Mr. Joseph Lau Ka Hoo (President) was appointed as a member of Special Task Force to Facilitate Business or Pasukan Petugas Khas Pemudah Cara Pemiagaan Sarawak (SAMUDAH), for a period of two years, effective from 1 January 2019. SAMUDAH serves as a channel for the business community and public sector to convey issues, problems and proposals relating to government delivery system.
Madam Mariana Ung, Vice-President attended the Collective Agreement Signing Ceremony between Bank Association Sarawak & Bank Employees' Union Sarawak and dinner at Pullman Hotel, Kuching.
Mr Garett Sim (Pico Food Industry Sdn Bhd) attended a meeting organised by Ministry of International Trade and E-Commerce (MITeC ) to discuss on the preparation to participate in the Trade Promotion and Exhibition Programmes 2019 at Astana Wing, Riverside Hotel,
4th Meeting for 37th SMA Council was held at SMA Meeting Room. Ms Tinah Anak Jerome, Head of East Malaysia Region, Human Resources Development Berhad gave a Briefing on HRDB before Council Meeting as follows: HRDB had stopped to allocate Pool Fund since 2018; Minimum wage to increase to RM1,100 nationwide from 1 January 2019; In collaborate with HRDB, Swinburne will help the SMEs to automate their manufacturing processes; Ms Tinah will call on MIED with SMA President and representative from Swinburne; HRDB works closely with SCCI, DOSH etc.
Mr. Joseph Lau (President) and Mr. Tie Tung Wei (Treasurer) called on Mr. Joseph Chung, the Chief Financial Officer of Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) to inform him that our association had decided to discontinue the Showcase License Agreement on 30 April 2019.
Mr. Joseph Lau (President) and Mr. Chai Tze Khang attended the Opening Ceremony of Iljin Materials Kuching Plant officiated by YAB Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Chief Minister of Sarawak. The plant manufactures electrodeposited copper foil (Elecfoil). Elecfoil is an essential basic material of electronic business and used as a major component for lithium-ion batteries. Iljin Materials Kuching Plant is a subsidiary company of Iljin Group of Republic of Korea.
Ms. Shamimi Binti Abdul Khalek (Case Manager) and Ms. Nur Annisah Yasmin Binti Amit (Employment Enhancement Officer) from Employment Services Department, Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) Kuching visited SMA and gave a Briefing on Employment Services Programme. Through the Employment Insurance System, SOCSO is ready to assist companies that are in need of workers.
Some Council Members attended Lunar New Year Reception hosted by Mr. Joseph Lau, President of SMA.
Tuan Haji Zaidi Ahmad (Council Member) attended the Integrity Programme with Chief Minister organised by the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit, Chief Minister’s Department at Penview Convention Centre Demak, Kuching. The programme was officiated by YAB Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Chief Minister of Sarawak.
Mr. Victor Hii (Council Member) and some members attended Chinese New Year Lunch hosted by ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd at Pullman Hotel, Kuching. ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. ABB Malaysia was established in 1973, with its head-office based in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Madam Rita Ting (Council Member) and some members attended Seminar on “Export Opportunity in Halal Industry” organized by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) at Pullman Hotel, Kuching.
Mr. Joseph Lau (President) attended a networking dinner to promote Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2019 (MIHAS 2019), organized by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) at Lepau Restaurant, Ban Hock Road, Kuching.
Mr. Joseph Lau, the President attended the 278th Sarawak Industrial Coordination Committee (ICC) Meeting at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Kuching.
The President attended Chinese New Year cum the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Malaysia-China Diplomatic Relations Dinner organized by the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sarawak at Hilton Hotel, Kuching.
20th Malaysian International Food and Beverage Trade Fair (MIFB) 2019 will be held from 26 – 28 June 2019 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). MIFB is organized by Sphere Exhibits Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Mr. Joseph Lau, the President and some members attended a Roadshow of MIFB on 26 February 2019 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Mr. Yeo Eng hock attended the Briefing on SOCSO’s Employment Services Program. Employers can provide job vacancies information to SOCSO at:
Some members attended Session on Sesco's New Guidelines on Connection Charges 2019 organised by Sarawak Energy Berhad at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) will organise Sarawak Investment Seminar this year. Related to that, a team from MIDA Headquarter arrived Kuching from 7-8 March 2019 for a further discussion and also networking with the stakeholders. Mr.Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim Majid, the Director of Domestic Investment & Supply Chain Coordination Division (DISC), MIDA Headquarter and Mr. Redzuan Abd. Rahman, the Director of MIDA Sarawak and their team attended the Networking Lunch at Lepau Restaurant with Mr. Joseph Lau Ka Hoo (President), Mr. Stephen Hii Hium Ung (Secretary-General) and Mr. Tie Tung Wei (Treasurer).
Mr. Joseph Lau (President), Madam Mariana Ung (Vice-President) and some Council Members paid a courtesy call on Tuan Haji Ismail bin Hashim, the Director of Small and Medium Enterprises Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp Malaysia), Sarawak. At present, SME Corp Malaysia has been affiliated to a new Federal Ministry, the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) organised Seminar on National Policy on Industry 4.0 (also known as Industry4WRD) and Incentives at Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Sarawak Region Office, Kuching. The objectives of the Seminar are to increase awareness on the Industry4WRD Policy, Readiness Assessment (RA) and related incentives, as well as to facilitate interested companies to enroll in the RA Programme. Madam Mariana Ung, Tuan Hj Zaidi Ahmad and some members attended the Seminar.