Interview with Michael Weiss

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Photo credit: Pullman Miri Waterfront

Pullman Miri Waterfront has been opened for three months now. How is business going, especially with guests from Brunei?
The hotel’s soft opening was held on April 2nd 2016 and business has ramped up over the last two months so it’s been very good. Guests from Brunei are our single biggest market segment, especially during the weekends. And our guests from across the friendship bridge can see the Brunei flag flying proudly on our flag pole to welcome them to Pullman Miri Waterfront. The hotel hosted Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who visited during the Sarawak state election and the Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Hj Adenan bin Hj Satem. The beautiful 1000 seat Pullman ballroom also hosted the Miri City Council’s (MCC) community dinner and the International Pan Pacific Conference organised by Curtin University.

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Michael Weiss

What can we expect from Pullman Miri Waterfront for the festive season of Hari Raya?
Our culinary team will prepare a bountiful Malaysian dinner buffet featuring signature dishes such as -: slow roasted lamb with black pepper rice, freshly cooked gulai kawah displayed in big woks featuring rendang daging, ayam masak merah, kambing masak kicap, as well as bubur pedas and shawarma; grilled assorted seafood and Hainanese chicken rice will be at the live stalls. Our talented pastry chefs under the leadership of acclaimed pastry Master Chef Wildan has created the most mouth-watering Hari Raya cakes including the very special 1kg toffee date cake, date mille crepe, raya cookies and pastry Raya hampers.

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Ms Angelyna, Corporate Communications Manager of Interhill Sdn Bhd giving away Duit Rata to children from Rumah Kebajikan Hamidah Yakup witnessing is Pullman Miri Waterfront Marketing Communications Manager, Lian Pasan.

What is your vision for Pullman Miri Waterfront?
Pullman Miri Waterfront with its 328 rooms and extensive banquet and restaurant operation will hopefully become the preferred venue for upmarket entertaining and dining in Miri. This is an internationally branded hotel but one that is firmly anchored in the tradition of Sarawak hospitality, ready to welcome visitors from all over the globe. We also hope that the hotel will become the first choice of Miri residents.

What does “home” mean to you?
Home should be a sanctuary for oneself and the family. Especially in our fast and hyper-connected world our home is a place to relax and switch off in a very personal space. I personally start my day with breakfast on the terrace overlooking our garden without any gadgets and distractions. Home is also a place to spend time with close friends especially during time of celebrations such as Hari Raya. Having a BBQ with friends in the natural setting of our garden beats any gourmet dinner in a fancy restaurant.

What do you tell your friends from the West about this part of the world?
Sarawak is one of the most diverse places as far as people and nature is concerned. A lot of the traditions have been preserved and the natural graces of good neighbourhood and hospitality are alive and well in this part of the world. I always tell my friends from afar about the fascinating history of Sarawak and Brunei. It is a shining example of how to live in harmony with each other and with nature.

This article was published in the Jul-Sept 2016 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!