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Thursday, February 21, 2008

US Ambassador Visit to Sarawak

The Ambassador of the United States of America His Excellency James R. Kieth was in Kuching from 20th to 24th Feb 2008 for a familiarisation visit. During his staying in Kuching, his Excellency was taking the opportunity to meet and had a roundtable talk with NGOs, Press and Government Agencies.

He was accompanied by Mr. Daniel P Claffey a Public Affair officer and Mr. Riaz Urrahman Sadayan a Program Specialist from the Embassy office in Kuala Lumpur. While in Kuching, Apaienduq was appointed as his Liaison Officer by the Protocol Unit of the State Government.

His Excellency entourage was joined by his family on the evening of 21th Feb 2008. On the 1st day, of his first visit was to the Anglican Archbishop Right Reverend Bolly Lapok before he proceed to the Borneo Post to meet Mr Jimmy Adit, its chief editor. In the afternoon His Excellency met with invited NGOs for the roundtable talk. His roundtable talk with NGOs was organised by AZAM at the State Library. After the roundtable table His Excellency proceed to another function, to officially launched one of the 5 Lincoln Corner in Malaysia, one at the State Library. The Lincoln Corner was sponsored by the American Embassy Office. The other 4 Lincoln Corner in Malaysia were in KL, Trengganu, Penang and Sabah.

His Excellency paid a visit to the Director of State Planning Unit where he was briefed on the History and the Development of the State before His Excellency joined YB Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, State Secretary for a private lunch at Holiday Inn Kuching.

His Excellency listening to the welcome speach by YBhg. Datuk Amar Leonard Linggi Jugah, the Chairman Of Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the Welcome Dinner hosted by DCCI on the evening of 20th Feb 2008

The VVIP Guest and the Host exchanged souvenir

Day 1 of His Excellency State Visit (21 Feb 2008)

His Excellency Mr. James R. Kieth exchanged ideas with Right Reverend Bolly Lapok

The Ambassador of United States of America paid a courtesy call to Right Reverend Bolly Lapok Archbishop of Kuching and Fr. Airies Sumping Jingan at St Thomas Kuching

His Excellency meet the Press at The Borneo Post Head Quarters at Crown Tower Building

His Excellency attending a private lunch with Mr. Garawat Gala the President of Sarawak Kelabit Association cum Deputy President of the Federation of Orang Ulu Association

His Excellency listening to one of the speaker during the Raoundtable Discussion with NGOs

The Vice President of Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) Mr. Wlliam Langgong attended the Roundtable Discussion with the Ambassador

His Excellency signing a visitor book after the Launching of the Lincoln Corner at the State Library

Day 2 His Excellency State Visit (22 Feb 2008)

His Excellency James R. Kieth and Yg Bbhg. Datu Aloysius Driss listen to a briefing given by the Director of State Planning Unit Mr. Ismawi Ismuni

The Director of State Planning Unit Mr. Ismawi Ismuni exchanged souvenir with His Excellency after the State briefing at Wisma Bapa Malaysia Petra Jaya

Sarawak State Secretary, Yang Berhormat Datuk Amar Wilson Baya exchanged souvenir with His Excellency after they had a private lunch, while the Director of ICT, Mr. William Nyigor looks on

Day 3 of His Excellency State Visit (23 Feb 2008)

His Excellency and family joined other tourist and visitors to the park listening a briefing given by the Park Manager Mr. Jen Singgel

His Excellency accompanied by Apaienduq listening to Mr. Gad Sugod about the orangutan at Semenggok Wildlife Centre

His Excellency discussion with Mr. Jen Singgel while ASP Annuar and En. Suhami look on

His Excellecy and wife Jane Kieth and daughter Elizaberth at Semengok Wildlife Centre

His Excellency and his family take the opportunity to visit the Iban long house at Sarawak Culture Village on 24 Feb 2008

The Manager of Sarawak Cultural Village Mdm. Jane Lian Labang entertained His Excellency

Hee hee hee Apaienduq completed his job as Liaison Officer and received a souvenir book "Sacred Legacy" from His Excellency Mr. James R. Kieth witness by Daniel Claffey APP Officer Public Affairs and Riaz Urrahman Sadayan Program Specialist

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