KUALA LUMPUR,. Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today made an important visit to the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP), Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“I made an important visit to the flagship project for bilateral investment cooperation between both countries. I took the opportunity to inspect progress by various SMEs who have established their presence in CMQIP.

“Productive discussions were also held with Qinzhou Mayor Tan Pichuang, who is Director General of the CMQIP administrative committee,” he said in a statement today.

He said Malaysia and China reaffirmed their commitment to the “two country, twin parks” model, leading the way in Asean-China industrial collaboration.

Saifuddin said going forward, both sides explored concrete proposals to enhance linkages between Kuantan and Qinzhou.

“We hope to further develop policy coordination, strengthen port-to-port partnerships, and promote more people-to-people engagements,” he said.

Saifuddin is undertaking an official visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from Sept 9 to 13, in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-PRC diplomatic relations. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR,. Twenty-six climbers involving 20 Malaysians and six Bruneians jointly raised the giant Jalur Gemilang at the Everest Base Camp (EBC) at about 10.20am local time yesterday (12.05pm Malaysian time).

The giant Jalur Gemilang measuring 12m by 6m and weighing 11kg was successfully raised in conjunction with the 62nd National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations after the group took nine days trekking through the 65km distance from Lukla to Gorak Shep, Nepal.

The expedition to EBC was also participated by Nur 2 drama actor, Azhan Rani and five media personnel, namely Berita Harian journalist Zainuri Misfar and Abdul Razak Raaff; Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) photographer Mohd Faizol Abdul Aziz; and Kosmo! journalist, Norzasrudin Mohamed.

The 16-day expedition, organised by Summit Attack Resources (SAR) and led by Mohd Fakhrul Munir Mohd Isa, who is also a Fire Department personnel from Kuala Kubu Bahru Central Region Fire Rescue Academy, was flag-off by National Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye on August 31.

Mohd Fakhrul, when contacted by Bernama, said the main challenges faced by climbers were the extreme weather and temperature as well as the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

“We started climbing from a 2,700m height at Lukla on September 2.

“Some of the participants managed to conquer the peak of Mount Kala Patthar at a height of 5,550m,” he said.

Meanwhile, Azhan said it was an exciting expedition as he had the opportunity to raise and fly the Jalur Gemilang on EBC and conquer Kala Patthar summit for the first time.

“In line with the Independence Day celebration theme, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’, we want to promote the spirit of patriotism to every corner of the world through this expedition,” he said. — Bernama

AMSTERDAM,. Ground staff at Dutch airline KLM have cancelled a strike scheduled for today, trade union FNV said.

Baggage handlers and other ground personnel of Air France-KLM’s Dutch arm were to stop working for four hours today, starting from 1100 GMT, in pursuit of their demands for higher pay and better working conditions.

But the union said yesterday that KLM looked prepared to make significant steps to end the dispute.

Two-hour strikes led to dozens of delays and cancellations at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport twice this week. — Reuters

Malaysia is internationally renowned for its food, cultural diversity, and heritage spots. But did you know that it is also one of the top spots for medical travel? Last year alone, the country welcomed over a million medical travellers and took in an earning of RM1.3 billion from the sector. Supported by the Healthcare Travel Council, these figures are projected to rise year on year.

Affordable healthcare is cited as a key contributor to why Malaysia is the preferred country for medical treatment. According to Patients Beyond Borders, medical travellers can save up to 80% on medical expenses if they opt to seek treatment in Malaysia. Besides that, the country’s location and infrastructure makes the country easily accessible. Once here, world-class quality treatment from top hospitals accredited by gold-standard organisations such as the Joint Commission International is available.

Besides that, Malaysia is home to highly-trained doctors. Equipped with certifications earned around the world, the doctors are mandated to serve at least 3 years in the public sector before joining the private sector. This gives them not only the experience they need, but also essential on-ground interaction with people of all backgrounds.

What truly sets Malaysian doctors apart however, is their hospitality. Thanks to the country’s multiracial society, its medical professionals’ understanding and respect for different cultures and their needs is evident. In fact, many professionals are multilingual.

All these aforementioned factors combined truly makes Malaysia the golden destination for many Southeast Asian medical travellers.

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Awards and Accreditations

Medical Travel Awards 2018: More than any other country in the world, Malaysia was awarded 9 out of 15 awards given out by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ).
Best Country For Healthcare 2015-2017, listed by International Living
Top Asian Country for Retirement 2018
Medical centres:

Health and Medical Tourism: Cluster of the Year – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
International Hospital of The Year – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
International Specialist Patient Centre of the Year – National Heart Institute
International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of The Year – Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre
International Fertility Clinic of the Year – TMC Fertility Centre
Best Marketing Initiative – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
Best Quality Initiative – Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara
The country was also highly commended in two other categories:

Health and Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year – Malaysia
Excellence in Customer Service – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
In recent years, Malaysia has continually raise its standards of healthcare to ensure top-notch treatment for its visitors:

Malaysia’s TMC Fertility Centre won ‘International Fertility Clinic Of The Year’ in the IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2018 (in fact, clinical pregnancy in Malaysia records a success of one in two fertility patients!)

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Some 300 tourism exhibitors are expected to showcase their products and services at the inaugural Malaysia Tourism and Travel Mart 2020 (MTTM 2020) scheduled to be held in June next year.

Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) Datuk Zulkefli Sharif said the exhibitors consisted of up to 80 per cent foreign exhibitors and 20 per cent local-based companies. “MTTM 2020 is a great platform for the world’s travel community to bringing industry players to meet, network, negotiate and conclude business.

“It not only provides business opportunities to buyers and sellers but also is a great platform to promote and sell Malaysia’s unique tourism attractions through attractive packages offered by Malaysian sellers,” he noted in a media briefing on MTTM 2020, here today.

According to Zulkefli, MTTM 2020 which would be held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from June 25 to 27, 2020, was in line with the Malaysia Business Events Roadmap initiative which aimed to add value to the economy and create more jobs and employment in the country.

He said the promotional activities for MTTM 2020 would act as a catalyst to the ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2020’ campaign, while the exhibition itself complemented the campaign’s objectives and would establish Malaysia as a preferred global business events destination.

The three-day trade exhibition would be open to trade visitors on the first two days and to the public on the third day of the show.

— BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 — Three Chinese nationals including a woman have been deported in connection with the assault of two immigration officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) last Saturday.

They were deported on the day of the incident and blacklisted from entering Malaysia, said Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud. He said the incident happened at 12.30 am when two Chinese men, aged 28 and 30, and a 33-year-old woman were being escorted by two immigration officers to the holding area soon after their arrival.

The two Chinese men refused to follow instructions and acted aggressively by punching both the officers, aged 23 and 25. “Several other immigration officers on duty then intervened to stop the scuffle,” he said, adding that both officers suffered minor injuries.

The reason given by the Chinese nationals for their entry was suspicious and they did not meet the requirements under Section 8 (3) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963, he said. “A police report was made by the officers involved to safeguard the interests of the department,” he added.

— BERNAMA

Kuala Lumpur has been revealed as the cheapest winter sun destination for British travellers.

Research released today by flight aggregator Kayak found that a week-long break to the Malaysian capital, including flights, accommodation, food, drink and transport, costs an average of £923. The city makes a great base to explore the rest of Malaysia, including the tropical island of Langkawi, foodie city Penang or the former hill station of the Cameron Highlands.

Kuala Lumpur is followed by Chennai and New Delhi in India, with week-long holidays costing an average of £929 and £941 respectively. The Indian cities of Kochi in Kerala and cultural capital Mumbai also appear in the top 10 cheapest destinations this winter, costing an average of £1,017 and £1,115 respectively.

Within Europe, Espargos in Cape Verde and Tenerife were ranked in the top 10 cheapest breaks, with a total average cost of just over £1,000 for a week.

Bangkok was ranked the most popular destination this winter by the flight aggregator, and it’s also one of the cheapest: a week-long break to the Thai capital costs an average of £1,048. Kayak reported a growing interest in Singapore, with flight searches to the city-state almost doubling this winter compared to last winter; there was also an 88 per cent jump in searches to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The Maldives has seen a bounce in demand, although a week-long break to the island nation costs £1,718. The Maldives was recently voted one of Lonely Planet’s Best Value destinations for 2019.

“An escape from winter doesn’t have to cost a fortune or many hours of travel, and it’s great to see that for British travellers, basic costs for a full week’s holiday in the Malaysian sun can come in at under £950,” said John-Lee Saez, managing director for KAYAK Europe.

The 10 cheapest winter escapes

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – £923
  2. Chennai, India – £929
  3. New Delhi, India – £941
  4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – £945
  5. Kochi, India – £1,017
  6. Bangkok, Thailand – £1,048
  7. Espargos, Cape Verde – £1,092
  8. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – £1,109
  9. Mumbai, India – £1,115
  10. Banjul, The Gambia – £1,120

Source : https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/kuala-lumpur-malaysia-cheapest-winter-sun-holidays-a8599296.html