Newscaster with a combo of beauty and brains

KUCHING: Cheryl Syahmina Toh Mohammad Christopher Toh is the epitome of beauty with brains.

Not only is she blessed with good looks, she is also smart, talented and has a clear vision of what she wants in life.

Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication (Strategic Communication) from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), the 23-year-old Kuching-born is no stranger to TV Sarawak (TVS) viewers.

Better known as Cheryl Toh, she is a newscaster for the English news, which airs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5pm.

Although she is currently pursuing a Master in Communication – also at Unimas, she said this was not a barrier for her to have a career.

“The most important thing is to be good at dividing (one’s) time. Undoubtedly, I’m very lucky because this career is very closely related to my studies,” she told New Sarawak Tribune recently.

Being one of the youngest personalities at TVS, she said, was a challenge but what was important to her personally was to respect her senior colleagues, never shy away from seeking knowledge, give her full commitment and have a good personality.

“In the past, I aspired to be an English teacher, but that changed after I became an English teacher at a private learning centre in 2018 – from there, I realised that I was more interested in communications,” said Cheryl, who has been involved in broadcasting since the age of 20.

Experience at TVS

Cheryl, who once participated in Miss Unity Malaysia 2019, said she started reading news live for the first time during the launch of the station on Oct 10.

“I was just told the night before that at 10am tomorrow I would have to read the news live – making me the first TVS English newsreader to do so.

“I admit I was a bit wary but I’m very grateful to the producer for giving me such a golden opportunity – and most importantly, I’m proud to be able to do it,” she said, adding the proverbial butterflies in the tummy still exists until today.


Describing herself as a person who is always committed, highly motivated and confident, Cheryl said she aspired to be a full-time news presenter and if given the opportunity, she would like to host youth and political development programmes – in the next five years.

Further elaborating, the Chinese-Iban-Melanau lady said to be a successful newsreader, the key was to have a good attitude, able to accept criticism, be proactive, have good mental resilience, articulate and have a problem-solving mind.

“In terms of language, a newsreader should read and communicate a lot and diligently do research.

“Being a newsreader is not as easy as it looks because we have to put our soul into the news to ensure it is successfully delivered effectively in a short time.”


Naming political analyst Dr Jeniri Amir as her mentor and idol, Cheryl said she really admired her former lecturer for his wisdom, eloquence, quickness in solving problems and knack for dealing with stress.

She also looks up to Najwa Shihab, a well-known Indonesian host and journalist.


According to Cheryl, she was extremely grateful to have her family, lecturers and friends’ undivided support.

“I would like to thank TVS also for giving me this golden opportunity. For me, this can be an inspiration to anyone who wants to venture into the broadcasting industry.”


South Koreans keen in setting up factories in Sarawak — Riot

KUCHING: A group of South Korean investors have expressed interest to invest in setting up factories in Sarawak, said Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to East Asia Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem.

In a statement issued yesterday, Riot said this was conveyed to him by members of South Korean business community in Malaysia at his office in Putrajaya yesterday.

He said four proposals were presented during the meeting, with two of them to set up factories in Sarawak.

The proposals are for aluminium pellet production plant, nitrile rubber glove production plant, ammonia processing plant and medical and testing kit production plant.

Riot, who is also Serian MP, however did not specify which of those proposals are for Sarawak.

“Our meeting touched on their suggestion on increasing South Korean investment in Malaysia. Indeed, there have been many giant companies already investing and setting up factories in Malaysia including Samsung, Hyundai Daelim, Titan and others,” he said.

Riot also said he suggested to investors from South Korea to build a private hospital in Sarawak.

“I told them to consider investing or bringing in investors to set up a private hospital in Sarawak just like the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Suwon, South Korea,” he added.

Also present at the meeting was South Korean government agency Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) director Chon Yong Ho.

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Virtual Hackathon Provides Affordable Inventions For SMEs Of The Electronic And Electrical (E&E) Sub-sector

Leveraging on Industry 4.0 in age of technologies, Electrical & Electronics Productivity Nexus (EEPN) supported by the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has organised Virtual Hackathon (East Malaysia) to encourage universities students to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Machine Vision System to be used by businesses.

Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports in The Cabinet of Sarawak, Yang Berhormat Datuk Snowdan Anak Donald Lawan said besides providing the opportunities for universities students to be exposed to the real issues that the industry is facing based on the real case studies, Virtual Hackathon (East Malaysia) also helps to shape the students skills in problem solving and project management which indirectly nurture the universities students to be entrepreneur via business matching between SMEs and students.

Across the economic sector, talent has been identified as a challenge that impeding productivity growth and required urgent action. More cohesive efforts needed to meet the demand of the future economy, by building a strong pipeline of skilled workers and gradually reducing reliance on low-skilled workers.

The E&E subsector especially are facing with lack of manpower planning between industry and universities that led to shortage of engineers. There is a need to strengthen collaboration between industry, government and universities to ensure supply of industry-ready engineers.

Moving forward, the time is now for our country to embrace and adopt digitalisation in order to fulfil our national aspiration to be an advanced economy. We need highly skilled and well-trained human capital that are motivated towards higher-value and knowledge-based activities, he said.

According to Yang Berhormat Datuk Snowdan Anak Donald Lawan, Sarawak has spearheaded the Digital Economy Transformation through its five-year Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy (2018-2022).

The strategy sets out the possible directions Sarawak can take in order to leapfrog into the digital economy to be at the forefront of the digital world. By building, develop and head hunt a workforce that is agile, digital savvy and industry-ready will assist in developing the human resources for Sarawak’s Digital Economy.

The Electrical and Electronics Productivity Nexus (EEPN), established under Malaysia Productivity Blueprint (MPB), is chartered to improve productivity of the E&E sector. Four key strategies were identified under the EEPN, namely, to enhance higher value-added activities, nurture talent development, create value towards the Industry 4.0 ecosystem and strengthen SMEs development.

One of the EEPN I4.0 initiatives is to organise I4.0 Hackathons, which features an AI-based Machine Vision System, where participants are using Intel’s OpenVINO toolkit as part of their software suite.

In conjunction with the event, Champion of Electronic & Electrical Productivity Nexus (EEPN), YBhg. Dato Seri Wong Siew Hai also shared on Electrical & Electronics Industry in Malaysia to create awareness among industries on Industry4.0 approach.

Meanwhile, Director General of MPC, YBhg. Dato Abdul Latif Haji Abu Seman said the program which held virtually was also aimed to improve the productivity of the companies by providing affordable invention to SMEs and to enhance the competitiveness of the industry; particularly in increasing productivity, capability, and competency of the Electronic and Electrical (E&E) subsector.

The program was held in collaboration with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Curtin University, Misi 4.0 and Serba Dinamik.

“Today’s event serves as the platform of opportunity for all the students to present their projects since our kick-off event on 24th September 2020. The past 3 weeks saw all participants working hard and smart as teams, developing their proof of concept (POC) projects, and submitting these projects to the panel of judges for evaluation. This morning, we will listen and watch final pitching presentations from all participating teams. I was made to understand that this Hackathon event has attracted a total of 14 teams from 5 universities. There are many attractive awards to be won; with a total cash prizes of RM 11,500.00 for today’s Hackathon. We hope that this program will further engage between universities and industries as well as to create job opportunities for universities students in the AI, digital and industry in his speech yesterday.

Also attended the program were Non-Independent Non-Executive Director Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad, YBhg. Datuk Haji Abdul Kadier Sahib and Director of MPC Sarawak, Yang Berusaha Hajah Sarimah Misman.

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SUKMA: Sarawak sasar satu emas dalam e-sukan

KUCHING: Sarawak mensasarkan satu pingat emas dalam penyertaan sulung sukan elektronik (e-sukan) di Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) bagi kategori Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 6 sehingga 14 Mac tahun depan di Johor Bahru.

Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Snowdan Lawan berkata pihaknya meletakkan ketetapan itu selepas meyakini kekuatan pasukan e-sukan Sarawak terletak pada PES dan bukan Dota 2 atau Mobile Legend (ML).

“Kita menghantar 18 orang atlet e-sukan Sarawak untuk ke SUKMA yang akan bertanding bagi PES, ML dan Dota 2 dengan sasaran satu pingat emas untuk dibawa balik.

“Ketentuan ini mengikut keperluan pihak penganjur yang kita sertai seperti Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA), Sukan Sarawak (SUKSAR), Sukan Asia bergantung kepada apa yang ditawarkan mereka kepada kita,” katanya ketika ditemui pada program Jelajah Mesra di D’Virtual Park, Kota Samarahan hari ini.

Kesemua atlet berkenaan katanya kini sedang menjalani proses latihan di D’Virtual Park, SESA Mini E-Sports Hub, Kota Samarahan sebagai persediaan bagi SUKMA tahun hadapan.

Ketika ditanya, beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan untuk mengadakan pertandingan persahabatan dengan negeri-negeri lain untuk e-sport.

“Kita boleh mengadakan pertandingan persahabatan antara negeri-negeri tetapi kita kena memelihara hak cipta cara permainan senjata permainan kita supaya sukar mereka ketahui kelemahan kita berbanding mereka dari luar negara,” ujarnya.

Snowdan pada masa yang sama turut memperjelaskan bahawa pasukan Sarawak yang akan ke SUKMA tahun hadapan menyertai 30 jenis sukan dalam e-sukan dan jelas sekali memerlukan latihan khusus.

Bahkan, peraturan dan cara permainannya yang tersendiri perlu difahami dan berbeza daripada sukan konvensional.

Justeru, pihak kementerian sedang menjalankan pemantauan untuk melihat kekuatan atlet Sarawak dalam sukan baharu berkenaan.

Hadir sama Presiden Persatuan e-sukan Sarawak (SESA), Afiq Fadhli Narawi; Pengurus Kumpulan Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd Cawangan Kuching, Muliawadi Imran; Pengurus Besar Operasi IT Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd, Abdul Qaiyum Alidin; Pengurus Pembangunan Bahagian Sukan Perbadanan Sukan Sarawak, Ahmad Rodzli Hashim; dan Exco Belia Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Malcolm Layang Jimbun.

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Inisiatif baik promosi AI

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Hackathon Maya pertama di Malaysia yang dianjurkan oleh Perbadanan Produktiviti Malaysia (MPC) dan Nexus Produktiviti Elektrik & Elektronik (ESPN) adalah satu inisiatif yang baik untuk mempromosikan kecerdasan buatan (AI) yang berasaskan kepada Sistem Penglihatan Mesin kepada pelajar universiti di negara ini.

Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Snowdan Lawan berkata, ini adalah salah satu daripada usaha kerajaan untuk menggalakan penglibatan pelajar dari universiti bagi membangunkan penyelesaian Bukti Konsep (POC) mesin yang berasaskan AI kepada syarikat tempatan terutamanya Syarikat Perusahaan Industri Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS).

Katanya, objektif program tersebut adalah untuk meningkatkan produktiviti syarikat dengan menyediakan penemuan yang berpatutan kepada PKS.

“Dengan adanya usaha seperti ini, ia dapat meningkatkan daya saing dalam industri tersebut.

“Selain daripada itu, ia juga boleh meningkatkan produktiviti, keupayaan, dan kecekapan sub sektor elektrik dan elektronik,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada majlis penutupan Hackathon Maya yang dianjurkan oleh Perbadanan Produktiviti Malaysia (MPC) dan Nexus Produktiviti Elektrik & Elektronik (EEPN) yang diadakan di D-Virtual Park, Kota Samarahan, di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Lembaga Pengarah Perbadanan Produktiviti Malaysia (MPC), Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Abang Openg dan Pengarah MPC, Sarimah Misman.

Jelas beliau, adalah sangat penting untuk sub sektor elektrik dan elektronik untuk memperkukuhkan kerjasama di antara industri, kerajaan dan Universiti untuk memastikan bekalan jurutera yang sudah ada di industri sentiasa mencukupi.

“Menurut laporan dari Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia (DOSM) mengatakan bahawa kadar pengganguran graduan adalah 3.9 peratus adalah dari tahun 2019. Manakala di Sarawak mencatatkan sebanyak 5.3 peratus kadar pengangguran di kalangan graduan.

“Kekurangan tenaga mahir dalam industri seperti ini akan memberi impak yang besar terhadap produktiviti syarikat di negara kita.

Beliau berkata, program seperti ini adalah satu platform yang baik kepada pelajar universiti supaya mereka (pelajar) didedahkan dengan kajian kes yang sebenar.

“Ini akan membentuk kemahiran pelajar dalam menyelesaikan masalah dalam pengurusan projek disamping itu secara tidak langsung juga akan memupuk pelajar university kita untuk menjadi usahawan melalui padanan perniagaan di antara PKS dan pelajar.

“Oleh itu, saya menggesa agar lebih banyak pelajar universiti dan Industri di negara ini untuk terus bekerjasama di dalam mengumpulkan kumpulan sumber daya manusia yang berbakat, menjadi strategi berimpak tinggi untuk memberi pendekatan yang lebih inovatif di semua sektor dalam menjana semula ekonomi,” ujarnya.

Terdahulu seramai 13 peserta telah mengambil bahagian dalam pertandingan Hackathon Maya 2020 yang diadakan baru-baru ini.

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UMS group wins Virtual Hackathon

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)’s HappyGoLucky group emerged champion of the Industry 4.0 (I4.0) Virtual Hackathon East Malaysia 2020.

The group participated in the hackathon with their project titled ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) Defective Global Tracker’ and went home with RM5,000.

The prize was presented by Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan at the Hackathon’s closing ceremony held at D-Virtual Park in Jalan Meranek here on Sunday (Oct 18).

Meanwhile, first runner-up was Hozatech group from University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) who won RM3,000 for their project titled ‘AI-SCAN4GUD’.

The second runner-up was WILL group, also from UCTS, who secured RM2,000 with their project titled ‘Glove Detection’.

Consolation prizes worth RM300 each were also given to five groups namely, Centexs (Centre of Technical Excellence), D.O.T.S (UCTS), as well as three groups from Curtin University Malaysia — Prometheus, Fantastic Five and Geekology.

In total, 13 teams from local universities in East Malaysia participated in the programme with a total of RM11,500 cash rewards and prizes up for grabs.

The Hackathon kicked off on Sept 24 and the participating groups had to work for the past three weeks to develop their proof of concept (POC) projects.

The objective of the Hackathon was to promote AI-based Machine Vision System among university students and to encourage them to develop affordable AI-based Machine Vision Proof of Concepts solutions for local companies in order to improve the productivity of the companies through digitalisation.

The programme was jointly organised by Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Sarawak and Electrical & Electronics Productivity Nexus (EEPN) with the support of organising partners particularly Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Curtin University, Misi4.0 and Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad (SDHB).

Amongst those present at the closing ceremony were Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) board of directors member Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Datuk Abang Openg; MPC Sarawak director Sarimah Misman; Serba Dinamik IT Solutions Sdn Bhd general manager (Operations Department) Abdul Qaiyum Alidin; and Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd Kuching branch group manager Muliawadi Imran.

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KBS rancang 9 Kejohanan e-Sukan

KBS merancang 9 Kejohanan e-Sukan dengan kerjasama Jabatan Belia dan Sukan (JBS) negara merancang untuk menganjurkan sembilan kejohanan sukan elektronik (e-Sukan), mengikut zon di seluruh negara.

Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican berkata, kesemua kejohanan berkenaan diharap dapat membantu menyediakan pemain-pemain amatur e-sukan dari negara ini untuk bersaing pada kejohanan-kejohanan di peringkat kebangsaan dan antarabangsa.

Justeru menurut Reezal Merican, kesemua pemain-pemain amatur ini perlu melalui pengalaman bersaing dengan pemain-pemain e-sukan dari negara lagi bagi membantu penyediaan berkenaan.

“Bersaing dalam kejohanan di peringkat antarabangsa adalah medan pertandingan yang diimpikan oleh kesemua pemain e-sukan ini.

“Namun bagi mencapai matlamat itu mereka (pemain amatur) di peringkat akar umbi perlu mengekalkan prestasi yang sempurna dengan menyertai apa juga platform pertandingan sebagai latihan berterusan.

“Oleh itu melalui inisiatif kejohanan MyBorneo ini secara tidak langsung ia memberikan peluang kepada pemain-pemain amatur dari negara ini untuk bersaing dengan pemain-pemain dari negara Brunei Darussalam dan Indonesia yang sekali gus membantu memperluaskan ‘talent pool’ pemain-pemain e-Sukan di negera ini,” katanya menerusi satu kenyataan media, semalam.

Rizal Merican berkata demikian ketika berucap bagi menyempurnakan majlis pelancaran Kejohanan MyBorneo E-Force Invitational 2020 di Kota Samarahan, Sarawak yang dilaksanakan secara virtual di Menara KBS, hari ini.

Kejohanan yang bermula mulai 16 Oktober hingga 8 November 2020 itu turut menyediakan empat kategori ‘game title’ seperti Pubg Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2 dan Moto GP PC.

Seramai 3,000 peserta dari kepulauan Borneo seperti Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam dan Kalimantan Indonesia dijangka disasarkan menyertai kejohanan berkenaan.

Sementara itu Reezal Merican berkata, KBS telah melancarkan projek khas e-Sukan Bersepadu (ESI) mulai 1 Oktober 2020 dalam usaha memastikan pembangunan e-Sukan di negara ini secara inklusif.

Katanya, ESI akan bekerjasama dengan pemegang taruh utama dalam industri e-Sukan ini dengan memberikan penekanan terhadap enam perkara teras melibatkan penubuhan sebuah liga dan kejohanan e-sukan, menganjurkan persidangan e-Sukan, meyokong pembinaan dan pengawal seliaan e-Sukan yang efektif melalui advokasi, menyediakan program pembinaan kapasiti, mewujudkan hub e-Sukan dan membangunkan platform e-Sukan.

“Tumpuan kepada enam perkara teras ini akan membolehkan ESI dapat menaik taraf industri e-Sukan ke tahap yang lebih tinggi.

“Seterusnya ia akan dapat pula memangkinkan ekosistem yang rancak, mapan dan inklusif,” katanya.

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Borneo esports online tourney kicks off

KUCHING: MyBorneo E-Force Invitational 2020 – the biggest esports online tournament in Borneo – kicked off yesterday at Sesa Esports Mini Hub at D-Virtual Park in Kota Samarahan.

The month-long tournament was jointly launched by federal Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican virtually from his office in Putrajaya, and Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“MyBorneo E-Force Invitational is a good platform for local amateur gamers to compete with their counterparts from Brunei and Indonesia and it offers them the opportunity to improve their performances and standard,” said Reezal.

“There are four titles to be contested namely PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), Dota 2 and Moto GP PC which offers a total prize money of RM10,000,” he said, adding that the tournament attracted a lot of interest from the gaming community in Borneo.

“The organisers received an overwhelming registration of 3,000 participants, representing 256 teams, in just two days after the tournament was announced,” said Reezal.

Abdul Karim and other guests with the production team.

The tournament will be held online, starting with PUBG (Oct 16-18), MotoGP 20 PC (Oct 23-25), Dota 2 (Oct 30-Nov 1) and MLBB (Nov 6-8).

Meanwhile, Abdul Karim congratulated Sarawak Esports Association (Sesa) for the setting up of the Esports Mini Hub, a joint effort with Serba Dinamik, and helping the government with the development of esports in the state.

Miri Esports Association vice president Allister Chung demonstrates playing the Dota 2 as (from left) Snowdan, Abdul Karim, Afiq, Qaiyum and Azura look on.

“This Mini Hub has the proper facilities where gamers can train systematically and comprehensively. Sesa has been entrusted by the government to search and groom potential gamers who can compete at international competitions.

“Through Sukan Sarawak (Suksar) last year, Sesa has identified 16 gamers who will represent Sarawak in the 20th Sukma in Johor next April,” said Abdul Karim.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Youth and Sports Department, Sarawak director Azura Sarbin, Serba Dinamik IT Solution Sdn Bhd general manager Abdul Qaiyum Alidin and Sesa president Afiq Fadhli Narawi.

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KBS Peruntuk RM250,000 Untuk Sarawak Esports Association

SIBU: Menteri Belia dan Sukan Datuk Seri Reezal Naina Merican mengumumkan peruntukan sebanyak RM250,000 kepada Sarawak Esports Association untuk pembangunan umum serta penganjuran kejohanan Esport Borneo.

Sementara itu, sebanyak RM20,000 akan disalurkan kepada Sibu District Esports Club sebagai persiapan penganjuran sukan itu pada awal tahun depan.

“Dengan kejohanan-kejohanan esports yang telah berjaya dianjurkan sewaktu PKP berkuatkuasa, saya cukup yakin akan industri e-sports di Malaysia yang terus membangun.

“Semoga industri sukan elektronik di Malaysia akan sentiasa berkembang dan terus maju ke arena antarabangsa,” katanya ketika merasmikan Program Malaysia Day E-Sports Challenge 2020, disini, pada Rabu.

Turut hadir Menteri Belia dan Sukan Sarawak Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan Sarawak Datuk Snowdan Lawan serta Pemangku Setiausaha Tetap Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Negeri Sarawak, Pn Nancy Jolhi dan Pengarah Jabatan Belia dan Sukan Negeri Sarawak,Pn Azura Hj Sabrin.

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Go digital to expand overseas, CM tells Sarawak companies

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today told businesses to embrace digitalisation and technology to expand internationally.

He said with a population of only 2.8 million, Sarawak is not a potential market for every product.

“Companies must step up their efforts to attract new customers in other countries, otherwise their markets will be limited,” he said.

Abang Johari was speaking at the launch of D’Virtual Park, the state’s first virtual reality theme park.

He said one of his top priorities when he became the chief minister three years ago was the state’s digital transformation.

“Instead of waiting for allocation from the federal government, which may take some time, I have decided to invest RM1 billion to upgrade the digital infrastructure in Sarawak,” he said.

“I am confident that the state is on the right path as contactless services have become the new normal due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

He said Sarawak has many products suitable for the global market, hence, entrepreneurs should embrace digitalisation in order to grow their businesses.