Thank you Universiti Malaysia Sabah for entrusting us again to design and print the 2015 Prospectus. The Prospectus also comes in a digital version distributed in the form of CDs. In line with the Eco Campus concept, the design of the prospectus comes with green and nature concept where only limited hard copies are printed. Most of the copies are distributed in CDs which is a sustainable practice to minimise hard copy, a move towards digital publishing to reduce cost and saving the environment.

Work done included design, printing, cd silkscreen printing, sleeve design and packaging, photography and digital publishing.

 

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Life is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Overlanding as the name suggests, describes undertaking a journey over land whether with your own vehicle or on your own two feet or in an overland truck with other people. The essence of overlanding, no matter what your mode of transport, is that the journey is what is important, not the destination.

The beauty of overland travel is that you get to see and experience parts of a country or continent that would be very difficult to access, if not impossible without a vehicle. You get the opportunity in meeting new people, or simply after an affordable way to travel from one stunning location to another, an overland trip will cover the best highlights, national parks and adventure travel activities that the location has to offer.

But overall, overlanding is more about your attitude. You need all the usual attributes to enjoy travel. You need an open mind, to be tolerant of other people, a sense of humour and you must relish the idea of foreign places and unusual situations. By nature there is a lot of camping involved which makes it a cost-effective way to travel. If you enjoy camping in the open, sitting around a campfire, looking out of the window at different scene every day, and don’t mind skipping a shower every now and then, overlanding is for you.

Once you have completed building your dream overland 4WD, the next question is how do you bring your vehicle to Malaysia? The first is to drive it through the Thailand border in Peninsular Malaysia or Singapore and the other is by shipping your vehicle first into Malaysia by sea. All shipments into Malaysia will need to be shipped to Port Kelang in Peninsular Malaysia before a transhipment to other ports. So bringing your vehicle to Sabah means you have to ship your vehicle to Port Kelang and later a transhipment to Port of Kota Kinabalu.

GET YOUR ATA CARNET (VEHICLE PASSPORT) BEFORE LEAVING YOUR COUNTRY

A carnet (pronounced car-nay) is a simple customs document, which acts as a passport for your motor vehicle when you take it overseas. It allows you to temporarily import your vehicle for a limited period of time without the need to pay cash at the border, equivalent to the customs duty and other excise taxes. It helps to save time and hassle when dealing with customs officers at international borders.

The vehicle, to which the carnet refers, once having been granted temporary importation status, must be removed from the country within the time limit imposed by that country. If it is not, the country will be paid all duties and taxes that would normally be required to permanently import the vehicle.

The use of a carnet is an alternative to leaving cash security deposits with foreign governments. Use of the carnet is restricted to the countries listed on the back cover and it is valid for one year from the date of issue. There are currently 85 countries worldwide accepting carnets including Malaysia. To find out the list of countries accepting ATA Carnets, please visit: http://www.atacarnet.com/carnet-countries

HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR ATA CARNET?

You must apply to a member of the AIT/FIA carnet network, which guarantees to Customs’ authorities around the world payment of customs duties on motor vehicles, temporarily imported for touring purposes.  Generally this means your local Automobile Association or in the case of American’s The US Council for International Business. You will be asked to fill in an application form and supply relevant information about your vehicle (along with proof, like a vehicle registration document). You will also need to pay an administration fee, the cost of the carnet and often a deposit, which will be refunded after the carnet is discharged. To find out who issues ATA Carnet in your respective countries, please visit: http://www.atacarnet.com/non-us-carnet-applications

With all this information the issuing organisation will then estimate the value your vehicle and calculate the highest level of duty payable in all of the countries you plan to visit. The level of duty payable varies considerably from country to country and is usually based on the value of the vehicle, plus a percentage. For example for  a USD10,000 value vehicle going to a destination country that requires 150% duties, the carnet bond will be USD15,000.

As a surety to the carnet bond, you will need to provide security to the Carnet issuing organisation which can be done is three ways.

  1. Leave the required bond deposited in a sealed bank account.
  2. Get your bank to cover the amount of bond against some kind of collateral (money, property or shares).
  3. Pay an insurance premium to underwrite the cost of the bond (usually between 3 to 5% of the bond). You will be required to fill in an application form and submit various documents.

When you have sufficiently covered your bond you will be issued with a carnet, which will be valid for one year from the date of issue.  The cost of your carnet will vary depending in which country you apply and also whether you choose to pay the full amount of the bond upfront or whether you choose to use an insurance company to underwrite the amount of the bond. Please consult your local ATA carnet issuing organisation in your respective countries for more information.

HOW DOES THE CARNET DOCUMENT LOOK LIKE?

tum-carnetThe carnet form consists of these parts:

  1. Front green cover – holder/user & country information. The front of the green cover includes the Holder (Owner of the goods) Information and lists all the ATA Carnet countries. It must not be altered or amended in any way.
  2. Back green cover – carnet General List of merchandise & equipment. This list cannot be amended but it is possible to travel with partial shipments.
  3. Yellow, white & blue certificate sets – counterfoils & vouchers. Counterfoils are the control documents of the holder and remain with the carnet. Vouchers are the control document of customs and are removed by customs.

WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED?

International Driving Permit (IDP) – This permit is a multilingual booklet that is basically a translation of your driving licence into various common languages like French, Japanese and Arabic. Although it is rarely asked for, it is required in certain countries and as it contains your photograph it is quite useful as a further piece of documentation to show border officials. It is easily obtained, for a small fee, from your National Automobile Association.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR VEHICLE ARRIVES IN MALAYSIA

When your vehicle arrives or enters Malaysia, you will need to:-

  1. Produce your ATA Carnet documents to the Malaysia Customs to process. Once accepted by the Malaysian customs, your vehicle will be exempted from Malaysian customs duties subject to the validity period of your ATA Carnet.
  2. Produce your International Driving Permit (IDP) so you could drive on Malaysian roads.
  3. Apply for your International Circulation Permit (ICP) issued by the Road Transport Authority of Malaysia where this document is a temporary permit for foreign registered vehicles for tourist wishing to drive in Malaysia. Each ICP is valid for 90 days only. Depending on the validity of your ATA carnet, you can renew your ICP for a further 90 days. To apply for your ICP, you will need an ATA carnet, your IDP, purchase local Malaysian Motor Insurance for the period of your stay and complete a declaration form.tum-icp

For a processing fee of RM150, the Automobile Association of Malaysia can assist you to process/renew your ATA Carnet upon arrivals usually within 1 business day. You could also purchase your Malaysian motor insurance from them. They can be contacted at:

Automobile Association of Malaysia
225 Block 4, No 7 Persiaran Sukan, Laman Seri Business Park
Section 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan
GPS Coordinate: 3.086179, 101.550544
Tel:        03-5511 1932 (General Line)
Fax:       03-5511 2519
E-mail: mru@aam.org.my  Web: www.aam.org.my
Office Hours:    Mon-Fri: 9.00am – 5.30pm , Sat: 9.00am – 1.00pm, Sun/Public Holiday : Closed

THE BORNEO EXPEDITION – EXPERIENCE BORNEO LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the very Best of Sabah has to offer in the upcoming THE BORNEO EXPEDIITON event from November 29 to Dec 6 this year. This expedition is opened to anyone who has an interest to discover the island of Borneo through 4WD overlanding. This year’s route and itinerary will cover the best locations Sabah has to offer covering jungle trekking to the lost world to visit the former Camel Trophy camp (built by the Camel Trophy team in 1993), river cruise in search of wildlife, paddle the Padas River,  trek to the best waterfalls, take the most nostalgic train ride (only train line in Borneo which remained very much the same since 1993), join a charity event at a remote village and get to know the ancestral guardian of the caves!

To capture the true spirit of the Camel Trophy and as a tribute to the Land Rover Defender, schedule to end in production this year, this first edition of this event is exclusively for Land Rover vehicles. At least 3 units of Camel Trophy replicas owned by passionate Camel Trophy enthusiast will be joining the expedition. You are most welcomed to dress your Land Rover for the occasion. A full sand glow yellow coloured convoy of Land Rovers will be a dream come true!!

We wish you a wonderful journey and hope to see you soon in Malaysia!

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE VISIT: WWW.THEBORNEOEXPEDTION.COM

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Paid a visit today to YM Dato’ Seri Tengku Dr. Zainal Adlin, Chairman of Sabah Parks Board of Trustees to hand him the latest print of Mount Kinabalu after the Sabah quake. Also wish to thank YM Dato’ Seri for his acceptance to become the Organising Chairman and Patron of The Borneo Expedition, a 4WD event to retrace the Camel Trophy 1993 route to be held from November 29 to December 6th this year.

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The concept of The Borneo Expedition is to develop, document and promote sustainable overland routes in the Borneo Island. Each expedition is designed to provide exhilarating experience to participants with breathtaking views of Borneo’s geological, ecological, historical landscapes and cultures has to offer to the world!  Convoy size will also be kept less than 30 vehicles to enhance convoy team spirit and most importantly to preserve the environment through sustainable green lane practices. The mission is to promote Borneo as an EXOTIC OVERLANDING TOURISM DESTINATION in the global market.

RETRACING THE 1993 CAMEL’S TRAIL

To get the inaugural project rolling, what better way than to roll back in time to retrace the most legendary 4WD event of the century, the Camel Trophy. The Camel Trophy was held in the island of Borneo for 3 editions; the Borneo edition in 1986, the Sabah-Malaysia edition in 1993 and the Kalimantan edition again in 1996.  The Camel Trophy has in fact inspired many offroading events in this region.  To make this inaugural event more meaningful, former Camel Trophy participants and 4WD legends whom has been part of this legendary event in Borneo are invited to join us on this first edition of The Borneo Expedition themed “Retracing the 1993 Camel’s Trail”.

To recapture the true spirit of the Camel Trophy and as a tribute to the Land Rover Defender, schedule to end in production this year, this first edition of this event is exclusively for Land Rovers vehicles.  At least 3 units of Camel Trophy replicas owned by passionate Camel Trophy enthusiast will be joining the expedition. Participants are also most welcomed to dress their Land Rover for the occasion. A full sand glow yellow coloured convoy of Land Rovers will be a dream come true!!  To add in the fun, an exclusive line of expedition attires, convoy vehicle decals and adventure gears will also be designed for participants.

This year’s route and itinerary will cover the best locations Sabah has to offer covering jungle trekking to the lost world to visit the former Camel Trophy camp (built by the Camel Trophy team in 1993), river cruise in search of wildlife, paddle the Padas River,  trek to the best waterfalls, take the most nostalgic train ride (only train line in Borneo which remained very much the same since 1993), join a charity event at a remote village and get to know the ancestral guardian of the caves!

PUBLICATION OF A COFFEE TABLE BOOK

After the event, a coffee table book of each expedition will be published detailing the beautiful destinations that were visited, the crew, the vehicles, the participants and detailed route maps, permits, entrance fees for overland enthusiasts who wish to revisit the routes in the future. Each participant will get a copy of the beautifully illustrated coffee table book to keep for memories and more importantly, this book will be distributed worldwide to promote overland tourism for the island of Borneo.

Wish to welcome and thank YM Dato’ Seri Tengku’s generous support toward The Borneo Expedition!

Please visit our website at: www.theborneoexpedition.com more complete information.

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GREETINGS FROM THE BORNEO EXPEDITION!

Let’s start by introducing myself.  From the humble beginnings of working as a creative director, to photographer, to photojournalist, to publisher during the last 15 years, my passion for 4WD expedition has started only 6 years ago by an invitation to join Borneo Safari as an event photographer in 2009/2010.  I was engaged as Borneo Safari’s event promoter for the years 2011 to 2014 and it has propelled Borneo Safari to become one of the biggest offroading event in South East Asia in recent years.

With the advancement of the digital age,  the world is getting smaller, the environment is getting more vulnerable, friendships and families ties are getting closer, borders are no longer limits, communication is just a finger touch away, the construction of the new Pan Borneo highway linking the west coast of Borneo and the new ferry terminal linking Sabah and Pahlawan Island of the Philippines are all new milestones for the Borneo Island.  The opportunity to discover the true beauty of the Borneo Island through overlanding has really inspired me to start this project.

The core value of The Borneo Expedition is to develop, document and promote sustainable overland routes in the Borneo island. Each expedition comprises of an exhilarating experience designed to promote key destinations of significant geological, ecological, cultural and historical importance. A coffee table book of each expedition will be published detailing the beautiful destinations that were visited, the crew, the vehicles, the participants and detailed route maps for overland enthusiasts who wish to revisit the routes in the future. Each participant will get a copy of the beautifully illustrated coffee table book to keep for memories and more importantly, this book will be distributed worldwide to promote overland tourism for the island of Borneo.

The Borneo Expedition does not cover extreme hardcore off-road activities but do not rule out the occasional Grade 3 mud crossings or Grade 4 winching and river crossings which are the core of 4WD driving fun! Routes are developed not to destroy your vehicles or the environment but rather to enable you to really enjoy driving within a safety margin for the participants.  Participants will be treated with breathtaking views of Borneo’s geological, ecological, historical landscapes and cultures has to offer to the world! Convoy size will also be kept less than 30 vehicles to enhance convoy team spirit and most importantly to preserve the environment through sustainable green lane practices.

To get the inaugural project rolling, what better way than to roll back in time to retrace the most legendary 4WD event of the century, the Camel Trophy. The Camel Trophy was held in the island of Borneo for 3 editions; the Borneo edition in 1986, the Sabah-Malaysia edition in 1993 and the Kalimantan edition again in 1996.  The Camel Trophy has infact inspired many offroading events in this region.  To make this inaugural event more meaningful, former Camel Trophy participants and 4WD legends whom has been part of this legendary event in Borneo are invited to join us on this first edition of The Borneo Expedition  themed “Retracing the 1993 Camel’s Trail”.

To capture the true spirit of the Camel Trophy and  as a tribute to the Land Rover Defender, schedule to end in production this year, this first edition of this event is exclusively for Land Rovers vehicles. At least 3 units of Camel Trophy replicas owned by passionate Camel Trophy enthusiast will be joining the expedition. You are most welcomed to dress your Land Rover for the occasion. A full sand glow yellow coloured convoy of Land Rovers will be a dream come true!!  To add in the fun, an exclusive line of expedition attires, convoy vehicle decals and adventure gears will also be designed for participants.

This year’s route and itinerary will cover the best locations Sabah has to offer covering jungle trekking to the lost world to visit the former Camel Trophy camp (built by the Camel Trophy team in 1993), river cruise in search of wildlife, paddle the Padas River,  trek to the best waterfalls, take the most nostalgic train ride (only train line in Borneo which remained very much the same since 1993), join a charity event at a remote village and get to know the ancestral guardian of the caves! Are you ready for an adventure this November?

Corporate companies, government agencies and NGOs partners who wished to join us on this promotional campaign are most welcomed!  To achieve our goals, your organisation’s support & sponsorship are highly needed for the success of our event to  promote Borneo as an EXOTIC OVERLANDING TOURISM DESTINATION in the global market. As always, we are very excited to work with your organisation for branding partnerships and with our experience, you can be rest assured that your brand values will be well elevated.

Come join us on this fun filled occasion to document, retrace the camel’s trail and visit some of the best adventure and nature destinations Sabah has to offer!

Thank you.

JOHN KONG

EVENT DIRECTOR

Please visit our event website at: www.theborneoexpedition.com for complete information.

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Today John paid an official visit to YB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Manjun, the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah today to present him the Best of Kinabalu Park Book which the Minister has  written a wonderful  foreword:-

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Picture: From Left, Ms Hana Harun (Marketing & Communications Manager, Sabah Tourism Board), Pn Mariam Omar Matusin (Deputy Permanent Secretary, MOTCE), Mr. Ginun Yangus (Permanent Secretary, MOTCE), YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, John Kong and Cassandra Chin (Sales Manager, EBiz Design & Communications)

“There have been publications on Kinabalu Park from easy-to-read brochures to everyday guide books and massive coffee table books. This condensed version of a pictorial guide and travel book is an excellent endeavor to highlight the best of Kinabalu Park through stunning images and candid descriptions.

I would like to express my thanks to the photographer and publisher of “The Best of Kinabalu Park” for taking this initiative to show not only the best but also the unexplored and rarely seen images of this amazing nature reserve and its stand out feature, Mount Kinabalu.

Tourism has always been a mainstay of Sabah’s economy and it is important to keep it fresh and exciting to encourage more visitors with the diverse interests to come here. Photography is one aspect that we can take advantage of as Sabah is blessed with an abundance of captivating features such as its geographical landscape, biodiversity, people and cultures.

With 160 pages of high-quality photographs, this book is a fantastic resources to appreciate the splendour of Kinabalu Park and its natural features. It would also be a much valued gift to inspire the inner photographer and traveller in you.”

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John also presented to the Minister a 5 feet wide print personally selected by YB Datuk Masidi of the Mesilau River which was captured before the earthquake on June 5th this year.  John also briefed the Tourism Minister of his current projects which included the documentation of the changed landscapes of  Mount Kinabalu after the June 5th earthquake.

To find out more about the book please visit: http://www.johnlkong.com/books-publications/

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