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Saturday, 25 March 2017


1.  LANGKAWI, 25 Mac - Pameran Promosi dan Kerjaya TLDM sempena Pameran Maritim dan Aeroangkasa Antarabangsa Langkawi 2017 (LIMA ’17) mendapat sambutan luar biasa apabila merekodkan jumlah pengunjung lebih dari 7,000 orang sejak ia dibuka pada 21 Mac bertempat di Resorts World Langkawi. 

2.  Tema pameran yang telah dipilih ialah “Today For Tomorrow”. Pameran ini bertujuan memberikan peluang kepada masyarakat untuk lebih mengenali TLDM secara langsung. Pelbagai aktiviti pameran diadakan sepanjang LIMA’17 termasuk persembahan pancaragam dari negara sahabat iaitu Tentera Laut Filipina dan Tentera Laut Sri Lanka, Drumline Pancaragam Pusat TLDM, pertunjukan pakaian seragam, pameran misil, pameran senjata api kecil, pertunjukan Kawad Senyap dan pameran oleh Pasukan Khas Laut (PASKAL)

3.  Disamping itu, segmen pameran pada kali ini juga telah disusun agar dapat memberi peluang kepada pengunjung memahami pengoperasian TLDM secara keseluruhannya.dimensi operasi di daratan, atas permukaan, bawah permukaan dan ruang udara adalah fokus kepada pameran ini. Buat julung kalinya gambaran konsep tentera laut masa hadapan dipertontonkan. 

4.  Pada masa yang sama, tapak pameran Segmen Maritim LIMA ’17 sehingga kini telah menerima sambutan hebat apabila lebih daripada 54,000 pengunjung telah datang melawat dan juga berpeluang melawat kapal-kapal TLDM dan kapal tentera laut asing yang dibuka untuk lawatan umum setiap hari secara percuma.

Friday, 24 March 2017


RTL CBS Entertainment HD memastikan gelak ketawa dan drama berterusan sementara  RTL CBS Extreme HD meneruskan keterujaan dengan aksi penuh adrenalina sepanjang April ini


TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU will participate in Matta Fair 2017, and will host Taiwan Tourism Promotion event on Sat, March 18 in Seri pacific hotel, ballroom A & B , level 2. It is right next to Putra World Trade Center (PWTC). In 2016, 1.65 million southeastern Asian travelers visited Taiwan. Malaysians accounted for 28%, which is 470000 visitors to Taiwan in 2016, and is the main focus of Taiwanese Tourism Bureau. Taiwan Visitors Association, Kuala Lumpur Office have recently promoted plenty of well-loved activities and events and have won praise from all cultural, age group in Malaysia. They also work hard on communicating with Muslims travelers to provide them with pleasant travel experience in Taiwan.
The Tourism promotion event will feature the handsome MASTERCHEF DATO' FAZLEY YAAKOB as the celebrity guest to promote Taiwan tourism. DJ Jc Cheah of Ai FM will host the eventand introduce Taiwanese gourmet food and shopping experience for Malaysians from all backgrounds. MasterChef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob just become the champion of Juara MASTERCHEF SELEBRITI MALAYSIA in 2012, he is not only super popular MasterChef but also work as a writer, singer, actor, TV host, inspirational speaker, and owner of many restaurants. MasterChef Fazley is also commonly respected as a Halal food expert. With that being said, he will promote Taiwanese gourmet food to Muslims along with shopping and more exciting travel experience in Taiwan. He will also provide the latest travel information and scenery travel spots to all Malaysians.
The host DJ Jc Cheah has studied in Taiwan and participated featured wedding in Alishan sacred tree forest. He truly loves Taiwan, and just joined making of Taiwanese travel show “Time for Taiwan” introduced Taiwan as a Malaysian visitor in the show. He will share his precious Taiwan travel experience in and out of the show to all audiences.
Other than delivering the travel information of Taiwan, this event will have lucky draw of free flight ticket, free hotel accommodation and Taiwan local special gifts for the attending audiences. It is a great opportunity for Malaysians to come and get the great chance of winning the big prize!

TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU has presented well-organized exhibition and promotion events not only won good impression from the exhibitors but also attracted considerable locals to participate. Taiwan is working by hearts to design exclusive gourmet food and shopping experience route. Moreover, Taiwan is building friendlier, and more convenient travel environment for all travelers to experience warm, comfortable hospitality from Taiwanese.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


SMART-i GO MALAYSIA (SMART-i) has forged a partnership with FLEXIROAM to bring the best of internet roaming facility for its 1.5 million users. 

By combining the strength of SMART-i GO MALAYSIA’s tourist mobile application and FLEXIROAM’s mobile expertise, this partnership offers both of their users the best in terms of access and content through an all-inclusive digital communication package. 

This partnership was formalized with the signing of a MoU between SMART-i GO MALAYSIA and FLEXIROAM
The MoU was signed by Mr. Ryan Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Smart-i Go Malaysia and Ms. Elfrida Ong, Vice-President (Operations) of FLEXIROAM. The event was held at KL Tower on 22 March 2017. 

This partnership will focus on the international and domestic tourism markets for Smart-i Go Malaysia following FLEXIROAM’s ongoing success in offering international travellers with data roaming in over 100 countries and territories. 

This collaboration is tailored to meet the needs of the tourism industry. Smart-i Go Malaysia’s app users would be able to purchase the FLEXIROAM X Starter Pack and get 500MB of free data via the app. 

This will enable users to access to a range of attractive online domestic travel packages which the app has to offer, including through social media tools such as Google Search™, Youtube™ and Google Maps™. 

“Through a digital promotional campaign via social media, users will be offered pointers to better understand the benefits and direct value of this partnership. Important information will be made accessible, for example, finding new interesting tourist spots in Malaysia, places to eat, travel packages and transportation bookings”, Mr. Ryan Loh said. 

“We are committed to this partnership with FLEXIROAM as it would be beneficial to the 1.5 million of our users and downloaders who rely on Smart-i Go Malaysia while in Malaysia or planning to spend their vacations in the country. At the same time, this initiative would also help boost the domestic tourism sector”, he added. 

The digital communication package is essentially well adapted to travellers who have high data usage as mobile usage is an essential element of travel technology. Mobile usage is on the rise throughout the entire traveller’s journey and more are using their smartphones to make reservations regarding their travels. 

According to the TripBarometer Connected Travel report, Malaysia is placed on fifth place with 53%, with Thailand at number one with 65%. 
Mr. Ryan Loh (COO of Smart-i Go Malaysia), Mr. Md Salleh Huddin Abu Hanifah (Chaiman of Smart-i Go Malaysia), Ms. Sofia Akzan Amir (CEO of Smart-i Go Malaysia), Ms. Elfrida Ong (VP Operations of FLEXIROAM), Dato’ Ammar A. Ghapar (Tourism Malaysia), Ms. Norsiah Patah (Senior Principal Assistant Secretary, Tourism Licensing Division of MOTAC), Mr. Mohd Noor Isman (representative from MPAJ)
“The partnership between SMART-i GO MALAYSIA and FLEXIROAM will enhance tourist experiences in Malaysia. Tourists will be able to stay connected online with their friends and family whilst in Malaysia. By using Flexiroam X, tourists will have data access to use the Smart-i app to plan for their trips,” said Ms. Elfrida Ong. 

SMART-i GO MALAYSIA was launched in February 2015. In less than two years, this app has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. Currently it is ranked as one of the most popular app downloaded by tourists domestically and internationally. The app can be downloaded for free on both Play Store and App Store. 

A Malaysian home grown firm which specialises in promoting Malaysia’s tourism sector. Smart-i Go Malaysia was inspired and conceived in line with the call by Malaysian Government for the private sector to play an active role in promoting the tourism sector. In line with these efforts, Smart-i Go Malaysia developed the app aimed at providing a myriad of information for the benefit of foreign tourists as well as Malaysians. The information include Malaysia’s history, multi-cultural heritage, places of interest, cuisine, shopping outlets and tourism packages. Our team comprises dynamic individuals with a diverse wealth of experience, who have a common passion for all things mobile. We relish technical challenges. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our team, Smart Malaysia was accorded the Golden Award “For Mobile Application of the Year (Best Entertainment and Lifestyle) at the “Mobile Business Excellence Award 2015” held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2015 and the Master Class Award in The Outstanding Customized Apps Developer category at the “ASEAN Outstanding Business Awards 2016”. For more information, please visit or follow us on FB

FLEXIROAM (ASX: FRX) is the leading telecommunications company offering a globally unified voice and data service for mobile users around the world. The company was established in 2011 by Jefrey Ong with the aim of expanding the horizons for global communication. Its flagship data roaming product, FLEXIROAM X allows users to earn data which is usable in over 100 countries and has one of the longest validity of any data roaming plan available on the market today. 

FLEXIROAM is an asset light telecommunications company that does not own physical infrastructure yet able to connect to around 580 network operators globally. FLEXIROAM aspires to be a household name in borderless mobile broadband service in Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Guests on board the inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan
today received a special send-off from Arik De
(6th from right), Chief Commercial Head of AirAsia X at KLIA2
AirAsia X Berhad announced a special celebration for its daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan, with 8,888 promotional seats from as low as RM188* one-way.


Suntory Beverage & Food Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SBFM) is calling all Malaysians “to release the true you” in their new Sparkling Ribena® BeMe Campaign launched today. Popular local singer-songwriter Elizabeth Tan was also introduced as the new Sparkling Ribena® Ambassador at the event, where she performed the Sparkling Ribena® BeMe Campaign official song.

“Malaysians today face many pressures and expectations in life, regardless of their age and stage of life. Whether it is the pressure and expectation to succeed in our education or career, to conform to social expectations from our peers, to meet expectations from our family members and fulfil responsibilities, there is often little time or opportunity to simply be our true selves. In this high-stress world, Ribena® believes in the importance of taking time to free ourselves from expectations, listen to our inner voice and embrace our true inner personality. Through the Sparkling Ribena® BeMe Campaign, we want to encourage Malaysians to simply pause for a while in our hectic schedules and just enjoy our BeMe moment, when we are our carefree natural selves. As a brand that has been around for more than 75 years, we feel fortunate that Ribena® has been able to stay true to its identity, spreading the natural goodness of blackcurrants all around the world, so being true to yourself is important to us,” said Lee Hon Tong, Regional General Manager for Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, SBFM.
“The Ribena® brand is close to the hearts of many Malaysians, being a part of our childhood, and inspiring fond memories. Likewise, the Sparkling Ribena® range is a new way of enjoying the unforgettable taste of Ribena®. With its light sparkle reflecting the fun and light-hearted moments in life, Sparkling Ribena® is the perfect companion for all our BeMe moments. We chose Elizabeth Tan to be our new Sparkling Ribena® Ambassador as she captures the BeMe spirit of being her true self. With the help of Elizabeth, who had her big break on YouTube through a BeMe moment when she expressed herself in a song, we want more Malaysians to grab their own BeMe moments,” added Lee.
Newly appointed Sparkling Ribena® Ambassador Elizabeth Tan also shared her BeMe moments at the event, recounting her experiences as a performer. “When I first started out as a YouTube artiste, I just wanted to share my passion for music with everyone online. I do believe the joy of embracing your BeMe moment is priceless. Over the years, I have always believed that I express myself best in song by staying true to myself, and my big break came as a result of embracing my very own musical style. So, the Sparkling Ribena® BeMe Campaign’s call for Malaysians to embrace and celebrate our true selves really resonates with me. I hope other Malaysians will also find great fulfilment through their own BeMe moments. I enjoyed the blackcurrant goodness of Ribena® growing up, and today, the lightly sparkling and delicious Sparkling Ribena® brings back fond memories of my childhood,” she said.
At the launch, Elizabeth also created her original Sparkling Lizzy - a mixture of Sparkling Ribena® Blackcurrant, a tablespoon of lime juice, two pieces of asam boi and fresh mint leaves inspired by her passion for music and her active lifestyle.

As part of the Sparkling Ribena® BeMe Campaign, a combi van will be cruising around the streets of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya to encourage Malaysians to unleash their inner personalities. Elizabeth will also be sharing some of her many BeMemoments online and will be appearing in 3 Sparkling Ribena® videos, which will go live by the end of March 2017. More activities are in the pipeline, so do keep a lookout for new announcements! See the videos and find out more about the campaign on the Ribena® Malaysia Facebook page at

The Sparkling Ribena® can is currently retailing at a recommended price of RM2.20 and is available at hypermarkets, supermarkets, mini markets and convenience stores/kiosks nationwide.

About Ribena®
Ribena® was created by Dr Vernon Charley in 1938; its name is derived from the botanical name of blackcurrants – Ribes Nigrum. In 1955, Ribena® made its way to Malaysian shores and soon became a firm favourite of Malaysian kids and adults and retains top-of-mind awareness among Malaysian consumers. Made with blackcurrants sourced from farms in New Zealand for their deep purple colour, Ribena® is known for its natural goodness and delicious flavour, made without artificial colour or flavour. Ribena® is available as a cordial and in ready-to-drink format. 

About Suntory Beverage & Food
Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd (SBF) is a leading global soft drink company, headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with an integrated platform across five key regions: Japan, Europe, Oceania, Southeast Asia and the Americas. SBF has an extensive line-up of products and in 2012 was the number four supplier of soft drinks globally and second in Japan. SBF’s vision is to be the leading global soft drink company recognised for its premium and unique brands. 





Datuk Seri Haji Saripuddin Haji Kasim
Secretary General, Ministry of Transport Malaysia

Dato’ Haji Baharin Dato Abdul Hamid
Director General of Marine Malaysia

Mr. Mick Kinley
Chief Executive Officer
Australia Maritime Safety Agency

Distinguished Delegates, 

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen,

A very Good morning to all of you.

On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, a very welcome to all delegates and guests or Selamat Datang as we say it in Malaysia.

We are extremely delighted to have you with us here, especially those of you who are visiting Malaysia for the first time particularly the beautiful island of Langkawi.

I would like to thank the Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) Forum for giving Malaysia this opportunity to host the 18th session of APHoMSA.

It is our pleasure and privilege to host such an important forum which brings together heads of maritime agencies from all over the Asia-Pacific region.

I believe that it is truly an effective platform for delegates to discuss the current state of maritime safety, as well as existing challenges and advancements within the sector. 

Indeed, the APHoMSA has played a vital role in enhancing international cooperation in maritime safety. 

This year, I’ve been informed that more than 80 participants from 20 member countries, 4 specialize maritime organisations and 4 observer countries are attending the forum here in Langkawi. 

I am delighted to note that Heads Of Maritime Agencies from Maldives, Mongolia, Timor Leste and Vanuatu are also present in this session as observers.

I am pleased to also note that many topics of interest are on the agenda for the next two days. 

These include various discussions and presentations on domestic ferry services, Port State Control regime, ASEAN VTS Centre, E-Navigation amongst others. 

This is a prime opportunity for knowledge sharing in terms of technical, safety and environmental matters.

More Importantly, this year’s forum breaks from the norm, when we host it on the sidelines of the prestigious LIMA exhibition where you will experience a world standard maritime and air shows as well as exhibits.

I hope you have had the time to visit both the maritime and aerospace exhibition at Resorts World and MIEC respectively.

With more than 550 exhibits of which more than 240 are from the commercial sector, I trust this will certainly add value to this esteemed forum.


Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

Recently, Malaysia faced unfortunate incidents in our domestic ferry services. We have many domestic ferry services operating on non-convention vessels, which unfortunately are not governed by the IMO. 

For your information, the island of Langkawi being a tourist attraction, rely heavily on domestic ferry services as its main mode of transport from the mainland. 

Therefore, this forum is timely and necessary for us maritime regulators to focus on safety issues without discouraging competitiveness in the industry. 

In this regard, the forum serves as a platform for all of us to exchange views and experiences especially in managing and regulating domestic ferry services. 

I am confident that such a discussion will benefit us teremendously on the backdrop of our recent tragedies.

Realizing the importance of Port State Control to Coastal States, the harmonization of enforcement activities towards ships contributes to the efficiency of the service delivery and turn around time, thus increasing productivity of ports. 

I would also like to encourage member states to deliberate issues on ship calls at ports facilitation without sacrificing Port State Control regime principles.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Malaysia places importance and priority in capacity building and international cooperation in the maritime industry. Towards this end, we have collaborated with IMO in organising capacity building programmes that had benefitted more than 300 participants from over 30 Member States of IMO since 2013. 

The programme ranges from technical training, attachments to maritime organisations of Malaysia and workshops – tailored for technical officers and mid level managers. 

All of these are under the umbrella of the Malaysia-IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).

The programmes we offer have evolved from merely technical elements, towards more specific programmes, catering to the needs of Member States. 

Equally important, Malaysia has voluntarily made financial contributions to support the development of human capital building in the sector particularly to the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden and International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to note that this year and for the first time, Malaysia is introducing the Maritime Leaders Forum for high level maritime administrators and decision makers. 

The forum’s objective is to gather maritime administrators from various parts of the world, enriching their knowledge and skills in specific areas of the maritime sector particularly in leadership and governance. 

Just last week, we organised a 3 days Maritime Leaders Forum for the African region in Kuala Lumpur. It was attended by 23 participants from 22 African countries. 

Moreover, I was made to understand that prior to this forum, you had a one day leadership session here in Langkawi, where 45 delegates of the APHoMSA and invited observers attended. 

I hope you have benefited immensely from the programme.  

Distinguished delegates,

Further to that, we are currently developing the ASEAN Regional Training Centre for VTS at the Maritime Transport Institute (MATRAIN) in Port Klang funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund. 

This training centre will be utilised to implement training for VTS personnel in accordance to international standards to contribute to safe navigation of ships in ASEAN waters.

The Centre will begin its first programme in July 2017 involving 20 participants from ASEAN countries for a 3 months training course. It is my fervent hope that in due course, this centre will be able to accomodate participants from all APHoMSA members in particular the Pacific Island Countries. 

Malaysia will pursue this initiative with the cooperation of our ASEAN colleagues. 

I wish to also inform all of you that Malaysia and the littoral States of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) is currently embarking on a Joint Hydrographic Survey of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the SOMS under the auspice of ASEAN-Malacca Straits Council (MSC). 

This survey will enhance the safety of navigation and improve the protection of marine environment in the SOMS through updated Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) of the SOMS.

We are committed to ensure that the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) remains open for international shipping and safe for navigation through common efforts and regional cooperation.


Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

Malaysia has consistently supported IMO, and we have played an active role in this important body since we were first elected to the Council in 2005 for the 2006-2007 term.

We are dedicated to supporting IMO in many areas particularly maritime safety, security, efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Testament to this, we have taken on an active and prominent role in IMO’s many Panels, Committees and Working Groups.

We have also supported IMO’s various policies, as we strongly believe in the need for continuous safety and security enhancements for the international maritime sector.

Malaysia is keen and determined to continue playing an active part in achieving IMO’s aspirations for safer seas and excellent standards of maritime industry.

On this note, the Government of Malaysia will submit its candidacy to the Council of IMO under category C for the next elections at the the IMO General Assembly in November this year. 

We hope our esteemed peers will endorse and support our continued membership on the Council of IMO. 


Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to take this opportunity in this forum to inform all of you of a publication by the Marine Department Malaysia titled “Spurring National Growth”. 

This book is the latest addition to the repertoire of publications on the seas around Malaysia and the role of key agencies in managing them. 

This book will be a testament to our aspirations for safe, secure and sustainable maritime transportation. 

Therefore, I am very delighted to be given the honour to launch this valuable publication at this prestigious forum witnessed by all of you, specialists and experts of maritime industry.


Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my firm belief that to promote safe, secure and environmentally sustainable maritime industry in the Asia-Pacific region, regional and international cooperation and partnership is necessary.

Hence, I urge all participants to work together and share your expertise in this forum, identify new ideas and new areas of cooperation.

It is my fervent hope that this forum will continue to build on the successes of previous sessions through its focus on pillars of the APHoMSA strategy.

I wish you all a successful and fruitful forum.

On a separate note, I hope you will enjoy your stay here in Langkawi, and please take some time off to enjoy the white sandy beaches of the island, its richness in culture and exquisite culinery and more importantly the duty free shopping experience Langkawi has to offer.

Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to declare the 18th Session of APHoMSA Forum officially OPENED.

Thank you.