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Homestay Association inks 19 MoUs with Korea


January 29, 2008

Homestay Association inks 19 MoUs with Korea

The Homestay Association of Malaysia (HAM) and the Principle Association of the Republic of Korea (PARK) signed 19 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) here last night aimed at enhancing cooperation in tourism and education sectors between Malaysia and South Korea.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Tourism Ministry deputy secretary-general Ong Hong Peng and state executive councillor for tourism Maznah Mazlan.

In his speech, Ong said the MoUs would serve as the launching pad for greater collaborations in tourism and education for South Korean students through the English language training offered by the Malaysia homestay programme.

"Packaging of the homestay programme with English language training is a proposition that offers value for money, new experiences, learning other cultures and way of life and more importantly, learning English in a fun and friendly environment," he said.

Ong said South Korean students participating in the homestays would not only get to taste the local food and the family spirit of the Malaysian society, but also take part in the many festivities, celebrations and cultural events.

"These factors give added value to a satisfying, relaxing and most memorable stay at the 135 villages participating in the homestay programme throughout Malaysia," he added.

Among the MoUs signed are between PARK president Park No Won and HAM president Sahariman Hamdan; and HAM secretary Yaacob Uda with Korea-Malaysia Exchange Student consultant Bang Hueng Gyu; Kedah Homestay Association chairman Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid with Gyeonggi Girls' Commercial High School principal Lee Jong Sung; Perlis Homestay Association chairman Halim Jalid with Kyung-gi Commercial High School principal Lee Nam Ho and; Johor Homestay Association chairman Abdul Aziz Abdul Samat with Yangyang Girls' High School principal Lee Man Young.

Courtesy Bernama

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