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Old March 31st, 2007, 06:58 PM   #1
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SANDAKAN (formerly Elopura) | Sabah | Town & Division

Link to the first one : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=337095

This is the second thread for Sandakan as the first one reached more than 500 posts...

Sandakan is the second-largest town in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia, on the north-eastern of island of Borneo. It is located on the east coast of the island and had a population of 347,334 as of the 2000 census. It is the administrative centre of Sandakan Division and was the former capital of British North Borneo. Sandakan is known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations in Sabah, such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves. It is also infamous for being the site from where the Sandakan Death Marches commenced in 1945.



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Old March 31st, 2007, 07:14 PM   #2
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Giant Hypermarket (31st March 2007, the third day after opening)













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Old March 31st, 2007, 07:26 PM   #3
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Congrats!!! ....so many ppl, oledy the 3rd day opened liao.....

Thx for the photos!!! Keep updating...
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looks really crowded... the retail scene in Sandakan is hotting up... no doubt....

Just wonder who will be the anchor tenant for SHS......
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ha ha..thats why i always confident if this kind of mall (like giant) come to east malaysia..they will get a superb demand...
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 03:17 AM   #6
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Wow.... it look hot... hope this heat will carry on.... at least Giant hypermarket will become a shopping paradise in sandakan at the moment. Now sdk got 2 hot spot isn't?
1. giant
2. sandakan habour square

Nissan, got any more giant's photos to show?
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No, i did not take the photos in the hypermarket part of the complex because it was so crowded........
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 08:32 AM   #8
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Source : http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=48798

UMS school to help transform agri sector
Kota Kinabalu: Sekolah Pertanian Lestari (SPL) of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) aspires to produce human capital capable of transforming the agriculture sector in Sabah.

The 13th UMS school in Sandakan which has been operational since last year has accepted 74 undergraduates for the academic session 2006/2007 to pursue three programmes - Crop Production, Landscape and Horticulture, and Livestock Production Programme.

Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail, said Sabah needs quality, knowledgeable and calibre human capital to translate State policies that would develop agriculture particularly in rural areas.

"The establishment of this school is timely as it is in line with the State's development agenda (halatuju) based on three sectors, agriculture being among them.

"The school is expected not only to generate academic qualification on paper but also produce quality, responsible and down-to-earth graduates who are willing and committed to help rural farmers in improving their production and modernising their methods," he said.

Rahim was speaking to reporters at the official launching of a one-day Workshop on Cooperation of SPL in the Agriculture Industry at a hotel, here, Monday.

Also present were UMS Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin, and the school's dean, Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohamad Wan Othman.

Rahim said graduates should not to feel embarrassed to set foot into paddy fields, livestock compounds and fish ponds, among others, as this is one way to directly involved with agricultural activities and gain invaluable experiences.

"It is not sufficient for the graduates to just present what they know in paper and present them in seminars or workshops here and there but when it comes to the field groundÉthey have nothing. We also do not want them to just stay in the office and do administrative works.

"That is why the State wants the new crop of the SPL graduates to reflect the expected work culture and willing to face present and future challenges in developing the State's agriculture industry," Rahim said.

On transforming rural agriculture, he said, almost 70 per cent of farmers, fishermen and livestock breeders are in rural areas where they need to be exposed to modern methods that can improve their production.

"The State has many programmes to transform rural agriculture, which is stated in the Sabah Agriculture Policy 2 (DPNS2), to elevate their source of income in the sector and eradicate poverty.

"But all of these need participation and commitment from agriculture people to willingly accept with open minds the transformation process," he said.

Meanwhile, UMS Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin said the setting up of SPL followed the approval of the Federal Government and that more than RM100 million has been chanelled to build its campus in Sandakan under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

"We are truly grateful to the Federal Government to realise this dream under the 9MP and to the State Government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa for awarding 99ha for the development of the UMS-SPL at Mile 10, Sg Batang, in Sandakan.


"Such strong support proves that the Federal and State governments want to see socio-economic development and educate the communities through a new way of developing the agriculture sector in Sabah," he said in his speech at the same event.

Hence, Mohd Noh said the establishment of the SPL would support the State's aspiration to produce a first class human capital, particularly in the agriculture industry.
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PArt of the proposed education hub? Till now still not too sure where's the location.
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I guess it should be in promixity of Sepilok...
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Today's photo...

Giant Hypermarket



Bandar Labuk Jaya construction







Construction of shop office blocks close to BDC

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Source : http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=254622

Kinabatangan Valley, The Resting Place Of Timber Coffins


By Haslin Gaffor

SANDAKAN, April 3 (Bernama) -- Lembah Kinabatangan, located in Sabah's central region, is not only renowned for its vast oil palm plantations. The valley is also the resting place of priceless treasures in the form of "timber coffins".

It is believed that about 2,000 timber coffins, some as old as 1,000 years, dotted the Kinabatangan Valley, making the area one of the nation's important archeological sites.

Many of the coffins, made from hard wood like belian and merbau, are found in several caves at the valley.

Among the caves is Agop Batu Tulug in Kampung Batu Putih, Kinabatangan, turned into an archeological site by the Sabah Museum Department on July 6, 1995.

The Sabah Museum authorities, with collaboration from the National Museum and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), are now carrying out restoration works in efforts to conserve the timber coffins found in the valley.

COFFINS' LOCATION

To the Sungai community, "Agop" means cave.

Statistics show that there are 125 timber coffins in Agop Batu Tulug, which dated back to some 700-900 years ago.

The other coffins are in the caves of Batu Supu (68), Serupi (40), Tapadong (20), Miasias and Sipit (10) as well as at Kuala Sungai Kalisun (eight), Danum Valley Research Centre and Segarong (lima), Gumantong, Madai, Baturong and Bodgaya (two each), Kuala Danum and Melanta Tutup (one each).

The timber coffin zone considered still active is in Ulu Segama, Lahad Datu.

According to Sabah Museum Department Director Datuk Joseph P. Guntavid more timber coffins can be found in Tawau.

Todate, only the Agop Batu Tulug in Batu Putih, Kinabatangan was made a tourist destination and gazetted as a heritage museum.

He said the museum authorities are still scouring the Kinabatangan Valley for more locations with timber coffins.

"We believe there are more timber coffins in Kinabatangan Valley and the search goes on for the relics to ensure that these priceless treasures do not go missing in time," he said.

RESEARCH, CONSERVATION

"The conservation efforts are crucial to ensure that these timber coffins become the heritage to future generations and as priceless treasures to the state".

Joseph said this during the recent visit by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim to the Agop Batu Tulug archeological site.

When discovered, the coffins were haphazardly placed. There are those in still relatively good condition while others have deteriorated. Some of the coffin lids were found separated from the main structure.

The Sabah Museum Department has sent samples of wooden materials that were used to make the coffins to USM for analysis.

COFFIN TALES

Joseph said each of the coffins is heavy, as the structures were made from stone-hard materials like the kayu belian, also known as the Borneo ironwood.

Each of these coffins is long in measurement, and the one that measures close to seven metres is the longest timber coffin discovered in Batu Supu, Kinabatangan Valley, so far.

The "tongue" is located at the far end of the coffin. If the tongue is shaped like an animal, then the coffin housed the body of a man. On the other hand if the protuberance bears no particular shape, then the coffin houses the body of a woman.

Joseph said the coffins were adorned with various carvings like the head of a buffalo or tempadau, crocodile, lizard, snake and bird.

He said the culture of using such coffins is believed to be linked with the discovery of similar coffins in China and Vietnam.

Chinese merchants who migrated to Sabah could have brought along this culture, he said.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Meanwhile, the research and conservation works held at the Kinabatangan Valley caves that house the timber coffins have garnered attention and support from the federal government.

Dr Rais, after his visit to the Agop Batu Tulug archeological site, said a report on these efforts would be tabled before the Cabinet for assistance to conserve these priceless heritages.

-- BERNAMA
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 01:49 PM   #13
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Giant Hypermarket

Wowww....got "class" huh...

Nice exterior design...thx nissan for the pics..Still many ppl ah??
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It is not as crowded as the earlier days of its opening, but still more than half of the parking space in the hypermarket has been occupied when i went there today and crowds can still be seen especially in fast food outlets and grocery area...
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Can post pics of the fast food area...hehe...thx ah...

I wan to see how beautiful the fast food area...dun forget the toilets oso...hahaha...nola nola, juz jk jk jk..
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PArt of the proposed education hub? Till now still not too sure where's the location.
Base on the Sandakan District and Local Plan
source :http://www.townplanning.sabah.gov.my/sdk_map.htm

The University location should at the demarcated area as follows :-
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Interesting, that is a big piece of land....

I saw a roundabout that leads to Sungai Batang as indicated on the road sign, maybe it leads to that land....
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Source : http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=48788

Lahad Datu tops list with RM3.35bil projects
Lahad Datu: LAHAD Datu attracted the highest number of 38 investment projects in Sabah in 2006, worth RM3.35 billion and the creation of 2,019 job opportunities.

State Secretary Datuk K.Y. Mustafa (pic) said Papar came second, with seven projects worth RM892.9m and 770 jobs.

Sandakan was third with eight projects worth RM235.5m and 968 jobs.

Kunak had two projects worth RM119m and 66 job opportunities, followed by Tawau with eight projects worth RM116.5m and 329 jobs.

Kota Kinabalu was at number six with 16 projects worth RM50m and 586 job opportunities.

He said a total of 92 projects involving an investment of RM4.88b was approved in 2006 compared to RM2.10b for 65 projects in 2005. Even though the global competition is great, Sabah would continue to pull in foreign investors, he said.

"This reflects the competitiveness of the State as a manufacturing and export centre," he said, adding, "the projects approved in 2006 also created 5,418 job opportunities."

Mustafa further disclosed that a 'Sabah State Competitiveness Study' in 2006 by the National Productivity Corporation (NPC) Sabah found the State ranked 50 out of 62 global economies.

Compared to nine world economies in the American group, Sabah ranked sixth preceding Brazil.
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Today's photo (Town centre)





Some parts of the road in town centre are being changed to concrete

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I can see the contruction sites of Harbour Mall area...

Nice, some block had completed...
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