Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Top Three Winners of Unduk Ngadau Stand to Become MASwings Cabin Crew

Source: New Sabah Times

KOTA KINABALU: The top three winners of the upcoming State-level Kaamatan Festival Unduk Ngadau pageant stand a chance of being recruited to work as a cabin crew for MASwings.

“If they wish to join as cabin crew, 50 per cent is already considered acceptable while the other qualities will be looked into during the interview. They will also become our icons in billboards to reflect our identity,” said MASwings managing director, Dato’ Capt Mohd Nawawi Awang.

He said this at the presentation of sponsorship to the State-level Kaamatan Festival, organising committee chairperson, Jornah Mozihim, in a form of a business class fare for the champion and an economy class fare for the first and second runner-up at a hotel yesterday.

The sponsorship tickets covers air travel to any destinations in Sarawak and Sabah served by MASwings, as well as the BIMP-EAGA region such as Brunei and Kalimantan, which the airline is still awaiting for approval from the respective governments.

Nawawi said they are eyeing to start operations in July to provide services to and from Kota Kinabalu to Bandar Seri Begawan and Kuching to Pontianak. Then, in October, the service from Kuching-Mulu-Bandar Seri Begawan and Kota Kinabalu-Tawau-Tarakan is expected to be launched.

These are all viable routes which are under ‘MASwings International’ programme and also within the operating capacity of the aircraft which is one hour, he said.

On their sponsorship for the Kaamatan Festival, he said it is under their newly launched programme called ‘Wings of Love’.

“Since we are serving here, in future we want Sabah and Sarawak to consider that this airline belongs to them. Furthermore, 90 per cent of our staff come from these two states and we also want to position MASwings as the icon for Sabah and Sarawak,” he stated.

As part of our service to the community, the sponsorship today is our first activity under the Wings of Love programme and we want to be a part and parcel of the community because the people of Sabah and Sarawak are supportive of MASwings, he said.

Besides MASwings, the organising committee also received a sponsorship from Tamariska Tour for the top three winners in a form of a full board luxury holidays to Bali, Indonesia for five days and four nights, departing anytime this year.

Tamariska business development director, Boniface Mosios, who handed over the sponsorship to Jornah, said the winners would also be given free lifetime Tamariska membership plus holiday vouchers worth US$100.

“This sponsorship is part of our corporate social responsibility and it signifies the company’s support for KDCA’s continued efforts in cultural preservation, which is important for uniting the people, enhancing understanding amongst all the ethnic groups, and a celebration of a unique diversity of culture of people around the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, the State-level Unduk Ngadau champion will be offered a scholarship worth RM25,000 courtesy of Asian Tourism International College here.

Its assistant Chief Executive Officer, Defiry Ubin, said the winner can sign up for a diploma course in the hospitality and tourism management as well as culinary and pastries programme which has a high demand in the market.

“We have been sponsoring for the Kaamatan Festival since 2002, and since then, only three candidates had completed their course in the college,” he said.

Jornah said the State-level Unduk Ngadau final on May 31, is expected to be contested by 41 beauties representing the districts, sub-districts, municipal councils and city hall.


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