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  • 2nd Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Culture Festival (PIIACUF)

    The Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Cultural Festival (PIIACUF) was organised to highlight the values of Islam through the perspective of a moderate society where art and culture take centre stage in delivering the messages of Islam to the world. Read More

  • MasterCard and CrescentRating announce a Global Muslim Travel Index

    Kuala Lumpur – October 30, 2014 – MasterCard today signed an agreement with CrescentRating, the world’s leading authority on Muslim Travel Market, to co-develop the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI). The agreement was signed during the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum in Dubai. Read More

  • Royal Jordanian Flies With B787 Dreamliner To KLIA

    Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA — The KL International Airport (KLIA) has recorded another historic moment yesterday with the landing of a Royal Jordanian Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

    Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, in a statement today, said the Jordan’s flag carrier became the first airline to operate schedule flights with B787 Dreamliner into KLIA.

    Its General Manager of Marketing, Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah, said Malaysia Airports would like to congratulate Royal Jordanian for this historic moment.

    “The brand new aircraft B787 Dreamliner with greater facilities on board will certainly be another add-on value for passengers to fly with them,” he said.

    The new B787 Dreamliner, which offers 24 business seats and 246 economy seats, is part of Royal Jordanian’s efforts to upgrade and modernise its fleet for medium and long-haul routes, replacing the A330s and A340s.

    B787 Dreamliner is known for its fuel efficiency and configured with enhanced facilities such as bigger window and overhead bin, low cabin altitude and state-of-the-art entertainment system.

    Royal Jordanian Chairman Nasser Lozi said the Dreamliner would help the airlines soar in terms of fleet and services and reducing maintenance cost, particularly after phasing out the currently running long-haul aircraft.

    Royal Jordanian has been flying to KLIA since 2012, offering three weekly flights on the Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok-Amman route, utilising A330 aircraft.

  • Malaysia wins UN Security Council seat

    New York City, USA — Malaysia has returned to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after a 15-year absence with an absolute victory.

    Of the 192 votes cast at the UN General Assembly here Thursday, 187 was in support of Malaysia’s unopposed candidacy to represent the Asia Pacific region.

    The results were a culmination of months of intense lobbying by Wisma Putra to clinch one of the five arising vacancies of the total 10 non-permanent seats.

    Malaysia had officially put in its bid for the seat soon after completing its last two-year UNSC term in 1999.

    Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman immediately pledged to honour the commitments Malaysia had made in the run-up to the vote, saying he was humbled by the trust and solidarity demonstrated by the larger UN membership in supporting Malaysia’s UNSC bid.

    “The number of votes received bears testimony to Malaysia’s long-standing reputation as a responsible member of the international community, particularly in the context of international peace and security.

    “We reaffirm the pledge to work together with other Council members, the wider UN membership as well as with other partners and stakeholders in fulfilling the mandate of the Council and in upholding the Charter of the United Nations for the common good of all.

    “The resounding number of votes provides Malaysia with a solid platform of support and credibility as it embarks on its membership of the Security Council.

    “At this stage, I wish to also express Malaysia’s deep appreciation for the endorsements by members of regional groupings in particular by Asean, by the Asia Pacific Group and by the Gulf Cooperation Council.

    “These endorsements were instrumental in boosting Malaysia’s chances of being supported by other regional groups which is reflected in the outcome of the elections,” he told Malaysian journalists covering the UNSC vote.

    This will be Malaysia’s fourth term in the 15-member UNSC. Malaysia previously sat as a non-permanent member in 1965, 1989/90 and 1998/99.

    The vote on Thursday was for five of the 10 non-permanent UNSC seats for the 2015-2016 term.

    The other victors were Angola (190 votes), Venezuela (181) and New Zealand (145).

    Turkey and Spain failed to get the two-thirds majority required. There will be one more round of voting to decide whether it will be Spain or Turkey.

    Anifah listed Malaysia priorities in the UNSC as continuing to advocate a vision for peace and moderation, promote mediation as an approach towards peaceful conflict resolution, promoting the enhancement of peacekeeping operations, promoting peace-building through technical support for countries emerging from conflict; and encouraging continued discussion on reform of the UNSC.

  • Malaysia, Turkey To Enhance Bilateral Collaboration In Tourism

    Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA — Malaysia and Turkey are expected to continuously enhance the bilateral collaboration and cooperation in many sectors especially in tourism industry.

    Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the ‘Turkish Day’ event, for example, was one of the mechanism to strengthen the good relations between the two countries as both had shared long, bound by friendship and rich histories.

    “In enhancing rapport to gain better understanding of cultures between Turkey and Malaysia, organising a programme of such nature (Turkish Day), will undoubtedly serve as a connecting bridge for both nations,” he said in his welcoming remark at the Turkish Day 2014 event here today.

    Also present were Turkish Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Abdurrahman Arici and Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Ugur Dogan.

    The event, which is being held at Pavilion shopping complex here from today until Oct 17, was organised by Turkish Embassy, in conjunction with 50th anniversary of Malaysia-Turkey diplomatic relations, which was established in 1964.

    At the event, the Turkey’s troupe would also showcase the vibrant Turkish cultures, including crafts, arts, dances, foods and music.

    Meanwhile, Arici said Turkey also looking forward to foster good bilateral relationship with Malaysia in cultural exchanges.

    “Culture and art are important aspects in understanding a nation and its people, and we hope that you will gain better understanding of Turkey at our Turkish Days celebration,” he said.

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