MAWSPA held their 8th Annual General Meeting on Monday 18th August 2014 located at Level 5 PWTC, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

MAWSPA would like to thank fellow members for their support and assistance for the year 2013/14 and all those present for their attendance.

Members and Guests started arriving as early as 10:00 am and the meeting commenced at 11:00am with the opening speech by MAWSPA President Puan Faridah Ahmad Fadzil, followed by a presentation from MAWSPA’s invited guest Encik Roslan Salimi, Deputy Director of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resource on SLDN and PPT programme followed by 30 minutes Q&A session where members expressed their concerns and queries in regards to the topic presented.

The members then approved MAWSPA’s AGM 2013 minutes and financial statements of the association for the year 2013.  MAWSPA’s President also presented MAWSPA annual report for 203. Afterwards, the floor was opened to address member’s concerns.

The two emptied Board of Directors position since last AGM were filled by Institut Karisma, Encik Shah and Neobayu Spa, Datin Dorothea for a term continuing until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.

Lastly, members approves to reduce the current fees for associate members from five hundred ringgit to fifty ringgit to attract more to join MAWSPA. 


Members and Industry Players,

We at MAWSPA am honoured and privileged to appoint Miss Philma Navarro as our new Executive Director for MAWSPA. We would like, first of all, to sincerely thank the committee members who have put their time and effort for the excellence and recognition of profession in this industry. Recognizing the fact that a committee member’s role is strictly voluntary, we feel the need to have a constant figure that can be contacted at all time for association matters.

Miss Philma Navarro was previously part of MAWSPA committee member representing Kaki-Kaki Reflexology. She has worked tirelessly alongside MAWSPA’s committee members and having her as a part of MAWSPA makes us feel that she will bring more to this constant moving industry


Philma’s main roles as the Executive Director of MAWSPA are to focus on member’s relations and to act as liason between MAWSPA and Government agencies. Along with the secretariat, Philma will ensure the smooth running of the association while representing MAWSPA’s committee members and the association to the fullest. With Miss Philma as our new Executive Director we believe that we can strive and expect more achievements in thefuture to come. We as an association will work together to ensure that we will find the solutions for existing matters and help the industry to expand further.


We believe that with support and cooperation from all of the industry players and by the help of our new appointed executive director we will succeed in this endeavour in many years to come.


For association matters, Miss Philma Navaro can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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On March 18th 2014, MAWSPA held its very first high tea “Meet & Mingle”. The event which took place on the Tuesday afternoon for 4 hours, were joined by MAWSPA members, its committee and important spa and wellness industry personnels. Held in a cozy Victorian style Top Hat Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, the event was indeed an ideal occasion for spa and wellness industry players to familiarize with each other, furthermore exchanging thoughts and ideas regarding the business.

Guests started arriving as early as 1:30pm before the opening speech by MAWSPA honorary secretary Ms Ayu Mudiasih started, which was then followed by a welcoming speech by President Pn Faridah Fadzil. Vice president Dr Baskaran acted as the master of ceremony for the event. During the President’s speech, every guests were briefed thoroughly about every programs and events which took place under the name of MAWSPA in 2013 and also the upcoming events for 2014.

We at MAWSPA are pleased to welcome Professor Dr Gerry Bodeker who is a senior clinical lecturer in public health from the University of Oxford Medical School and research associate at the Oxford Centre for International Development to join us during this event. Professor Dr Gerry Bodeker wrote a few books on spa, health and wellness that examine management practices as well as traditional complementary and alternative medicine and healthcare and together as well as comprehensive approach to global spa management issues.  

Government officials from Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) NKEA Director Dr Sarinder Kumari and NKEA Senior Manager Ms. Rita Irina were present apart from their demanding schedule to join in and understand the hitches faced by the present members and those in the industry. Ms. Rita Irina during the Q&A session also further make clear to the guests on their concerns and the efforts taken by the ministry to improve things from time to time in the spa and wellness industry.

Team of GIATMARA Pulau Pinang arrival concluded the evening of the event for a discussion on potentials future collaboration between MAWSPA and GIATMARA. GIATMARA a non-profit institution provides skills training to the community from grassroots level to create more job openings to the trainees. Both parties left discussion table with expectations of a fruitful result.

The promising success of the High Tea “Meet & Mingle” grants more opportunity for more similar events to be held in the future!


Myanmar Spa & Wellness Forum will be held during Cosmobeauté Myanmar, on 7th June 2014 at Myanmar Convention Center, Yangon, Myanmar, with the objective to promote and advocate growth of the Spa and Wellness industry in Myanmar.


Traditionally, spa is a place where there is water for wellness function such as thermal or mineral spring. However, spas have evolved to be entities devoted to enhance overall well being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.


Hosting a total of 731,230 tourists and over 1 million in 2012, number of tourists in Myanmar is expected to increase by 30% in 2013. On the other hand, there are over 700 licensed hotels whilst government has created 11 more hotel zones in popular tourist areas. All these attributes are probably contributing towards the growth of Spa and Wellness industry as a tourist attraction and added value to the hotels.


“The land of golden pagodas – Myanmar is not only a home to 60 million residents, but also to a wealth of biodiversity thus enhancing its ability to create unique products. One of Spa and wellness trends in 2013 calls for countries to “revive precious ancient beauty and wellness secrets since this are what customers are looking for” said Madam Faridah Fadzil, President of Malaysian Association of Wellness & Spa (MAWSPA) at Cosmobeauté Myanmar Meet The Press session which was held on 27th February 2014 in Yangon.


Thus, with a rich heritage from major racial groups such as Bamar, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan, Myanmar is definitely the place to provide traditional beauty and wellness secrets that one can’t find in other region. Armed with all the factors and strengths, Myanmar is set for a positive growth in the Spa and Wellness industry. Renowned speakers from MAWSPA will be invited to share their knowledge on 2 main dimensions: Opening a Spa; Concept Development & Menu Creation and Managing A Successful Spa Business during the Myanmar Spa & Wellness Forum on 7th June 2014.

Mark your calendar and register now as delegate!


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Join us for a refined casual afternoon with people in the spa industry and exchange ideas, concepts and recommendations over delicious homemade chicken satay and snacks, and spur development of our Malaysian spa industry.

The purpose of this meet up is for us to brief on forthcoming MAWSPA 2014 exciting goings-on and developments.

If you will like to invite a fellow industry player, please contact MAWSPA Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call+603 8023 4528. Grab this opportunity at its finest and let us take a day off to meet and mingle in a relaxed and comfortable environment with like-minded people in the Spa & Wellness industry.



MAWSPA's Annual General Meeting was held on 21st March 2013 and we had an election for new Committee Member for terms 2013-2014. Below is the current list of Committee:


Ms. Faridah Ahmad Fadzil

Tanamera Tropical Spa Sdn Bhd


Dr. Baskaran Kosthi

Ishan Malaysian Spa


Ms. Orni Yusniza

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa


Ms. Ayu Mudiasih

Cemara Ayu Sdn Bhd


Mr. CP Saw

ECMI Trade Fairs S.E.A Sdn Bhd


 Madam Stella Hong

Stella-In International Advance Aesthetics Academy

 Ms. Ean Loo

Reborn Foot Reflexology

 Mr. Jeyathevan

Samkkya Naturo-Ayur (M) Sdn Bhd

 Mr. Gary Soh

Banyan Spa

 Mr. Eddie Abdullah

Rafflesia Spa Sdn Bhd

 Ms. Philma Navarro

Kaki-Kaki Reflexology Group of Companies


Rafflesia Spa Essentials (RSE), a wholesale and retail unit of Rafflesia Wellness  Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Rafflesia Spa Sdn Bhd) and a member of MAWSPA,  opened officially for business on Aug 27 at Lot B2-11, Block B, Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

On hand to grace the auspicious occasion was Yang Berhormat Datuk Masidi Manjun, State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

Speaking at the ceremony, Datuk Masidi congratulated RSE for moving from offering wellness treatment to coming out with its own product line. “It is a very commendable initiative and I hope that the company will look at the abundant  local resources and herbs  in their future production,” he encouraged.

RSE aspires to be a one-stop  wholesale and retail centre  and a consultant for those wishing to start up a spa business.  It also targets to become  a preferred choice destination for individual shoppers looking for typical spa products such as aromatherapy, natural bath gel, body scrubs and lotion, face masks, essential and fragrance oils.  The spa products are sold under the company’s very  own label, Rafflesia, a registered trademark owned by RSE.

In addition to spa products, RSE also offers spa equipment, accessories and furnishings.

A spa and wellness entity with a 2-star rating by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Rafflesia Wellness Sdn Bhd   has a Balinese-themed day spa which started operations in 2010. With the opening  of RSE, the company now has an integrated business chain.

RSE can reached at 088-448128 or 010-5883313 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Datuk Masidi (2nd right) cutting a ribbon to mark the official opening of Rafflesia Spa Essentials (RSE).  Also seen are RSE Director and Advisor, Eddie Abdullah (right), MD Shirley Hasmani Eddie (2nd left) and Director of New Business, Shahnida Eddie (left).


Registration & Arrival of Attendance

Arrival and Keynote Address from VIP

Launching of Sabah Roadshow

Tea Breaks


Datin Dorothea Justin on Foreign Labour Requirement in Sabah

Dr.Baskaran Kosthi on Spa Rebranding

Joyce Gayathree on Marketing of Your Spa

Mdm Stella & Ms. Halene on Therapist Training, Get To Know Your Centre Of Excellence

Ramuan from Your Kitchen

Herbal Tea by Ms. Joyce Gayathree

Herbal Poultice by Dr. Baskaran Kosthi

Presentation of Certificates & Group Picture

Meeting with Secretary For Internal Affairs & Research En. Moktar Yassin Ajam

Meeting with Director General of Kota Kinabalu City Hall Datuk Yeo Boon Hai


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