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Old February 21st, 2012, 02:50 PM   #121
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State’s first e-waste centre to be built in Sibu soon
by Peter Boon. Posted on February 20, 2012, Monday
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SIBU: The state’s first e-waste collection centre, costing about RM500,000, will be built in Deshon Road here to solve problems of indiscriminate dumping of electronic waste (e-waste).

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the proposed two-storey structure would sit on a half-an-acre piece of land, and that the council fully supported this initiative by Computer Sales and Association Sarawak (CSSA) Sibu branch.

“The proposed centre will be built on an open space in Deshon Road. They (CSSA) have proposed for a two-storey structure,” Tiong told The Borneo Post after CSSA Sibu branch’s annual dinner here on Saturday.

Asked when the project was expected to start, he said the association had approached SMC on the matter, but it was still waiting for them to submit their (CSSA) plan.

“It is hoped that with the facility, Sibu people will find it easy to recycle their unwanted or obsolete computer accessories and other e-waste.”

Meanwhile, CSSA Sibu branch chairman Wong Ing Ang interjected by saying: “We are going to have a final round of discussion with all our members and work out how best the proposed centre can benefit the people of Sibu.

“Among others, we plan to incorporate an information centre and an incubator centre besides functioning primarily as an e-waste collection centre. The project is estimated to cost about half a million ringgit. More information will be available after the final round of discussion when all the inputs from members would be obtained.”

Earlier, speaking to some 300 people, Tiong said information and communication technologies (ICT) had been at the heart of economic change for decades.

He praised the association for being at the forefront in helping the local communities to fulfill their ICT needs.

Citing CSSA’s annual PC Fair, he said this helped disseminate the latest trend in the ICT world to the people.

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Old February 21st, 2012, 02:51 PM   #122
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DBKU to introduce bicycle lanes in Petra Jaya
by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith. Posted on February 20, 2012, Monday
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UCHING: Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) is planning to introduce special bicycle lanes in Petra Jaya here.

Its chief deputy director Kartina Zamhari told reporters yesterday that the plan was currently being worked out and that for a start, only certain routes would have these special lanes.

If the pilot project is proven to be successful in both usage and safety, she said the lanes would be extended to other parts of the city to promote cycling among Kuchingites.

“The introduction of bicycle lanes is part of DBKU’s Safe City plan. Along with the lanes, the council will also introduce bicycle parking bays at strategic spots such as public transportation hubs.

“This is to promote cycling and a healthy lifestyle,” said Kartina when met at the launch of the ‘Let’s share the road’ campaign at the esplanade at Jalan Gambier here.

The campaign was organised by DBKU and Kuching South City Council (MBKS) in collaboration with the Sarawak Cycling Association.

She added that the council would work closely with the police to draw up plans for the bicycle parking bays and bicycle lanes to ensure the safety of cyclists and their properties.

It is also understood that the introduction of bicycle lanes and parking bays at strategic public transportation hubs would enable the city to combat traffic congestion, while promoting the usage of public transport.

Its other objective is to give the city an environment-friendly image.
Also present at the event was DBKU board member Peter Pui.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #123
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Research in progress to clinch Unesco’s geo-park status
Posted on March 24, 2012, Saturday
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KUCHING: Research is underway for the city to clinch Unesco’s geo-park status which will spring board the state’s tourism sector to national and global stage similar to Langkawi Island in Kedah.

According to Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos, a holistic research was being carried out headed by the Ministry of Tourism, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Kuching geo-science department to identify the areas and prepare a dossier for the state government.

“Once it gains geo-park status, it will make the city well known to the world and registered under Unesco,” revealed Dawos after the closing of Sarawak Homestay Entrepreneurship Workshop at the State Library yesterday.

Dawos pointed out that the unique rock system found along Jalan Borneo, Krokong and Santubong were believed to be more than 130 million years old, which is among the core to gain the geo-park status.

“Once the dossier is ready, it will be sent over to Unesco for evaluation.
“Once approved, Kuching will be given the status of a geo-park or we name it something different such as a Kuching Delta geo-park to be well known,” added the Mambong MP.

He then suggested that the state government identify more wetland, peat soil and mangrove forests and register it under the Ramsar convention.

He believed that the state had more wetlands, thus the ministry concerned should identify these places especially the mangrove forest in Kuala Lawas, which is home to the proboscis monkey and a regular place for sighting dolphins.

Touching on the homestay workshop, Dawos said that entrepreneurs should identify the niche attractions their surrounding areas offer to attract tourists.
“Just two weeks ago, I identified another site with the giant rafflesia growing. The place is roughly 10 minutes from Padawan Road and this could be one of the focal attractions to tourists,” said Dawos.

He said Sarawak under the ministry recorded a total of 27 homestays run by 408 operators offering 570 rooms.

“The number of homestays in Sarawak is the highest in Malaysia, generating a total of RM978,703.62 in 2011,” said Dawos adding that Malaysia had 146 homestays.

Numerous marketing and promotion strategies have to be carried out to boost the industry to be on par with other states such as Sabah which generated a total of RM 2.5million from 17,524 tourists in 2010, he added.

“In tourism, strategies ought to be new destinations and products, which we cannot produce everyday or every year,” said Dawos, adding that the ministry was zooming on community based tourism for locals, especially those living in the countryside.

The community based tourism said Dawos was like preparing a rejuvenation package which provides a getaway for those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Another way to boost tourism, according to Dawos was to rebrand terms such as ‘eco-tourism’ to ‘bio-tourism’ with the idea to create excitement and attract curious tourists especially from New Zealand.

He disclosed that the number of foreign tourists in Malaysia was 24.7million in 2011 and 24.6 million in 2010.

“It is not the little increase that is important but what the country earns from tourism,” said Dawos, adding that in 2010, the tourism sector manage to spin off a total of RM56.5billion while 2011 recorded RM58.3 billion.

He also said that by 2020, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is setting his sights to attract a total of 36million foreign tourists to generate an income of RM168 billion.
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 03:42 PM   #124
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RM2.6 million to build houses for hardcore poor
Posted on April 1, 2012, Sunday
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KUCHING: Mambong parliamentary constituency received RM2.6 million for housing project for the hardcore poor.

It was approved by Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal,

Shafie said the amount was for 96 houses – 40 new units and 56 units to be renovated – in the constituency.

The amount was requested by Mambong MP, who is also Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos, to help the hardcore poor in the constituency.

He made the announcement at a ‘Program Mesra Rakyat’ at Kampung Git, about 32 kilometres at Jalan Puncak Borneo, where he presented water tanks to the village yesterday.Among those present were Dawos and Assistant Rural Development Minister Julaihi Narawi.

Shafie said under the National Key Result Area (NKRA), Mambong constituency was allocated RM111.7 million for the implementation of 137 projects.

“Barisan Nasional (BN) cares enough for the poor to build houses for them, unlike DAP in Pulau Pinang that only build houses for the rich. And for this reason, the people must support BN,” Shafie said.

He asserted that the opposition blamed BN, who had brought development and helped the people, and that the people of Mambong were fortunate to have a knowledgeable and educated representative.

At the event, Shafie approved RM200,000 for a suspension bridge in the village. Bradau and Nyiru will also receive the water tanks under ‘Program Mesra Rakyat’. Git has 76 families, giving a population of over 600; Bradau, 64 families (population over 800) and Nyiru, 68 families (population over 600).
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Old April 10th, 2012, 01:44 PM   #125
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Federal departments, agencies in Sarawak needs upgrading: Yahaya
10 April 2012 | Last updated at 03:08PM
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KUCHING: Several federal departments and agencies in Sarawak should be upgraded to suit with current needs, State Federal Secretary Datuk Md Yahaya Basimin said.

Without specifically mentioning the departments concerned, he said there was a need for a higher grade for certain positions as well as the creation of other posts.
"Some departments require re-evaluation of its existence. With changing times, these departments should be strengthened further by looking at the grades and other posts," he at a gathering of federal departments and agencies at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar here.

Yahaya said the upgrade would ensure federal departments and agencies in Sarawak would remain relevant and able to facilitate the implementation federal projects in the state. -- BERNAMA
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People to have chance to meet Najib during forthcoming Sarawak visit
Posted on April 23, 2012, Monday
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KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to visit Sarawak from April 26 to 28, where the people will have the golden opportunity to meet him at his various walkabouts.

According to a statement issued by the state Information Department, his first stop would be in Sibu where he and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, accompanied by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, were expected to attend a community dinner on Thursday evening.

The next day, he will go on a walkabout at the Sibu market, meeting and exchanging greetings with traders and patrons alike and probably even stop for breakfast before proceeding to declare open the RM12 million Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Thai Kwang at Lanang Road.

Later the prime minister will continue his visit to Kabong town, near Saratok in Betong Division, where a large crowd of people is expected to give him a rousing welcome and mingle with him.

Thereafter he is scheduled to fly to Kuching and will have dinner with the chief minister at Demak Jaya here.

On Saturday, Najib will have another walkabout at the Matang Jaya farmers’ market (pasar tani) before attending the ‘Jelajah Janji Di Tepati’ programme at the car park of Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya here.

He will also visit the Cities and Corridors Lab open day at the nearby old state legislative assembly building.

In the afternoon, he will meet with state Barisan Nasional leaders at a leading hotel here before returning to Kuala Lumpur.

He is expected to bring cheer to the people in all the places he visits as those wishing to get up close and exchange greetings with him may do so at all his walkabout programmes at the Sibu market, Kabong Town, Matang Jaya farmers’ market and the ‘Jelajah Janji Di Tepati’ programme here. — Bernama
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Five projects totalling RM26m for Saratok
by Anthony Aga , reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on April 28, 2012, Saturday
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WARM WELCOME:
Kabong residents turning out in droves to bid Najib a warm welcome.


KABONG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is on a three-day to the state announced five projects costing a total of RM26.45 million for the Saratok parliamentary constituency during his brief stop over here yesterday afternoon.

The five projects are the construction of roads to padi plantations in Lubok Nibong costing RM950,000; upgrading of Jalan Ban Hulu to the Drainage and Irrigation Station, Sessang Phase 1 (RM5 million); road linking Kampung Melango Hilir, Saratok to Pagan and the nearby housing estate (RM2.5 million); maintenance of drainage in Kampung Nyabor and Kabong (RM200,000).

Najib also disclosed that the upgrading works on Jalan Ulu Krian and Jalan Ulu Awik costing RM18 million he previously promised had already been put on tender.

Najib who spoke at a meet-the-people session said the Barisan Nasional (BN) had always made it a point to honour all the promises it had made to the people.

“The BN government never forgets to fulfil its promises and it is proven by its effort to expedite the delivery of development projects to the rural areas with a mechanism called National Key Results Area (NKRA),” he said, to the applause about 3,000 people present to welcome him.

On Sarawak and Sabah’s need for more infrastructure such as roads, he said he had during his last three years as premier approved many projects in the two states.

He hoped that the people in these two states would continue to support the BN government in the coming 13th general election to ensure the continuity of these development programmes in their areas.

Also present at the event were Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud; Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas.
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Federal govt allocates RM3.11 billion for water and electricity projects in Sarawak
Posted on May 22, 2012, Tuesday
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KUCHING: A total of RM3.11 billion has been allocated to Sarawak to implement Rural Water Supply (BALB) and Rural Electricity Supply projects (BELB) under the National Key Result Area.

Sarawak Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said from 477 BALB projects under the programme, 311 were completed while 166 were at various stages of implementations, with an allocation of RM1.73 billion.

“A total of 50,000 households will benefit from the projects by the end of the year and the number will go up to 89,000 by 2013,” he said when winding up the session for his ministry at the State Assembly sitting, here, today.

He said Sarawak also received a special allocation to implement 30 more water supply projects at a cost of RM109.75 million. Twenty-seven were completed while the rest were being implemented.

For BELB projects, he said RM1.38 billion had been allocated to Sarawak to implement 829 projects which would benefit 44,300 households.

Almost 75 per cent of the rural populace in Sarawak is now enjoying electricity supply. – Bernama
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RM37.1m for Sarawak tourism projects
22 May 2012 | Last updated at 12:45PM
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KUCHING: Under the 1st Rolling Plan (2011-2012) of the 10th Malaysia Plan, the federal government through the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia has allocated RM37.1 million for the implementation of 50 approved tourism projects in Sarawak.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said to date, 14 projects had been completed, 14 other projects had been awarded to contractors and 22 projects were still at the stage of procurement process (inviting tender and quotation) and most of the 50 projects were expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

"My Ministry is also coordinating and reviewing tourism project proposals which are to be considered under the 3rd rolling plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan worth RM153 million," he said in his winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting, here today.

He said among the projects were Bakam Point-Miri, Bekenu Riverfront-Miri, Miri Tourism Corridor, Heritage Trail Kuching, Botanical Garden-Petra Jaya, Sarawak Museum, Digital Billboards-Kuching and Maritime Museum.

Johari said his ministry was looking forward to the completion of the jetty at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) to provide unique transportation experience for tourists to BCCK via the river taxi.

"This initiative gives BCCK the competitive edge amongst other worldwide convention competitors. This project is expected to be completed by the end of this year," he said.

Talking on the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE), Johari said there was growing awareness, particularly amongst developing nations, that business events such as association conferences were an essential ingredient in the economic strategy of a destination.

He said in order to move up the value chain of the Tourism Industry, my Ministry fully recognised the important contribution of the MICE sector to the economy. This was why the Ministry continued to support the development of convention bids, and the positioning of Sarawak as a business destination.

"Last year, Sarawak hosted 51 Conventions, Incentive and Corporate Meetings with 14,254 delegates and with a direct delegate expenditure of RM27.21 million," he said.

Johari said the total number of bids won last year was 54 with estimated delegates at 24,875 with potential direct delegate expenditure of RM58.30 million up to 2016. -- BERNAMA
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State wins another award in geospatial technologies
by Jacob Achoi, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on May 18, 2012, Friday
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GLOBAL RECOGNITION: Taib and Awang Tengah (left) hold the awards as others look on.

KUCHING: It was another proud moment for the state when it again received an international award for its achievement and exemplary usage of geospatial technologies.

The Geospatial World Excellence Award in Governance Category was conferred on April 24 this year during the gala dinner of World Geospatial Forum held at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Drawn from 49 entries from countries such as Sweden, Japan, United States, India, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, the nominations were evaluated and judged by an international panel of experts in the field of Geographical Information System (GIS).

Receiving the prestigious trophy on behalf of the state was the head of the state delegation Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, who was accompanied by Sarawak Information Technology and Resources Council (SITRC) chairman and SAINS chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam.

Yesterday Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud received the award from Sains and Land and Survey Department at the State Legislative Assembly complex.

Among those present yesterday were Awang Tengah, Assistant Minister of Resource Planning Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, State Secretary Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Sains chief executive officer Datuk Teo Tien Hiong.

The Geospatial World Excellence Award in Land Administration was a significant global recognition of efficient land administration and land management in the state.

It was also a source of motivation and driving force for the state civil service to continuously leverage on the Internet, latest technology and innovation to ensure an efficient service delivery.
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Sarawak people enjoying various benefits within 3 years
14 June 2012 | Last updated at 07:33PM
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PUTRAJAYA: Within three years, the people in Sarawak, especially those staying in the rural and remote areas, have been able to enjoy various facilities and development benefits.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak said that an additional fund of RM2.3 billion was also approved to Sarawak during the period.

"In three years, we have done so much. Imagine if we have another five years, much more can be done. That is why it is crucial for us to ensure Putrajaya remain in Barisan Nasional's hands," he said at a luncheon with community leaders from Telang Usan, Baram, in Sarawak at Seri Perdana here today.

Najib said what the government had done so far was only a beginning and it wanted to do much more.

He said implementation of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) and other assistance provided by the government had been able to improve the life and livelihood of the rural community.

Najib said that since appointed the Prime Minister, he had visited Sarawak more than 50 time and had been to almost every corners of the state.

"Due to the earth structure of Sarawak, majority of the people live in the interior areas where road links, bridge, basic facilities, clean water supply, electricity supply, schools, hospitals and other facilities are crucial,” he added.

As such, he said, the concept of blue ocean strategy was used with the aim of carrying out as many development as possible with minimum cost.

He gave an example of the 73km road from Long Lopeng to Ba'kelalan, involving the construction of nine bailey bridges, which only cost RM52 million as it was carried out through the 'Jiwa Murni' concept.

Otherwise, the project would cost RM300 million, he added.

He said the government had also supplied 41,000 pieces of zinc sheet, costing more than RM15 million, and 2,162 water tanks (RMM5.7 million), as well as provided mobile clinics to look into their health and dental problems. -- BERNAMA
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Sarawak to lure quality tourists through mice international market
Posted on June 13, 2012, Wednesday
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KUCHING: Sarawak wants to lure quality tourists by positioning itself globally through the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) international market, state Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said today.

He said the various hotels here were already fully booked for the next two years in anticipation of an influx of international delegates following conference bid wins secured by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), with the events to be held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), here.

“We have been recognised as the new convention and exhibition destination as a result of our diverse efforts to promote Sarawak that have exposed our facilities to the international market and bring in more quality tourists.”

Abang Johari said this to reporters after witnessing the presentation of SCB’s Brand Laureate Country Branding Award 2011-2012 to Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud from SCB chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Muhammad Leo Toyad, here.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Leo said SCB managed to put Sarawak on the business tourism map, having secured over 180 conference bid wins that were estimated to bring in over RM204 million in direct delegate expenditure over the last five years and another 65 conventions anticipated in the next three years. –Bernama
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Sarawak in talks to introduce seaplane transport service
Posted on June 16, 2012, Saturday
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KUCHING: The Sarawak Tourism Ministry is still holding talks with MASwings and Air Maldives in an effort to introduce a seaplane transport service in several tourist destinations in the state and Sabah.

Its minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the ministry was keen to have 19-seater amphibian aircraft for tourists intending to visit Damai in Santubong,Batang Lupar, and the Batang Ai Dam and Bakun Dam’s lakes, all in Sarawak, and Semporna in Sabah.

“We are thinking of having modified Twin Otter aircraft which can take off and land on water and an airstrip,” he told reporters after opening a hawker centre in Kampung Semariang Batu here.

He said the seaplane transport service could boost tourism in the interior of Sarawak and Sabah. Meanwhile, he said a cooking show on Sarawak’s local dishes would be shot and aired over FOX and AXN channels by end of next year. – BERNAMA
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Bakun Dam rock solid
by Peter Sibon, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on June 16, 2012, Saturday
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Aerial view of the spillways at Bakun dam.

KUCHING: Based on world standards, Bakun hydroelectric dam is safe.

That is the finding of four members of the International Independent Review Panel from Brazil, the United States and Malaysia who visited the dam on May 20 this year.

Sarawak Hidro managing director-cum-chief executive officer Zulkifle Osman saidthe finding effectively put to rest all rumours concerning the dam.

“What the report (by the four members) means is that there is no truth about the rumours that the Bakun Dam’s spillways are cracking.

“We have closed the two spillways from Sunday to today (Friday) as requested by Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) to give way for blasting work to be carried out at Pelagus Rapids,” Zulkifli told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Zulkifle disclosed that many people had called him regarding the low water level at the upper Rajang, especially above Kapit town, and he had told them the reason.

“I would like to thank members of the public for their concern. But rest assure that the dam is safe,” he said, adding that he was grateful to The Borneo Post for its quick response which enabled the rumours to be quashed.

When contacted, a spokesman of Putra Sentosa Enterprise, which has been awarded the contract to blast jutting rocks at Pelagus Rapids, said they had been doing the blasting works since June 4.

“Today we are very happy that we have been able to blast off Batu Wong Nabau which is the hardest of the seven rocks we need to clear for safer river navigation.

He added that Batu Wong Sukat, which is considered the most dangerous rock in the rapids, would be their next target.

He was optimistic that the blasting works could be completed by next month ahead of schedule.

“We would be able to achieve our target if the weather permits.” he said.

Putra Sentosa is using both local and foreign expertise to carry out this task.

Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing had said during the initial blasting works on May 18 that the main reason to blast off the jutting rocks in the rapids was to ensure river safety as many lives, including high-ranking government officials, had lost their lives in the dreaded one km-long rapids.

Masing added that he had recommended the project to the state government two years ago.

“We would also like to assure that the blasting work would not spoil the overall beauty of the rapids as only seven dangerous rocks would be blasted.”

The locals call the seven rocks Wong Lapoh, Wong Nabau, Batu Kawie, Wong Sukat, Wong Tilan, Batu Naga and Wong Pantu.
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Sarawak registers 12% drop in crime for first half of 2012
Updated: Tuesday July 3, 2012 MYT 12:43:09 PM
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KUCHING: The state recorded a healthy 12% drop in crime rate for the first half of the year, said Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

He said from January to June this year, the crime index registered 5,043 cases compared with 5,702 for the same period last year, a reduction of 659 cases.

"However, police officers at all levels must continue to double their efforts to ensure the downward trend continued," he said during a monthly gathering at the Sarawak police headquarters here on Tuesday.

He said since crime rate in rural areas was still high, all district police heads had to study the reasons and act promptly to curb such activities.

"From the statistics, it's a good sign but we need to improve further. This can be achieved through closer cooperation among all concerned parties and increased police omnipresence in the crime hot spots," he said.

He also urged police officers at all levels to maintain their discipline, integrity and inculcate positive values to avoid being involved in negative activities. - Bernama
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S'wak gets RM92.9 mil for flood mitigation projects
Last updated on 13 August 2012 - 05:43pm
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SIBU (Aug 13, 2012): Sarawak has acquired federal funds amounting to RM92.9 million to implement a number of flood mitigation projects this year.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said the bulk of the fund (RM52 million) would be for repairing and upgrading small drains in the state.

"We have identified that clogged drains are contributing to floods in many towns. They are either too small, damaged or clogged, thus preventing water flow," he told reporters after checking on the progress of works on flood mitigation projects here today.

He said the new projects included Betong (RM8.9 million), Kampung Bintangor, Kuching (RM6.1 million), Kapit (RM4.03 million) and Song (RM4.07 million). Uggah said the Sibu Flood Mitigation Programme Phase One costing RM138 million was now 96.8 per cent completed as of Aug 6, 2012.

He said the Second Phase costing RM50 million which includes building four pump stations would be implemented soon and should be ready in two years.

Uggah said under the Third Rolling Plan, a proposal for the Third Phase costing RM400 million had been submitted to the government for approval.

"If approved and implemented, floods will be a thing of the past for the whole of Sibu," he said. – Bernama
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Robotics technology to drive S’wak forward
by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 5, 2012, Wednesday
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GETTING CREATIVE: Students from MRSM Kota Putra, Terengganu setting up
their robots – the Haste Motriz and Vantoriz – at the exhibition booth. Both
the robots are designed to aid the disabled, senior citizens or sick people to
shift between rooms or floors at their premises. — Photo by Jeffery Mostapa


KUCHING: The state is looking seriously into training students in robotics and automation skills to meet the manpower demands of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong yesterday said such training would also enable the state to enhance the efficiency and productivity of its labour force to compete globally.

“If we can enhance our knowledge in automation, if we can go for robotics, the state will become more efficient with significant increase in productivity.

“With this, we will be able to lower the cost of production, enabling us to compete with the rest of the world and become equivalent to countries such as Japan and China who are already at the top in terms of technology and skilled workforce level,” he said when officiating at the second International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors (Iris) 2012 at Hilton Hotel here.

Among those present were Iris 2012 honorary chairman Prof Dr Masahiro Ohka from Nagoya University of Japan, general chairmen Prof Dr Iskhandar Baharin and Prof Dr Ahmed Jaafar who is Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) dean of Mechanical Engineering Faculty, and conference chairman Dr Hanafiah Yussof.

Manyin, who is also Tebedu assemblyman, added that robotics and intelligent sensors could also be applied to various fields like plantations, bio-medicine, manufacturing, automotive and non-destructive testing (ND).

Touching on plantations, in which the state is embarking on a large scale, he reported that the state had more than 1 million hectares of palm oil plantations which require application of robotics and intelligent sensors.

The symposium, themed ‘Smart Sensors, Smart Robots’, presents a comprehensive landscape of the progress and development of the 21st century, with robotics and sensors playing a pivotal role in the future technology of mankind.

Iris 2012 is organised by UiTM’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with the Malaysian Robotics and Automation Interest group (Myraig), the Malaysian Society for Engineering and Technology (MySET) and Nagoya University, the Graduate School of Information Science.

The inaugural International Robot PRIDE Competition 2012 was also held together with the symposium. The objective of PRIDE is to explore and exhibit innovative ideas and designs within the scope of Robotics, Sensors, Automation and Intelligent Systems.

Among the highlights at the opening ceremony yesterday was a live robot show by Aldebaran Robotics of France. Launched in 2005, Aldebaran Robotics is among the first in the world focusing on humanoid robotics. Aldebaran manufactures the NAO humanoid robot, a star in the education and research market worldwide.

Myraig was formed on Feb 17, 2010 as an interest group under MySET aiming to be the professional platform where engineers, technologists and industry players can meet to discuss robotics and automation programmes and policies.
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World’s richest gold mine may be in Sarawak
Posted on 12 September 2012 - 09:33pm Cindi Loo
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PETALING JAYA (Sept 12, 2012): The richest gold mine in the whole world may possibly be found in the Jugan Hills of central Bau, Sarawak, if metallurgy tests are correct.

According to tests conducted by Canada-based mining company Olympus Pacific Materials Inc, an estimated 50 million tonnes of gold may be extracted from the area.

This is more than what is produced by the Grasberg gold mine in the Indonesian province of Papua – currently the largest gold mine in the world – which can produce up to 48 million tonnes of gold.

Central Bau is a large and historic goldfield with an established gold resource, which has been mined intermittently and has yielded 71 million tonnes since the mid-19th century.

The Bau Goldfield lies within the Borneo metalliferous belt, which contains several other productive gold mining camps, including Kelian, Mamut (gold and copper) and Mt Muro.

Preliminary results from metallurgy tests conducted by Olympus Pacific indicate that Jugan Hills alone is capable of producing 17 million tonnes of gold.

Olympus Pacific chief executive officer John Seton in a statement said that the test results were most favourable to its Bau gold mine project as the gold deposits found there are of industry standards.

This allows development of the gold mine in Jugan Hills to go as planned, he said.

Olympus Pacific, which controls 83% of the joint-venture company North Borneo Gold Sdn Bhd operating the Bau goldfield project, is expected to increase its stake to 93% over the next two years.
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S'wak Energy to start work on 500 kv transmission line
Posted on 18 September 2012 - 05:39pm
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KUCHING (Sept 18, 2012): Sarawak Energy Bhd will start the construction of its 500-kilovolts (Kv) backbone transmission system, with an investment of RM3 billion, to reinforce the infrastructure along the state from Bintulu to Kuching soon, its chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit said today.

He said the project would be finished in stages from late 2014 to late 2015. "Sarawak Energy has now signed firm agreements with Tokuyama, Asia Minerals, Press Metal, OM Holdings and PLN (Persero) from Indonesia for a combined total of 1,800-megawatts (MW) and also term sheet agreements with a further three customers for an additional 600 megawatts," he said at the official opening of the new Sarawak Energy headquarters at the Kuching Isthmus here by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

"This means that the entire firm output of both Bakun and Murum dams have been sold to solid industries at attractive prices and with reasonable inflation clauses," he said, adding that the Murum project, which was now 75 per cent completed, would start production by early 2014.

He said its new big project, the Balingian 600-MW coal fired plant, in Mukah area was due to commence construction next year with production to start in late 2015.

Only a small amount of power from the plant at Balingian remains available for sale, he said. Competition for that power among potential customers is now fierce, he added. – Bernama
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No mission impossible
Wednesday September 19, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...08&sec=sarawak



Level up: The new SEB headquarters located at the Isthmus, Sejingkat,
with the company's new corporate logo at the top of the building.


KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has managed to significantly reduce power theft in the state over the last two years, achieving what was initially thought to be impossible.

Its chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit said power theft was at 7.9% of SEB’s overall production at the end of 2010 at a cost of RM160mil.

Today, the actual losses had been reduced to 3.8% and the cost less than half of that in 2010.
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