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Kuching Awarded “World Craft City” Status

Kuching Awarded “World Craft City” Status

Kuching has been awarded the status “World Craft City” by the World Crafts Council.

Karim and others having a look at the AHPADA-WEFT Forum poster’s during the launching of conferment on Kuching City for Craft by World Craft Council at Old Court House, Kuching. Photo Credit: New Sarawak Tribune

The city has the reputation of being the hub and gateway to the crafts of the indigenous tribes of Sarawak and entire Borneo. These crafts are testaments to the wealth and diversity of their traditions and cultures in the forms of textiles, fibres, ceramics and wood.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state has many other sub-ethnics groups. These are what make Sarawak a great place to discover for tourists, and therefore it has won the heart of the judges to declare Kuching as City for Crafts.

“I was also informed that the city has been conferred as the World Crafts Council-City for Crafts thereby joining the ranks of other Crafts Cities around the world in countries such as India, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Iran and twenty other cities the world over,” Karim said at the launch of conferment on Kuching as city for crafts.

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Kuching Awarded “World Craft City” Status by the World Crafts Council.

Kuching Awarded “World Craft City” Status by the World Crafts Council.

Kuching has been awarded the status “World Craft City” by the World Crafts Council.

Karim and others having a look at the AHPADA-WEFT Forum poster’s during the launching of conferment on Kuching City for Craft by World Craft Council at Old Court House, Kuching. Photo Credit: New Sarawak Tribune

The city has the reputation of being the hub and gateway to the crafts of the indigenous tribes of Sarawak and entire Borneo. These crafts are testaments to the wealth and diversity of their traditions and cultures in the forms of textiles, fibres, ceramics and wood.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state has many other sub-ethnics groups. These are what make Sarawak a great place to discover for tourists, and therefore it has won the heart of the judges to declare Kuching as City for Crafts.

“I was also informed that the city has been conferred as the World Crafts Council-City for Crafts thereby joining the ranks of other Crafts Cities around the world in countries such as India, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Iran and twenty other cities the world over,” Karim said at the launch of conferment on Kuching as city for crafts.

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STUNNING PUTRAJAYA BRIDGES TO SEE BY NIGHT

Dubbed the futuristic administrative capital of the country, Putrajaya is famous for its strategic town planning, striking architecture, the largest roundabout in the world (at 3.5 km in diameter), as well as scenic man-made lake. It is often regarded as a place for official functions and events.

Lately, though, Putrajaya, located 40 km away from Kuala Lumpur, is gaining popularity among those looking to escape the capital city. Its parks, wetlands, lakes, architecture and peaceful ambience is a magnet for those who love nature, photography enthusiasts, joggers, cyclists and those who indulge in water sport activities.

It is not uncommon to see tourists taking their selfies, or for graduation and wedding pictures to be taken against the beautiful backdrop of Putrajaya.

In addition, more and more events and activities are planned in this administrative capital such as the Royal Floria Putrajaya, which is a flower and garden show much-anticipated by all.

But we’ll let you in on a secret…Putrajaya is even more beautiful by night! The city is, of course, lit up by streetlights and lights from buildings. What’s more enchanting is the lights on several of the iconic bridges of the city.

Yes, the city itself consists of eight signature bridges, i.e. Putra, Seri Perdana, Seri Saujana, Seri Gemilang, Seri Wawasan, Seri Bakti, Seri Bestari and Seri Setia. These bridges are built to link various parts of the city separated by the sprawling network of lakes.

Most of the bridges are lit up in colourful LED lights and high-powered spotlights in the evenings and well into the night. They have become popular sites for wedding photo shoots, and sometimes, are the star of the photographs themselves. When foreign dignitaries are in town, or when it is a national holiday, the night-time ambience of Putrajaya is even more magical with creative and stunning play of lights.

Start your tour of Putrajaya after hours just before sunset. As the sun goes down on the horizon, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view: the brilliant rays from the sun cast shadows across the city and the reflections off the lake make the sight of these bridges even more romantic.

Let’s take a look at our top recommendations for Putrajaya bridges by night!

Putra Bridge

One of the main bridges in Putrajaya, the Putra Bridge is 435m long, connecting Precints 1 and 2. The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard, or the main street in the capital. Its design is inspired by the Islamic architecture of the famous Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran. Its attractions include the four minaret- like piers complete with observation decks that overlook Lake Putrajaya.

Inspired by the design of the Khaju Bridge in Iran, Putra Bridge is the longest of the bridges in Putrajaya at 435 metres. It also makes up the focal point of Putrajaya together with the Putra Mosque in its dusky pink glory and the Putra Square, the hive of activity in Putrajaya.

The bridge connects Precinct 1 (Government Precinct) and Precinct 2 (Mixed Development) on the Core Island.  The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Persiaran Perdana (Boulevard). We like to take a sunset drive over the bridge to appreciate the arresting scene of the placid lake with the iconic dome of the Putra Mosque and its surrounds completing the picture.

A special feature of the bridge is its four octagonal towers and its wall of Islamic motifs. The towers are equipped with observation decks which overlook Lake Putrajaya.

Seri Wawasan Bridge 

This is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, connecting Precint 2 to the residential area of Precint 8. The design of this cable-stayed bridge resembles a futuristic ship. Spanning 2.4km, this bridge can accommodate motorised traffic, bicycles and pedestrians. Highly visible even from afar, it has become one of the beautiful icons of Putrajaya.

The Seri Wawasan Bridge, meaning Bridge of Vision, is one of the most beautiful bridges, we feel, in Malaysia. It is the main link between Precincts 2 and 8, featuring a dual three-lane carriageway with a pedestrian walkway and cycling track at the sides.

The bridge spans a length of 240 metres across the Putrajaya Lake. Driving over it, this magnificent cable-styled bridge gives off a sense of strength and purpose. Its elegant lines draw inspiration from the beauty of a sailboat. At night, the whole look of the bridge is transformed with interesting and colorful light play. This much-photographed bridge has become an icon of Putrajaya, it can be easily spotted from various vantage points in the city, even from surrounding areas such as Cyberjaya.

Seri Gemilang Bridge

This ceremonial bridge connects the Heritage Square with the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. Spanning nearly 233m in lenght, the bridge is one of the most popular spots for photography in Putrajaya. The most dominant feature of the bridge is its four distinctive towers which are visible from a distance. Specially designed street lamps light up the bridge at night.

Seri Gemilang Bridge is a rather romantic bridge set in a quieter enclave of Putrajaya. It is a stunning double of Pont Alexandre III that spans the Seine River in Paris, France. As you cross this bridge, you can’t help but notice the intricate mouldings and detailed decorative works inspired by traditional Malay plants and floral motifs. Four main towers with four smaller entrance towers complete this 240-metre long bridge.

The view from this bridge is stunning and we recommend going at sunset to witness the changing colours of the sky reflected on the surface of the lake. You’ll enjoy a stroll on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge, or you can venture down the steps to get to the edge of the lake. From here, take a leisurely walk to explore the peaceful surroundings. 

Seri Saujana Bridge

This is another premier bridge in Putrajaya, connecting Precint 4 to Precint 7. This cable-stayed arch bridge has been designed to reflect a transparent, elegant and futuristic structure. With an overall single span of 3km, it is an awesome sight to behold, both day and night.

The Seri Saujana Bridge is one of the signature bridges of Putrajaya. It is the first bridge in the world to successfully combine two different engineering techniques, arch and cable stay. There is no other bridge structure like it in the world! Some have even compared it to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Located at the southwest corner of the city, this 300-metre bridge connects Precinct 4 (Commercial Precinct) to Precinct 7. It serves as a grand entrance into Putrajaya for those entering the city from the south on the upgraded B15 road and Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Lumpur International Airport highway.

The night view of Seri Saujana Bridge is even more impressive with mood lighting to enhance the beautiful lines and architecture of the bridge. Like other bridges, it provides a pedestrian walkway and cycle track for public usage.

While the above are our top picks for Putrajaya bridges to visit at night, the administrative capital has four other notable bridges worth visiting as well to enjoy their beautiful architecture and admire the stunning engineering effort.

Seri Perdana Bridge

Located at the South-West of Precinct 1, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to Precincts 8, 9, and 10 across the Putrajaya Lake. Along the bridge are eight pavilions with arches and domed roofs, and these act as viewing decks for pedestrians to pause to take in the magnificent views of the lake.

Compared to the other bridges, the Seri Perdana is simple in design, yet remains elegant with its interesting tile-work in patterned hues of yellow. This continuous beam bridge is 372 metres long and was one of the first bridges to be completed in Putrajaya.

Seri Bakti Bridge

This simple beam bridge is located in the northeast of the city that connects Precinct 1 to the residential area of Precinct 16, which also houses the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The 270-metre long Seri Bakti Bridge offers a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area. Driving along this bridge towards the Government Precinct imparts a sense of purpose and ceremony because the road ahead leads to the Prime Minister’s office and department.

This bridge has dual two-lane carriageways that provide access for vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists. The tile work in Islamic motifs and the stylised streetlamps along the length of the bridge give it a unique identity.

Seri Bestari Bridge

The Seri Bestari Bridge lies at the northeast side of Putrajaya, connecting the Core Island to Taman Warisan Pertanian in Precinct 16. It is part of the direct route from the Deputy Prime Minister’s official residence to the Core Island.

This concrete arch system bridge spans 152.6 metres and has dual two-lane carriageways as well as a cycle track cum pedestrian walkway. The footpath bears a tropical theme with its palm trees and plants. Specially-designed lamp posts light up after dark with mood lighting to complete this stunning piece of architecture. 

Seri Setia Bridge

Located in the southeast part of the city, the Seri Setia Bridge spans 210 metres across the lake, bridging the commercial district of Precinct 4 to Precinct 19, a high-density residential area with full amenities and facilities.

The designers implemented simple design features to enhance the beauty and functionality of the bridge. For example, the tropical landscaping around the bridge not only serves as an aesthetic element but also protects motorists from the glare of headlights of oncoming traffic.

Another thoughtful design element is the dual three-lane road system constructed on the bridge in anticipation of the heavier traffic in the area. Other enhancements include the tapering of the “legs” supporting the bridge, creating the illusion of an arched hallway beneath the bridge, besides the reference to Islamic identity.

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Rare discernment into Syed Mokhtar

Listed as a seventh richest Malaysian with a net value of US$3.3 billion, not many is famous from a media-shy Syed Mokhtar.

Syed Mokhtar Albukhary

Syed Mokhtar Albukhary : A Biography

Syed Mokhtar Albukhary, A Biography
Author: Premilla Mohanlall
Publisher: PVM Communications

MY initial assembly with aristocrat Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary went off in a rather surprising way. The year was 2004 and he had wanted to accommodate someone from The Star to make famous his views over his quarrel with another tycoon, a late Tan Sri Nasimuddin SM Amin, over DRB-Hicom.

Syed Mokhtar felt a media lucky a Naza Group trainer over him and he wanted to give his side of a story.

Both were battling over a vital 15.8% retard of shares in DRB-Hicom hold by 3 parties, including a estate of a late Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad, and a adversary was billed as a “Fight of The Big Boys.”

The array of journal headlines had forced a reserved Syed Mokhtar to come out and pronounce to this author to put a record straight.

Our assembly during a business centre of a five-star hotel during Jalan Sultan Ismail was bound during 9pm though he usually incited adult nearby midnight. Although he was dressed in a white long-sleeved shirt, we beheld that he usually wore sandals. He was over dual hours late.

His aides had warned me that he would substantially be “waylaid” on a approach there by businessmen and politicians, many of whom would ask for business deals or favours.

To equivocate such disruptions, he shuttles between his residence during abundant Bukit Tunku – that he bought given he became a millionaire bachelor – and a hotel to accommodate his associates and contacts. The other assembly indicate is a Islamic Arts Museum nearby a National Mosque.

The other rather surprising assembly mark is an Indian grill during Jalan Pahang. To this day, he carries with him a tumbler of tea, finished by a sold waiter, from a eatery.

“If (the late Tan Sri) Loh Boon Siew can accommodate his friends during a coffeeshop any morning, we see no reason given we can't suffer my teh tarik during a shop, saya joke tong san mali, like him,” he told me, referring to Boon Siew’s ancestral roots from China. Syed Mokktar’s ancestral roots, on a other hand, can be traced to Central Asia.

By a time we finished a conversations, it was tighten to 2am. As we put down my coop and was about to tighten my note book, he unexpected told me that a discussions were wholly off a record and he was not to be quoted.

The publicity-shy businessman has never been during palliate with reporters though we wasn’t going to concede Syed Mokhtar to have his way. we told him, in no capricious terms, that if that were so, we would have squandered my whole dusk with him, and either he favourite it or not, we was going to put him on record.

I contingency have finished an sense on him given as we got to know any other better, he was prepared to share his private thoughts with me frequently – though still never on record.

But a media is still satirical on Syed Mokhtar and, in some ways, he is to be blamed as he has never finished himself accessible to journalists, preferring to let his aides do a talking. In fact, bankers also protest that he never meets them!

Interestingly enough, a whole section is clinging to his exchange with a media in his autobiography that has only strike a bookstores created by Premilla Mohanlall, a author and a open family practitioner.

“I consternation given we get bad press when others who have abused a complement for personal gains have not been subjected to such media scrutiny. Perhaps it is time to come out and urge myself,” he pronounced in a book.

The 180-page book is really readable, starting with his childhood days in a encampment attap residence with no piped H2O and electricity, where a toilet was a array latrine. It traces Syed Mokhtar’s initial knowledge of doing business underneath his cattle merchant father in Alor Star. His father migrated to Kedah from a Afghan segment of Central Asia around India and Thailand.

The book gives a singular look into his family life and how a family’s financial constraints forced Syed Mokhtar to stop drill after Form Five, while his siblings were means to continue. There was also his early growing-up years with a infantryman uncle in Johor Baru.

He takes honour job himself a businessman with no diplomas, and his ability to pronounce a layman’s denunciation is apparent in a book. Much space is dedicated to his early days as a travelling salesman, when he had to nap in a lorries and on bug-infested beds in inexpensive hotels.

The indicate that Syed Mokhtar seems to wish to tell his readers is that he did not get his resources on a china platter. While a certain movement of a New Economic Policy had helped him, he worked tough and fought hard. He was not a form who cashed out after removing a pinkish forms.

In short, he went by a good and bad times, like many well-tested businessmen. The 1997 financial predicament saw his resources shrank from RM3bil to RM600mil.

“Eighty per cent of my marketplace capitalisation was wiped out. There was a lot of pain and hardship. Many people suspicion we would container adult and leave. we am a fighter, with a clever will to survive.

“I mislaid large nights of sleep, we mislaid hair, though we did not remove steer of one thing: my shortcoming to guarantee vital bumiputra resources and to strengthen a interests of my staff.”

Today, he has 110,000 staff underneath his payroll and indirectly about 250,000 other Malaysians, quite vendors, given he acquired Proton this year.

Syed Mokhtar’s tighten ties with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is good documented though in this book, Syed Mokhtar spoke vividly, if not humorously, of their initial encounter.

It was Thursday, Jan 16, 1997 and a time was 2.30pm – Syed Mokhtar entered a bureau of a former Prime Minister.

“I greeted him with a salam and he stood before me, with his hands folded opposite a chest. He did not call for me to take a chair when he sat down. we was sweating, and motionless to lay down to benefaction a papers we had prepared to explain all my businesses in Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

“It enclosed building skeleton for a new plan in Alor Star, a sprawling growth with a mosque and a health and gratification comforts for a bad as good as an general university for disadvantaged communities around a world.

“The Prime Minister listened carefully, though observant a word. By a time we was done, it was an hour and 10 minutes. Still, not a word. we left a papers on his table and took leave.”

Not prolonged later, Syed Mokthar, who was still asleep, perceived a call from Dr Mahathir himself with a elementary message: “Your matter in Kedah is settled.” That is of march selected Dr Mahathir, a male who has no time for tiny pronounce and offering few words.

Apart from his countless business ventures, Syed Mokhtar also writes in fact of his countless free works.

Almost any year, his Albukhary Foundation hosts dual iftar or fast-breaking dinners for over 3,000 needy people. The substructure now has a few flagship projects, including a Islamic Arts Museum built in 1998.

In 2001, a substructure launched a Albukhry Tuition Programme to assistance a underachieving farming propagandize children pass their final high propagandize examination. At a finish of a programme, 9 years later, about 80,000 students from 500 schools had benefited from these calming classes.

His substructure has also extended assistance to survivors of earthquakes in China, Pakistan and Iran, and a tsunami in Indonesia. It has also built an AIDS sanatorium in Uganda and a girls’ propagandize in Nepal as good as helped support a Sarajevo Science and Technology centre.

An engaging section is on his purpose as a family man. Syed Mokhtar has never overwhelmed on his private life in any interview, that has been rare, in any case.

The father of 7 children, between a ages of dual and 18, suggested how his standard meetings start during 10pm and finish during 3am “and is hold 7 days a week and has been a slight for some-more than 20 years.”

“Fortunately, my mother comes from a business family and understands this. Initially, we had to explain a arrangement to her, and she supposed it. Except for family holidays, in a 20 years of marriage, we don’t consider we have spent many evenings during home after 10pm,” he wrote.

Syed Mokhtar married in 1992 during a age of 41 to afterwards 24-year-old Sharifah Zarah. There are also singular cinema of his family in a book.

Although a book is, no doubt, a open family exercise, a right questions have been acted by a writer, including a public’s notice of his many acquisitions and a common critique that he has some-more than he can chew.

He also answered a emanate of a shareholding structure of his companies that could not be traced to him, acknowledging “it is an aged robe that has to change.”

Syed Mokhtar hasn’t altered much. He is frequency seen in open functions. He is still some-more during palliate in short-sleeved shirts and sandals. The billionaire now travels on a private jet though in town, he still drives around in his aged Proton Perdana. By WONG CHUN WAI

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Human-Shadow-Movement Photography Exhibition

October 25, 2011 during 2:00 pm

A shade is described as an area where approach light from a light source can't strech since of an deterrent by an object. The strategy of shadows for party functions have always intrigued mankind, that in time have brought life to things like shade play and shade puppets. Photographers too find capturing shadows or including shadows in their cinema interesting, as it requires a certain set of skills to use a accessible lighting to execute a photographer’s summary effectively.

Human-Shadow-Movement Photography Exhibition by Iman Pirzadeh

From currently until a 30th Oct 2011, a Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) presents a photography muster entitled Human-Shadow-Movement by Iman Pirzadeh. Pirzadeh was innate in Iran in 1982 and graduated with a Degree in Interior Architecture. Photography is a approach for him to share his knowledge in communicating with opposite people and all a things that is surrounding him. He motionless to follow his heart and followed his passion after in life. He began holding photographs in 1999 as a approach to open his eyes to what is around him. He after chose to adopt photography as his contention and set adult his possess studio in 2001. The photography muster is now going on during klpac, Pentas 2 corridor and is open to open from 10.00 am onwards. Admission is free.

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