Past Events

Brown Bag Talk on Reforestation and Circular Economy in Sarawak
20th May 2021

By Dr Henry Chan
Conservation Director, WWF Malaysia

Dr. Henry in his presentation shared on the reforestation effort in all the degraded and deforested areas that have been designated for forest cover under the State’s policy goal to gazette 1 million hectares of Totally Protected Areas and 6 million hectares of Permanent Forest Estates. He emphasized that reforestation project is a costly exercise that requires about USD 1500 per hectare and a minimum of five continuous years to maintain the growing trees. It is only after the fifth year that the planted trees will be able to overcome the surrounding shrubs and creepers from overwhelming and strangling them.

 

Bearing in mind this scenario, he proposed a conceptual circular economy framework which incorporates agroforesty in the reforestation effort to combat global warming, and to provide a viable model to attract sustainable financing. The open space between rows of growing trees can be planted with crops like tapioca that has high carbohydrate content. Farmers who tend to the plants can then help to control the weeds and cut creepers that would otherwise strangle the young trees. Once the crops mature, they could be harvested and sold to production plants to convert the carbohydrates into biofuel as a source of renewable energy. In turn, the carbon dioxide generated by the production plants and transportation will be absorbed by the plants growing between the rows of trees. In short, planting the commercial crops for conversion into renewable energy will be used to offset the high cost of reforestation through this proposed circular economy framework.

 

In order to make this concept more feasible, there is a need for Sarawak to look into a road map to formulate policies to promote biofuel generation in reforestation projects, proper research and development to generate renewable energy from plants, and sustainable financing mechanisms.  This goal needs multiple collaborations among the state agencies, corporate players, research and civil society organisations.

 

He concluded that Sarawak needs to maintain a good forest cover to be used as a permanent carbon sink.  The good forest cover, in turn, will restore the efficiency of carbon sink, generate biofuel as renewable energy and put Sarawak at a competitive advantage to remove GHG at scale. During the question and answer session, among the questions asked were on the factors contributed to the lowest forest cover and biomass stock in 2007 to 2009, how to identify secondary forest areas that are particularly suitable for reforestation, role of the communities living in areas identified for reforestation, how does Sarawak fare in engaging in proactive carbon sensitive policies compared to West Malaysia and Sabah.

Brown Bag Talk on Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign
20th April 2021

The special edition Brown Bag Talk on Sarawak Covid-19 vaccination campaign via Zoom received an overwhelming response where 370 participants joined to listen to YBhg. Prof. Datu Dr. Andrew Kiyu Dawie Usop, Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and also the Chairman of the Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group (SCoVAG) in the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee as well as member of SDI, Dr. Radziah Mohamad, Public Health Specialist, Principal Assistant Director, Family Health Development Section, Sarawak State Health Department and Haji Aziman Mahdi, Principal Assistant Director, Health Promotion Section, Sarawak State Health Department.

 

Prof. Datu Dr. Andrew in his presentation shared on the goal from the medical perspective on managing the Covid-19 pandemic which are to eliminate the pandemic and to control the transmission so that the healthcare system is not overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients. Professor Datu Dr. Andrew opined that the non-pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) have not been as effective in the 2021 compared to in 2020 because the virus is currently present all over Sarawak (both in urban and rural areas).

 

The current rise in cases in Sarawak was due to outbreaks and clusters created by super spreaders (individuals), lack of compliance in SOPs in the workplaces and social events like weddings, birthdays, parties and funerals. In order to reduce the transmission, he urged for everyone to keep practicing the non-pharmaceutical approach such as wearing face masks, to social distance, to always clean and disinfect and to frequently wash hands.  There is a need for a combined personal responsibilities and shared responsibilities to combat the pandemic.  Vaccine is the new and final barrier in the shared responsibilities in controlling and ending Covid-19 pandemic.   He also shared on the latest concern on the side effect of vaccination which is the blood clots issue. However, the issue of getting blood clot due to Covid 19 vaccine is very rare. From the poll questions conducted, majority of the participants were worried about the side effect of the vaccine and they do not know what the side effects are.

 

Dr. Radziah shared on the Covid 19 vaccination programme for Sarawak. The objectives of the vaccination plan are to protect frontline personnel from the COVID-19 infection, to minimize morbidity and mortality among high-risk group, to create herd immunity for economic recovery and to control the outbreak. Dr. Radziah also shared on the number of eligible populations that will be vaccinated and the targeted vaccination timeline for Sarawak. Among the platforms available to register for the vaccination are My Sejahtera App, JKJAV website www. vaksincovid.gov.my, JKJAV Hotline 1 800 888 828, manual registration via residents’ office, community leaders, YBs and government health clinics/ hospitals. From the poll questions asked, majority of participants have registered for the vaccination via My Sejahtera app and manual registration via residents’ office, community leaders and YBs. Quite a significant number also registered twice both using online systems (MySejahtera App) and manual registration.

 

Haji Aziman shared on the communication strategy plan in promoting the vaccination campaign in order to improve positive perceptions on COVID-19 vaccine. Among the communication channels used are via television, radio, banner, bunting, flyer, newspapers, social media (FB, IG, Twitter etc) and etc. From the poll question on first source of information regarding the vaccines, majority of the participants picked the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s FB and website and via social media like FB and IG.

 

During the interactive session, one of the issues was on the efficacy of the vaccines.  There are still new development in progress therefore there is still uncertainty whether an annual booster shot will be required.  The most important message is to get vaccination in order to control the pandemic from getting worse.

Covid-19 Management & Role of Covid-19 Vaccines
By Professor Datu Dr. Andrew Kiyu Dawie Usop
Chairman, Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group (SCoVAG), Sarawak Disaster Management Committee
Professor Of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNIMAS)

Sarawak Covid-19 Immunisation Programme
By Dr. Radziah Mohamad
Public Health Specialist, Principal Assistant Director, Family Health Development Section, Sarawak State Health Department

Strategic Communication Plan for Covid-19 Vaccine
By Haji Aziman Mahdi
Principal Assistant Director, Health Promotion Section, Sarawak State Health Department

Brown Bag Talk on Covid 19 Pandemic & Online Learning/Teaching: Challenges & Opportunities for Educators, Parents, Students & Institutions
30thMarch 2021

By Associate Professor Dr. Johari Abdullah
Lecturer, Faculty of Computer Science and IT, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, various aspects of our life has been disrupted. One of them is the migration of teaching/learning activities from face-to-face to online medium. School doors around the world have been closed for several months to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 1.6 billion students in 194 countries were impacted by school closures. During this crisis, we have seen an incredible amount of large-scale efforts to use technology in support of remote learning. At the same time, this crisis has exposed the challenges for technology in education, including many inequities starting at the lack of access to computers and the internet. Due to this shift, all parties involved in the teaching/learning ecosystem face challenges and issues from various aspects.

 

During the talk, the challenges highlighted included the infrastructure that involves the connectivity, the equipment needed for online teaching/learning, content of teaching and the instructors’ readiness for online teaching/learning.  One of the key issues was the readiness for the shift.  Based on the poll conducted during the session, majority of the participants were not ready for the shift to online education when the Movement Control Order was announced.  However, it’s heartening to note that the readiness of the participants has improved after a year into the pandemic. The most used device for online learning polled is a smartphone/handphone and followed by a laptop.  Based on the feedback from the participants, connectivity in the rural areas remains the main challenge faced by the parents and teachers in delivering a successful conducive environment or platform for online learning.

 

Arising from this pandemic, there are also opportunities for all stakeholders to improve the transition into online learning/teaching.  This includes development of a proper action plan for pedagogy and content creation for online classes. The government also need to improve the internet connectivity and penetration in rural areas by providing affordable remote satellite at a reduced costs and learning devices. Although online learning/teaching is accepted as the new norm, however it will not be able to replace the face to face classroom environment which will also nurture the developmental social skills for the students.  The challenge lies in finding a balance between acquiring academic excellence without sacrificing the informal social interaction and connection.

Brown Bag Talk on Entelah: Understanding Iban Riddling Culture and Its Potential

 

3rdDecember 2020

By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shanthi Nadarajan
Lecturer, Faculty of Language and Communication , UNIMAS

This presentation was based on a study conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Shanti Nadarajan and her team at UNIMAS to look at the concept of folk wisdom aka ‘wit’ from two frameworks namely a predictable set of cultural practices and manipulation of language linguistic structure. Dr. Shanti shared at length on the riddling culture from the perspectives of culture linguistics and learning. She delved into the oral history and tradition where she emphasised that oral language was equally important as written languages. She also shared at length on Entelah from the semantic, pragmatic and linguistic ambiguity aspects. The study also aimed to create a coding system for assessing the ambiguity of oral riddles.

COVID-19 and The Mental Health
27th November 2020
By Dr. Bernard Ting
Secretary, Befrienders Kuching

It was reported by the WHO that among 130 countries polled, 93 per cent showed devastating impacts of Covid-19 on access to mental health services. This exacerbated the already low funding of less than 2 per cent of national health budgets allocated for mental health. The report also noted that over 60 per cent of reported disruptions to mental health services were for vulnerable segments including children and adolescents (72%), older adults (70%) and women requiring antenatal or postnatal services (61%). The presentation also touched on the indicators of mental health changes during the pandemic. These included biological changes such as muscle tension, shakiness, easily fatigued, headaches, chest tightness as well as sleep and appetite disturbances. Other concerns covered were on suicide, social stigmatisation of COVID 19 and tips how to support those experiencing mental health issues. Please watch the video recordings for further details.

Briefing on Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS)
19th November 2020
By Encik Mazli
CEO of Sarawak Metro

The Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) is a visionary transportation using Automated Rapid Transit (ART) System. It is the 1st system in the world powered by hydrogen full cells and run on virtual tracks. The 1st phase of KUTS involves the construction of two urban lines namely the Samarahan Line and Serian Line. The whole project is expected to be fully completed by 2027. Once it is completed, the KUTS is expected to ease the traffic congestion in the Greater Kuching area, create more economic opportunities, promote green energy technology and greater mobility for the people. To know more about the KUTS, please visit Sarawak Metro’s website at mysarawakmetro.com.

SDI’s Brown Bag Talk WWF-Malaysia’s Conservation Projects in the Heart of Borneo

12thNovember 2020
By Dr. Henry Chan
Conservation Director, WWF-Malaysia

This presentation highlighted WWF-Malaysia’s numerous conservation projects in Sabah and Sarawak (especially in the Heart of Borneo area) specifically in Ba’ Kelalan, Long Semadoh, Baleh National Park, Song-Katibas, and Batang Ai as well as the organised efforts based on their three pillars of Protect, Produce, and Restore. This is in line with one of their Ten Aspirations on their pathways towards protecting and restoring nature by 2030 which is 50% of Malaysia’s terrestrial landmass being legislated for the conservation of biological diversity and ecosystem services as well as for the wellbeing of local communities. Please watch the presentation recording to find out more.

2021

2020

Event Date Venue
BROWN BAG TALK – ENTELAH: Understandang Iban Riddling Culture and Its Potential 3rd December 2020 via ZOOM application
SDI PUBLIC TALK: Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic & Our Growth 27th November 2020 via ZOOM application
Sharing Session On Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) 19th November 2020 via ZOOM application
BROWN BAG TALK on WWF-Malaysia’s Conservation Projects in the Heart of Borneo 12th November 2020 via ZOOM application
Talks On ‘Update On Sarawak’S Digital Economy Initiatives & Digital Intrastructure Development’ and ‘Big Data’ 6th March 2020 Azam Conference Room

2019

Event Date Venue
7TH Sarawak Cultural Symposium 20th January 2019 Pullman Kuching
Brown Bag Talk on “Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development” 17th April 2019 AZAM Conference Room
The 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference 2019 24th – 28th July 2019 Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)
CAMP United 3rd – 6th October 2019 Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort, Miri
Brown Bag Talk: An Insight Into Stem Programme in Sarawak 11th October 2019 AZAM Conference Room
Public Talk on Digital Makerspace and Creative Culture 29th November 2019 AZAM Conference Room
Post 7th Sarawak Cultural Symposium – Compilations of Feedback 2019
“Sarawak’s Pride – Most Number of Unity Short Stories” 2019

2018

Event Date Venue
Conference for Community Leaders on Pemakai Menua & Pulau Galau 24th – 25th January 2018 Imperial Hotel Kuching
Special Lab on Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA) 26th – 28th February 2018 Dewan Suarah Kapit
Talk on ‘Sketchbook for Working with Community: Will It Work?” 5th July 2018 AZAM Conference Room
Sarawak-China Business Forum 2018 6th – 7th August 2018 The Waterfront Hotel
International Conference On Sarawak Agriculture And Agro-Based Industry 2018 (ICAAS 2018) 23rd – 24th October 2018 Penview Convention Centre (PCC) Demak, Kuching
ACTIVITIES UNDER YAYASAN PERPADUAN SARAWAK
Date Venue
Empowerment Series: Waste & Our Generation 1stFebruary 2018 UCSI University
UNITEA 1.0 10th April 2018 Astana Wing, Riverside Majestic Hotel
Makanmakan Sarawak: Pesta Orang Ulu 2018 25th August 2018 Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) Hall
CAMP UNITED 2018 20th – 23rdSeptember 2018 Kingwood Resort, Mukah
CAMP UNITED: High School Edition 2nd – 4th November 2018 Kem Putra Sentosa, Sematan

2017

Event Date Venue
Forum on University-Community Partnership for Indigenous Community Resilience 10th January 2016 Bilik Gerakan Negeri, Wisma Bapa Malaysia
Forum on Electricity Access for Indigenous Communities In Sarawak 14thMarch 2017 Bilik Gerakan Negeri, 2nd Floor, Wisma Bapa Malaysia
AZAM-SDI Training Workshop on Strategic Project Planning 22nd – 24th March 2017 AZAM Conference Room
MASA-AZAM-SDI Sharing Session – Filipino Poverty Program (Gawad Kalinga) 24th May 2017 AZAM Conference Room
International Conference On Agriculture And Agro-Based Industry Sarawak 2017 (ICAAS 2017) 21st – 22nd August 2017 Borneo Convention Centre Kuching
Workshop on Venture Capital 23rdAugust 2017 Hilton Kuching
Brown Bag Talk: Environmental Issues Related to Logjam Phenomenon 25th September 2017 AZAM Conference Room
Special Workshop for Residents, District Officers and Magistrates on Management of Sarawak Native Courts 25th – 26th October 2017 Le Meridien Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Activities
Date Venue
Roundtable on Unity in Sarawak 5th April 2017 Pullman Hotel Kuching
Makanmakan Sarawak: Pesta Makanan Melanau 22nd April 2017 Damai Beach Resort
Camp United 2017 7th – 10th September 2017 The Rave YMCA, Sibu

2016

Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Activities

Event Date Venue
Seminar On Addressing The Manpower Needs Of The Oil Palm Industry In Sarawak 2016 30th March 2016 Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching
Roundtable On Social Transformation Framework 23th-24th May 2016 Imperial Hotel Kuching
Brown Bag Talk: Gen Y in Higher Education Institutions and at Work 3rd August 2016 AZAM Conference Room
Brown Bag Talk: Measuring Tourist Experience For Homestay Tourism In Sarawak 23rd August 2016 AZAM Conference Room
Brown Bag Talk: The Changing Health Factors And Conditions In Sarawak Seen Through The Lens Of The Past 100 Years Of Biomedical Research 6th October 2016 AZAM Conference Room
Public Talk: South China Sea: The Way Forward 30th May 2016 Bilik Gerakan Negeri, 2nd Floor, Wisma Bapa Malaysia
Public Talk: Protecting Sarawak’s Children From Abuse 8thSeptember 2016 Bilik Gerakan Negeri, Wisma Bapa Malaysia
Workshop On Sarawak Rural Economic Transformation 28th-30th September 2016 Sunset Ballroom, Damai Beach Resort
Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Activities
Date Venue
Makanmakan Chinese New Year 19th February 2016 The BanQuet
Makanmakan Gawai 18th June 2016 DBNA Hall
Makanmakan Rayaaidilfitri 6th August 2016 HIKMAH Hall
Makanmakan Deepavali 20th November 2016 Indian Association Kuching Hall
Sup4good 8th April 2016 China House
Empowerment Series: Waste & Our Generation 7th June 2016 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Empowerment Series: Waste & Our Generation 14th September 2016 Swinburne University of Technology
Camp United 2016 22th-25th September 2016 Kem Bina Negara Sampadi, Lundu

2015

Activities Under Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak

Event Date Venue
Roundtable On Bumiputera Entrepreneuship 21st January 2015 Grand Margherita Hotel
Brown Bag Talk: Heart Of Borneo Corridor Project Implementation 4th March 2015 AZAM Conference Room
Brown Bag Talk: The Implementation Of Minimum Wages In Malaysia: Isues And Challenges 7th May 2015 AZAM Conference Room
Brown Bag Talk: Information And Communication Technologies For Indigenised Development In Borneo: Towards The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda 16th June 2015 AZAM Conference Room
Public Talk: Preserving Sarawak Languages And History Through Language Processing 17th April 2015 AZAM Conference Room
Public Talk: I-Care About Sarawak 10th August 2015 Islamic Information Centre Auditorium
Public Forum On Urban Poor 9th June 2015 AZAM Conference Room
Strategic Comdev Planning For Sarawak Development Project Planners and Implementers June – October 2015
SDI 20th Anniversary Celebration 1st December 2015 Hilton Kuching
Activities Under Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak
Date Venue
7th Empowerment Series: Financial Management 28th March 2015 Sarawak Tourism Complex
8th Empowerment Series: Waste & Our Generation 19th June 2015 Transfornation Centre Berhad
Chill Out: Easter Egg Hunt 19th April 2015 Kuching Amphitheatre
Unity Talk Series 21st May 2015 Multi-purpose Hall, Swinburne University of Technology
Camp United 2015 31st July – 3rd August 2015 Yayasan Sarawak
Sup4good 13th October 2015 The Granary Kuching
Youth Unity Forum: Carrying The Torch Of Unity For Posterity And The Launch Of Video Competition On Kuching…City Of Unity 14th November 2015 Pustaka Negeri Sarawak
Makanmakan Deepavali 21st November 2015 Indian Association Kuching Hall

2014

Event Date Venue
Talk On Possible Degradation Of Rural Areas Due To Depopulation And Aging In Sarawak: Examination Based On Similar Observation Made In Rural Areas In Kochi, Japan 5th March 2014 AZAM Conference Room
Brown Bag: Socio-Economic Situation Of The Penan Communities And The Direction For Development Of The Communities 3rd April 2014 AZAM Conference Room
Brown Bag Talk: Urban Issues: Drawing Insights From Research 13th October 2014 DBNA Headquarters
Brown Bag Talk: Moral Reasoning Of University Students: Findings And Insights According To Gender And Levels 10th December 2014 AZAM Conference Room
1st Empowerment Series: Tertiary Education: Dream Or Dilemma 9th May 2014 Citadines Upland Kuching
2nd<?sup> Empowerment Series: Sexuality And You: Myths And Realities 20th June 2014 9th Floor, Crown Towers
3rd Empowerment Series: Understanding Each Other: Parents & You 11th July 2014 9th Floor Crown Towers
4th Empowerment Series: Gen Y: What They Say About You 20th August 2014 Bing! Coffee, Jalan Padungan
5th Empowerment Series: Sexuality & You: Myths & Realities 2 26th September 2014 Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
6th Empowerment Series: Depression 24th October 2014 Bing! Coffee, Jalan Padungan
Public Policy Forum On Rising Costs Of Living 10th May 2014 AZAM Conference Room
Workshop On Reinforcing Devcom For Sarawak’s Economic And Social Transformation 12th – 14th August 2014 Imperial Hotel Kuching
Roundtable On Your Say: Narcissism & You 16th August 2014 360 Urban Resort & Hock Lee Centre Kuching
Sarawak Harmony – Truly Malaysia Conference 13th – 14th September 2014 Pearl International Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Social Transformation Conference And Facilitated Workshop 2014 – Setting Direction 30th October – 1st November 2014 Regency Rajah Court Hotel

2013

Event Date Venue
Unity Youth Camp 20th – 21st April 2013 Eastwood Valley Miri
Roundtable On Youth Engagement In The Community: Your Say 22nd June 2013 Hotel 56 Kuching
Traditional Games Family Picnic (TGFP) 25th August 2015 Amphitheatre Kuching
Chill Out 13th October 2013 Kuching Amphitheatre
Talk On Low Cost Aerial Photography For Rural Development 7th November 2013 Conference Room, Wisma Bapa Malaysia
Roundtable On Culture & You – Your Say 26th November 2013 Lower Baruk, Islamic Information Centre
Organic Talk 20th November 2013 MBKS Auditorium

2012

Event Date Venue
Social Environmental Impact Assessment (Seia) Stakeholders’ Consultation Retreat 2nd – 3rd February 2012 Damai Beach Resort
Second Social Environmental Impact Assessment (Seia) Stakeholders’ Consultation Retreat 7th March 2012 Damai Puri Resort & Spa
Dialogue With Young Chinese Entrepreneurs 13th March 2012 360 Urban Resort Hotel
2nd Intercultural Youth Forum 23rd – 25th March 2012 Yayasan Sarawak
Let’s Talk Unity: Tea With Chief Minister 31st March 2012 Grand Margherita Hotel
16th Mier-Sdi Regional Corporate Economic Briefing 2012 19th April 2012 Grand Margherita Hotel
Talk On Language Use And Ethnic Of Adolescents 23rd April 2012 360 Urban Resort Hotel
Let’s Talk Organic 14th June 2012 MBKS Auditorium
Roundtable On National Education Review 20th June 2012 AZAM Conference Room
3rd Intercultural Youth Forum 7th – 8th July 2012 Union Yes Retreat & Training Centre
2nd Let’s Talk Unity: Tea With The Chief Minister 19th July 2012 Mega Hotel Miri
International Youth Cultural Conference (IYCC) 28th – 30th November 2012 Sarawak Cultural Village
Workshop On Content And Access To State Public Policies On The Web 12th – 13th December 2012 Damai Beach Resort

2011

Event Date Venue
3rd Dialogue With Sarawak Youth On Continuing The Legacy Of Freedom And Harmony Under The 1malaysia Concept 18th January 2011 Mega Hotel Miri
Brainstorming On Environmental Communication 8th March 2011 SDI Office Kuching
Community Talk: Employing Information And Communication Technologies In The Revitalisation And Maintenance Of Indigenous Languages Of Sarawak 22nd March 2011 SDI Office Kuching
Sembang-Sembang: Casual Conversations By Women On Entrepreneurship 25th March 2011 25th March 2011
Understanding The Business Case Of Corporate Social Responsibility 20th April 2011 Grand Margherita Hotel
Workshop On Delivering Strategy Execution Through Human Capital Architecture 27th June 2011 Grand Margherita Hotel
Asean Australian Engineering Congress 2011 25th – 27th July 2011 Riverside Majestic Hotel
4th Dialogue With Sarawak Youth On Continuing The Legacy Of Freedom And Harmony Under The 1malaysia Concept 20th September 2011 Kingwood Resort, Mukah
Talk On Urban School Model Principal: Challenges And Success Stories 25th November 2011 SDI Office Kuching

2010

Event Date Venue
Talk On Media Impact On Children And Adults 26th January 2010 AZAM Conference Room
Inaugural Dialogue With Sarawak Youth On Continuing The Legacy Of Freedom And Harmony Under The 1malaysia Concept 8th February 2010 DUN Sarawak
Talk On The 2009 Un Copenhagen Conference On Climate Change 3rd March 2010 AZAM Conference Room
Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship: Sembang Sembang 27th March 2010 Grand Margherita Hotel
15TH MIER-SDI Annual Corporate Economic Briefing 20th April 2010 Grand Margherita Hotel
Roundtable On Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) 22nd April 2010 Grand Margherita Hotel
Seminar On Development Communication 28th June 2010 Borneo Convention Centre Kuching
2nd Dialogue With Sarawak Youth On Continuing The Legacy Of Freedom And Harmony Under The 1malaysia Concept 19th July 2010
Talk On Takakura Method Of Composting 30th November 2010 MBKS Auditorium
Talk On Community Participation In Quality Education: Success Stories From Rural Sarawak 13th December 2010 AZAM Conference Room
2009
Conferences/Workshops/Forums/Talks Date Venue
Sarawak Seminar on Land 21st – 22nd April 2009
Talk on Relevant Technologies for Rural/Agricultural Development 18th May 2009
Intercultural Youth Forum 8th – 10th May 2009
5th Sarawak Cultural Symposium 17th – 18th June 2009
14th MIER-SDI Annua; Corporate Economic Briefing 20th July 2009
Workshop on Integrated River Basin Management 11th – 12th August 2009
Talk on the Global Economic Crisis and US-Malaysia Economic Relations 13th October 2009
Talk on the Global Economic Crisis and US-Malaysia Economic Relations 6th November 2009
2008
Conferences/Workshops/Forums/Talks Date Venue
Talk on Traditional Knowledge 18th January 2008
Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Workshop 26th February 2008
Executive Talk: US Presidential Elections in 2008 – Race to the White House
13th Annual Regional Corporate Economic Briefing 22rd April 2008
Talk on Organic Values and Quality Assurance 3rd September 2008
Seminar & Workshop on Technopreneur Pre-Seed Fund Programme 5th September 2008
Talk on IAASTD Findings and Relevance of Organic Agriculture 27th October 2008
Regional Conference on Organic ASIA 2008 28th October 2008
2007
Conferences/Workshops/Forums/Talks Date Venue
Seminar on Clean Development Mechanism 24th – 25th January 2007
International Conference on Managing Rivers in the 21st Century 6th – 8th June 2007
Seminar on Technopreneur Development 14th September 2007
Winning & Funding Association Conference 16th November 2007
Workshop on Handicraft Development 30th – 31st March 2007
Roundtable on Diving 10th April 2007
Workshop on Sustainable Development of Small & Intermediate Towns in Sarawak 13th – 14th June 2007
Business Dialogue 18th June 2007
Briefing on Industrial Master Plan 3 3rd July 2007
MIER Corporate Economic Briefing 23rd July 2007
Brown Bag Seminar on Fiscal Federalism 12th December 2007
2006
International/Regional/National Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Seminar on Urbanization in Sarawak: Urbanization and Community Well Being 1st – 2nd March 2006
Sarawak Cottage Industries Seminar & Expo 2006 (Seminar & Ekspo Industri Kotej Sarawak, 2006) 16th – 19th March 2006
Sarawak Convention on Preschool Education 2006 – “Learning the Fun Way” 22nd – 23rd August 2006
2006 International Information Management Conference 13th – 14th November 2006

 

Workshops/Briefings Date Venue
Regional Corporate Economic Briefing – “Bracing the Impact of Higher Oil Prices” 24th April 2006
Workshop on “Introducing Traditional Kenyah Songs – “From Upriver Longhouses to the Modern Classroom” 23rd – 25th May 2006
Brown Bag Seminar 2006 Series

 

Brown Bag seminars Date Venue
“Urban Transport and the Environment: Issues and Challenges in Sustainable Transport Policy in Malaysia: The Case of Kuching” 21st June 2006
Strategy Execution and Human Resources – Tools for Effective Managers 16th August 2006
“Work-Life Balance: An Introduction 28th November 2006

 

Executive Talks Date Venue
“Malaysia and the United States: Free Trade Agreement” 19th September 2006
Talk on Opportunities in Fisheries Downstream Activities 7th November 2006
2006 Information Management Workshop 15th – 17th November 2006
Inter-cultural Forum 21st December 2006
2005
International/Regional/National Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Betong Economic Development Transformation Seminar 23rd – 24th March 2005
International Conference on Biogeography and Biodiversity: Wallace in Sarawak -150 Years Later 13th – 15th July 2005
Seminar on Pioneering a New Housing Concept for Affordable Homes in Sarawak 18th – 19th July 2005
Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 6th – 7th September 2005
Seminar on the Role of Rivers in Socio-economic Development: A Highlight on the Batang Baram 20th – 21st September 2005
Seminar on Brand Building 3rd October 2005
International Conference on Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) 28th – 29th November 2005

 

Workshops/Briefings Date Venue
Workshop on User Pays Concept 16th March 2005
Forum on the Malaysian Economy & the Currency Peg: The Near-Term Outlook 19th April 2005
Regional Corporate Economic Briefing 20th July 2005
Workshop on Divisional Social Profile 21st – 22nd November 2005
Workshop on Developing Diving as a Tourism Product in Sarawak 29th – 30th December 2005
2004
International/Regional/National Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
National Conference & Exhibition on strategic environmental impact assessment 24th – 25th January 2004
Seminar & Exhibition on toilet cleanliness 20th – 21st April 2004
2nd Borneo International Ethnic Music Conference 6th – 7th July 2004
Seminar on landscape & landscaping: Aesthetics & Functions 26th – 27th July 2004
Seminar on Cargo Transportation “Enhancing Business Competitiveness 25th August 2004
Sarawak 3rd International Quality Congress 22nd – 24th September 2004
Seminar on Commercial goat production 28th September 2004

 

Workshops/Briefings Date Venue
Workshop on herbs & spices industry: Development & business direction for Sarawak “towards building a competitive herbs & spice industry for Sarawak 18th January 2004

 

Brown Bag seminars Date Venue
Role of NGO in a Civil Service society 28th January 2004
Avian Influenza: Man & Chicken 11th February 2004
Are you sleeping enough? 10th March 2004
Early childhood education: resetting our priorities 26th April 2004
Eat Right, work Right 19th May 2004
Risk management 29th June 2004
Beware! Snatch thief 22nd July 2004
2000 US presidential candidates 18th August 2004
Healthy village programme 15th September 2004
From hand to mouth 26th October 2004
Integrating conventional & ecological Sanitation? 29th November 2004
2003
International/Regional/National Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Seminar on attracting MICE to Sarawak: Setting the mousetrap 25th – 26th February 2003
Public relations & crisis management in the public and corporate sector 29th March 2003
Seminar on Generating economic growth through the domestic market 7th – 8th May 2003
Seminar on best practices in the private sector 26th May 2003
Seminar on Sustainable Wastewater management 10th – 11th June 2003
First international conference on Ethnic music 8th – 9th July 2003
Corporate Economic Briefing 17th July 2003
Seminar on US-Malaysia Cultural and Business Relations 29th July 2003
PATA out of town meeting 2nd August 2003
National Conference on Living Garden cities 14th – 15th August 2003
International Seminar on Understanding & Acceptability of biotechnology from the Islamic perspective 9th – 10th September 2003
BIMP-EAGA Tourism Conference 18th – 19thSeptember 2003
International freshwater management conference 1st – 2nd October 2003
Convention on Social sciences 15th – 16th October 2003
Seminar on food safety & quality 12th – 13th November 2003
Development communication symposium: Sarawak Agenda 2023 11th– 12th December 2003

 

Workshops Date Venue
Workshop on single mothers 7th – 8th March 2003
Workshop on Active community participation in Eco-tourism development in Bario 12th – 13th March 2003
Workshop in Inclusive education 21st October 2003
Brainstorming on Strategic Planning for the disabled 17th November 2003

 

Brown Bag seminars Date Venue
Understanding & applying HR competencies
Bullying in workplace
Afghanistan, through the lens of a doctor
Facing the challenges of incest
Parenting & career
Value based management
US-Malaysia relations under the Bush administration 2001-2003
Causal variables in economic crime
Urban health status
Social gerontology & ageing policy
Child adoption in Sarawak: practice, problem and legal systems
2002
International/Regional/National Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
International Ecotourism Colloquium: Sustaining the business of Ecotourism 17th – 18th January 2002
Seminar on ASEAN Free trade Area 8th May 2002
BIMP-EAGA: Seventh Meeting of the working Group on Agro-industry 23rd – 26th July 2002
International conference on Organic farming for Sustainable development 6th – 7th August 2002
Seminar on haze and air quality for the Mass Media 2nd September 2002
Seminar on community education, education by all for all 4th – 5th September 2002
International conference on higher education for the 21st century 24th – 26th September 2002
Sarawak’s 2nd International Quality Congress 25th – 27th September 2002
Seminar on rivers as the arteries of our lives: “Safe, clean & natural rivers” 4th October 2002
Seminar on pelagic fisheries in Sarawak 16th – 17th December 2002
Seminar on Creating social awareness on the Didables – Full participation & Equal opportunities for the disabled 18th December 2002

 

Workshops Date Venue
Workshop on school dropouts in Sarawak 29th – 30th January 2002
Workshop on Urbanisation and Urbanism: Some case studies 3rd – 4thJuly 2002
Workshop on Proposed Integrated wastewater management system for Kuching city 28th August 2002
Workshop on Asset Management 22nd October 2002
Workshop on Meeting the challenges of Globalisation: Enhancing the state’s manufacturing competitiveness 26th October 2002
SME development strategy in BIMP-EAGA consultation workshop 3rd December 2002
Workshop on TNA (Training needs analysis) in the Tourism Industry in Sarawak 5th November 2002
Workshop on enhancing professionalism for tourist guides 14th – 15th October 2002

 

Brown Bag seminars Date Venue
Lifelong learning
War for talents: will the civil service remain relevant?
Population control: the politics of numbers
The leadership challenge
Hidden voices – understanding social narratives of AIDS
Does the current legal system protect rape survivors
The mind: how it can go cuckoo
Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace
2001
International/Regional Conferences/Seminars Date Venue
Asia Pacific Forum on Karsts Ecosystem and World Heritage 27th-29th May 2001
International Terubok (Tenualosa Species) Conference 11th-12th September 2001
Inaugural Annual Conference on South East Asian Association for Institutional Research (SEAAIR) – Enhancing Efficiency and Effectiveness of Tertiary Education in the 21st Century 23rd-25th October 2001
Sarawak Investment and Trade Exposition (SITEX) 2001, 5th-7th October 2001 5th-7th October 2001
ICT Seminar – Strategic Planning for an Information Economy 14th-15th November 2001
Asia Pacific Forum on Karsts Ecosystem and World Heritage 27th-29th May 2001
International Terubok (Tenualosa Species) Conference 11th-12th September 2001
Inaugural Annual Conference on South East Asian Association for Institutional Research (SEAAIR) – Enhancing Efficiency and Effectiveness of Tertiary Education in the 21st Century 23rd-25th October 2001
Sarawak Investment and Trade Exposition (SITEX) 2001, 5th-7th October 2001 5th-7th October 2001
ICT Seminar – Strategic Planning for an Information Economy 14th-15th November 2001

 

Workshop Date Venue
Workshop on Forestry and Resource Management 2ndMarch 2001
6th Corporate Economic Briefing 24th April 2001
Workshop on Ibu Tunggal 4th May 2001
Workshop on Enhancing Economic Linkages between Sarawak and West Kalimantan 17th July 2001
Workshop on Eco-Tourism Awareness 17th July 2001
Workshop on Water Management for Sustainable Agriculture Development of Peatland 29th-30th March 2001

 

Executive Talks/Corporate Briefings Date Venue
Sustainable Management & Conservation of Terubok by Dr. Stephen J.M. Blaber CSIRO Marine Research, Australia 13th July 2001
Conflict Resolution by Prof. Dennis Sandole, George Mason University, USA 3rd August 2001
Towards a Brighter Economic Outlook: Harnessing Trade & Commercial Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Economies by Dr. Harry G. Harris, Global Management Associates & Visiting Prof at the University of California, USA 11th October 2001
SDI’s Dialogue: United Nations Development Programme Small Grants Projects by Dr. Martin Abraham, UNDP & Dr. Daniel Chew 21st October 2001
2000
Regional/International Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Integrated coastal zone management regional conference 2nd – 4th May 2000
Gunung Mulu world Heritage Conference 20th – 21st June 2000
Borneo 2000 Conference 10th – 14th July 2000
Conference on Biodiversity 2000 1st– 3rd November 2000
The Australian Universities International Alumni Convention (AUIAC) 2000 24th – 27th August 2000

 

KAF Sponsored seminars/workshops Date Venue
Workshop on local governance & emerging challenges 28th – 29th February 2000
Workshop on Management and implementation of RGC programmes 11th – 12th April 2000
Workshop on Economic planning and development 4th – 5th December 2000

 

Seminars organised for/with other departments/agencies Date Venue
Second workshop on Community participation in Tourism Development Program 22nd – 27th January 2000

20th – 22nd March 2000

13th – 15th November 2000

Workshop on Kejiranan Mesra 27th – 28th March 2000
Workshop on Benchmarking for Tourist Guides 31st March – 2nd April 2000
Seminar on Electronic Commerce and the digital age 25th – 26th April 2000
Seminar on Community Profile Studies 23rd – 24th May 2000
Workshop on Education in Simunjan 5th June 2000
Musyawarah K-economy for Sarawak 7th – 8th September 2000
Eco-tourism Awareness Workshop 18th – 21st September 2000
3rd Digital Library Conference – Positioning the Fountain of Knowledge 2nd – 4th October 2000
Seminar of Traditional Herbs & Medicinal plants in Sarawak 10th October 2000
National Seminar on Sustainable Urbanisation & City Planning 18th – 19th October 2000
Seminar on Introduction to Stormwater Management Manual 3rd – 5th November 2000
Workshop on Natural Resource Accounting 6th November 2000
Executive Talks/Corporate Briefings Date Venue
5th Corporate Economic Briefing 16th May 2000
The US Strategy for Asia 8th June 2000
Backlash to Globalisation 11th August 2000
US Elections 2000: Implications for US and Asia 22nd November 2000
1999
Executive talks Date Venue
Shaping the organization – Unlocking the potential in people 7th May 1998
What has happened to Asian values? 31st May 1999
ASEAN and the challenges of Globalization 15thJune 1999
Y2K contingency planning 6th & 10th September 1999
US-ASEAN Relations 8th September 1999

 

Commercial Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Sarawak’s First International Quality Congress 10th – 13th October 1999
MSC Nationwide Conference 28th April 1999
Conference on Asset Management 29th – 30th June 1999
Fourth Corporate Economic Briefing 21st July 1999
Conference on Public Service of the Future 21st – 22nd September 1999
National Seminar on Inland Water Transport: Prospects and challenges in the 21st Century 3rd – 4th November 1999

 

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) Seminars Date Venue
Workshop on Local Governance: “Working together towards Good Governance” 23rd – 24th February 1999
Workshop on Local Governance and emerging challenges 26th – 27th July 1999
Seminar on integrated waste management in Sarawak 28th – 29th July 1999
Workshop on working towards Integrated peatland management for sustainable development 17th -18th August 1999
Workshop on Economic thinking, methodology and approach 8th – 9thSeptember 1999

 

Seminars/Workshop organised for Government Agencies Date Venue
Workshop on National Agriculture Policy 3: Sarawak’s Perpective 20th – 21st May 1999
Seminar on Social Development in Sarawak: Social issues and trends 27th – 28th September 1999
Seminar on integration of ruminants with tree crops 10th November 1999
1998
Executive Talks Date Venue
Environmental education: A corporate perspective 18th February 1998
Islam and democratisation 10th March 1998
APEC: Promoting financial stability in the Asia Pacific Region 25th May 1998
Current Crisis and future economic trends 16th June 1998
Energy management in Buildings 6th November 1998
Road development and its effect on land use by local people: A case study at Sungei Nakat, Miri-Bintulu Road 4th December 1998
The Impeachment process: Understanding the US System of Government 8th December 1998
Y2K by Sarawak 16th Dec 1998

 

Commercial Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Planted forests in Sarawak 16th – 17th February 1998
3rd International Great apes of the world, Survival into the Next Millenium 3rd – 6th July 1998

 

State/National Seminars/Conferences Date Venue
Development of townships in Sarawak 14th – 15thApril 1998
Regional corporate economic briefing 12th November 1998

 

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) Seminars Date Venue
Migration in Sarawak 25th – 26th June 1998
Land Use and integrated Coastal Zone Management in Sarawak 11th – 12th August 1998
KAF Partners workshop on civic education 20th – 22nd August 1998
Local Governance and Emerging Challenges 24th – 25th September 1998
A Strategy for HRD in Sarawak: An integrated approach 29th – 30th September 1998
Roundtable on developing and strengthening a National Integrity System 16th November 1998

 

Seminars/workshops organised for Government Agencies Date Venue
4th Inter-agency conference on Healthy cities in Sarawak 21st – 24th April 1998
Kuching Future Search workshop 23rd May 1998
Workshop on Local Community participation in Tourism Development 26th October – 5thNovember 1998 Miri, Sibu and Kuching
1997
Executive Talks Date Venue
Challenges for Agriculture and Rural Development in the 21st Century with Special Reference to Sarawak 22nd February 1997
Financial performance and corporate governance 13th March 1997
China after Deng: Prospects for the 21st Century 17th April 1997
Satellite Communication for Development: Opportunities and challenges for Malaysia 17th June 1997
Asian values and Asian assertiveness 24th June 1997
Investment Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Professionald 27th July 1997
Regional Security Issues in East Asia 17th December 1997

 

Commercial Seminars Date Venue
Planted forests in Sarawak 16th – 17th February 1998
3rd International Great apes of the world, Survival into the Next Millenium 3rd – 6th July 1998

 

State Funded Seminar Date Venue
Seminar pendidikan Daerah Simunjan 9th – 10th September 1997 Rajah Court Hotel Kuching

 

SDI/AZAM/KAF Seminars/Workshops Date Venue
The perception of Youth towards Social challenges today 8th – 9th March 1997
Working together for Human Resource Development: the political leadership and the civil service 2nd – 3rd May 1997
Civil society and its future challenges 19th – 20th May 1997
Urban Transportation in Sarawak: Issues and Challenges 27th – 28th October 1997
Seminar on Globalisation and its impact on culture and traditions in Sarawak 2nd – 3rd December 1997