Sheda delegates on working visit to Perth
KUCHING: A delegation from the Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association ( Sheda) Kuching branch is currently on a working visit in Perth, Western Australia to initiate international networking for its members.
According to a publicity release yesterday, the delegation led by Dr Richard Tan who is also Sheda Kuching branch’s treasurer made a courtesy visit to the ConsulGeneral of Malaysia in Perth Nazaruddin Jaafar and briefed him on the delegates’ programme in Perth and discussed immigration and social issues of Malaysians in Perth.
Nazaruddin, who has been appointed as the Consul- General in Perth since 2015 noted that Malaysians are the fifth largest group who had migrated to Western Australia to date.
He suggested that the Sheda delegation consider promoting Malaysia My Second Home ( MM2H) at Sarawak in Perth and that he would support the programme.
Sheda vice president and also Sheda Kuching branch chairman Dr Christopher Ngui shared: “About ten years ago, there used to be direct flights between Kuching and Perth but it was stopped for some reasons.”
“The airlines should consider reviving this route with the current increase of people travelling between these two states. Direct flights would complement logistically and further support the programme if launched,” he urged.
Nazaruddin then implied that Sheda Kuching branch should engage Sarawak tourism for assistance on such proposal to boost the property market in Sarawak.
He added that he would also broach the subject up to federal level.
The delegation also visited the Western Australia Chamber of Commerce and was warmly welcomed by the president Khoon Tan, his executive council and some members who were involved in real estate property development.
After a brief introduction and ice breaker, Sheda Kuching branch played a short video presentation to introduce Sarawak and business opportunities in the Land of the Hornbill.
The delegation also discussed current economic status in both countries and potential investment opportunities of Sarawakians in Western Australia.
Earlier in the working visit, the Business Development manager ( Corporate and Incentives) Caroline Tseu on behalf of the Perth Convention Bureau gave a surprise welcome to the delegates.
The Perth Convention Bureau is supported by Tourism Western Australia and has access to current market intelligence, local support and assistance to help bring events to Western Australia.
Both parties exchanged brief pleasantries before proceeding with the working visit programme. The delegates will be in Perth for about a week.
Dr Richard Tan (fifth left) presenting a souvenir to Nazaruddin during a courtesy visit in Perth.