Friday, July 31, 2009

New Sarawak Legislative Assembly Building, Regatta and Rulers' Conference

Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah.

Our very own down-to-earth Governor, Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng

Do you remember this guy...the Menteri Besar of Terengganu? He looks simple and humble.

Sabah's Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman

Is he looking at me? Sarawak's Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud

Patrol boats and jetskis from the Marine Department and Police were congesting the Sarawak River before and during the regatta


The regattas were organised as part of the celebration for the opening of the new Sarawak Legislative Assembly Building and the 218th Meeting of the Conference of Rulers.


The RM300 million new Sarawak Legislative Building was officially declared open by the Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on July 27, 2009.

The 218th Meeting of the Conference of Rulers was held on the 8th floor of this iconic building on July 28 and 29.

The Agong, accompanied by Sarawak's Governor and Chief Minister, arrived at the Kuching Waterfront in a boat to see a colourful river float procession and a spectacular display of fireworks on the evening of July 27.







Thursday, July 16, 2009

Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) 2009

The Kumang (Beauty Queen) of Borneo Dayak Cultural Festival 2009, Miss Josephine Dennis of Sibu.

All the 6 winners of the Kumang and keling (Warrior) competition in a group photo

A multi racial dance

Performance by Homeland Dance Theatre

Presentation from the Bidayuh community

Dance and song from the Malay community

A pretty Orang Ulu girl presenting a feather dance

More performances by Homeland Dance Theatre


Some photos to share on the just concluded BCF,2009 and 26th National Chinese Cultural Festival held in Sibu. For full story please click the following link.
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/7/18/southneast/4326639&sec=southneast

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Penghulu Chew Peng Ann and Mabul Island--2 stories published in The Star this week

Dragon Inn, Semporna

Fishing village on Mabul Island

Snorkelling in crystal clear water in the Sulawesi Sea (above) A row of new accommodation at Uncle Chang, Mabul Island (below).

I have 2 stories published in The Star this week. For those of you who do not subscribe to the paper, below are the links to the stories.

Monday, July 6, 2009

PM Najib In Sibu

I was lucky to be in a near enough position to capture these and at least 50 other pictures of the Prime Minister.

He is a very impressive and authoritative speaker and uses his hands to express convincingly.



Whenever he mentioned about 1Malaysia, he would also use his finger to stress the point and followed by speaking it in mandarin.

After the ceremony, the president of the Federation of Chinese Association Malaysia, Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong, presented a scroll containing Chinese wordings of 1Malaysia to the Prime Minister.


Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak made a whirlwind tour to Sibu yesterday, arriving at around 6.20 pm and left at about 10 pm after declaring open the 26th National Chinese Cultural Festival.Immediately after arrival he made an unexpected visit to the Pasar Malam (Night Market) where he mixed and mingled with hawkers and local people of various races and religions.
It was his 3rd time officiating at the National Chinese Cultural Festival, the first two times when he was Deputy Prime Minister. It is the first time for Sibu to host this annual national event.
At the opening address, the Prime Minister on several occassions spoke in Mandarin on 1Malaysia. He strongly stressed that the 1Malaysia concept can foster and enhance racial harmony among Malaysians and also between Malaysia and other countries. He was very happy to note that the people in Sibu, like those different races trading side by side at the Pasar Malam, are already practising 1Malaysia concept. ( These people have been there together for more than 3 decades)
Also presented at the ceremony were Sarawak's Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and several other state and federal Ministers and their deputies.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Exhibitions by Sibu's Photographers

A charming admirer of my photos. The 6 photos on the left are taken by me.

Photographer Steve Ling (left) and Chew Nip Sing. The beautifully decorated photo booth (below) at the STEC last week.

Several local Photographers exhibited some of their photographs at the Sibu Trade & Exhibition Centre (STEC) last week. I displayed 9 photos, mostly taken in the recent 1-2 years in Sarawak and Sabah. The response was very encouraging with visitors making many positive comments and enquiries.
A much bigger photo exhibition will be held at the covered car park behind Wisma Sanyan (Town Square) beginning this weekend. About 200 photos from members of the Photographic Society of Sibu will be displayed there for a week. I will also participate by displaying some 15 photos. The exhibition is part of the activity of the annual Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) which will begin from July 3 until July 11. The Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Abdul Razak will grace the event on the evening of July 5. This year the BCF is held together with the 26th National Chinese Cultural Festival.

Free live chicks as gift






Event Organizer Ms Mary Ngu of Mc Events came up with a crazy idea: Free live chicks for visitors to the recently concluded Buy Malaysian Products Campaign. It was a huge success in terms of attracting visitors to her booth. The live chicks were sponsored by Boh Ming Enterprise, one of the largest suppliers of fresh eggs and chicken in East Malaysia. More than 1,500 chicks were given out to the lucky visitors during the 3-day event.
Would you keep a chick as a pet? Eventually I think it will still end up in the cooking pot!

Head Over Heels









The owner of Head Over Heels, Ms Tan Sze Ru briefing Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Sarawak's Second Finance Minister and Minister of Environment and Public Health on her designer shoes. The Minister had earlier launched the Buy Malaysian Products Campaign at the Sibu Trade & Exhibition Centre (STEC) Below picture is a group photo of the models with Ms Tan and her hubby, Mr. Siaw.

Popular local fashion house, Head Over Heels, presented a fashion show in conjunction with the Buy Malaysian Products Campaign which was held at STEC from June 26-28.The show attracted more than one thousand people who also visited 120 booths taken up by businessmen from throughout Sarawak to exhibit and promote their products and services. The successful 3-day campaign organized by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs was aimed at encouraging people to buy Malaysian made products during this time of economic down turn. After Sibu, the campaign will move to Bintulu, Miri and end in Kuching.