Friday, June 24, 2011
Hassle-free crossing to Brunei
By Roy Goh
KOTA KINABALU: A quick passport scan at the checkpoint is all it will take for a frequent road traveller between Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei soon.
The Malaysian and Brunei Immigration authorities are finalising details for the Frequent Travellers Facility (FTF), which will likely be introduced for a six-month trial run from August.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad revealed this after chairing the 10th meeting on the FTF between the department and their counterparts from Brunei here yesterday.
"The facility will come in the form of a stamp on travellers' passports."
He said the pilot project would start on Aug 1 and Malaysians who travel regularly between Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei could apply for the facility.
Alias said at the moment, travellers from here to Miri would need to have their passports stamped 16 times for a return trip as they would have to go through four checkpoints.
The four checkpoints are at Trusan (Sarawak) - Labu (Brunei), Puni (Brunei) - Pandaruan (Sarawak), Tedungan (Sarawak) - Kuala Lurah (Brunei) and Kuala Belait (Brunei) - Miri (Sarawak).
He said the project would start at the Tedungan-Kuala Lurah and Kuala Belait-Miri checkpoints first before covering the other two.
The idea to have the facility was mooted four years ago between the two governments and this was followed by technical meetings to iron out operational and administrative issues.
"This facility will take about a month to approve but we will try to find ways to speed up its issuance," Alias said and explained the approval time had to be extended because it involved two countries.
The estimated annual traffic between Miri and Brunei was about a million entries involving mostly people who work, with family ties or those with business on either side of the border.
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AirAsia X akan menjangkakan mula terbang sekurang-kurangnya ke dua destinasi baharu pada tahun ini.
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Ply African routes, too, Dr M tells AirAsia boss
PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested that low-cost carriers such as AirAsia consider flying to Africa to facilitate travel and increase trade and investment linkages.
He said a lack of connectivity was a deterrent towards enhancing ties between Malaysia and African nations although the continent possessed economic potential that remained largely untapped.
"Due to a lack of connectivity, Africans coming to Malaysia for business purposes have to fly to Paris, for example, before coming down to Malaysia. That is a deterrent," he said at the Malaysia-Africa Business Forum (MABF) yesterday.
In an immediate response, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the idea was feasible.
"Azran (Osman Rani, AirAsia X's chief executive) and the team are looking at Egypt, Luanda (Angola) and Nairobi (Kenya)."
Dr Mahathir also suggested that African airlines tie up with AirAsia, similar to the arrangements the low-cost carrier had with Indonesia and Thailand.
With the "Now Everyone Can Fly" slogan, AirAsia could bring Malaysia and African nations closer, he said in his keynote address entitled "Exploring New Dimensions" at the MABF held in conjunction with the 9th Langkawi International Dialogue 2011 here.
As the fastest growing low-cost carrier in the world, Dr Mahathir said AirAsia was in the position to do so.
"He (Tony) is a remarkable man. Perhaps, we should have him as a consultant. We should persuade him to fly into Africa," he said, adding that he would discuss this with Fernandes.
"I am amazed at AirAsia. They give one million free seats. So, they must be making some money somewhere else. Just imagine him giving one million free seats to Africa and (vice-versa)," he quipped.
He said the routes might not be profitable in the initial stage, but eventually they would be.
"We should be prepared to accept losses initially so that in time, we will be able to build up facilities for travelling that will enable more Malaysians to go to African countries and Africans to come to Malaysia."
Dr Mahathir also highlighted the role of low-cost hotels in boosting tourism and business activities.
"Imagine Tune Hotels in Tanzania and Kenya, where there are so many things to see," he said, alluding to the hotel chain under the AirAsia Group.
Franchising, he said, was the fastest way to expand businesses but it had not been exploited well between Malaysia and the African nations. He cited South Africa's Nando's restaurant chain as one of the successful franchises in Malaysia.
Establishing personal relationship was also important in enhancing bilateral relations, Dr Mahathir said, adding that it would enable the people to interact and understand each other's business culture.
He said one way to do this was via exchange programmes among civil servants between Malaysia and the African nations.
"Knowing how to do business is important but to enable all this, connectivity is crucial." -- Bernama
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Senarai nama penerima Darjah Kebesaran Persekutuan Tahun 2011
Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M) yang membawa gelaran "Tan Sri":
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan AirAsia Berhad, Datuk Seri Dr Anthony Francis Fernandes
tahniah pariah pundek anti islam + afrika sebab tak mau p jeddah gara2 melayu travel agents sendiri takut dengan persaingan umrah murah sebenarnya!? so bukanlah salah anak keling nih?! god bless u, man...
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Warning over donations to fund
JOHOR BARU: Members of the public, who had been approached by individuals claiming to solicit donations for the Kembara Mahkota Johor 2011 Fund from June 18 to 21, are advised to lodge a police report.
Johor deputy chief secretary (management) Datuk Abd Ghaffar Abdullah said in a statement that only the state government was authorised by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar to collect donations for the programme.
He said the state government had never allowed any other parties or individuals to do the work on its behalf.
He said donations should be channelled directly to the Kembara Mahkota Johor 2011 Fund at the state secretariat office in Nusajaya.
Ghaffar warned that it was an offence for anyone to illegally solicit for funds for the programme.
For further information, contact Mohd Fahmy Yahya at 019-751 9900, Fairuzahri Jalaludin at 013-770 7211 or the Kembara Mahkota Johor secretariat office at 07-222 6160.
Read more: Warning over donations to fund http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/22scan/Article#ixzz1OAm9Igv3