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Old April 4th, 2011, 03:37 AM   #1
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SARAWAK ( Bumi Kenyalang ) | State

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Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Known as Bumi Kenyalang ("Land of the Hornbills"), Sarawak is situated on the north-west of the island. It is the largest state in Malaysia followed by Sabah, the second largest state located to the North- East.

The administrative capital is Kuching, which has a population of 579,900. Major cities and towns include Miri (pop. 263,000), Sibu (pop. 254,000) and Bintulu (pop. 176,800). As of last census (2010), the state population was 2,420,009.

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Bintulu
Kapit
Kuching
Limbang
Miri
Mukah
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Sibu
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The Football Association of Sarawak (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Sarawak) enters a team in Malaysian football competitions to represent the state of Sarawak. The team is based in Kuching, Sarawak and currently (2010) plays in the Malaysia Premier League, the second highest league in Malaysian football.
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Ground: Sarawak Stadium
Kuching, Sarawak
(Capacity: 40,000)
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Gateway for Sarawak
Kuching International Airport, Kuching



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Airlines and destinations
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    Malaysia Airlines           Bintulu, Hong Kong, Johor Bahru,
                                                Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Miri, 
                                                Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon,
                                                Sibu, Singapore, Tokyo-Haneda 

                    AirAsia                     Bintulu, Johor Bahru, 
                                                Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Miri,
                                                Penang, Sibu, Singapore

                    Firefly                     Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru

                    MASwings                    Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu,  
                                                Miri, Mukah, Mulu, Pontianak, 
                                                Sibu, Tanjung Manis

                    Hornbill Skyways            Tanjung Manis
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 Singapore
                    Jetstar Asia Airways        Singapore
                    Silkair                     Singapore

 Indonesia
                    Indonesia AirAsia           Jakarta

 Brunei
                    Royal Brunei Airlines       Bandar Seri Begawan
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 Transmile Air Services
 Neptune Air
 DHL Aviation operated by Transmile Air Services
 Gading Sari Aviation Services operated by Transmile Air Services
Bintulu Airport
Bintulu, Sarawak
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Airlines and destinations
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    Malaysia Airlines           Kuala Lumpur, Kuching
                    Air Asia                    Kuala Lumpur, Kuching
                    MASwings                    Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, Sibu
Miri Airport
Miri, Sarawak
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Airlines and destinations
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    Malaysia Airlines           Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore

                    Air Asia                    Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, 
                                                Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore

                    MASwings                    Ba'kelalan, Bario, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu,
                                                Labuan, Lawas, Limbang, Long Akah,
                                                Long Banga, Long Lellang, Long Seridan,
                                                Marudi, Mukah, Mulu, Sibu   

                    Hornbill Skyways            Kuching, Mukah, Mulu, Tanjung Manis
Mulu Airport
Mulu, Sarawak
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    MASwings                   Kota Kinabalu via Miri, Kuching, Miri
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Gunung Mulu National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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Limbang Airport
Limbang, Sarawak
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    MASwings                    Lawas, Labuan, Miri, Sibu (via Miri)

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Sibu Airport
Sibu, Sarawak




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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    AirAsia                   Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching
                    MASwings                  Kuching, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, 
                                              Kuching, Limbang, Miri
                    Firefly's KUL-SBW to commence on August 1 2011
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Hornbill Skyways
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Hornbill Skyways is a regional charter helicopter service operating in towns and rural areas in Sarawak, Malaysia. Its business idea was to provide air services to rural areas in Sarawak. Hornbill Skyways also owns 3 fixed-wing aircraft on their fleet:
1 Cessna Citation X (reportedly sold off to other operator,but still in operation)
2 Beechcraft Super King Air , One (9M-WSB) is painted in a revised livery.
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HSL completes longest under river tunnel in M’sia
Posted on April 3, 2011, Sunday
http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=114167



HIGH SPIRITS: Photo shows workers posing with the ‘Super Uncle Mole’, one
of the TBMs which arrived at the receiving shaft near the Tun Salahuddin toll
bridge. The construction team was in high spirits after completing the longest
under river tunnelling job in Malaysia at 280m.


KUCHING: Kumpulan-Nishimatsu-Hock Seng Lee consortium (KNH), the contractor for the Kuching Waste Water Management project has achieved a major technical milestone with the completion of Malaysia’s longest ever under river tunnel jacking.

The 280-metre river tunnel which runs parallel to the Tun Salahuddin toll bridge is the first of its kind in Borneo. To date, the entire tunnel system consists of more than 166 shafts and measures more than 8,000 metres in length.

“Tunnelling under a major river is a significant technical feat and we are very proud of our team,” declared KNH representative, Simon Lau.

The laser-guided Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) arrived on schedule after its arduous 280-metre journey during which its cutter head parts had to be changed three times. construction team was prepared for many eventualities during the underwater crossing.

“Fortunately, the geotechnical conditions were consistent with mostly hard rock and while this does churn through our TBM’s ‘bits’ rather quickly, it is at least predictable and stable terrain,” noted Lau.

“While we were technically well prepared for this enormous challenge, we nevertheless, were very happy to see our TBM break through into the receiving/retrieval shaft on the opposite side of the river,” added.

To complete the Sarawak river crossing, the construction team jacked a total of 92 sewerage pipes of 1.5 metre diameter into place. Construction of the deep shafts throughout the city to enable the lowering and retrieving of TBMs is now 80 per cent completed with the entire project 35 per cent completed.

Without the tunneling technology, the contractor would have to dig open trenches for the entire piping route through the city and the river crossing would have involved a costly bridge-mounted pipe and pumping station.

With the successful Sarawak River crossing, the main sewerage line now makes its final journey to the sewerage treatment plant complex near the Zecon toll in Kuching.

Once commissioned, this sophisticated facility will process the wastewater from Kuching a series of treatment stations until it is clean (Standard A) and fit for discharge. This will be a revolutionary change for the city and remove a huge source of water pollution.

Currently, sewerage or ‘black water’ was stored in septic tanks. These had to be regularly pumped out or ‘desludged’ by the local councils with solids then sent for burial and liquids discharged into waterways largely untreated.

Meanwhile, the city’s ‘grey water’, a putrid mix of soaps, chemicals, food wastes and so on generated by some half a million people, goes directly into rivers and waterways by way of the open monsoon drains.

Once the centralised waste water management system is complete, both the black and grey water will be properly treated. The main sewer line will be completed by next year with property connections within the Central Business District starting this year.
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Sarawak property prices reach steady stage
by Antonia Chiam. Posted on April 3, 2011, Sunday
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GRADUAL MOVES: Geh finds that property prices in Sarawak are gradual and
do not go up till very high, unlike in West Malaysia where houses are
becoming ‘unaffordable’.


KUCHING: The current property prices in Sarawak are good for Kuching folks to affordably buy their own houses, as the prices are quite gradual and steady.

“I encourage people who do not have their own houses yet to buy their first home now, especially young working professionals. It is important for them to start having a proper asset at a young age so that their repayment period starts early,” property development consultant Michael Geh told The Borneo Post yesterday.

He was one of the invited speakers at the technical workshop on smart property investment strategies, which was organised by the Financial Planning Association Malaysia (FPAM) Sarawak Chapter.

A regular observer of local and international property markets, Geh found that the prices here are gradual and do not go up till very high, unlike in West Malaysia where houses are becoming ‘unaffordable’.

“The market in Kuching, especially, is not speculative but very factual. In the last 20 years or so, there’s only an increase of five to 10 per cent. That is consider a good thing for potential first-time house buyers.

“After buying a house, people should take up the most suitable loan for themselves that would reduce the interest payment of the loan. For new buyers who are not sure of the workings of the property market, they should speak to certified financial planners for professional advice,” said the senior vice-president of Raine & Horne International Zaki Partners Sdn Bhd, a Kuala Lumpur-based property consultancy and valuation surveying firm.

Another property development expert from Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chin Soon, spoke on transportation policy and its impact on real estate values.

The one-day workshop attended by about 70 FPAM Sarawak members.

Meanwhile, FPAM Sarawak chairman Wee Hun Been said that the association organises technical workshops for its members twice a year.

“The workshops are accredited courses under the Securities Commission to fulfill requirements as stipulated in the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007. Also, because we organise them as an association, we are able to offer the workshops at a cheaper, non-profit price to our members,” he said.

Wee said the topic on house investment was chosen because it is currently the recommended property investment as mentioned in the latest issue of Fortune magazine.

FPAM Sarawak has around 300 members from the financial services industry, in which 60 percent are in the unit trust and remiser business while the remaining are in the banking industry.
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Kuching Marina can attract high-end tourists — Rahim
by Saiful Bahari. Posted on April 3, 2011, Sunday
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KUCHING: The Kuching Marina located near Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is a strategic spot for marine related activites, in line with upcoming development of Isthmus City around the area.

Atating this during a working visit to Kuching Marina yesterday, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Rahim Bakri elaborated that the Kuching Marina is one of the efforts by the government to fill high-end tourism needs in the state.

“High-end tourism, especially involving the yatching and boating community and clubs around the world will definitely benefit from this place, and would add up to other tourism excitement in Sarawak,” said Rahim.

He added that the potential of the area, with the building of a hotel and commercial areas around it would create a synergy and believed that the upcoming city would definitely create better economic opportunity for the people.

“The private sector can play their role to liven up this area. This marina has spots for commercial trade which I believe can offer market for yatching, angling and water sports equipment,” he pointed out.

Rahim also calls on tourism industry players to engage in related activities in the area such as river cruises, water sports activities and regattas.

The RM24 million Kuching Marina project under the Marine Department is the first ever government-owned marina in East Malaysia.

It will have 22 bays for ships where each bay can accommodate ships with a maximum length of 18 metres and minimum length of 12 metres.

Other facilities include retail lots and a clubhouse.

Since its completion in August 2009, the marina had received 72 ships, mainly from foreign countries. Other similar facilities in West Malaysia is are situated in Kuala Kedah, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Pangkor and Melaka.

Also present yesterday was State Marine Department director Wan Endok Wan Salleh.
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RM5.7bil for rural areas in Sarawak
Monday April 4, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...468&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has allocated RM5.7bil to implement various rural basic infrastructure (RBI) projects in Sarawak under the NKRA to improve basic infrastructure and in the process elevate the people's standard of living.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said by the end of the year, the rural areas of the state would have more than 700km of roads constructed.

The rural electrification scheme (RES) would benefit 12,000 households and 4,000 households would receive clean and treated water supply.

Taib said RES would increase in its coverage from the current 66% to 95% while treated water supply would increase from the current 57% to 90% by the end of 2012.

The Rural and Regional Development Ministry reported an encouraging progress nationwide in the construction of roads and provision of power supply to the rural areas under the NKRA.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government is targeting all RBI projects in Sarawak to be completed by next year and he would personally be overseeing the monthly progress.
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Govt has done well on Sarawak development, reduce poverty and create jobs
4th April, 2011
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KUCHING: The government has done well to develop the largest state, Sarawak, by improving infrastructure to expand its economy, create job opportunities as well as reduce the poverty rate.

One obvious development that was providing economic opportunities within the state is the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which aims to accelerate economic growth and improve the quality of life in Sarawak.

“SCORE has kicked-off well. Investments in Sarawak has grown more than triple in 2010 compared with 2009 and creating one million jobs,” Affin Investment Bank head of retail research, Dr Nazri Khan told Bernama.

Banking on the SCORE, Sarawak is on track to continue reaping speedier economic growth and creating 2.5 million jobs by 2020, he said.

He said this significant improvement will be further boosted by quality investments into the manufacturing, construction and services sectors at SCORE, which is a corridor, set up by the Federal and Sarawak state government for the state’s future.

Dr Nazri said the outcomes of the government’s initiatives are also clearly shown through the dramatic drop in the number of people living in poverty from 35 per cent in 1985 to five per cent in 2010.

He said although timber, oil and gas, plantation and tourism will be the key drivers for Sarawak, the challenge for the state government is to tackle the private investments and human capital development.

“Sarawak has diversified. However, the information is not so clear. The challenges are issues of transparency on economic information, broadband penetration and also equal distribution of wealth,” he said.

Therefore, Dr Nazri said the state government needs to manage the perception of the young people by providing higher education and also connectivity to ensure that they are not easily influenced by irresponsible parties.

Asked on the oil royalty, Dr Nazri said this is not an issue because the people are enjoying comfort. However, there should be a “development corporation” set up to manage oil royalty and look after the resources in order to be more transparent.

Sarawak currently receives a five per cent oil royalty from the Federal government.

However, some parties claim that Sarawak should demand for a higher oil royalty rather than funds from the Federal government.
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Firm awaiting nod for hybrid power system in Sarawak schools
By Cheryl Yvonne Achu Published: 2011/04/12
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...enSet/Article/

KUALA LUMPUR: Green Electric Sdn Bhd (GE) aims to install its GenSet hybrid system that will help supply some 440 rural schools in Sarawak with electricity, says its director for corporate and business development Kirby Lee.

"We are waiting for the government's approval since we have already done the research and tested the pilot project," he said.

The GenSet Hybrid System combines a diesel genset with the lithium-battery to provide 24-hour electricity supply.

"With the GenSet Hybrid System, remote schools can cut down the running time of the diesel gensets, hence reducing diesel consumption," said Lee.

Based on the Public Works Department's (JKR) final test report in early March this year, the pilot project at a school in Kapit, Sarawak, showed that up to 60 per cent reduction in operational cost could be achieved, while extending availability of electricity supply from 14.5 hours to 24 hours.

"This report has been sent to the Ministry of Education (MOE) to be considered, if they want to use this technology," Lee said.

The sytem was jointly developed by GE, JKR, University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and ETI Tech Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

The company yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ETI and Unimas to jointly bid for contracts to supply power via the grid system from the MOE and Ministry of Rural and Regional Development.

Currently most of the schools located in remote areas of Sarawak are not covered by the national electricity grid.

"With the installation of the GenSet Hybrid System, a school, it is estimated, can save more than RM350,000 per year," Lee said.

GE is also looking at expanding its business to Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines by 2014.

Meanwhile, under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA), the government plans to provide 24 hours of electricity to more than 140,000 households under the NKRA by 2012.

"To install the GenSet Hybrid System in Sabah and Sarawak, it is estimated RM12 billion is needed to cater to about 30 per cent area of households which is currently unsecured by an electric grid system," Lee said.

GE is a business partner and an authorised distributor of ETI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETI Tech Corp Bhd.
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Tourism Wholesale Department to be set up next year
Posted on April 12, 2011, Tuesday
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MIRI: The state government will adopt a holistic approach for the development of tourism industry through the proposed Tourism Wholesale Department.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who disclosed this said the department would oversee the overall development of tourism in the state.

He also said a sum of RM3 million would be set aside for its formation and implementation next year, when addressing the dinner and launching of the 8th annual general meeting of Miri Sarawak Bumiputera Traders Association (PBMS) here.

It would consist of sub-sections such as product development, research and development and training such as guiding and culinary courses, among others, to provide tourists with more choices and better experience while in the state.

“Knowledge is part and parcel of the tourism industry. Local folklore, history, customs and cultures are part of its attraction to satisfy curiosity. Every industry player and stakeholder should be aware and acknowledge this fact,” he said.

Taib also said that the tourism industry is not only confined to touristic activities such as sightseeing as tourists also want to know about the culture, lifestyle and history of the places they visit.

In this context, he proposed that documentation on the history, folklore and cultural aspects of certain places or towns be made.
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Hybrid system to power up S’wak rural schools
Posted on April 12, 2011, Tuesday
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SIGNED AND SEALED: (From left) Lee, Unimas vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid and ETI Tech chief technology officer Khor Yee Kwang look over the Memorandum of Understanding on the GenSet system after the signing ceremony. – Bernama photo
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Firms from China keen to invest in Sarawak
Published: 2011/04/13
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KUALA LUMPUR: Many firms from China have expressed their keen interest to invest in Sarawak in view of the high electricity power supply potential in the state, particularly from the Bakun Dam, said Malaysia Investment Development Authority (Mida)'s director general , Datuk Jalilah Baba.

She said Sarawak's huge land bank was also a good attraction for firms involved in the metal, solar cell, plantation, power and polycrystalline silicon industries.

"We receive many enquiries and are in negotiation with several Chinese companies for projects worth quite a few billion," she said at the sidelines of Invest Malaysia 2011, here yesterday.

Chinese firms only invested RM639.5 million last year compared with the total amount of RM47.2 billion investments approved.

Mida approved investment projects worth RM3.9 billion in Sarawak last year, the fourth highest in terms of total investments received by all the states after Johor, Pulau Pinang and Selangor.

Jalilah said Mida would intensify efforts to attract more companies from the Middle Eastern countries to invest in Malaysia as the current high oil price had increased their funds for investments abroad.

Unrest in the region would not impact Mida's efforts to bring in more investments from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, she said, adding that only these three countries had huge investments overseas.

The Middle Eastern firms registered RM4.6 billion worth of investments last year in the biotechnology, food, textile and metal-based sectors.

"This year we are more upbeat as the climate in the country is getting better due to the Government Transformation Programme and Economic Transformation Programme," she said. - Bernama
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Rajang Port Authority’s profit after tax hits RM10 million
by Danny Wong. Posted on April 11, 2011, Monday
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SIBU: Rajang Port Authority has been witnessing increased profitability over the last four decades, with last year’s profit after tax reaching almost RM10 million.

Revealing this, its chairman Vincent Goh said it had grown from a conservative capacity handling of 600,000 tonnes in 1971 to over five million tonnes last year.

“Containers handled had recorded an encouraging figure of over 80,000 TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units),” he disclosed at a press conference held at the Rajang Port Authority here, after launching a blood donation campaign as part of activities undertaken to celebrate the port’s 40th anniversary thsi year.

Also present was the port’s general manager Helen Lim.

Goh, who is the incumbent for the Pelawan state seat, said throughout the port’s 40 years of operations, it had undergone quite a significant transformation. The port merely handled a total of 646,732 tonnes of cargo in 1971, most of which consisted of general and break bulk at its Sibu centre as well as some petroleum products at Sungai Merah.

From there, he said, it went through a decade of rationalisation and consolidation of its facilities, pointing out “that was when its Sarikei centre and Bintangor centre were constructed and its Sibu operation expanded,” he said.

In the 80s, Rajang Port Authority focused on the upgrading of its shore facilities where the works included a further extension to its transit shed in Sarikei, as well as upgrading of its Bintangor centre and its Sungei Merah Oil Jetty.

With the advent of ‘containerisation’, the port had continued to expand and upgrade its facilities with the construction of a container yard at the Sibu centre. Its fifth centre at Tanjung Manis was completed in 1997.

“It is very timely now to give thanks to all that had made Rajang Port what it is today,” Goh highlighted. “We celebrate 40 years of Rajang Port and its continuing journey of growth. Furthermore, we choose to celebrate it with all who have given impact to the port, as well as those who have been impacted by the port.”

“And that practically means everyone. As such, we in Rajang Port Authority would like to give back. The celebration will run over a period of about a month, starting with our cleaning and recycling campaign in the port’s compound.

In conjunction with the celebration, the port’s other upcoming programmes and activities would also include visits and contributions to the Sibu Benevolent Society, Sibu Kidney Foundation and the Association for Children with Special Needs, luncheon reception with the children of the Methodist Children’s Home, as well as talks on health and first aid, etiquette and that to be given by the Malaysia Prevention of Corruption Commission.
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Ministry to upgrade Panchor Hot Spring – Dawos
Posted on April 12, 2011, Tuesday
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HEALING POWERS:
Dawos pointing to the hot spring earmarked for upgrading.


KUCHING: Malaysian Tourism Ministry is committed to upgrading Panchor Hot Spring as it has huge tourist potential. It is set to become a favourite domestic attraction for weekend picnickers.

The natural hot spring is said to contain medicinal elements that can heal diseases as well as improving an individual’s general well being. All one needs to do is to soak in the hot spring.

“The upgrade will cover the existing facilities of the area such as the toilet, changing rooms, hot water pond, as well as the tourist information counter,” said deputy minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit when launching the upgrading project.

Dawos said the ministry had already taken steps to upgrade the facilities of Homestay Kampung Belimbing under the Ninth Malaysian Plan.

“A total of RM100,000 has been channelled to Kampung Belimbing that is famous for its handicraft and finger food,” said Dawos, adding that the upgrading of tourist facilities would give the locals business opportunities.

“They (locals) should start their business by selling drinks or handicrafts which reflect the rich culture of the village,” he said, while urging residents to take the opportunity to make extra income.

“However, I am glad that the initiative of the villagers here has brought this hot spring into life. So let us all take care of the upgraded facilities for the sake of the villagers as well as future generations,” he added.
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Bakun Hydroelectric Dam
Impounds Balui River
Locale Sarawak, Malaysia
Length 750 m (2,461 ft)
Height 205 m (673 ft)
Installed capacity 2,400 MW
Opening date 2010
Once completed:
- Bakun Dam will be the tallest concrete faced rockfill dam (CFRD) in the world.
- Bakun Lake will be the biggest lake in Malaysia by storage volume.
- Bakun Lake will be the largest lake in Malaysia by surface area, even though it is not apparent on the map, due to the sliver shape of the various lake tributaries, as a result of location in the highland valleys.
- Bakun Power Station will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Malaysia, surpassing the currently largest Pergau Dam's power station in Malaysia.
- Bakun submarine power cable will be the longest in the world, surpassing the current Norway to Netherland submarine cable.

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Bakun hydro project to be joint venture
By JACK WONG Wednesday April 13, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...3&sec=business


From left: Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Tokuyama vice-president Toshiki
Nakamura, Press Metal chairman Datuk Paul Koon, State Planning Unit
director Datuk Ismawi Ismuni and State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohammad
Morshidi Abdul Ghani after the signing.


KUCHING: The Bakun hydro dam, which is expected to produce its first 300MW in three months, will become a joint venture between the Federal and Sarawak governments, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He did not, however, reveal what would be Sarawak government's stake in the dam, which could produce up to 2,400MW when fully operational.

The dam is now owned by the Federal Government through Finance Minister Inc.

The Sarawak government has offered to take over the dam's ownership for RM7bil after the Federal Government agreed to sell it last year as the plan to transmit the electricity to the peninsula via underwater submarine cables was scrapped.

“The Prime Minister has assured me and the state government that all the Bakun power will be given to industries in Sarawak,'' Taib said at the signing of power purchase agreement (PPA) term sheet between state-owned Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) and four major investors in energy-intensive industries in Samalaju Industrial Park in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) here yesterday.

The four investors were Press Metal Bhd, Japan's Tokuyama Corp, Hong Kong-based Asia Minerals Ltd and Singapore's OM Materials, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Press Metal will set up a new aluminium smelter while Asia Minerals and OM Materials will each invest in a manganese smelter. Tokuyama's plant will produce polycrystalline silicon for solar panels.

Taib said the 944MW Murum dam project, now under development by SEB, would be operational in 2014, and that more dams would be built.

“For the (proposed) Baram and Pelagus dam projects, all the technical studies have been done. The Baram dam project will be a joint venture with Brunei.

“We (Sarawak) will have 6,000MW to 7,000MW (hydro power) by 2020,” he added.

The proposed Baram dam in northern Sarawak is expected to generate about 1,000MW while the Pelagus dam in the upper reaches of the Rejang River basin, where the Bakun and Murum dams are located, will generate about 900MW.

SEB, which has plans to develop several smaller dams, will export electricity to Brunei and Sabah.

Taib said the state had some 500,000 coal resources which could be exploited to produce electricity.
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Tsunami warning system in Miri, Mukah, Kuching
by Saiful Bahari. Posted on April 15, 2011, Friday
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KUCHING: The National Tsunami Early Warning System, which was established in the wake of the Aceh Tsunami in 2005, will provide a 12-minute early warning especially in Miri, Mukah and Kuching in the worst-case scenario of a tsunami disaster.

The three locations, which have greater possibility to be hit by big waves generated from an earthquake, will greatly benefit from the system that is similar to those being used by the Japanese Meteorology Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PWTC).

Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Fadillah Yusof revealed this in a press conference after launching the Sarawak Meteorology Office headquarters at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama on Wednesday.

According to Fadillah, Miri, Mukah and Kuching could be exposed to tsunami should an area called Manila Trench in the Philippines be hit by an earthquake beyond eight in the Richter scale, which is, according to him, on a ‘worst case scenario’ basis.

“A siren is located in Miri at the moment and the Meteorology Department is looking at all possible scenarios to place sirens at Mukah in the near future,” said Fadillah who was accompanied by the head of Meteorology Department Yap Kok Seng.

The system in Sarawak incorporates one earthquake monitoring centre in Miri, four seismic stations in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Bakun, three tidal measurement tools at Mukah, Bintulu and Miri and one siren located at Luak Bay in Miri, he added.

He, however, said that a research conducted by Seismic and Tsunami Hazards and Risks
Study in Malaysia in 2009 had revealed that the Sarawak’s coast was categorised under the lower risk area for tsunami threat.

The high tech equipment and monitoring tools will also provide a high resolution forecast on weather, providing information at least three or seven days before, whereas dissemination of information can be obtained through sms, fax, telephones, internet, media, fixed line alert system and sirens.

Answering a question
from The Borneo Post, Yap on the other hand stated that the area in Manila Trench is located at a subduction zone, facing China and Vietnam and the biggest scale earthquake was recorded a century ago.

Earlier at the event, Fadillah in his speech revealed that under the 9th Malaysia Plan, a total of RM16 million had been spent on building various facilities.

“Among the facilities were the new Miri Meteorology Station, certification to four runway visual range at Kuching, Miri, Bintulu and Sibu airport, upgrading of Kuching, Miri and Bintulu weather radar,” said Fadillah.

The state’s meteorology department headquarters was constructed in 2008 and was completed in 2010 with a total cost of RM3 million.
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Satok residents urged to fully utilise free WiFi service
Posted on April 15, 2011, Friday
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FOR THE ALBUM: Abang Johari (seated, centre) and Mohamad (seated, left)
in a group photo with students jumping in joy with their certificates.
Photo by Adib Othman.


KUCHING: Residents in Satok area, especially students, are urged to fully utilise the free WiFi service to acquire knowledge through the fragmented world of the Internet, now that easy access to information is readily available.

Satok incumbent Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday said the newly launched free WiFi service is meant to provide a virtual learning facility through the Internet for the people.

“Satok has free wireless service now. You can seek knowledge anytime and anywhere through your iPhone, iPad or laptop,” he said.

He added: “This is one of the services that I intend to provide for the people, especially the younger generation, because the future of Sarawak rests on them. Investing in younger generation to produce quality workforce for the country is therefore important and critical.”

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony for excellent students at SK Merpati Jepang here, Abang Johari reminded the students to be appreciative and to give back to the society in future.

The Housing and Urban Development Minister urged the students to serve the state with their full heart once they have graduated from their study.

A total of 235 students received the certificates and BSN Saving Premium Certificates sponsored by Yayasan Sarawak.

Abang Johari also advised students to choose the disciplines that could meet the demand of the job market. He pointed out that the state government is working to beautify rivers to turn them into a tourist attraction.

“Rivers in many countries are the source to generate income, particularly for the tourism industry. I hope with the beautification project, it could help boost the state’s tourism industry and create more job opportunities for the people,” he said.
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2,000 units of Astro decorders, TV sets for Sarawak rural longhouses latest!
Posted on April 15, 2011, Friday
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KAPIT: Some 2,000 units of Astro decorders and telivison sets will be distributed to longhouses in the interior areas of the state this year.

Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said the respective district offices would identify the recipients.

“Each longhouse will get one unit which will be placed under the longhouse chief’s care.

“The units will be distributed after the state election,” he said after visiting Rh. Kilau, one of the five longhouses in Sungai Tunoh settlement areas in the interior of Baleh, about one-day journey by longboat and 4-wheel drive from here.

Salang who flew in to the area added the longhouses must be in those areas where the people could not get the Radio Television Malaysia or the TV 3 television broadcast.

He said the gesture was part of the government’s programme to help rural folks not only to be better informed but informed on real time on all happenings all over the country and even the world.

Earlier when visiting Rh. Kubu anak Sandom in Nanga Tada near Sibu, he said the government under the current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was most sympathetic to the plight of all the nation’s rural communities.

“For this reason, he deserves all our support in order to allow him to do more,” he said.

On the request for more kampung Wi-Fi projects, Salang said he would bring the matter to the attention of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, during the launching of the Nanga Machan Wi-Fi village project in Kanowit on Monday, had said the government planned to set up 600 such villages throughout the state within the next one year. – Bernama
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State of change
2011/04/16
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/16borne/Article/

WHEN Sarawak became part of Malaysia in 1963, it was a disadvantaged, undeveloped and marginalised territory. But over the last 48 years, immense economic, social and political changes have altered the landscape and society of the former land of the White Rajahs. Sarawakians today are wealthier -- per capita income increased more than 48 times from RM690 in 1963 to more than RM37,000 last year -- and fewer people are poor -- the number of people living in poverty fell from 31.5 per cent in 1985 to 5.3 per cent in 2009.

For decades, agriculture and forestry underpinned the economy. Now, it is less agrarian and more diversified, and more jobs have been created in oil and gas, manufacturing and services, though the timber and plantation industries are still major employers and foreign revenue earners. With its natural wonders, such as the Mulu Caves, the wealth of plants and animals in its jungles not found anywhere else and rich traditional cultures, tourism has become a fast-growing sector of the economy.

While many in the rural community still live in remote areas, they are not as inaccessible as they once were as they are better connected to the outside world. Sarawak now has 21,000km of roads. While some still live in longhouses, these are furnished with modern amenities such television and refrigerators. Almost three-quarters of households receive electricity compared to one-third in 1980.

Furthermore, 80 per cent of the people now enjoy clean water supply. In addition to the improvement in their standards of living and earnings, the people of Sarawak have also become better educated and much healthier. The literacy rate has risen and life expectancy is higher. Primary school enrolment doubled from 144,000 to 288,000 in the 30 years since 1970 and the number of students in secondary schools increased six times from just over 35,000 to 207,000 in the same period.

When the economy has expanded, wealth generated, jobs created, incomes risen, poverty reduced and physical and social infrastructure much improved, it would be hard to claim that Sarawak has been forgotten and neglected, unless one is a political polemicist.

In fact, to ask the people of Sarawak to vote for change by voting for the opposition is a considerable irony as change is precisely what the government has brought to Sarawak since 1963. And having laid the foundations for change, Barisan Nasional is bent on change of the transformational kind. This is something that the voters of Sarawak should bear in mind when they cast their votes today.
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No place too remote for development, says PM
2011/04/16
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/8kapit/Article/


Kapit residents greeting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak before he
launched a terminal for express boats yesterday.
— NST picture by Mohd Kamil Rahim


KAPIT: Setting foot in an interior town his father had visited 42 years ago, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the people here yesterday of his vision of bringing development to all parts of Malaysia.

"Aku gaga datai Kapit (Iban for "I like to come to Kapit"), he said to loud applause from about 5,000 people.

Najib said he was grateful he could come here, which his father, second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, had visited.

When Najib became prime minister two years ago, he introduced the 1Malaysia concept, which focused on service and development for all Malaysians, "no matter whether they were, in Jerantut in Pahang, or Kapit in Sarawak".

The government understood that its responsibility was to the people, and it was doing all it could to serve them, Najib said when launching a terminal for express boats, the main method of transportation for this Iban settlement in the interior of upper Rajang.

He announced allocations of RM13 million for projects in Kapit.

RM5 million is for piped water supply to the town, and another RM5 million is for a pontoon to make it easier for small boats from longhouses to moor.

Another RM2 million is for a community hall and RM1 million for a Chinese funeral parlour.

Najib performed Friday prayers at the Jabal An Nur Mosque before returning to Kuala Lumpur.

Earlier yesterday, during his visit to Song, his first to the township about 40km from here, he said the government would not neglect the people, even if they lived in a small place deep in the heart of Sarawak.

He said all promises made by the government would be delivered.

"I come here to bring progress," he said during his brief visit. Residents came out in full force to greet him.

He said the government had a track record of bringing development and progress to the people of Malaysia, and Song was no exception.

Najib announced a RM90 million allocation as part of the construction cost of a road stretching about 40km from Kanowit to Song and here, which is now accessible only by boat.

He said the tender for the project would be invited shortly.

The journey by express boat from Sibu to Song takes more than an hour through Kanowit town, while the journey from Song to Kapit takes three hours. -- Bernama
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