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Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab

Director General of Tourism Malaysia

Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab is a driving force behind the country’s rapidly growing tourism industry today, and it all stemmed from a youthful penchant for visiting new places, seeing amazing sights and experiencing different cultures.

The current Director General of Tourism Malaysia has spent most of his professional career promoting the Malaysia brand and enticing people all over the world to visit this vibrant multi-cultural nation. It was a path chosen long ago.

Growing up in the small town of Bagan Serai in Perak’s northern Kerian district, he was a member of the scout movement and would often go for camping trips and cycling excursions. His parents also frequently travelled around the country, and took him along.

“I developed an interest for travelling and nature, and that gave me an idea of what kind of profession I would choose after finishing school. I wanted something to do with travel,” he recalls.

Upon completion of his Senior Cambridge, he pursued his tertiary studies at UiTM, earning a Diploma in Tourism Administration, followed by a Degree then Masters in Business Administration.

He started off with a short stint as a contract manager of a motor trading company, before joining the then Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) in 1982 as an assistant director in its develoment and project management division.

Mirza then served as Director of the corporation’s Frankfurt office in Germany, overseeing promotional activities in Europe, followed by a similar posting as director of the Tokyo office in Japan. After 14 years in these posts, he was elevated to Director of the International Promotion Division.

He became Deputy Director General of Tourism Malaysia in 2004, and finally Director General in 2006. In all, he has served under 7 Tourism Ministers, and seen a paradigm shift in global travel and hospitality trends.

“When I started, the industry was very Euro-centric, and most tourists came from Europe or Australia. Back then, China, India or ASEAN countries weren’t regarded as a major source of tourism.”

“Things have since changed, and tourism today is very regional, with ASEAN now the focus. And Malaysia, being centrally located, gets a lot of interest from Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand and also China. “

“The brand is everything. We have added value to the name by adding ‘Truly Asia’ 15 years ago, to tell the world they can find a little sample of the continent, in Malaysia – a place where diverse peoples practice their own cultures and lifestyles, all living together in harmony and building the country.”

The country on track to achieve its target of 36 million tourists by 2020 under the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Programme, and hopes to generate RM168billion in revenue, more than double the current figure.

“When it comes to value of services, from hotels to shopping and food and beverage, Malaysia is one of the most attractive places in the world for that,” Mirza notes.

With tourism being an industry that deals with good times, his ascent through the ranks at Tourism Malaysia has been memorable. In particular, he fondly remembers the Visit Malaysia years in 1990, 1994, 2007 and 2014.

But there has also been frustration, like when tragedies happen. All it takes is one untoward incident, often beyond their control, to dissuade people from visiting.

“In 2014 for example, we were geared up to achieve a target of 28 million visitors. But then there were air tragedies, massive flooding, and security incidents. When these happen, you have to double your efforts to overcome it as quickly as possible,” adds Mirza.

He is confident the industry will continue to grow. The country is on track to achieve its target of 36 million tourists by 2020 under the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Programme, and hopes to generate RM168billion in revenue, more than double the current figure.

While he has never thought of quitting tourism and doing other things, he would like to share his knowledge and experience with the younger generations so they can also venture into the industry better prepared to face its challenges in the years to come.

“The young who wish to go into the tourism industry needs to know there is a lot of backend and behind the scenes work going on. One must be ready to operate from the back, before finally enjoying the fruits of being in front.“

“Every holiday period or festive season, one needs to sacrifice their own holidays, to ensure visitors enjoy theirs. Your holiday will have to come later, perhaps when you retire!” quips the father of three, who has been married for 22 years.

“Tourism is an industry of the future, and one of the fastest growing in the world. In years to come, technology, economy and security advancements will bring the world closer, and lead to more people travelling.”

“And that will help bridge peoples. For by appreciating and understanding each other’s cultures, and working together towards a common goal, we can all build society and make the world a better place to live.”

说拿督Mirza   Mohammad   Taiyab是马来西亚旅游业飞跃发展的原动力一点也不为过,而这一切仅是源于一名爱好四处游览,感受迷人景点与体验不同文化的年轻的心。


在霹雳州北部Kerian区的 Bagan Serai 小镇长大,他是童子军活跃的一员,经常参与露营旅行和骑单车游览,而双亲更是带着他走遍世界许多国家。

















Penang Medical College 槟城医药学院

Your well-being in their capable hands 你的幸福掌握于他们精练手心

When the Class of 2016 graduates in the next few months, they will bring their passion to the healthcare system worldwide.

After almost 5 years of academic achievements, the students have grown into doctors. They were first trained in Ireland at either the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) or University College Dublin (UCD), two award- winning, world-renowned medical universities.

EZMY41-CoverTheir prestigious pre-clinical studies in Ireland, is quoted as an experience of a lifetime with quality education, exemplary medical professionals as educators in state-of-the-art facilities. The students study and practice with international students from all around the world.

Now, they have almost completed their clinical training in healthcare facilities exclusively available to them with the help of some of the leading medical professionals in the country involved in state, national or regional initiatives and policies.

The faculty in Penang enhances their educational experience and encourages them to change lives wherever they are. Their contribution to the underprivileged shows their passion for serving society.

Voluntarily collaborating with local private hospitals, food sponsors and charity drives, the Community Outreach Society (COS) and faculty-led initiatives drive outreach activities and health camps to underprivileged groups around the country.

The students visit old folk’s homes for the abandoned, Down syndrome children homes, free clinics for the impoverished and frequent visits to orang asli villages in the interior areas of Perak and Kedah.

Their Rohingya Readers programme runs on fortnight Saturdays is to promote the importance of learning and education among the Rohingya children. The one-on-two tuition is tailored to the children to allow them to achieve their true potential or uncover hidden talents. The students hope to provide these children with living skills and health education to feel empowered to run their lives and establish themselves in society.

This batch of students have the passion to open up a world of effective and positive change among the people they work with and all for a better future. The network of communities spans from Ireland, Malaysia and across the globe.

In the weeks before their final semester, the students traversed countries as far away as Nepal, India, Cambodia and Vietnam while others took to experience healthcare systems in Cannes, USA, New Zealand and Australia. They have acquired skills for global impact.

Doctors in hospitals already recommend Penang Medical College for the Irish Medical Degrees programme. This is the testament to the quality and capability of the PMC students, housemen and professional practicing under them in hospitals across the country.

The Class of 2016 will take us further. Their upcoming graduation will confer them with highly sought-after MB BCh BAO* medical degrees from the NATIONAL UNIVERSITY of IRELAND (NUI) and Licentiates from the RCSI and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (LRCPI). They will be sanctioned medical professionals you will look for to trust your well-being in their capable hands.

PMC Student Association (PMCSA) former president, Lee Jasmine, Class of 2016 shared this on behalf of the graduating class “Over the past few years, we have learned to look, feel, move and listen. For the coming years, we will learn to serve, to be accountable and responsible. Thus, the learning journey continues”.

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2016年的毕业生将在未来几个月后,将把他们的热情挥洒在世界前沿的医疗系统。经过近5年的学术成果,学生们已成长为医生。他们首先在爱尔兰-接受曾是2项大奖得主的大学院校、世界知名的皇家外科医学院 ( RCSI ) 或都柏林大学 ( UCD ) 培训。




另外,与当地私人医院,食品赞助商和慈善组织的合作,社区拓展学会 ( COS ) 与教师们主导的倡议推行延伸与卫生保健活动,关注全国各地弱势群体。






2016将更进一步,他们即将毕业,由爱尔兰国立大学 (NUI) 授予MB BCh BAO*医学学位,并由爱尔兰皇家外科医学院 ( RCSI )与爱尔兰皇家内科医学院 ( LRCPI ) 颁发执业证书。他们将是受到肯定的医疗专业人员,你会在他们具有能力的手上找到信任的幸福。

犹如PMC学生协会 ( PMCSA ) 前会长Lee Jasmine代表2016毕业班的发言:“在过去的几年中,我们已经学会了观看,感受,行动和倾听。在未来几年,我们将学习服务,负起责任。因此,学习旅程会将继续“。

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