1. President of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak, Rosli Mansor, gives a welcome speech to media delegation from Medan, Indonesia

1. President of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak, Rosli Mansor, gives a welcome speech to media delegation from Medan, Indonesia

More than two years after an official trip to Medan, Indonesia by Perak media at the invitation of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (in English: Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club) and sponsored by Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Malaysia Negeri Perak (Perak Malay Contractors Association Malaysia), Persatuan Wartawan Indonesia (PWI) Provinsi Sumatera Utara (Sumut) made a return visit to Perak for 3D/2N last week, hosted by Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Malaysia Negeri Perak (PKMM Perak).

2. President of Persatuan Wartawan Indonesia (PWI) Provinsi Sumatera Utara (Sumut), H. Hermansjah

2. President of Persatuan Wartawan Indonesia (PWI) Provinsi Sumatera Utara (Sumut), H. Hermansjah

 3. speech by host Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Bin Hj. Abdul Rahim, Chairman Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Malaysia Negeri Perak

3. speech by host Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Bin Hj. Abdul Rahim, Chairman Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Malaysia Negeri Perak

The 40 media delegates represented 19 agencies, including Harian Analisa, Mimbar Umum, Harian Waspada, Harian Koran Medan, Komisi Infomasi Publik, Harian Medan Post, Mingguan Gebrak, Radio Republik Indonesia, Medan Bisnis, Harian Berita Sore, Televisi Republik Indonesia, Radio Sonya, MNC Group (RCTI, etc), Harian Sumut Pos, Harian Realitas, Harian Andalas, GoSumut.com and Harian Sinar Indonesia Baru.

4. exchange of mementos

4. exchange of mementos

This trip was a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed in Medan two years ago between PWI Sumut and Persatuan Wartawan Muslim (PWM) Perak (Read: Perak Media Official Visit to Medan, Indonesia).

 5. exchange of mementos

5. exchange of mementos

The main objective of the MoU is to foster a closer working relationship between the press from Perak and North Sumatra, particularly in the areas of journalism and promotion of tourism.

6. exchange of mementos

6. exchange of mementos

 7. the delegates receive gifts courtesy of Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Malaysia Negeri Perak

7. the delegates receive gifts courtesy of Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Malaysia Negeri Perak

On that Medan trip, a serious discussion was held on the media’s role in the era of ASEAN Economic Community (MEA).

 8. group photo

8. group photo

The dialogue resulted in the establishment of a forum for communication between journalists from ASEAN nations, beginning with Indonesia and Malaysia.

9. lunch is served

9. lunch is served

The ten-point declaration was signed by the head of PWI Sumut H. Hermansjah and the then President of Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club (KSKMP) Wan Asrudi Wan Hasan, as well as their respective secretaries.

 10. some of the delegates take a photo in front of Terminal Amanjaya

10. some of the delegates take a photo in front of Terminal Amanjaya

In Ipoh, during an official meeting at the headquarters of PKMM Perak in Meru, its Chairman, Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Bin Hj. Abdul Rahim, stressed on the importance of unity among Malaysians and Indonesians, for the fact that citizens of the two countries share many similarities.

 11. visit to Rismart, which is run by a local journalist

11. visit to Rismart, which is run by a local journalist

He also expressed hopes that the establishment of a solid working relationship between the press fraternities of Perak and Sumut would open up more opportunities both ways.

12. visit to Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)

12. visit to Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)

With the support of PWI Sumut, Perak could very well be known to Indonesians as the destination for tourism, medical tourism, and investment.

13. briefing by MAPS official (in blue)

13. briefing by MAPS official (in blue)

To this end, it is crucial to have direct flights plying Sultan Azlan Shah Airport and Kualanamu International Airport (side note: Malindo Air ceased its Ipoh-Medan sector on 1st Oct, 2018).

14. heading towards the attractions in MAPS

14. heading towards the attractions in MAPS

15. live show at the Stunt Legends Arena

15. live show at the Stunt Legends Arena

Over 3D/2N in Perak, PWI Sumut delegates were taken on a tour of Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) to see for themselves the attractions available at this first animation theme park in Asia.

16. after the show

16. after the show

The Indonesians found MAPS impressive, especially its Stunt Legends bike and car stunt show as well as BoBoiBoy 4D Adventure. They even took time to personally enjoy the rides in the park.

17. after a show at BoBoiBoy's 4D Adventures Theatre

17. after a show at BoBoiBoy’s 4D Adventures Theatre

It was full programme for the delegates, as they were then speedily whisked off to Labu Sayong Signature for hi-tea, sponsored by Menteri Besar Perak, and supported by Tourism Perak.

18. visit to a theatre

18. visit to a theatre

Besides being feted to popular local fare of bubur anak lebah and rendang tok, the meal was made more meaningful as they dined at a traditional Perak Malay kampung house, named Rumah Kutai.

19. touring the animation theme park, largest in Southeast Asia

19. touring the animation theme park, largest in Southeast Asia

Earlier, during a brief visit to a mini handicraft centre at Terminal Amanjaya, the Indonesians were able to purchase souvenirs and also try out madu kelulut (stingless bee honey).

20. group photo

20. group photo

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, at night, it was sports time, with a friendly futsal game between members of PWI Sumut versus KSKMP and Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Ipoh Barat. The score was 10 – 2 in favour of Perakians.

 21. hi-tea at Labu Sayong Signature, hosted by Menteri Besar Perak

21. hi-tea at Labu Sayong Signature, hosted by Menteri Besar Perak

Other places that PWI Sumut visited while in Perak were Rumah Pengasih Amanjaya (drug rehabilitation centre) and DWJ Hotel, which is owned by Datuk Wira Jamaluddin.

 22. presidents of two media clubs: Rosli Mansor (L) &  H. Hermansjah (R)

22. presidents of two media clubs: Rosli Mansor (L) & H. Hermansjah (R)

Before leaving for Kuala Lumpur, head of PWI Sumut H. Hermansjah extended an invitation to PKMM Perak and KSKMP to visit North Sumatra, and to make a courtesy call on newly minted Governor, Edy Rahmayadi.

 23. Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Bin Hj. Abdul Rahim (L) presents souvenirs from Tourism Perak to Medan delegation

23. Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Bin Hj. Abdul Rahim (L) presents souvenirs from Tourism Perak to Medan delegation

Event: PWI Sumut Delegation Visits Perak To Further Strengthen Bilateral Ties
Venue: Perak, Malaysia
Date: 17th – 19th Oct, 2018

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