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  • Johor Government Plans To Set Up RM70 Million Elephant Sanctuary

    George Town, MALAYSIA — The Johor state government plans to set up an elephant sanctuary in Kota Tinggi in an effort to protect them systematically.

    State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmad said a 40.46 ha area in Endau Rompin and Panti had been identified for the centre.

    “We also plan to gazette another 4,046 ha of land in a suitable location for the more than 170 elephant population in Johor to move around,” he told reporters after opening a Johor National Park Scientific Seminar organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), here today. Read More

  • Malaysia, Australia Strive To Advance Trade, Investment Interests

    Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed and his Australian counterpart, Andrew Robb co-chaired bilateral talks here Wednesday on advancing shared trade and investment.

    Speaking to about 200 corporate and professional leaders, the ministers underlined the importance of commercial relationship to both countries, reflecting on the strong growth in bilateral trade and investment over the past three years.

    Malaysia is Australia’s ninth-largest trading partner. Two-way trade in goods and services was valued at A$17.9 billion (RM52 billion) in 2013, representing a 14.7 per cent increase since 2010. Read More

  • Ten of Sarawak’s best for Malaysia ‘Year of Festival’

    Sibu, MALAYSIA — Sarawak is submitting 10 festivals to be included in Malaysia’s “Year Of Festival” tourism year 2015.

    Permanent secretary to the State Tourism Ministry, Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik said the festivals were among the major ones held every year in Sarawak.

    These events were chosen for their uniqueness and for their presentation of the colourful culture and traditions of the local ethnic communities, he told the media after opening a course ‘Toward Successful Event Management’ here, Wednesday. Read More

  • DRAFT MALAYSIAN STANDARD ON ISLAMIC TOURISM RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

    Malaysia’s first ever standard dedicated to the Islamic tourism sector was released earlier this month for public comment. The  Malaysian Standard : Muslim Friendly Hospitality Services – Requirements, currently at its draft stage was listed on SIRIM’s website for its mandatory public comment period of two months commencing 1 August 2014 and will end on 30 September 2014.

    Initiated and led by International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), a Halal research and training arm of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), the development of the standard received supports from the tourism industry stakeholders from both public and private sectors. Upon receiving a nod by the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM) to go ahead with the standard in July 2013, it was parked under Technical Committee (TC) on Management System from Islamic Perspectives chaired by Muslim Consumers’ Association of Malaysia (PPIM) with SIRIM as the secretariat. Read More

  • Inspiring travels: Popular ‘ziarah’ destinations

    The Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca.

    Besides viewing awesome sites that are culturally and religiously significant, travellers on ziarah tours come away with a better understanding of their faith.

    A ziarah (visit of religious significance) to the Mausoleum of Imam Shafi’i in Cairo, Egypt, last year gave Wan Noorazila Wan Othman a fresh perspective of her faith.

    The monument was built in honour of the imam who founded the Shafi’i school of thought in Islam.

    “Muslims in Malaysia follow the Syafi’i school of thought. That trip gave me a new outlook on my religion,” says the 36-year-old administrative assistant manager at a private universityin Selangor.

    The mausoleum is one of many sites in ziarah packages that are gaining popularity among Muslim travellers. Read More

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