Friday, 23-Feb-2018

Wong is appointed China Consulate rep in Labuan

Wong is appointed China Consulate rep in Labuan
Published on: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Labuan: The Chairman of the Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (LCCC), Datuk Wong Kii Yii, has been given the “honorary credential” of being a representative of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sabah in co-ordinating matters relating to China and Labuan.

Wong was handed the credential in a simple ceremony held in Kota Kinabalu by the Chinese Consul General in Sabah, Liang Chaide, recently.

At the same event, seven others from various districts in Sabah were also appointed.

Wong said he was deeply honoured by the recognition and “would work hard to enhance ties between Labuan and China in matters related to tourism, trade and culture.”

He said the appointment by the Chinese government reflected trust in him and also for the convenience of Chinese nationals on holiday or other reasons here who need emergency assistance.

“Through the appointment, those visiting Chinese nationals can get assistance immediately in some matters here without having to go to the consulate in Kota Kinabalu,” added Wong.

He said Malaysia was now in the Chinese tourism and trade map and dealings between the two countries have improved.

“Having an appointed official here is beneficial to both Labuan and China,” he added, without elaborating on the scope of his responsibilities.

Recently, a China Foreign Ministry official was reported saying that about 700 Chinese nationals were killed while on holiday overseas and a third of them died in water-related activities.

Over the past few years, Sabah and Labuan have seen a significant increase in the number of tourists from China and it is believed that with an appointed representative emergency services can be more easily available when needed. – Sohan Das

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=122982

Labuan ‘Ah Long’ racket busted

Labuan ‘Ah Long’ racket busted
Published on: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Labuan: Police here busted an “Ah Long” (illegal money-lending) syndicate and arrested five people on Tuesday.

Labuan Police Chief Supt Farid Ahmad said they were detained in a raid on a premises at Jalan Bunga Mawar by six officers from the Commercial Crime Division around 1130am.

He said 79 items were also seized during the raid, including cash totalling to RM34,133.30, flyers, business cards, logbooks containing the records of debtors, ATM cards, receipts and copies of the debtors’ identification cards.

The five suspects comprising three women and two men, aged between 22 and 32, were believed to be shopkeepers of the premises.

There were remanded for three days beginning Wednesday to facilitate investigations.

Farid said the officers conducted a stakeout at the premises for about a week before they raided the premises.

“They (syndicate) promoted their business by leaving business cards and flyers at public places and on vehicles.

“The premises is said to have been licensed for running services business only and there was no money-lending licence issued to the premises by the Ministry of Finance,” he added.

Muhamad Farid noted the syndicate’s targeted victims were small-time entrepreneurs, and low and middle-income earners who were lured with easily approved loans.

“Such businesses thrive due to public demand. The onus does not lie solely on the authorities.

If the public continue to turn to loan sharks, then the issue will never be solved,” he said, adding that the police would continue to conduct operations to eradicate such activities.

Farid urged the public to come forward if they have information pertaining to “Ah Along” syndicates on the island.

According to him, there are only five licensed money-lenders in Labuan.

The case is being investigated under Section 5(2) of the Moneylenders Act 1951, which carries a fine of not less than RM250,000 or jail of up to five years, or both, on conviction. – Iffah Dilaney

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=122966

Labuan Umno Youth vows to continue once-a-month fuel giveaways to m-cyclists

LABUAN Umno Youth has been giving out free fuel to motorcyclists with machines of 150cc and below, a promised to continue to do so once a month.

More than 800 motorcyclists took advantage of the programme held for more than an hour at the Saguking Petronas station last night, witnessed by Umno Supreme Council member Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Labuan MP Rozman Isli.

Federal Territory Umno Youth vice-chief Mohd Rafi Ali Hassan, who is also Labuan Umno Youth chief, said the initiative was part of the party wing’s efforts to help lessen the burden of the people, especially youth, in view of the island’s economic slowdown.

“We’ll continue to organise it (free fuel fill-ups) every month this year as promised,” he said.

Labuan Umno vice-chief Khalid Ghani commended the initiative, saying it was also a good platform for youth to foster good rapport with local leaders and rebuild the people’s confidence in Umno.

The initiative, introduced in 2016, had been extended to all Umno branches in the federal territory since April last year. – Bernama, February 22, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/39215

Residents Express Gratitude For New Mosque

KOTA BELUD, Feb 16 (Bernama) — The residents of Kampung Labuan near here have expressed gratitude for the new RM200,000 Masjid Jamek in the village.

Mosque committee chairman Sibil Uli in thanking the government said with the new mosque, more Kampung Labuan residents would be able to perform the Friday prayers here.

“Prior to this, residents had to go to other mosques such as Masjid Pekan Kota Belud for the Friday prayers because the old mosque could not accommodate the congregation.”

Sibil said this at the launch of Masjid Jamek Kampung Labuan by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, who is also Usukan assemblyman, here today.

For Indah Awap, 48, the mosque, which could accommodate about 200 worshippers at any one time, was now more conducive as it was equipped with fans and air conditioning units.

Mohd Fazli Mohd Arpah,14, said with the comfortable setting, more youngsters would attend religious programmes at the mosque.

— BERNAMA

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1436977

JICA Partnership Program (JPP) “Water Supply Control And NRW (Non-Revenue Water) Management Technology Training And Capacity Building Project In Malaysia” In Labuan

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Bernama) — The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), is currently conducting a JICA Partnership Program (JPP) on “Water Supply Control and NRW (Non-Revenue Water) Management Technology Training and Capacity Building Project in Malaysia”.

This JPP was commenced in July 2017 and will be continued for 3 years until the year 2020. It is collaboratively implemented by TSS Tokyo Water Co., Ltd. (TSS) and Yokohama Solution Service Corporation from Japan with support of Tokyo Metropolitan Government and by the Water Supply Division of KeTTHA (BBA) in Labuan.For the full text, click here.

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1437720

Six Agriculture Projects To Be Implemented In Labuan

LABUAN, Feb 21 (Bernama) — At least six agriculture projects, worth RM423,100 and involving 896 participants, will be implemented on the duty-free-island this year, said Labuan Agriculture director Mohd Jurijh Abdullah Fauzi.

“The projects, through planting incentives to farmers, are aimed at boosting the agro-based products, besides to cater for the increasing demand on the island,” he told reporters here today.

He said the projects included selected fruits replanting; vegetables increment aid, watermelon cluster programme; nursery transformation and plant decoration project; urban agriculture development and Malaysian Good Agricultural Practices (My-GAP) Strengthening Program.

Jurijh said the department was also planning to redevelop the existing Kilan Agriculture Project via a beautification project.

“This is part of our plan to develop urban agriculture model, apart from stingless bee (Kelulut) honey rearing, fresh water breeding (aquaculture), planting nursery and low-lying cabbage planting,” he said…..

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1437902

Labuan Police Uncover Duty-Free Island’s First ‘Ah Long’ Syndicate

By Jailani Hassan

LABUAN, Feb 21 (Bernama) — In what is believed to be the first of its kind in Labuan, the police have uncovered a syndicate linked to a network of loan sharking activities in the duty-free island with the arrest of two men.

The suspected ‘ah long’ (loan sharks) were picked up about 11.30am yesterday in an operation codenamed ‘Ops Vulture’ during a raid downtown by the Commercial Crime Division.

Also detained were three female cohorts whose role, according to initial police investigations, might have been to lure potential customers for the syndicate whose clientele runs into hundreds of borrowers.

The five suspects, including a runner. are aged between 22 and 28.

Labuan police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said the suspects were remanded for three days to facilitate investigations into the ‘ah long’ network which had reared its ugly head in Labuan for the first time…..

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1438050

Call For Urban Wellbeing Foundation To Be More Active

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Bernama) — The Urban Wellbeing Foundation (YKB) has been urged to be more active in assisting the urban poor community, orphan organisations and tahfiz schools in the three federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.

Federal Territories Ministry’s Puspanita patron, Datuk Seri Anggraini Sentiyaki said the efforts could be done with the cooperation from the Federal Territories Ministry in organising various activities that would be beneficial for those groups.

“(YKB) can focus on civil servants from low-income bracket who are facing difficulties such as those with physically-challenged (OKU) children, large number of children and also unemployed couples. Such groups must be helped to ease their suffering,” she said.

Anggraini, who is the wife of Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, said this when visiting Zalina Husain, who has five small children including an OKU, at the latter’s house in Precinct 8, Putrajaya.

Also present were YKB chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mustapha Ahmad Marican and the ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Management and Socio-Economic), Datuk Rosida Jaafar…..

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1438163

Malaysia’s First Fishing Town In Labuan

LABUAN, Feb 22 (Bernama) — The coastal town of Kiamsam here is set for bigger times with an allocation of RM40 million from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry to develop it into the country’s first Fishing Town within two years.

The allocation included RM15 million for the resettlement of fishermen and another RM3 million to build an electrical substation at the current Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) complex in Kiamsam.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, said construction work on the second phase of the project, costing RM20 million, was expected to begin in the second quarter of this year.

“The allocation includes for provision of additional landing facilities through the construction and upgrading work at the complex including jetties to meet the needs of fishing entrepreneurs,” he said at the launch of the Fishing Town Blueprint and a meet-the-people session at the LKIM Complex today.

He said the development of the area is expected to have an economic impact on the 3,000-odd residents and 500 traders and entrepreneurs there.

This will create a new fishing town which will balance the population density and traffic of Bandar Labuan, he said.

Ahmad Shabery said the first phase of the project, costing RM10 million, which involved the construction of basic fish landing components, was completed and fully-operational since last year.

He said the Blueprint for Kiamsam Fishing Town was in line with the ministry’s objective to develop a centralised comprehensive Fishing Town which is in line with the Labuan Blueprint 2018 launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently.

We hope that the allocation for the fishermen’s resettlement is capable of providing the infrastructure facilities and a community hall, thus giving the fishing community a better quality of life, he said.

Ahmad Shabery said the project would hopefully boost the fishing industry there and provide about 1,000 new jobs to the community as well as create a modern fishing town, complete with various infrastructure facilities.

It is also expected to increase landing activities, thus creating an economic impact on all those involved in the fishing sector and industry in Labuan, he said.

At the event, Ahmad Shabery also presented a replica of a cheque for RM1.25 million in the fishermen’s cost-of-living allowance (ESHN) to chairman of the Labuan Fishermen’s Association.

He also presented a cheque for RM36,100 in LKIM’s Fishermen Natural Disaster and Welfare Scheme, involving 17 recipients, and another cheque for RM22,500 in LKIM’s Aquaculture Touch Point Aid for two recipients.

— BERNAMA

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1438280

Free Top-up Fuel For 150cc Motorcycles In Labuan

LABUAN, Feb 22 (Bernama) — The Labuan UMNO Youth fulfilled its promise to provide motorcyclists here with machines of 150cc and below with free fuel fill-up once a month.

More than 800 motorcyclists took advantage of the programme held for more than an hour at the Saguking Petronas station last night, witnessed by UMNO Supreme council member Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli.

Federal Territory UMNO Youth vice-chief, Datuk Mohd Rafi Ali Hassan, who is also Labuan UMNO Youth chief, said the initiative was part of the party wing’s initiative to help lessen the financial burden of the people, especially youths, in view of the island’s economic slowdown.

“We’ll continue to organise it (free fuel fill-up) every month this year as promised,” he told Bernama today.

Labuan UMNO vice-chief Datuk Khalid Ghani commended the initiative, saying it was also a good platform for youths to foster good rapport with local leaders and rebuild the people’s confidence in UMNO.

The initiative, introduced in 2016, had been extended to all UMNO branches in the federal territory since April last year.

–BERNAMA

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1438228

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