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Info Ministry to go ahead with projects in Sabah

Kota Kinabalu: The Information Ministry will go ahead with the implementation of broadcasting infrastructure projects in Sabah and Sarawak under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this includes the construction of the proposed new Sabah Broadcasting Complex at a cost of RM70million here as well as improvement to the studio and Electronic News Gathering (ENG) equipment.

"The implementation of the radio transmission upgrading project in Sabah and Sarawak including the installation of a Radio Data System at the existing transmission stations will also be given priority," he said in reply to a question from Beluran MP Datuk Ronald Kiandee at the Dewan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur Thursday.

Ahmad Zahid said focus would also be given to the effort to boost the quality of the RTM television reception particularly in those out-of-reach areas in Sabah.

"This includes increasing the broadcasting capacity of the television transmitter stations in Bukit Kemiri and Hotel Perkasa to 500 watts, as well as to 1,000 watts at the station in Felda Sahabat. Besides this there is the construction of new transmitter stations in Pensiangan and Kampung Sim-Sim," he said.

For Sarawak, Ahmad Zahid said efforts would be made to boost the television broadcasting capacity at the Telekom stations in Mukah and Song to 500 watts. This project will also involve preparing a transmitter with a capacity of 1,000 watts at the Telekom station on Bukit Singgalan and 500 watts at Bukit TT844.

Apart from that, a new television transmitter station is also expected to be built at Sungai Asap, Sarawak, in 2008/2009.

Ahmad Zahid also assured that RTM will give priority to more coverage and telecast of news from Sabah and Sarawak.

Besides being transmitted through the local radio channels, he said these will also be aired through all the other national radios and TV news.

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Cheshire Home Adoption Scheme


Kota Kinabalu: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin has called on Samaritans among individuals and the corporate sector here to participate in the Cheshire Home Residents' Adoption Scheme.

By doing so, he said, all donations and monetary contributions could help lessen the burden of the charitable society in coming up with its annual budget of RM500,000 to cover all its expenses.

"Sabah Cheshire Home was registered as a charitable voluntary welfare organisation more than three decades ago to provide care and shelter to the disabled who suffer from varying types of disabilities.

"Running and maintaining this home definitely require tremendous efforts in various forms such as manpower, finances and buildings. Hence, I do hope that our community as well as the corporate sector will come forward to participate in this scheme to help out the organisation," he said.

Yahya, who is also Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister, said this in his speech when launching the scheme at the Sabah Council of Social Services (MPMS) office, here, Thursday.

He also presented Certificates of Appreciation to donors who have contributed about RM20,000 to the organisation.

Also present were Sabah Welfare Services Department Director, Datuk Mastor Samin, National Council of Cheshire Homes Malaysia-cum-Sabah Cheshire Home President, Roland Chin, and his Vice-President Lawrence Hee, among others.

On Tuesday, Yahya handed over an annual grant of RM190,000 to the Sabah Cheshire Home, RM10,000 more than last year to fund its expenses and activities.

"It is indeed a proud moment for the Sabah Cheshire Home as they have successfully organised this Residents' Adoption Scheme in order to provide the home with a more regular source of income to sustain their operations," he said.

Yahya was made to understand that Leonard Cheshire International has strongly supported this scheme.

He said it had come out with the Bangkok Statement of Partnership 2005 which placed great importance in partnership and networking between governments, international organisations, civil societies including academic institutions, disabled people's organisations and non-government organisations as well as private sector in the formulation and implementation of strategies, policies and programmes.

In the local scene, Yahya said the MPMS has practised this approach as shown by many of their current programmes such as the annual Welfare Week, fundraising activities and mini concert participated by all 23 members.

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FUNDS FOR A BETTER CENTRAL MARKET
2nd April, 2007
KOTA KINABALU: City Hall would soon allocate funds to give the Central Market here a facelift, as well as to improve its amenities, the Mayor, Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim said.

He announced this while speaking at a dinner hosted by the Kota Kinabalu Hawkers Association (KKHA) in conjunction with its “Golden Jubilee” celebration, held at a leading Chinese restaurant here on Saturday.

The announcement received a thunderous applause from the Association members as well as its invited guests who were present at the occasion.

Iliyas noted that the timely plan came about as the result of Datuk Edward Khoo’s personal attention towards the plight of the hawkers over the need to better improve the condition of the market.

“Khoo in fact told me that whatever needs to be repair must be repaired. We should thank him (Khoo) for his effort in securing the much needed funds from the State government,” said Iliyas.

Besides this, Iliyas also called on the Association members to strive to maintain the cleanliness of the marketplace, especially citing that it is frequently visited by tourists and foreign visitors.

Among the local dignitaries present included its guest of honour Datuk Yong Teck Lee who is also the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President, Khoo, who is also Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Assistant Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Melanie Chia, Assistant Local Government and Housing Minister Edward Yong Oui Fah, Likas Assemblyman Liew Teck Chan, MP for Sepangar Eric Majimbun, MCA Api-Api divisional chairman Datuk Chau Teck On, former MP for Gaya Datuk Yong Chew Lip and long-serving KKHA President, Fung Tze Yen.

Yong who is also the Association’s Honorary Advisor in his speech later welcomed Iliyas’s announcement, describing it as a timely move towards preserving the historical building and landmark of Kota Kinabalu city.

Citing the case of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) which had remained where it is till to date despite numerous talks of relocation in the past, he hoped the Central Market too could remain at its present site, unless it is absolutely necessary to relocate it.

This was also the aspiration of a majority of the hawkers who had been doing business there for the last four decades.

Apart from this Yong also later urged the Association to submit a list of items that require repair or refurbishment, to the City Hall as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, during his speech Fung registered his utmost appreciation to Yong for his unswerving support to the Association in the past 17 years.

He also thanked Khoo for his support and assistance in the recent years and, especially in the latest move of securing State government funds for the Central Market’s renovation.
 

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Components have say in KK's growth, says SAPP

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Api-Api Constituency Liaison Committee (CLC) will continue to impress upon Kota Kinabalu MP Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai on the importance of giving a fair chance to all Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties to partake in the development process of Kota Kinabalu.

This was among the resolutions unanimously passed in its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2007 here last Sunday. The AGM involved its six branches namely, Sinsuran, Bandaran Berjaya, Api-Api Centre, Kg Air, Taman Friendly, and the Asia City.

SAPP Api-Api CLC Chairman Datuk David Chong said he was prepared to talk to Dr Yee again on the matter despite the latter ignoring the CLC's numerous applications to take part in the city's growth.

David concurred with two BN KK component parties leaders Datuk Chau Tet On who is MCA Api-Api division Chairman and Datuk V. Jothi (MIC Sabah chief) that the participation of all BN component parties in the development process of Kota Kinabalu was vital towards demonstrating BN's team spirit.

This was to better ensure projects implemented by the elected representatives would truly benefit the people, he said. He also called on Dr Yee to heed the call of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman that all MPs in the State wisely use and distribute their constituency development allocation and to call other component parties to discuss about it.

David said had Dr Yee approached other component parties for discussion on how best to use his development funds, issues such as the "longkang benches in Luyang" would not have occurred.

"But like the saying goes, "to err is human and to forgive is divine", I'm sure the people are willing to forgive such a mistake if Dr Yee sincerely apologises to the people for such a mistake," he said.

Besides this, all its six branches also unanimously passed a resolution calling SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee to stand in the coming election for the State seat.

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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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