Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia (DID) has organized a conference entitled “ International Symposium: Management of Rivers for The Future” on 16th - 18th November 1993, in Kuala Lumpur. DID subsequently conducted another conference namely “Regional Seminar on Integrated River Basin Management” on 2 – 5th September 1996 in Malacca. 

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has organized a " National Conference on Rivers" or RIVERS' 99 on 14th - 17th October 1999 in Penang, Malaysia. DID later conducted a “National Conference on Sustainable River Basin management in Malaysia” on 13th - 14th  November 2000.



Penang "The Pearl of the Orient" lies off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The state comprises the island of Penang covering an area of about 285 sq. km and a narrow strip of approximately 760 sq. km on the mainland known as Seberang Perai (Province Wellesley) separated by a channel 3 km wide at the closest point, which are linked by the Penang Bridge and a 24-hour ferry service. Penang has an equatorial climate with fairly uniform temperatures throughout the year, which is warm and welcoming, ranging between 22°C to 32°C.
Penang is a melting pot of culture; with a population of one million, which represents a happy mix of the major races found in Malaysia with Malays, Chinese and Indians. There are also Arabs and Eurasians, the latter being a result of inter-racial marriages. However Chinese have a tremendous presence in this island. Its multi-racial population contributes to a wealth of cultural attractions and festivals for visitors to bring home memories of happy times in Penang. As it is, one is exposed to a variety of cultural experiences, which give the island an added touch of colour. Many of the lifestyles of the people are inevitably reflected as one passes through serene Malay kampongs surrounded by fruit plantations, rubber estates and padi fields; the bustling Chinatown at Lebuh Kimberley and Lebuh Acheeh; and 'Little India' at Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling.
Penang has been long known as one of Southeast Asia’s finest destinations. This bustling metropolitan city combines the best of east and west as seen in its fascinating collects, on of fine old buildings, each bearing the stamp of different foreign influences in its colorful history. Much of its charm also lies in its outstanding beaches and exotic sights, which are ideal for all types of water sports. Along its beaches, resorts of international standards have sprouted up offering full facilities for rest and recreation. As fabulous as its beaches are, some of Penang's deeper mysteries should also have made it one of the most popular destinations in the region.
Blessed with such a great variety of food that it is often said that Penangites don't eat to live; they live to eat. Hawkers’ stalls offering diverse selection of local fare are in abundance. Nasi Kandar, Satay (skewered marinated meat pieces), Laksa (noodles in spicy sour soup), Hainanese Chicken Rice, Popiah and Rojak are sumptuous treats just some of Penang.

[Source : Tourist Development Corporation of Malaysia]


       21st - 23rd September 2004 @ Mutiara Beach Resort, Penang, Malaysia