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Old April 4th, 2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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Sabah State Legislative Assembly Building
Sabah is one of 13 member states of Malaysia. It is located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. It is the second largest state in the country after Sarawak, which it borders on its south-west. It also shares a border with the province of East Kalimantan of Indonesia in the south. In spite of its status as a Malaysian state, Sabah remains a disputed territory; the Philippines has a dormant claim over much of the eastern part of the territory. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton. Sabah is often referred to as "The land below the wind", because of its location just south of the typhoon-prone region around the Philippines.

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Divisions
West Coast Division
Interior Division
Sandakan Division
Kudat Division
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The Football Association of Sabah (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Sabah) is a registered football association affiliated with the Football Association of Malaysia. The association's football team competes in Malaysia's football league representing the state of Sabah in Borneo. Sabah FA is a professional football club and one of the big name teams of the Malaysian football structure. They were in the Malaysia Premier League but promoted to Malaysia Super League in 2011. The team's home matches are played at the 30,000 capacity Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.
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Ground: Likas Stadium
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Sabah has produced a fair number of well-known high achievers. With the advent of communications and development in Malaysia, Sabah produced well known personalities compared to 4 decades before.

Actors: Marsha Milan Londoh, Farid Amirul Hisham('Gerak Khas' as Lim), Fung Bo Bo, Chung Shuk Wai, Tony Francis Gitom (filmmaker)
Broadcasting: Daphne Iking, Kamaruddin Mape, Farish Aziz
Radio Disc Jockey: Maryanne Raymond(Mary), Constantine Anthony(Constantine), Shahrizan Ferouz(The Shaz), Fadhil bin Luqman(Fad Da Dillio); all from TraXX FM. DJ Johnboy Lee of hitz.fm, DJ Othoe of Suria FM
Modelling: Guess model Amber Chia
Musicians & Composers: Guitarist Roger Wang, Composer Julfekar and Asmin Mudin
Singers: Nazrey Johani of Raihan, Azharina Azhar, Peter Dicky Lee, Pete Teo, Jerome Kugan, Mia Palencia, Yan Qing, Gary Cao, Stacy Anam
Band & Groups: JIAJA , E-Voke, One Nation Emcees, B.A.D. Boys, Lotter & Divine Masters, Richael Gimbang with Estranged
Interior & Furniture Designer: TL Bong
Internet Star/Internet Celebrity: Abangben & Moonboy (Melbourne Shuffle)
International Artists: Chenelle
Journalist: Ruben Sario
Wildlife Photographer: Ced Prudente
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Gateway for Sabah
BKI | Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Sabah, Malaysia

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Local Flights | International Flights
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    AirAsia                     Bandar Seri Begawan, Clark, 
                                                Hong Kong, Johor Bahru, 
                                                Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, 
                                                Labuan, Miri, Penang, 
                                                Sandakan, Shenzhen, 
                                                Singapore, Taipei, Tawau,
                                                Macau, Jakarta

                    Malaysia Airlines           Hong Kong, Johor Bahru, 
                                                Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, 
                                                Kuching, Labuan, Singapore
                                                Osaka-Kansai, Perth, 
                                                Sandakan, Seoul, Sibu
                                                Tawau, Taipei, Miri, Mulu
                                                Bandar Seri Begawan, Lahad Datu
                                                Tokyo-Haneda, Kudat

                    MASwings                    Bandar Seri Begawan, 
                                                Bintulu, Kuching, Kudat, 
                                                Labuan, Lahad Datu, 
                                                Lawas, Miri, Mulu, 
                                                Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau 

                    Firefly                     Kuala Lumpur [begins 15 January]

NOTE: NEW
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 South Korea
                    Asiana Airlines             Seoul-Incheon
                    Korean Air                  Seoul-Incheon
                    Eastar Jet                  Seoul-Incheon

 Singapore
                    Jetstar Asia Airways        Singapore
                    Silkair                     Singapore

 Indonesia
                    Indonesia AirAsia           Jakarta

 Brunei
                    Royal Brunei Airlines       Bandar Seri Begawan

 Hong Kong
                    Dragonair                   Hong Kong  

 Philippines
                    Cebu Pacific                Manila
NOTE: NEW
Tawau Airport
Tawau, Sabah
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Airlines and destinations
Operational

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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    Malaysia Airlines           Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
                    Air Asia                    Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
                    MASwings                    Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan
Sandakan Airport
Sandakan, Sabah
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                    Airlines                    Destinations
 Malaysia
                    Malaysia Airlines           Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
                    AirAsia                     Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
                    MASwings                    Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Tawau
Sandakan Airport upgrading & extension
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Oil, Gas Industrial Park in Sipitang
by Mariah Doksil. Posted on April 1, 2011, Friday
http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=112848

KOTA KINABALU: Plans are afoot to build an oil and gas industrial park in Sipitang that is expected to create more than 34,000 jobs and contribute more than RM10 billion to the State GDP, according to Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan.

The State Government has identified an area with the ideal attributes and logistics for developing the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP), Tan said at the launch of the first annual Deepwater Offshore Conference & Exhibition World Asia 2011 at Nexus Resort Karambunai yesterday.

“The industries expected to be placed in SOGIP when it is fully developed will contribute greatly to the GDP of Sabah about RM10.62 billion or about 36.61 percent of the current GDP of Sabah at RM29 billion,” he said.

About 34,350 jobs will be created directly or indirectly by the industries, he added.

Tan said Malaysia has targeted Gross National Income (GNI) growth of 5.9 percent per annum and achieving this economic growth is expected to raise consumption by 3 percent, which will have a knock-on effect on the oil, gas and energy sector.

He said the increased consumption will require an additional two gigawatts of installed capacity to be built at a cost of RM9.6 billion, creating an estimated 2,500 jobs and adding RM11.2 billion to GNI.

“The additional transmission and distribution of this energy will create a further RM5.6 billion in GNI and require an investment of RM12.4 billion.

“In the downstream sector this increased consumption will boost GNI by RM1.5 billion and create 3,200 jobs. An estimated 90 new petrol stations will also need to be built at a total cost of RM3.2 billion.

“The most important enabler to ensure the successful realisation of the mentioned business opportunities is adequate supply of qualified domestic human capital.

“The government has to increase the supply of graduates in the next decade to staff the approximately 21,000 new jobs created at or above graduate level by 2020,” he said.

Tan added it is an exciting time for the oil and gas industry in Malaysia, since Sabah has 11 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.5 billion barrels of oil in reserves.

It has been announced at the convocation of the Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (Instep) here recently that Petronas will build a training school in Kimanis in two years. About 7,000 have graduated from Instep as skilled petroleum technicians and engineers since its inception in 1988.
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Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain in Southeast Asia. It is located in Kinabalu National Park (a World Heritage Site) in the east Malaysian state of Sabah, which is on the island of Borneo in the tropics. It is the tallest mountain in Malaysia.
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Northwest view from observation tower @ Sabah AgroPark, Tenom


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Free internet access for 580 villages
8th April, 2011
http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/47841

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 580 villages in Sabah will get to enjoy wireless broadband access to the internet for free under the “Kampung Wifi” programme this year.

Minister of Information, Culture and Communications, Datuk Dr Rais Yatim said it is about the same number of villages in Sarawak that will also get to enjoy the same facility.

There are 40 villages in Sabah that are already in the stages of implementation and the number will increase to 200 by the end of the year.

Dr Rais made the announcement at a breakfast event with the Sabah Hakka Association here yesterday.

In an effort to increase broadband penetration in the rural parts of the state, the ministry will erect more telecommunication towers this year.

“Broadband penetration will be more effective with more towers and the implementation of Kampung Wifi,” he said.

The rate of broadband penetration in the country now stands at 58 per cent while in Sarawak and Sabah it is 42 and 40 per cent respectively.

Dr Rais was also confident that with collaboration from Astro and TV Interaktif (TVi), which will be launched next week, there will be less communication infrastructure problems in Sabah.
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PEKADIN To Be Launched In Sabah Soon
5 Apr 2011
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/ne....php?id=576542

KOTA KINABALU, April 5 (Bernama) -- Newly-formed Sabah Kadazandusun Murut Welfare and Education Association (PEKADIN) will be launched soon.

In announcing this, its advisor Latif Kandok said the association received its registration from the Registrar of Societies Malaysia (ROS) today.

"Our main objective is to help protect and safeguard the interests of the Kadazandusun Murut community with regard to the welfare and education in Sabah.

"We are now in the process of conducting membership drive and we plan to launch our association soon either here or in Kota Marudu," he told Bernama, here.

PEKADIN is open to the Dusuns, Kadazans and Muruts or related ethnic groups in the state, said Latif, adding that the association was only meant to complement the efforts by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) led by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Meanwhile, the Sabah public which lost a strong consumer voice following the deregistration of the Consumer Association of Sabah and Labuan (Cash) in 2009 due to a technicality has a new representation.

Named the Consumer Front of Sabah (Cfos), it was approved by the Registrar of Societies on March 11 this year, "after two years of waiting", revealed its President Nordin Thani, a satellite TV engineer, to Bernama here, today.

Nordin, a consumer activist even while a student in the United Kingdom and upon returning to Sabah in 2006, said the Cfos as a consumer mouthpiece will without fear or favour speak out and defend the rights of consumers be it pertaining to goods or services.

"We will work with both government and private agencies to constantly promote consumerism among Sabahans and make it a culture especially which the next generation of consumers and goods and service providers will treat seriously."

According to him, Cfos currently has 11 registered branches throughout the state with five more in the process of being registered.

"Currently we have 105 members and we are targeting a membership of 500 by year end; We are open to Malaysians residing in Sabah aged 18 and above."

He said Cfos also received and was considering a request to expand to Labuan although there is already a consumer association there.

Cfos has planned a road show to introduce itself to the general public.

-- BERNAMA
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All 182 unnamed Sabah islands given names
by Murib Morpi. Posted on April 12, 2011, Tuesday
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KOTA KINABALU: All the 182 previously unnamed islands in Sabah have been gazetted and given names to avoid other countries staking claim on them, according to Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM) deputy director Ahmad Fauzi Nordin.

He said this brought the official number of islands within the state’s territory to 394.

“The naming of the islands has been completed and the State Cabinet will be notified before it is presented at their meeting,’ he said.

“Sabah has the largest number of islands in the country and is one of the most active states in naming islands and other geographical features,” he said at a state level seminar on Geographical Names here, yesterday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said all the remaining unnamed islands in the country will be gazetted by June 2011.

Based on JUPEM’s statistics, he said Malaysia has a total 878 islands and there are still about 100 of them in the peninsular which have yet to be named.

“The islands need to be named and gazetted quickly before other countries stake a claim on them. This is important as any country can claim the boundaries of their territorial waters up to a 200-nautical mile radius from an island, including its economic resources,” he said after officiating at the seminar..

Apart from islands, Malaysia also has 510 geographical features including rocks, sandbanks and ridges.
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SPNB approves 645 affordable housing schemes in Sabah
14th April, 2011
http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/48038



Idris (second left) and SPNB officials look at a
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PENAMPANG: Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) has approved 645 affordable housing schemes in Sabah worth RM44 million.

Its chairman Datuk Idris Haron said the projects had stringent requirements that called for developers to own the land for development.

Only applicants with a monthly household income of less than RM1,500, married and do not already own a house can qualify to purchase the houses.

Idris was speaking to reporters after attending a ceremony to hand over letters of intent to 28 contractors here yesterday.

The houses offered by SPNB under the Rumah Mesra Rakyat (RMR) programme are the most attractive thus far because 30 per cent of the cost is subsidised by the government.

Buyers only need to pay between RM42,000 to RM45,000 or 75 per cent of the house cost.

“Normally, they will pay a monthly instalment of RM150 for 22 to 25 years and that is why this housing project appeals to the low-income group,” he said.

Idris assured that qualified buyers will not be disappointed by the product.

He, therefore reminded contractors given the task to build the houses to carry out their jobs strictly according to specifications and not to compromise on the quality of building materials.

“Contractors who fail to implement their jobs well will be blacklisted and will not be given anymore contracts from SPNB,” he said.

Idris, however, expressed regret at the lack of revolving fund to meet the overwhelming demand for such housing from buyers.
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Govt allocates RM19mil to reduce poverty
Monday April 18, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...232&sec=nation

MIRI: The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry has allocated RM19mil for the eradication of poverty in Sabah and Sarawak.

Its minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, said RM7mil would be used to provide housing for the poor in urban areas, RM4mil for rental subsidies, RM3mil to fund capacity building programmes and RM5mil to fund entrepreneur development programmes.

Raja Nong Chik said he was confident that the allocation, which was under the GTP's Low-Income Households (LIH) NKRA, would substantially reduce extreme poverty in the two Borneo-based states.

Raja Nong Chik said his ministry had also revised the urban poverty programme to improve the quality of life through special projects, in addition to increasing the income of the urban poor.
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Kemas to set up 220 pre-schools
Monday April 18, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...329&sec=nation

KOTA KINABALU: The Depart-ment of Community Development (Kemas) will set up 220 pre-schools in Sabah this year.

This will provide a proper foundation for pre-school education in the state, which is in line with the aspirations of the GTP's Education NKRA to increase access to basic education and significantly improve student performances nationwide.

Out of the 220, 130 pre-schools have started operation in the state.

Kemas deputy director-general (management and development) Hassan Amin said that the need for early childhood education in Sabah was overwhelming.

Hassan added that the setting up of these pre-schools would provide 2,500 pre-school classes within three years. This initiative began last year.

It is the Government's aspiration to ensure that every child receives a proper foundation in education and this can only be done through the provision of early childhood education beginning at the pre-school level.
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Consortium to spend RM9.6b on Sabah resort
Published: 2011/04/19
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Prism Crystal Enterprise Ltd, Chen Lip Keong and partners will form a consortium to undertake a RM9.6 billion integrated resort development in Karambunai, Sabah, according to a Malaysian government statement. - Bloomberg
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Tawau to be first energy efficiency district
by Christy Chok. Posted on April 20, 2011, Wednesday
http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=123766

TAWAU: Tawau can be the first district in the state or even in the country to practise the energy efficiency (EE) culture, said the director general of Centre for Education, Training and Research in Renewable Energy and Energy (CETREE), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Professor Dr Haslan Abu Hassan.

In this respect, Haslan urged the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) to make plans for creating awareness among the people here on EE practice.

“It is important to hold various campaigns in promoting EE culture and implementing new EE technologies in daily life.”

He said the people in the district should possess EE characteristics in their various sectors in order to achieve the EE district.

“I have distributed many sets of EE book to the Sabah Education Department and schools throughout the country. Maybe TMC can discuss with the Education Department and use the EE books as guidelines in educating the people on EE practices,” Haslan said.

According to him, Sabah is a virgin country with sufficient bio-mas production which could be produced to generate energy.

Hence, everyone plays a role in practising EE culture for the beneficial of all.

Meanwhile, Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan Tawfiq encouraged everyone to adopt EE in their daily lives.

He made the call after officiating at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between SESB and the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) at Promenade Hotel here yesterday. It was the third MoU signed by SESB.

“Local authorities may consider promoting special incentives in promoting the adoption of EE,” Tawfiq pointed out.

He said EE not only could bring advantages but also provide positive impacts to the environment.

According to Tawfiq, the proposed tariff review should be looked into properly as it not only involves the government but also the private sector and the people.

In fact, it is easy to increase the tariff, but it could bring untold misery on the people, businesses and industries.

However, the government will soon start to be concerned over this matter and studies should be carried out to look into the feasibility of generating efficient and cheap energy.
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Be more active – Sabah TYT
Posted on April 22, 2011, Friday
http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=124985


NEW SESSION: Juhar and wife Tun Norlidah RM Jasni (front left) arrive at
Sabah legislative Assembly. Assembly speaker Datuk Salleh Tun Said is on
second right, second row. — Bernama photo


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin has urged the private sector to be more involved in sectors identified under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) in the country.

He said Sabah had an edge and good potential in developing sectors such as tourism, agriculture and commodities.

“In the government efforts to assist the private sector to drive the NKEA and implement entry point projects (EPP), the Facilitation Fund had been set up to develop supporting infrastructure for private sector investments in these projects.

“As such, it is the aspiration of the state government to see the active involvement of the private sector in the state and to utilise all the new creative financing approaches introduced by the government under the Public-Private Partnership Programme (PPP),” he said in his policy speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here yesterday.

He also hoped that the development of human resources could be further strengthened in achieving the status of a developed nation with high income.

He said innovative and creative human capital formed the main catalyst in innovation development of a particular country. — Bernama
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 04:47 AM   #15
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Jerneh Asia eyes Sabah developer
Written by Chua Sue-Ann
Friday, 22 April 2011 11:39
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KUALA LUMPUR: After hiving off its core insurance business in Malaysia, cash-rich Jerneh Asia Bhd has now set its sights on acquiring Sabah-based property developer Sagajuta (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, whose flagship project is the massive 1Borneo mixed development in Kota Kinabalu.

Jerneh Asia announced to Bursa Malaysia yesterday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sagajuta’s 60% shareholder, Generasi Cipta Sdn Bhd, to start exclusive discussions for the proposed acquisition.

If the talks bear fruit, it will be a backdoor listing of Generasi Cipta, whose main assets include the 1Borneo project that has a gross development value of RM1.2 billion, encompassing a 1.5 million sq ft shopping mall, four hotels and four condominium towers.

However, the value of the acquisition is not known.

In the announcement, Jerneh Asia said the proposed acquisition formed part of its regularisation plan pursuant to its PN16 and PN17 status. Also, it noted the talks would look into the prospective participation of Sagajuta’s shareholders in Jerneh Asia’s proposed restructuring scheme.

According to Jerneh Asia, the talks will also look into the possibility of a restricted offer for sale of shares in Jerneh Asia held by Sagajuta’s shareholders and/or placement to be identified at a later date, following the proposed restructuring scheme.

Jerneh Asia, which is 36.5%-owned by tycoon Robert Kuok, has until Dec 1 this year to submit its regularisation plan for approval.

Sagajuta is part of the Ramajuta Group, which has various property development projects in Sabah, including the Warisan Square mixed development project in Kota Kinabalu.

Apart from Generasi Cipta, Sagajuta’s substantial shareholders include Chu Li Tan (6.77%), the company’s executive chairman and managing director Datuk Raymond Chan Boon Siew (8.71%), Bumivesa Sdn Bhd (3.76%) and Sagajuta director Tan Tiang Lai (2.96%), according to data from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).

For FY08 ended Dec 31, Sagajuta posted net profit of RM59.28 million and revenue of RM293.71 million. The private company then had liabilities of RM208 million and assets of RM343.2 million.

The 1Borneo project is a joint-venture between Sagajuta and the landowner, United Sabah Islamic Association, and co-developer Warisan Harta Sdn Bhd.

Generasi Cipta was incorporated in 2008 as a investment holding company, according to CCM information.

Generasi Cipta’s shareholders are Anchor White Sdn Bhd (69.65%), Camaxcorp Sdn Bhd (11%), Bumivesa (9.4%) and Chen Siew Kim (5.92%). Chan and Tan are also listed as directors of Generasi Cipta.

The announcement by Jerneh Asia has also raised eyebrows given that the property development business is unrelated to its prior mainstay of insurance provision.

Investors had been expecting a bumper dividend from the proceeds of the sale of Jerneh Asia’s 80% stake in Jerneh Insurance Bhd for RM523.2 million cash to ACE INA International Holdings last October.

The divestment of Jerneh Insurance boosted Jerneh Asia’s cash pile by 46% to RM635.34 million, translating into gross cash per share of RM3.51.

However, Jerneh Asia recently denied a newspaper report on a possible dividend payout, noting that the proceeds from the Jerneh Insurance sale had been placed with a custodian.

The proceeds are not to be withdrawn except to acquire a new core business approved by the Securities Commission or for pro rata distributions to shareholders if the company fails to regularise its condition, Jerneh Asia added.

After the divestment of its local insurance businesses, Jerneh Asia still owns overseas insurance operations and a takaful operating licence here via its 31% stake in HSBC Amanah Takaful (M) Sdn Bhd.
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Pekadin calls for fast-track education transformation in Sabah
Posted on April 23, 2011, Saturday
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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Kadazandusun Murut Welfare and Education Association (Pekadin) has called on the Education Ministry to fast-track education transformation in Sabah, particularly in rural areas.

Pekadin advisor Latif Kandok said such a move would contribute to achieving the high-performance school status.

He noted that the absence of such schools in Sabah showed that the state was

still lagging behind in terms of performance in the field of academia, co-curriculum and niche areas.

“We’re now moving towards Vision 2020. That means something needs to be done to fast-track education transformation in Sabah.

“Of course we appreciate efforts by the state Education Department towards this goal but Pekadin feels that there’s an urgent need for a paradigm shift to change the state of affairs for the better,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

Last year, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that 14

secondary and six primary schools had been accorded the high-performance school status, none of them from Sabah.

However, Latif said the task of moulding such schools should not be shouldered by educators or teachers alone, as it must also be shared by parents.

Parents, he said, played a pivotal role in nurturing and creating interest among children in a bid to spur them towards excellence and educational success. – Bernama
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Pharmaceutical industry worth RM4.2 bln annually and growing
Posted on April 24, 2011, Sunday
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KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the pharmaceutical sector in Sabah is worth about RM300 million and represents roughly over 7.1 per cent of the overall national pharmaceutical industry presently worth RM4.2 billion per annum.

According to Rosnah, “Malaysia is a country with very successful primary healthcare programmes and the government has taken several initiatives such as the establishment of 1Malaysia clinics, the postal delivery service of medicines and the 1Care for 1Malaysia Programme.

“The programmes will undoubtedly continue to provide new opportunities for development and progress,” she said in a speech at the opening of Medical Supplies Sabah’s (MSS) new warehouse in Kolombong yesterday.

The text of her speech was delivered by the senior director of the Pharmaceutical Services division of the Ministry of Health, Datuk Eisah A Rahman who officiated at the opening on her behalf.

Rosnah said the pharmaceutical industry is an integral part of the country’s healthcare programme and an important part of the National Transformation Programme (NTP) as well as the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).

The transformation of the country’s healthcare has been identified as one of the main focus under the programme.

Meanwhile, MSS managing director, Datuk Nancy Ho said, the potential for growth in the pharmaceutical domain is huge especially in the manufacturing of halal medicines.

Ho said there was still a lot of scope and avenues to be explored in the industry as the push towards meeting the growing demand from the health-conscious society increases.

Ho also said that the standard of practice of healthcare in Malaysia is considered world class where stringent tests are imposed by the National Drug Control centre to ensure the quality of the pharmaceutical sector.
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Protect your rich natural treasures, Sabah cautioned
Posted on April 25, 2011, Monday
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HELPING HANDS: Some of the 847kg rubbish being salvaged from the seabed.

SANDAKAN: A world renowned environmental scientist who is now on the final leg of a 10-day study tour of Sabah has cautioned the state to protect its rich treasures of natural environment.

Professor Ross K Dowling, the foundation professor of tourism at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) of Western Australia, said that its parks and marine environment are among the richest treasures that he had seen anywhere in the world.

Acknowledging that Sabah “is really an ecotourism paradise”, he said there is an opportunity for this Malaysian state on Borneo to have a very strongly developed eco-tourism.

He said other opportunities in the state, based on the natural environment, include geo-tourism, wild-life tourism, as well as bird watching tourism.

“You would have to protect those areas. They go, the tourism will go,” the Australian professor of tourism cautioned.

“Sabah, as a state of Malaysia, is probably the prime example of a state that has focused its attention to conservation. It still has quite a bit of its natural assets and raw materials here,” he added in an interview.

He said to maintain that, the government of Sabah would have to recognize that it has to invest money in conservation to realize the rewards which would come from the baby boomers around the world.

These globetrotters of the future, he noted, would be searching for natural environments that are shrinking around the world.

Prof Ross is an environmental scientist who did a lot of work in his home country of New Zealand and did a lot of work to establish environmental education for the government there for about 20 years.

He has now moved to Australia, based in Perth where he undertook the first ecotourism PhD in the world and for the last 20 years, he has worked extensively in ecotourism development around the world, including Borneo.

“I get invited all over the world to speak about ecotourism. A lot of countries don’t really have the raw, natural assets to develop ecotourism.

“Ecotourism, by definition, has to be based on natural environment. And many countries in the world now have very little of the pristine natural environment left,” he observed.

“Sabah is very proud of the fact that it is attracting a large number of tourists, but these are of mass tourism.

“It has to recognize, does it want to be in the game of mass tourism or does it want to have a more balanced approach to tourism development?” he asked.

“Yes, you do have a large number of Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and other Asian visitors from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand coming here for mass beach tourism, golf tourism.

Prof Ross has made regular visits to Sabah at least once a year and has taken note of changes that have taken place.

“Definitely since the first time about a decade ago, I have seen a loss of natural assets. I have seen of course the extensive development of towns and cities like Kota Kinabalu.

“Look I am not against development; I think you have to have it. But, there is definitely this move towards clearing land for oil palm is extensive, and it is growing and so some decisions will have to be made there.”

He points out that if Sabah were to keep clearing land of natural vegetation for human-made oil palm plantation, then, there would be a loss of quality and integrity of natural environment.

“You are going to drive the orang utans into fewer areas. You can’t support the natural environment, the birds, the plants, the animals if you just shrink with an ever increasing palm oil and clearing.

“You just can’t do it. So there’s got to be some balance there. I have seen a loss of habitat in the

last decade,” Prof Ross added. He has been in Sabah for a week now, leading a group of 17 students from ECU to study ecotourism “as it occurs”.

They are due to attend the Anzac Day ceremony here today before returning to Perth on Tuesday.
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18 new fish landing jetties to be built
Posted on April 27, 2011, Wednesday
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EIGHTEEN new fish landing jetties will be built by the Sabah Fisheries Department around the state this year.

Assistant Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Musbah Jamli said RM300,000 had been allocated for the project, adding that the government would consider the application from fishermen from Kampung Likas and Bakau to set up jetties in their areas.

“Since Likas Bay is under the jurisdiction of City Hall, we would like to advise fishermen to inform their local authorities before pursuing with their project,” he said.

Responding to a question by Bugaya assemblyman Datuk Ramlee Marahaban, Musbah said the government was aware of the need to set up jetties to enable fishermen to land their catch.

“There are certain criteria before we can approve the setting up of a jetty which among others include the requirement of such facility in the area, suitability of location and approval from the local authorities,” he said.

In another development, the House was also told that RM20.5 million had been allocated under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry’s Social Amenities Programme (SAP) to implement minor projects in the state.

Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Sairin Karno, however, said that under the First Rolling Plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan, no allocation had been approved under the SAP.

Answering a question from Likas assemblyman Datuk Liew Teck Chan, he said under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, a total of RM215,228,979 had been channelled for rural road projects while another RM435,380,030.98 had been spent for rural water supply projects.
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Better water supply for Kudat, Matunggong villagers next year
Posted on April 27, 2011, Wednesday
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VILLAGERS in Kudat and Matunggong can expect better water supply by July next year.

Assistant Infrastructure Development Minister Pang Yuk Ming said to date, studies were being carried out, including the mechanical and electrical system check, site guarantees as well as quality of both raw and treated water. They were all expected to be completed by June this year.

Replying to a question by Tanjong Kapor assemblyman Datuk Teo Chee Kang, Pang said the proposal to supply water from the Milau dam and water treatment plant to surrounding villages had also been approved under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).

“The project is expected to begin next month after documentation and tendering process are completed,” said Pang.

Meanwhile, the House was also told that the six roads have been listed under the NKRA and that works are expected to be completed by end of 2012.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan in reply to a question by Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Louis Rampas, explained that the six stretches were Jalan Pukak-Mantob and Jalan Gonipis-Tebobon in Kiulu; Jalan Tomis-Tiong-Lokos-Kotunuan-Wasai and Jalan Batu 28 Tambunan-Tudan-Pantai-Poring, Tuaran; Jalan Poring-Tebobon; and Jalan Mantob-Gonipis.

Of the six roads, the Jalan Pukak-Mantob and Jalan Tomis-Tiong-Lokos-Kotunuan-Wasai were completed this year while the Batu 28 Tambunan-Tudan-Pantai-Poring is 60 per cent completed.

“Works on the remaining stretches are expected to begin in June this year,” said Pairin, who is also the Infrastructure Development Minister.
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