Thursday, June 01, 2017

Celcom Announces Q! Results For 2017

Images: Veronica Ng

Celcom had embarked on a cost transformation programme in Q4 last year, and will continue to invest significantly in network expansion despite stiff competition in the saturated telecommunications market. The telco expects to spend RM1.5bil in 2017 for network expansion, up from about RM1.2bil last year.

Their strategy include increasing one-on-one marketing and providing new features on products that Celcom launched in the last quarter..

Kuehner took up the CEO position in September last year. He believes the initiatives put in place six months ago will produce results and help the network provider gain back market share lost over the past three years.

He said Celcom’s turnaround initiatives were well underway, with digital at its core. Whether this will translate into growth may be too soon to say as the market is still shrinking. He expects an upturn in three to four years, stressing that any cost transformation efforts to be carried out would not be at the expense of customer experience.

Chief financial officer Jennifer Wong shared that Celcom’s cost transformational programme - Accelerated Cost Efficiency (ACE) would be driven by three strategic themes of simplification, digitisation and collaboration.

Celcom’s overall data revenue rose 29.8% year-on-year to RM661mil. This made up 41% of its total revenue. During the first quarter of 2017, total revenue stood at RM1.609bil, down 2.2% from the fourth quarter of 2016. Service revenue during the period experienced a seasonal dip of 3.1% quarter-on-quarter at RM1.475bil due to intense competition and flat growth in the industry.

The network provider delivered normalised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of RM587mil and normalised profit after tax, amortisation and minority interest of RM269mil.

Celcom’s total revenue was down 2.2% overall, versus the industry (including Celcom) that was lower by 3.4%. Due to the positive take-up on postpaid offerings, Celcom’s postpaid revenue was up 1.2.

Celcom posted a marginal decrease in the number of subscribers from 10.5 million at the last quarter of 2016 to 10.2 million customers to-date.

While Celcom is optimistic on postpaid products, the prepaid segment is still under pressure due to intense competition.. However Celcom will not reduce the pricing of their plans or compromise on customer experience and quality, assured Kuehner.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Xpax Launches Music Walla & Video Walla

Celcom’s prepaid brand Xpax has come up with a game changer with the new Music Walla and Video Walla features. Music Walla comes with unlimited streaming data quota on a weekly or monthly basis, priced at RM3 and RM1 respectively. The user’s existing data quota will not be affected while streaming music.

This means U Mobile’s Onz entertainment products are now under threat from Xpax’s Video Walla and Music Walla video and music streaming that gives unlimited music streaming, or up to 10GB of extra data for streaming videos.

Video Walla mirrors Video-Onz for U Mobile customers, giving extra data for video streaming without using up internet data. Two rates are available, a daily option that costs just MYR1 per day with 1GB of data; or MYR7 per week for 10GB of data. The daily plan is exclusive to Xpax customers, while the weekly plan is open to both Xpax and Celcom postpaid subscribers.

Supported video services include YouTube, Netflix, iflix, Tonton, Astro GO, dimsum, HeroTalkies, MOX Digital, Metro TV and DailyMotion. Video uploads on YouTube are also included. Video streaming is offered at full speeds and at full resolution, no caps, and no hidden clauses that states “480p resolution only”. In Celcomspeak, its #NoKelentong.

Music Walla is unlimited, covering popular music streaming services like JOOX, Raku, KKBox, Hungama Music, Yonder Music, smule, Apple Music, Deezer and over 30 local radio stations.

You may be wondering where’s Yonder Music. is very much still there, and free. Coming soon will be. Celcom is also negotiating with Spotify and a possible partnership is in the works.  Music Walla costs MYR3 per month or RM1 per week for unlimited music streaming. There is no cap on speed or quality.

In conjunction with the holy month of Ramadhan, Celcom is doubling its Video Walla quota, valid for subscriptions made from the official Xpax app. This promo runs till 30 June 2017. You can also subscribe to Walla packs by dialing *118# on your phone.

Walla packs are also available to Celcom postpaid customers. Celcom FIRST Platinum subscribers will receive an additional 12-month iflix subscription for free.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celcom and Ericsson conduct Malaysia's first 5G trial

With the recent launch of the premier digital hub of the world's first Digital Free Trade Zone and Kuala Lumpur Internet City, Malaysia envisions to be the epicentre of South-East Asia's Internet economy.

This will drive Malaysia to become one of the world's largest purpose-built digital hub for technology giants and leading startups from around the globe. 5G comes in and plays a key role in ensuring not only efficiency, but also to open a window of opportunity for digital players. Ultimately, 5G will be a solid foundation in creating a strong ecosystem to enable innovation.

Celcom chief executive officer Michael Kuehner said Celcom was always committed to developing and continuing the evolution of its network with the latest technologies and to bring the best digital experience to Malaysians.

“5G is very important to Celcom as it will support the development and meet the communication needs of consumers and digitisation of various industries. It is critical that we explore this new generation technology and its capabilities with global partners like Ericsson," he said.

Todd Ashton, the president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, described the collaboration with Celcom as a further demonstration of Ericsson's support for Malaysia on its journey towards 5G, following on the success of the Innovation Centre for 5G set up last year with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

"Together with partners like Celcom, we will study and test this new technology to capture the full potential of 5G for consumers, business users and entire industries in the country," he said.

Kuehner said a lot more trials need to be conducted, from the aspect of technicalities, as well as, the ongoing discussion with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on the regulatory aspect.

The full roll-out of the network to consumers in Malaysia was expected between 2020 and 2025, while global consumers could experience it as early as February 2018 during the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

The first generation mobile network (1G) was all about voice. 2G was about voice + texting. 3G was about voice + texting + data. 4G was everything in 3G but faster. 5G will be something totally different as It will deliver:
●          Up to 100 times faster data rates: instant access to services and applications
●          Network latency lowered by a factor of five:use cases in areas such as intelligent
            transport and remote machinery
●          Mobile data volumes expanded by a factor of 1,000

●          Ten times better battery life: remote sensors and more sustainable networks 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Guinness World Record for the “most contributions to a painting by numbers” - Global Transformation Forum 2015

image credit: the staronline

Amongst the inspirational talks being shared during #gtf20125, a world record in painting was quietly being carried out spearheaded by BFR Institute Sdn Bhd. Inspired by the six secrets of Transformational Leadership theme of the forum, the painting was verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy.

2,339 delegates and visitors of #gtf 2015 were requested to paint the Tree of Life, drawn by Malaysian artists Alena Murang and Leon Jala on nine square-metres of canvas. in a Utilizing the paint-by-number method, participants painted the canvas using designated colors that corresponded with the respective numbers creating a Guinness World Record for the “most contributions to a painting by numbers”.

Among those who contributed to the painting are former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and United Nations Development Programme administrator Helen Clark, former President of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga and co-founder of Starbucks Zev Siegl.

Alex Iskandar Liew, PEMANDU’s communications director said the record attempt was scheduled to be completed within 14 hours, the exact number of hours the hall was opened to the public during the two-day forum. The Guinness World Record epitomizes the desire of the entire team to outdo ourselves.

PEMANDU CEO and BFR-I managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the attempt was set as an “impossible target”, adding that the transformation journey starts by setting Olympic or impossible targets, because stretched targets will force creativity, and out-of-the-box solutions to achieve targets.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Global Transformation Forum 2015

Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak

There is a need to reignite the engines of growth said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his opening remarks at the Global Transformation Forum (GTF 2015).

He said there were tough decisions to be made, policies up for review and a clearer socio-economic roadmap to be developed if Malaysia wanted to break away from the middle income trap fast and become a high income nation by the year 2020.
Our good years of growth are reaching a plateau. Investments are thinning, there is increased competition for global investors and our economy is in danger of getting caught in the middle income trap.

The global economy is currently facing fierce headwinds, with the decline in oil and commodity prices, the rise in United States’ interest rates and devaluation of the Chinese Yuan.

This situation could last a few years, so the government must rethink its objectives and ambitions to maintain its long-term vision for the country. We are doing so and I will outline some of the measures we intend to take in our annual Budget this Friday, he said.

We should not lose sight of what we have achieved in our transformation over the last six years. It has been nothing short of phenomenal. Malaysia has seen sustainable economic growth and more than double the investments compared to four years ago.

The fiscal deficit fell to 3.4% last year from 6.7% in 2009 when the Government first began its national transformation agenda. With this number reducing each year since 2010, as per our targets, we are confident of reaching a balanced budget - or as close to that as possible - by 2020.

On the 1Malaysia Development Bhd the PM promised to take the strictest action against anyone found to be involved should there be any evidence of wrongdoing.

1MDB is in the midst of implementing a rationalization plan, which would allow the company to pay off its outstanding debt and resolve its current cash flow issues.

On claims of wrongdoing, there are a number of independent investigations, some of which I myself ordered. Rather than conduct a trial by media, we must wait for the outcome of these investigations, he said.

Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and head of the Government’s Economic Planning Unit Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid said the bottom 40 (B40) group earnings had increased by 12.7% from 2009 to last year under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The income level of the B40 group has moved up at a faster rate compared with that of the top 20% wealthiest group over the past five years.

Between 2009 and last year, we saw tremendous growth of income of the bottom 40% household increasing quicker than the top 20%,” he said during the ‘Designing the Future’ session.

Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop

Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, who served as Finance Minister II from 2004 to 2009, said Malaysia was the only country in the world to have a dual banking system comprising conventional and Islamic banking.

In terms of our optimal combination of public and private sector, what has worked is that we’ve built world class infrastructure. We’ve done that very well he stressed in a session titled
‘Transforming State-Owned Enterprises’.

The current state investment fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad deputy chairman went on to say that Malaysia has created world class infrastructure and a strong financial system with the government and private sectors working well together.

We’ve created a very developed, very robust financial system, both in conventional banking as well as Islamic banking. The areas that need further improvement are skills training, which he noted has not been able to fulfill industry demands, as well as better coordination between government agencies.

He warned that if we do not have a stronger performance, we risk becoming like Nokia. We need better risk management, or we risk a major accident like BP, or poor governance like Volkswagen.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes

AirAsia Group chief executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes called for more transparency in taxation when he said governments need to be more open on their tax collecting procedures, adding that corporations show greater accountability than governments in their spending.

He said the current taxation system was very complicated, with many different demographics and special needs being taken into account that left the system open to abuse.

In a session titled ‘Transformational Entrepreneurship’ Fernandes said companies were better than governments in being more accountable on tax revenues, spending, ensuring a better P&L, detailing how much money was spent and whether there was a good ROI.

The implementation of GST has sparked complaints of the broad-based consumption tax system being too complex due to a long list of exemptions and zero-rated goods.

He also said that branding was not merely about external branding but internal branding as well, adding that “If you’re going to sell a brand; if your own people don’t believe in the brand, it’s kind of tough. Many great companies miss out on their greatest asset — which is the people in their own organization”.

“I think governments also miss out their biggest asset — the people. The strongest asset in Malaysia is our amazing diversity and the very talented people in this country. Given the chance, we can do so much,” he said.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Highlights from the Animals for Asia Borneo 2015 International Conference

The Main Event

This year’s conference, the first of its kind to be held in Malaysia and hosted by the SSPCA broke from norm by offering an unprecedented 6 themes:

1.   Animals in the Wild (Aquatic and Terrestrial)
2.   Managing Strays, Pets and Farmed Animals
3.   Animal Care (Veterinary care)
4.   Animal Care (Rescue and Rehabilitation)
5.   Animals in Captivity
6.   Animals in Trade

With two special sessions:

1.   The future of Borneo’s Animals
2.   Managing an NGO

Borneo Futures was one of the special sessions held on Oct 8 only for registered delegates. The sessions include talks, musical performances, body art painting and a comedy sketch by Jo Kukaltas’ alter ego Puan Badariah.

With the packed schedule spread over five days, some 600 participants and 60 speakers from across the globe attended, with all of them agreeing that ‘Partnerships Breed Success’ was indeed an apt description for #afaborneo2015.

Participants paid US$350 (RM800 for Malaysian residents) for the five-day package, while a single-day package was offered at US$100 (RM200 for Malaysian residents). A special student price of US$100 (RM350) for a four-day package was also offered.

Besides the featured speakers, other highlights during the keynote sessions were Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh’s announcement that the SSPCA had been allotted a piece of land for their new animal village after four years of lobbying for it.  

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg declared his support for the SSPCA for hosting the ‘Asia for Animals 2015 Conference’ by allocating funds for it.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem conveyed via Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari that the SSPCA goes to great lengths to promote better animal welfare management, and is also the only animal NGO in Malaysia to work with the local council.

He therefore urged corporate bodies like Shell to include animal welfare in their annual corporate social responsibility budgets. Are you reading this, Shell peeps?

Kudos to SSPCA President Dona Drury Wee, Organising chairperson Rebecca D’Cruz, SSPCA Hon Sec and Executive Director/Principal Consultant of Planet Borneo Group of companies (PLACE) Gracie Geikie, PLACE Communications Director Letitia Samuel, PLACE Coordinator Alex Oomen, their respective team members and volunteers for an awesome job in ensuring this massive 5 day multi-event operated smoothly daily.

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The Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)

logo/words credit: SSPCA

The SSPCA began its work in Kuching in 1959, formed by a small group of expatriate officers who were moved by the sight of the diseased dogs and sick animals that roamed the streets. It was legally registered under the Registrar of Societies as the “Kuching Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KSPCA) on 11 September 1962.

In 1977, the Society changed its name to the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SSPCA. In the years that followed, dedicated volunteers and their very active cadre of Junior Members, organised awareness - raising events, rescued and re-homed stray animals, initiated a pilot neutering scheme, and organized fundraising events.

They were also instrumental in reaching an agreement with the local councils in Kuching to house and care for all the stray animals picked up by these councils. It’s an agreement which has carried through to this day, and remains the only formal arrangement between an animal welfare organization and local councils in Malaysia. 

Perhaps their most notable achievement was securing tax-deductible status for the Society. This has proved an invaluable asset to the Society in its fundraising efforts.

In 1999, through the generosity of the Sarawak State Government, the SSPCA secured a 0.6-acre piece of land at 61/2 mile Penrissen Road, Kuching on which to build its animal shelter. In the years since, this little piece of land has served as a refuge, a haven for thousands of stray, abused and abandoned animals.

Some have been fortunate enough to be given a second chance at life, others have lived out their days in the loving care of our shelter staff, and many have gone on to the ‘Great Kennel in the Sky’. As our finances improved, we expanded and improved the Shelter facilities and services to cater for the ever-increasing number of animals brought to our door. Unfortunately, this meant having to make sacrifices and utilise the exercise/play areas.

At the moment SSPCA is taking care of mostly stray and abused animals. The shelter mainly depends on donations from the public to run its operations. It has six full time staff assisted by volunteers to care for 260 animals.

The society needs almost RM30,000 every month for the shelter upkeep and to provide medical care for the animals. Besides caring for the animals, SSPCA is also working at getting a new home for them. All the animals will be given proper care and treatment before being put on the adaption program.

The shelter is now getting overcrowded with the increasing number of animals there and the growing development surrounding the area. Hence, SSPCA is looking at building an integrated purpose-built Animal Village. The Animal Village is estimated to cost RM1.8 million to build and SSPCA hopes to raise as much from all its fund raising activities to achieve this dream.

For more info and to support the SSPCA’s initiatives click here

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logo/words credit: AfA Coalition

The Asia For Animals (AfA) Coalition is composed of 16 well-known and respected animal welfare organisations that share a focus on improving the welfare of animals in Asia. AfA is committed to providing support to organisations with their campaigns to tackle some of the most pressing animal welfare concerns in the region.

The AFA International Conference is the largest, most representative Asian animal welfare platform for animal welfare experts, NGOs, activists, members of the public, private corporations and governments to consolidate and share experiences, with an eye to developing new strategies and facilitating long-term change.

Since its establishment in 2001, this biennial conference has welcomed delegates from all across the world, and been held in Manila, Hong Kong, Chennai, Bali, Chengdu, thrice (2005, 2010 and 2013) in Singapore and this year in Kuching, Sarawak.

For more information on the issues covered by AfA please click here

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Tanjung Datu National Park, Sarawak

aerial images courtesy of Michael Tsan/Sarawak Forestry, turtle images Veronica Ng

We were fortunate enough to be invited as guests of the Sarawak Forestry Board to the stunningly beautiful Tanjung Datu National Park for a 3D2N stay in the jungle without electricity or internet. To get there we had to endure a 2 hour bus ride to the coastal town of Sematan, then an hour’s boat ride to the jump off point of Telok Melano.

Telok Melano is a traditional Malay fishing village that operates a Homestay Programme where guests stay with local families, so a visit to the park becomes an enjoyable cultural experience as well. A designated tour operator administers the Homestay Programme - please contact the National Parks Booking office in Kuching for full details. From Teluk Melano it was another 10 minutes by boat to Tanjung Datu.

Tanjung Datu may be the smallest of Sarawak’s National Parks, at just under 14 sq km, but it is also one of the most beautiful. The park comprises a narrow ridge of rugged forest-covered hills fringed by pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and patches of coral reef.

The rich mixed dipterocarp forest reaches almost to the water’s edge in some places, and this close proximity of rainforest and coral reef - the two most diverse natural communities on our planet - make Tanjung Datu a very important reservoir of biodiversity.

Located at the south-western tip of Sarawak, Tanjung Datu is one of Sarawak’s less accessible natural parks, but its relative remoteness is one of its main attractions. The beaches really are undisturbed, the corals offshore are untouched and the forest trails are virtually untrodden. This seclusion has helped to preserve a wide range of unusual plant species.

The unpolluted crystal clear waters of the South China Sea support a wide range of marine life, and the coral grows close inshore. This makes Tanjung Datu a good location for snorkeling and scuba diving, although scuba divers have yet to explore its full potential.

We were richly rewarded for taking up this offer when we got to witness firsthand the release of day old baby turtles from the hatchery into the sea. At 6am on our last day there, they were released facing the beach, but their inbuilt GPS kicked in and they all did a 360° turn and headed for the open sea.

What was about 20 steps for us humans must have seemed like 2 kilometers to the little babies as they determinedly huffed and puffed their way unerringly to the sea.

Each and every one of us was completely silent, wrapped up in our own private thoughts and it was definitely an emotional moment for us when the first tiny fella hit the sea for the very first time in his life and swam strongly out to claim his destiny.

For me it was a spiritual moment - I was awestruck at the contrast of the tiny baby turtle against the mighty sea, yet comforted in the knowledge that God looks after each and every one of his creatures.
We were briefed on Sea Turtle Conservation by the Acting Deputy General Manager of Sarawak Forestry, Mr Oswald Braken Tisen.

Turtle eggs from nests susceptible to predators such as wild boars, monitor lizards, snakes and ghost crabs are relocated to the hatchery to reduce the high levels of natural mortality. The turtle hatchery at Tanjung Datu is a fenced-off area close to the beach which is protected and monitored by park staff.

Sea Turtles are amongst the world longest living creatures, with many reaching a lifespan of more than 100 years. Graceful swimmers that spend most of their time underwater, they have survived almost unchanged since the Triassic period, some 200 million years ago. However, the breeding habits that have served them so well for so long are now contributing to their extinction.

Sea turtles mature slowly and only start to breed between 15 to 50 years of age. Females usually produce eggs once in every four or five years. Studies have shown that sea turtles largely migrate back to their beach of birth, sometimes across distances of more than 3000 km. The peak seasons for sea turtles nesting range from the month of May to September each year.

Sea turtles are highly endangered due to their slow reproduction rate, combined with over harvesting for meat and eggs as well as habitat destruction.

Sarawak Forestry allows you to actively participate in turtle conservation efforts by spending four days at the turtle conservation station on Pulau Talang-Talang Besar. This program aims to create awareness among public on the importance of sea turtles conservation and at the same time to encourage knowledge sharing on this noble conservation efforts.

This program offers volunteers hands on experience on sea turtles conservation work. During your stay, you will join a team of dedicated professionals whose mission is to carry out sea turtles conservation programs on the island and thus help to conserve one of the world’s most endangered species.

Volunteers will be given opportunities to involve in:

    Beach patrolling
    Transferring turtle eggs to hatchery
    Releasing of hatchlings
    Data recording
    Nest analysis
    Research, education and conservation activities.

National Parks Booking Office,
Visitors Information Centre,
Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg,
93000 Kuching Sarawak,
Tel: (+6) 082 248088 Fax: (+6) 082 248087
Online booking:

Tel: (+6) 082 610088 Fax: (+6) 082 610099
Toll free line: 1 800 88 2526

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Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching

Sarawak's first international hotel, the Grand Margherita, is strategically situated by the riverfront and commands an unrivalled view of the picturesque Sarawak River and colorful Malay villages.

Situated in the heart of the city's business, entertainment and shopping district, the hotel is 20 minutes drive from the Kuching International Airport.

The Grand Margherita Hotel is adjacent to the Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex and the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Building. Its sister hotel, the Riverside Majestic is located just across the road.

With tourist attractions such as the Kuching Waterfront, Chinese Museum, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, Fort Margherita and Main Bazaar nearby, Grand Margherita Hotel certainly has the best location in the city for business or leisure.
Each of the 288 guestrooms at Grand Margherita Hotel is comfortably furnished to offer you a restful stay, while the Executive Club is ideal for the business traveler.

The Orchid Garden Coffee House, the Meisan Restaurant and the hotel's other restaurants; The Riverview Deck, The Rajang and Macam Macam Bistro offer a wide variety of continental and local cuisines. All are certified Halal.

The hotel has 5 fully equipped function rooms, ideal for functions ranging from seminars and exhibitions to wedding banquets and private celebrations.

Guests of the Grand Margherita Hotel enjoy a wide range of facilities and amenities :


* Business Centre
* Free in-room high speed wired internet access
* 24-hour Concierge
* 24-hour Room Service
* Safe deposit boxes
* Foreign currency exchange
* Laundry & dry cleaning service
* Babysitting service
* Cardio Exercise Room
* Outdoor pool
* Children’s pool
* Children’s playground
* Adjacent to Sarawak Plaza
* Shuttle service to Damai and Santubong

text and images courtesy of  Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

What can you expect at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2012?

Apart from the music, there will also be a smorgasbord of delectable delights at the Food and Village Mart set against the talismanic Orang Ulu and Iban longhouses, which encircle the venue for the whole duration of the festival.  Take back with you a variety of arts and craft, event memorabilia as well as CDs and recordings of the performing artistes.

Music is not all about sound; it is an art-form, and with it comes culture, diversity, creativity, talent, and spellbinding performances.  As one foreign journalist puts it, the festival is “one of the most extraordinary festivals I have attended in terms of the camaraderie amongst the performers, the lakeside setting under Mount Santubong and the warm welcome of the hosts.”

The Rainforest World Music Festival is a not-to-be-missed occasion in the heart of the Borneo Jungle. This is where people regardless of their ethnicity, cultural backgrounds and music interests come together for three magical days for a fun filled, wholesome festival experience with a country fair atmosphere amidst lush greenery. 

Come experience a truly memorable musical extravaganza amidst the lush green paradise that is the mythical land of Sarawak.   We bid you, "Selamat Datai"! (Welcome!)
Updates on the Rainforest World Music Festival 2012 are available at 
Tips for an enjoyable Rainforest World Music Festival experience:

·         Be there early. There are usually long queues at the gate for tickets or access to the venue due to ticket verification and other security measures.
·         Please do not bring non-permitted items (knives, sharp items) as they will be confiscated
·         No food & drink and animals are allowed to be brought inside the venue.
·         Food, beverage, CDs, souvenirs and crafts will be on sale at the event. All items are sold on CASH Terms except where indicated and there is no ATM machine at the venue so please prepare accordingly.
·         Limited car-parking facilities are available near the festival site. However, to avoid any inconvenience, you are encouraged to catch the shuttle buses which will operate at regular intervals during the event.
·         You can bring your own lawn chairs or mats.
·         Bring along a desire to be at one with nature and a yearning to celebrate and unite with kindred spirits from around the globe.