a very different approach to international education than other universities as they believe in investing offshore to grow their business.
“UOW has a campus in Malaysia now, and also in Hong Kong and Dubai as well as many parts of Australia. If you’re a young student you have an opportunity as part of your degree to study
in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Dubai. I believe this would be a wonderful opportunity with the possibility of studying at three different campuses.”
He said in any strategic partnerships, the agreement should benefit both countries.
“For a two-way partnership to work, it has to be beneficial for two countries. It has to work in Australia’s interest and it has to work in Malaysia’s interest. If we can do that, we will guarantee success.
Tehan added with Malaysia hosting APEC next year there is potential to look further into initiatives in the tertiary education space.
“I’ve deliberately come to Malaysia as I feel there’s a lot of work that we can continue to build on.
“It is also my hope that over time, Australian students studying in Malaysia will also be able to enjoy some of the benefits that Malaysian students enjoy in Australia because that two-way approach to the exchange of students is important,” he said.
Besides partnerships between universities, Tehan said that Australia is also keen on developing the relationship between industries, business and the university sector further.
“Research in Australia continues to grow. And the government continues to invest in research in Australia because it’s so important for our future economic growth. There are many things that we are exploring to continue to expand the research budget in Australia.
“The more we can grow that partnership, the more we can grow our research budget.”
Tehan said in expanding collaborations and ideas, it is also important that there is a greater interchange of PhD students moving between higher education sector along with industries and business.
“If you’re a Malaysian student, looking to do post-doctoral work or doctoral work, I would highly recommend going to Australia. Right across the board, we offer excellent educational experiences.
“We’re very fortunate in Australia that we have research occurring right across many fields. Our international ranking means that we are highly and widely regarded across the board in what we do, from humanities to science and the medical sphere.
“I’m very confident that there is no problem that we can’t solve if we put the money into the research that we make to solve the world’s problems. Whether it be climate change or unused plastics or lifting people from poverty.”
Tehan said that all these issues will be solved through education and so it is fundamental to what a country does as a nation.
“During my meeting with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali earlier, we discussed about getting greater research collaboration in agriculture, how we can continue to grow vocational education and how we can build on the research relationship in technology.
“We want to see the research relationship to continue to develop between Malaysia and Australia.”
PETALING JAYA: About 74% of business leaders are “cautiously proactive” of their company’s prospects for the next 12 months despite external concerns such as the US-China trade war and Brexit, according to the Malaysian Business Sentiment Survey 2019/2020 launched this morning.
Many leaders are adopting business strategies to improve operational efficiency, quality of products and services, expand market reach and improve branding and market positioning.
About 69% of respondents believe that their business conditions will be better in 2020 if they put in place strategies to enhance their innovative capabilities using the best talent, leadership styles, technology and business models.
Business leaders are of the view that competitive firms are able to find new opportunities amid the escalating trade war between the US and China and the uncertain economic environment in Europe.
The Malaysian Business Sentiment Survey is a joint initiative between Monash University Malaysia and CPA Australia.
Source : The Sun Daily
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) plans to engage with 15,000 local companies next year via its Exporters Development (ED) and Export Promotion (EP) programmes.
Matrade deputy chief executive officer Sharimahton Mat Saleh said the corporation has outlined 315 ED and 72 EP programmes.
“The programmes focuses on creating more export champions in high-value sectors; utilisation of digital platforms; inclusiveness; tapping on current market trends and forging strategic collaborations,” she told a media briefing on the Matrade Annual Work Programme (AWP) 2020 here, today.
She said the ED programmes are specifically designed to equip Malaysian companies with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop their strategic advantage, with particular focus on promoting sustainability as stipulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
“Matrade will focus on promoting Malaysian companies involved in sustainability efforts to make Malaysia a source for sustainable products and services.
“Global marketplaces are demanding for more options in sustainable products or services. There is a growing trend among global retailers, distributors and sellers in sourcing products or services that emphasise on the well-being of the environment and society,” she added.
Going into 2020, Sharimahton said Matrade will be doubling its efforts to create more business opportunities for Malaysian companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-tier companies (MTCs).
This, she said, will be done through strategic engagements with the public and private sector in Malaysia and overseas to identify new export opportunities in both conventional and emerging sectors.
Additionally, Matrade will also continue to add value to its signature ED programmes, namely eTRADE; Bumiputera, Women and Youth Exporters Development Programme; Mid-Tier Companies Development Programme; Mid-Tier Ramp Up Programme; and Large Corporation & SME Partnership Programme.
Aside from various trainings and seminars, it will also be organising its signature conferences, namely National Export Day and the Sustainability-Ready Exporters Conference.
On EP, Sharimahton said the programmes will include participation in international trade fairs and trade missions (Export Acceleration Mission and Trade & Investment Mission), as well as the business matching programme, International Sourcing Programme.
She said 58 per cent of the EP programmes will be held in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) member countries such as China, the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia, in line with Malaysia’s role as the host for Apec 2020.
The EP programmes will focus on key export sectors such as services; building materials; aerospace and maritime; food and beverages; oil and gas; lifestyle as well as medical and pharmaceutical.
Matrade will also be organising the Malaysia International Halal Showcase from April 1-4, 2020 and the Kuala Lumpur International Aerospace Business Conference from June 23–25, 2020.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — Malaysia’s trade surplus in October 2019 rose 2.8 per cent to RM17.33 billion, compared with RM16.85 billion registered in October 2018, the 264th consecutive months of trade surplus since November 1997.
In a statement today, the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) said total trade decreased by 7.6 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM163.86 billion; imports declined 8.7 per cent while exports contracted by 6.7 per cent.
However, Miti said Malaysia’s exports in October 2019 stood at RM90.59 billion, the highest monthly export value recorded in 2019.
“Higher exports were registered to Singapore, Taiwan, the United States (US) and Russian Federation while lower exports were recorded to Australia, China, Japan, Thailand and India,” it said.
Exports of manufactured goods in October 2019 which attributed 85.8 per cent of total exports contracted by 4.5 per cent to RM77.76 billion, while exports of optical and scientific equipment hit a new monthly record high of RM4.03 billion, with a double-digit expansion of 17.6 per cent from October 2018.
Miti said exports of mining goods declined by 24.6 per cent to RM6.78 billion, mainly due to declining exports of crude petroleum, on account of lower export volume and Average Unit Value (AUV).
However, exports of crude petroleum grew by RM294.4 million to Singapore.
It said exports of agriculture goods were lower by 8.9 per cent to RM5.57 billion mainly due to contraction in exports of palm oil and palm oil-based agriculture products, especially palm oil, while exports of palm oil recorded a contraction of 9.8 per cent y-o-y to RM3.26 billion, as a result of the decline in export volume and AUV.
Trade with Asean in October 2019 decreased by 6.3 per cent y-o-y to RM45.93 billion, with exports lower by 2.8 per cent to RM26.69 billion, while imports contracted by 10.7 per cent to RM19.25 billion.
Trade with China in October 2019 which represented 16.8 per cent of Malaysia’s total trade or RM27.46 billion, decreased by 8.6 per cent y-o-y; exports contracted by 11 per cent at RM13.59 billion and imports declined by 6.2 per cent to RM13.87 billion.
Trade with the US rose by 4.6 per cent to RM15.13 billion; exports to the US continued to grow for seven straight months with an increase of 2.7 per cent y-o-y to RM8.87 billion while imports gained by 7.5 per cent to RM6.26 billion.
Trade with the European Union decreased by 9.2 per cent y-o-y to RM14.35 billion; exports amounted to RM8.12 billion, contracted by 5.2 per cent while imports totalled RM6.23 billion, lower by 13.8 per cent.
Trade with Japan contracted by 10.1 per cent y-o-y to RM11.02 billion; exports totalled RM5.42 billion, decreased by 20.1 per cent while imports rose by 2.3 per cent to RM5.6 billion.
For the month under review, trade with Free Trade Agreement partners declined by 8.9 per cent y-o-y; exports decreased 10.6 per cent to RM54.61 billion while imports contracted by 6.9 per cent to RM47.7 billion.
PUTRAJAYA (Nov 29): The Malaysian film industry is in for better times following the signing of a co-production agreement between Malaysia and Australia in Sydney today.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said that with the signing of the agreement, Malaysian productions will be seen as Australian productions to facilitate penetration of markets of other countries that have signed similar agreements with Australia.
He said Australia has co-production agreements with countries like Canada, China, Singapore, Italy, Germany and United Kingdom.
"It will also enable close collaboration which will help in raising quantity and quality of co-productions between the two countries,” Gobind said in a statement here in conjunction with the signing of the agreement.
The agreement was signed by Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne.
"This is a good initiative because it will help the Malaysian creative industry in opening up more opportunities and new business spaces for our film industry players with Australia and other related countries in the future," said Gobind.
According to him, the discussions on the collaboration was spearheaded by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) since 2007 but no agreement was reached until the new (Pakatan Harapan) Government took over (in 2018).
The PH Government took the steps needed to make the initiative a success, he said.
He noted that apart from helping transfer expertise to local productions, the initiative would also help reduce the risk of losses through sharing cost of production by industry players in both countries.
Gobind said the agreement would also help generate economic growth via increased job opportunities and income for local production houses and supporting services like companies that rent out film-making equipment, the hotel and catering industries and transport rental companies.
"It will also benefit other industries that are involved directly or indirectly with our nation's film industry,” he said.
Gobind said the agreement would also lead to cultural and creativity exchanges between both countries as well as provide exposure to Malaysian writers.
"They can showcase their talents in terms of acting, direction, script writing, editing and other fields related to the industry. This is expected to happen,” he added.
According to Gobind, the agreement also takes into consideration the existing mechanisms and facilities on taxation between Malaysia and Australia and will involve the aspects of the law, immigration, import and export of equipment for film production and matters pertaining to getting permits to shoot films.
"I hope it will help generate outcomes that are more productive and meaningful for Malaysia and Australia's film industries," he added.
Besides Australia, Gobind said KKMM was also now in discussions with several other countries to forge similar collaborations to strengthen the Malaysian film industry at the global level in the future.
Source : The Edge Markets
A formal inauguration ceremony in Shah Alam, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur today (Monday 18 November 2019) has ushered in a new era for Malaysian higher education by officially welcoming the KDU University Colleges into the University of Wollongong (UOW) global network, launching the new UOW Malaysia KDU brand, celebrating UOW’s establishment as a direct provider in Malaysia’s vibrant education sector and opening up new international education and research opportunities for Malaysian students and academics.
Held at the Glenmarie Campus, the inauguration was an important milestone in the transition of the private university colleges of KDU from Paramount Corporation Berhad (PCB) by UOW subsidiary UOW Global Enterprises under a deal which was approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and first announced in November 2018 and completed in September this year.
Australia’s Minister for Education, the Honourable Dan Tehan MP and Malaysia’s Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia, YBhg Dautk Ir. Dr Siti Hamisah, were present as guests of honour to oversee the ceremony.
University leaders attending the event also included UOW Chancellor, Ms Jillian Broadbent AC, Chairman of UOW Malaysia, Mr Noel Cornish AM, UOW Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joe Chicharo, UOW Global Enterprises Managing Director and Group CEO, Marisa Mastroianni, UOW Global Enterprises CEO Asia, Jennifer Ng, and the Vice-Chancellors of UOW Malaysia KDU’s University College, Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leung and Penang University College, Dr. Professor Chong Beng Keok.
As well as marking the occasion by unveiling of a commemorative plaque, the ceremony showcased KDU’s reputation for hospitality education – revealing the new UOW Malaysia KDU brand in an ice sculpture.
A sample of Australian fauna was also introduced to the urban Glenmarie campus in the form of a set of statues depicting five wallabies, presented as a gift from UOW Australia.
The indigenous Australian marsupial likenesses will be installed on the campus grounds to complement similar statues on display at the UOW’s bushland garden campus in Wollongong, Australia, which houses UOW’s global headquarters.
Professor Wellings said the inauguration was an auspicious milestone for the University that will benefit KDU staff and students as well as Malaysia more broadly.
“The University of Wollongong has a successful 10-year track record providing world-class tertiary education to Malaysian students both onshore and offshore. We are very proud to already have over 5,000 Malaysian Alumni.
“The University of Wollongong is committed to enabling current KDU students to achieve timely, uninterrupted completion of their studies and aims to be an employer of choice for staff in Malaysia by offering development and career growth opportunities.
“We intend to leverage our global profile to introduce new undergraduate and post graduate programs to the UOW Malaysia KDU campuses in the years ahead, as well as creating international education and research opportunities.
“The transition we celebrate today will not only enhance UOW’s global network, but also contribute to realising the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s vision of creating a higher education system that enables Malaysia to compete more effectively in the global economy,” Professor Wellings said.
The KDU campuses comprising UOW Malaysia KDU College, UOW Malaysia KDU University College and UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, now form part of UOW Global Enterprises alongside University of Wollongong in Dubai, established in 1993 and UOW College Hong Kong, which began with the acquisition of the Community College of Hong Kong’s City University in 2015 and was rebranded in November 2017. UOW has 18,000 students studying at these campuses.
Source: Mirage News
KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) hope the Malaysia-Australia Exercise (Mastex) which was launched on Wednesday, would enhance their bilateral relationship, interoperability and capacity as well as have a better understanding on shore and at sea.
The Mastex opening ceremony was officiated by RMN Eastern Fleet Command’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Captain Azhar Baharum at the Sepanggar naval base.He said Mastex, which started Tuesday, was carried out biennially to strengthen military relations between Malaysia and Australia.The nine-day exercise are divided into two phases starting with the Harbour Phase on Oct 29 to Nov 1 followed by the Sea Phase from Nov 2 to 4.
“The first phase involving exercise planning and Subject Matter Expert (SME) before executing all the plans made during the Sea Phase,” he said in a media conference.Mastex involves a total of 500 sailors from both sides, two RMN ships namely KD Kelantan and KD Lekiu, and two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels, HMAS Stuart commanded by Commander Luke Ryan and HMAS Sirius commanded by Commander Melanie Verho.Also present was the Assistant Defence Advisor to the High Commissioner of Australia to Malaysia, Captain Doug Griffiths.According to Doug, Malaysian armed forces are working very hard to maintain the security and they are doing a very good job with that.“RMN and RAN should continue the long standing history of interoperability with a history diving back over 60 years of cooperation,” he said
He added that Mastex is another manifestation of the continued effort between the two navy to work together regionally for regional cooperation and security.“Australia works with a lot of regional partners to enhance interoperability between our forces to enhance regional security and Malaysia is a very strong partner of Australia and it has been for many years and will do so into the future,” he said.Meanwhile, HMAS Sirius commanding officer said their ships were excited to arrive in beautiful Sabah.“It is one of many countries in the region we are visiting, we are one of the 11 ships of the RAN and over thousands of sailors are currently active in Southeast and Northeast Asia.“For us though, this is a real highlight of our three months of deployment to the region,” he said adding that they are going to visit the natural beauty of Sabah and to interact socially and professionally with the RMN officers.
The objective of the exercise is to provide an opportunity for the RMN to exchange ideas, enhance the military’s military efficiency, strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia-Australia and collectively contribute to enhancing regional maritime defence security collectively. In addition to the implementation of the exercise, the RAN stop-over can also increase the state’s revenue and generate income for the local industry.
Source: Daily Express
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