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Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from Nov 14  till the end of the week. This column updates regularly throughout the week.

Sabah Eyes South Korean Rebound

Kota Kinabalu, Nov 12:  Sabah Tourism team led by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Marketing and Business Events), Ms. Tay Shu Lan, is heading to South Korea for a Sabah Roadshow to South Korea from Nov 14 – 18 to establish more business opportunities and rejuvenate network with Korean counterparts.
Nine hoteliers and two local travel agencies will be participating in this Roadshow across five cities in South Korea: Seoul, Cheongju, Jeonju, Ulsan, and Busan. The participating hotels are Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru, Sutera Harbour Resort, Hilton Kota Kinabalu, Promenade Hotel, Ming Garden Hotel, Grandis Hotel, Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu and Monocolo Boutique Hotel. I-World Travel and Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure from Sandakan will also be part of the Sabah delegation.
“The number of arrivals from South Korea has gradually increased since the resumption of flights to Kota Kinabalu from Incheon starting May 2022,” Noredah Othman, CEO of Sabah Tourism Board said.
“Our key objective for this Roadshow is to increase our market share for the Korean market and support the airlines in sustaining their flights into Sabah. We are targeting the upcoming winter season traffic as the Korean airlines are planning to increase their route to Kota Kinabalu.” 
“We are also targeting incentive groups. Sabah has previously hosted many cosmetic and insurance incentive groups from South Korea such as Unicity Korea and Sarangmoa Financial Service Co. Ltd.” she adds.
Up to August 2022, Sabah received nearly 22,000 Korean visitors, an increase of 24,401 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Kenanga Organises Fraud Campaign 

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 14: Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad kicked off its  annual sixth Fraud Awareness Week, held in conjunction with the International FAW of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, headquartered in Austin, Texas. Kenanga’s FAW is the  centrepiece of a month-long fraud awareness campaign to shine the spotlight and raise awareness on the  importance of fraud detection and prevention, as well as respond to the United Nations Global Compact’s  10th Principle, which emphasises the need for businesses to work against corruption in all its forms.
Themed ‘Reaffirming Ethical and Moral Resilience for Good Governance’, FAW aims to reiterate Kenanga’s  commitment and belief on the importance of ethical and moral values in shaping good governance whilst  moulding the corporate culture that thrives within the current evolving and transforming regulatory  landscape. 
Similar to the previous two years, all programs for FAW including the Opening Ceremony, FAW Games  and Talk Series were undertaken virtually or online, and this year’s FAW Games featured a record number  of 376 participants, a 28.7 percent increase compared to the previous year.
Participants included those from  regulatory bodies, public listed companies, professional bodies and Kenanga’s vendors such as Bursa  Malaysia Berhad, Securities Commission Malaysia, Securities Industry Development Corporation, Nestle,  Petronas, AirAsia, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja, Sime Darby, Lembaga Tabung Haji and Deloitte  Consulting Malaysia.

M88 Mansion Signs On Football Icon

London, Nov 14: Steven Gerrard, English football superstar, joins M88 Mansion – Asia’s no. 1 online gaming platform as World Cup 2022 Brand Ambassador.
As per the deal, the former midfielder, club Manager, will collaborate with M88 Mansion to promote the brand across Southeast Asia and engage in a number of digital and promotional activities in the region.
Commenting on the deal, Steven Gerrard expressed his excitement to partner with one of Asia’s most established and most trusted online casinos:
“I am delighted to join M88 Mansion as their brand ambassador for the World Cup. I couldn’t be more excited to share my experiences from my time on the field, especially my views and opinion to the Asian sports fans regarding the upcoming World Cup. ”
M88 Mansion’s Head of Commercial, Alan Wafer, was similarly thrilled to have the Liverpool legend as World Cup 2022 Brand Ambassador.

Ericsson Educate Program Now Part Of MDEC

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 16: Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has announced the inclusion of the MY5G-Ericsson Educate online program as part of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) Let’s Learn Digital program.
The free, self-paced online learning program is designed to introduce the Malaysian workforce, as well as interested university-level students across all disciplines, to 5G and telecommunications, as well as related technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning. 
Learners who successfully complete the assessment at the end of the course will earn a digital badge from Ericsson.
The program has been designed by Ericsson and is supported by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), the company mandated to deploy Malaysia’s 5G network and infrastructure.
MY5G-Ericsson Educate initiative will support and contribute to the country’s digital economy and Industry 4.0 transformation. It will provide both students and lecturers access to quality digital learning resources that draw on Ericsson’s 145-year experience in telecommunications and ICT.
It also includes an award-winning interactive game that teaches the history of telecommunications and can be enhanced with the use of VR headsets for a more immersive experience.
Interested members of the workforce and students at the tertiary or university level are encouraged to visit the MDEC Let’s Learn Digital page to register for the MY5G – Ericsson Educate program.
Registration ends Dec 31.

Ecostore Opens New Flagship Store In Vietnam

Vietnam, Nov 16: ecostore, an established sustainability leader in home cleaning and personal care products in New Zealand, is once again expanding its global impact, this time in Vietnam. Ecostore group CEO Pablo Kraus attended the official launch of ecostore’s first flagship store in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He was helped to open the store by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who cut the ribbon.
Ardern was then given a tour of the store, during a trade delegation in Vietnam.
Kraus says Vietnamese consumers are increasingly embracing and demanding sustainability, and there is a growing emphasis on purchasing sustainably-made and environmentally-friendly products, such as those made by ecostore, among families in Vietnam.

Baraja Surpasses 100 Patent Filings 

Sydney, Nov 17: Baraja, creator of breakthrough Spectrum-Scan LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles, has announced a significant IP milestone of securing 100 patent assets worldwide — proving its unrivalled focus in developing new technologies to further strengthen the company’s position in leading the future of autonomous vehicles globally.
With this latest development, Baraja’s patent protection now spans eight jurisdictions and four continents including the United States, Europe, China, Japan, and Korea, to cover major automotive markets and origins.
The company’s patent portfolio is application-agnostic, as use of LiDAR sensors is ubiquitous in other autonomy industries such as robotics, mining, heavy machinery, trucking, last-mile delivery and infrastructure.
LiDAR sensing is seen by many as a key enabling technology for autonomous driving.
However, as most other LiDAR companies use mechanical steering with large mechanical devices, Baraja has a competitive edge in that its Spectrum-Scan LiDAR technology can miniaturise the system, decrease costs and boost reliability.
Baraja’s patent portfolio boasts more than 25 patent families, each representing unique concepts to improve its LiDAR sensors. Baraja Spectrum-Scan beam steering, coupled with RMCW ranging technology, enables unrivalled interference immunity in LiDAR operation.

Princess Receives Honorary Degree

Putrajaya, Nov 17: Her Royal Highness (“HRH”) Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan binti Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was conferred an Honorary Degree, “Doctor of the University”, by Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (“HWUM”) at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel today.
HRH Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan is the eldest daughter of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah.
HRH Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan is also a mental health activist in Malaysia.
The momentous occasion was graced by Her Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Binti Al-Marhum Al-Mutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj.
HWUM’s Pro-Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood presented the Honorary Degree to HRH Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan at the November 2022 graduation ceremony in recognition of Her Royal Highness’ role as an inspirational, purpose-driven leader committed to championing mental health in Malaysia and beyond.

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