Sunday, 18-Mar-2018

Hisham: Do not believe Pakatan’s manifesto

LABUAN: Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto is just an attempt to fish for votes, says Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said the people must not be deceived by propaganda.

“What is important now is to evaluate the promises Pakatan Rakyat made in the 13th General Election, especially in Penang, as they have not been fulfilled until today.

“As such, how can we believe it (the new manifesto) can be realised?” he said after launching the Labuan Barisan Nasional election machinery yesterday.

He said the soon-to-be-unveiled Barisan manifesto would be a genuine one that would gain the people’s confidence and trust, because it could be translated into reality.

Commenting on the sovereignty issue of Sabah as listed in Pakatan’s manifesto, Hishammuddin said those who were not well-versed with the situation might believe it.

“That is why I’m going to Sabah to explain to the people there that only Barisan can preserve the security and sovereignty of the state,” said Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister. — Bernama


Wildlife tourism pioneer Danny dies

Wildlife tourism pioneer Danny dies
Published on: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A crowd of relatives, friends and tourism players paid their last respect to the late wildlife adventure pioneer Danny Chew, 83, at the funeral service held in KK Tionghua Funeral Parlour, Friday.

He was cremated following a Buddhist rite funeral service.

Among those who mourned Danny’s passing at Thursday’s wake and Friday’s funeral service included a slew of well-known tourism figures from the 1980s such as veteran hotelier Thomas Moore Willie, Labuan hailed war tourism expert, Willie Teo, adventure and Death March tourism big name Tham Yau Kong, Francis Liew, former Deputy Director of Sabah Parks, Gabriel Sinit , former Chief Ranger of Kinabalu Park, Noredah Othman, Deputy General Manager, Sabah Tourism Board, Ismail Martin Kong of Sabah Tea, Chloe Lee, editor of Sri Pelancongan magazine Malaysian Borneo and many others from the new generation of tourism players.

“For Danny, wildlife adventure tourism came naturally because he was a planter before who used to see these animals,” said Thomas Moore.

” Danny also pioneered the training of Sabah tour guides by setting up Borneo Tourism Institute to get them licensed, first by Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) and later under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture,” added Willie, who used to give lectures at BTC on the hotel industry.

Tham, the seventh batch of tour guides who went through Danny’s courses said he remembered his “fantastic” lectures.

“He shared facts about wildlife, orangutans, elephants, sun bears, snakes and adventures by drawing from his unmatched wealth of experience in the field not from books and this ‘sifu (master) of sifus’ is hard to replace,” said Tham.

” I think he took his experience as a former planter who had seen a lot of jungles and converted it to adventure ecotourism, a classic comment is if you offend an elephant it will always remember you because they have long memories,” Tham remembered.

“He would say if you encounter fierce animals, don’t trouble them.”

“One time I drove out of Danum Valley and there was this huge bull elephant on the side of the road.

So I stopped to take picture from the back of the van and suddenly it raised its ears and started charging at us at a furious speed and chased my car for several kilometres!”

“I found out later that this bull was Tunggal which demolished a guard house in a fit of rage because a guard had done something offensive to the bull. So the story told to me by another guard confirmed Danny was talking facts from his experience with elephants.”

In class, his tips to guides in the jungle were to be sensitive to smell or ordour, avoid it rather than get close, Tham remembered.

Danny used to take this writer to various nature destinations across Sabah.

One time, I remember Danny took me to a cave several kilometres upstream Batu Putih, Kinabatangan.

Outside the cave there were a raft of wooden coffins strewn all over the place with creepers growing over.

Curious, I tried to ply open one of them to see if there were human bones.

All of a sudden an overpowering whiff of foul ordour filled my nose.

I thought it might have come from a newly buried decomposing dead.

I called Danny in and asked: What is this smell?

Wasting no time, he ordered me to flee and we fled to the river bank quite a distance away.

So what was that bad smell?

“A very big python was tracking you,” he said.

How far was it from me because I didn’t see it, I asked.

Danny said: “Very near!”

Who knows that was one hell of an intimate jungle knowledge from this affectionately called ‘Jungle King’ who had saved my life from a known ambusher serpent which strikes with rapid speed and kill by constriction.

Others remember Danny in different ways.

Noredah said: ” I called him Daddy Danny Chew because he always called me girl or daughter. ”

“He is a man who doesn’t go for riches. For all the 27 years that I knew him, he always was very honest and spoke his thoughts. No ‘angkat kaki’ but always stood his ground in what he believes to be true on what will work for tourism. He always told me to work hard but with an honest mind,” Noredah concluded.

Among Danny’s guests back in the mid and late 1980s include a slew of top notch scientists from Oxford and University of Cambridge such as Professor Whitmore – a world authority on tropical rainforest , Prof Ian Douglas of Cambridge University and Dr Tony Greer etc.

Danny is survived by wife Cecilia Poon, son Johnny, daughter Yvonne, brothers Chew Tee Swan, Tee Kim, Tee Wong, sisters Tee Ngin and Tee Ling. – Kan Yaw Chong


Masidi: Allow climbers refund upon request

Masidi: Allow climbers refund upon request
Published on: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale occurred in Ranau, Sabah at 8.09am Friday.

According to a Meteorological Department statement today, the epicentre located at 6.1 degrees north and 116.6 east, was about 16km northwest of Ranau.

“The tremors could be felt in Ranau,” it said.

a strong 6.7 quake on the Richter scale also shocked New Ireland Province, 117km east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea at 1.39am this morning.

No tsunami warning was issued.

Meanwhile, Masidi also urged agents and operators to consider certain initiatives for climbers who had made bookings and cancelled them.

“For those climbers who have lost interest, I hope the booking agents will consider refunding them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Masidi commended the efforts of Sabah Tattoo Association (STA) and Billion Movie Production Sdn Bhd who organised the tattoo convention and suggested that such activity can be another door to attract tourism interest in the state.

Masidi said as Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak, is no stranger to the tattoo culture, the organising of the tattoo convention will also promote the races and cultures that are found in the State to tattoo enthusiasts as well as tourists.

He said that the main objective of the convention is to highlight and promote the local talents in the tattooing industry that are found in Kota Kinabalu and to contribute 10 percent of the sales to the Single Mothers Association and other charity bodies.

The three-day event starting Friday until 11th sees tattoo enthusiasts from countries such as China, Indonesia, Singapore as well as neighbouring states, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and Labuan were part of the convention.

Also present was the Guinness World Record holder for the Most Checker Tattoos, Matt Gone from the United States of America.

Interesting events will be carried out such as tattoo competitions, bikini tattoo contest, graffiti, charity bidding, cultural performances, trade expo and lucky draw, among others. – Jeremy S Zabala


People can evaluate Johor’s report card this month

THE Johor government will present its report card this month for the people to evaluate its achievements and performance for the past five years.

Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin said 90% of the Barisan Nasional manifesto offered in the 13th general election (GE13) in 2013, had been fulfilled by the state government.

“In the GE13’s manifesto themed ‘Prospering the People’, we listed 20 key points, and made 84 promises.

“All the key points and the promises are in the process of being fulfilled. Some of them surpassed all expectations, while the others cannot be measured yet in terms of target achievement, such as the effort to turn Johor Bahru into a world-class city,” he said.

With the report card to be tabled soon, Khaled stressed the most important achievement of the state government was through the context of the “Muafakat Johor” and “Bangsa Johor.

The menteri besar, who is Permas state assemblyman, said apart from the achievements, strong solidarity had also helped in ensuring political stability and driving economic growth.

He also said the good relations between the state and federal governments was one of the contributing factors in Johor’s rapid progress.

Khaled, who is also Johor BN chairman, said the housing agenda implemented by the state government exceeded its target when it succeeded in building 15,000 Johor Affordable Housing (RMMJ) units, compared to 6,000 units targeted in the GE13 manifesto.

“We are still building (RMMJ) houses and in term of economic growth, Johor is the state with the highest investment in the manufacturing sector for four years in a row from 2013 to 2017.

“In terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our GDP has surpassed the national rate,” said Khaled, citing in 2016, Johor recorded a GDP of 5.7%, the third highest after the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, compared to the national GDP of 4.2%. 

He said the effectiveness of the state government’s performances was measured via the Leadership Performance Agenda, where performances of various quarters, including state executive councillors (excos), state government-linked companies and heads of departments were set in the key performance indicators.

The state government had also roped in Bait Al-Amanah, a think tank, as the validator to prepare and publish report on the state development efforts. – Bernama, March 9, 2018.


Miliki syabu 51.18 gram: Warga Filipina ditahan di Kiamsam

FOTO: MUHAMAD FARID (tengah) menunjukkan dadah yang dirampas dari lelaki Filipina. Turut kelihatan dua orang pegawai kanannya.

9 Mac 2018

LABUAN – Seorang lelaki warga Filipina berumur 20 tahun telah ditahan polis di Kiamsam pada 6 Mac lalu jam 6.40 petang kerana disyaki terlibat dengan aktiviti dadah.

Ketua Polis Daerah Labuan, Superintenden Muhamad Farid Ahmad berkata, ketika ditahan pihak polis telah menemui satu plastik lutsinar berisi ketulan kristal yang disyaki dadah jenis syabu yang disembunyikan oleh suspek di dalam poket seluarnya.

“Berat kasar dadah tersebut ialah 51.18 gram dan dianggarkan bernilai RM5,000.

“Suspek yang tidak memiliki dokumen perjalanan yang sah itu telah dibawa ke balai polis dan direman di Mahkamah Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan selama tujuh hari bermula 7 Mac ini,” katanya kepada pihak media kelmarin.

Beliau berkata lanjut, suspek tersebut disiasat dibawah Seksyen 39B Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952, dimana jika sabit kesalahan boleh dihukum penjara seumur hidup atau gantung sampai mati.


Motosikal yang dicuri di Patau-Patau Dua ditemui semula

FOTO: MUHAMAD FARID (kanan) dan pegawainya menunjukkan motosikal yang telah ditemui itu.

8 Mac 2018

LABUAN – Motosikal jenis Modenas Kriss yang dilaporkan hilang di Patau-Patau Dua sebelum ini telah ditemui semula oleh pihak polis pada 6 Mac di salah sebuah rumah di Taman Sea View, Tanjung Aru.

Ketua Polis Daerah Labuan, Superintenden Muhamad Farid Ahmad berkata, dalam kes curi motosikal ini, dua suspek tempatan berumur 30-an telah ditangkap.

“Pemilik motosikal tersebut mengatakan motosikalnya itu diletakkan berhadapan dengan surau di kampung tersebut dalam keadaan yang berkunci pada malam 1 Mac.

“Beliau telah menyedari kehilangan motosikalnya itu pada keesokan harinya, dimana pemilik itu telah membuat laporan mengenai perkara itu pada hari yang sama.

“Berdasarkan maklumat yang diperolehi, pihak polis telah menyerbu bilik tempat tinggal dua suspek terbabit di Tanjung Aru. Motosikal itu disembunyikan di dalam bilik kedua suspek itu,” katanya kepada pihak media pagi tadi dalam sidang akhbar yang diadakan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Labuan.

Beliau berkata lanjut, nombor plat motosikal tersebut telah ditanggalkan. Namun, pihak polis telah mengenal pasti nombor casis enjin motosikal itu sesuai dengan laporan kehilangan motosikal sebelum ini.

Muhamad Farid menjelaskan, hasil siasatan polis, kedua suspek itu mengakui telah mencuri motosikal tersebut, dimana kedua suspek merupakan penagih dadah dan pernah ditangkap sebelum ini.


Why stunted children in big-budget Terengganu, asks Amanah MP

AN Amanah lawmaker has asked the Terengganu government to explain why 26% of children aged below five-years in the state faced stunted growth, despite the state allocating almost RM2 billion for its 2018 budget.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah (Amanah-Kuala Terenganu) said based on data provided in a Unicef report released last week, Terengganu was the second highest after Kelantan (34%).

“Terengganu has allocated almost RM2 billion for its annual budget for a population that is around one million people, compared to Selangor’s RM1.6 billion budget for its five million people.

“Where has the wealth of Terengganu gone that its people are unable to provide nutritional meals (to their children)?” he said during a press conference at Parliament today.

He said this showed the state’s financial affairs were not effectively handled.

Children Without: A study of urban child poverty and deprivation in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur, released on February 26, found that 26% of children below 5-years-old in Terengganu and Pahang (26%) were facing stunted growth, followed by Putrajaya, Perak, Sabah & Labuan (24%).

Sarawak is 23%, followed by Perlis 21%, Penang 20%, N. Sembilan 19%, Kedah 18%, Malacca 14%, Johor 12% and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur 11%.

The report, which compared countries with similar GDP per capita as Malaysia, said in terms of stunting, Malaysian children perform worse than Ghana, despite Malaysia’s GDP per capita being six times higher, at 21%.

“A higher income does not mean better health. Even in the richest district in Malaysia, Putrajaya, almost one in four is stunted, higher than the national average.

“Children in the poorest state, like Kelantan also perform much worse than children in low income countries like Zimbabwe and Swaziland,” it said.

The report also stated that the prevalence of stunting have also increased in a decade, from 17% in 2006 to 20.7% in 2016. – March 8, 2018.


‘Misleading Labuan data by Minister’

‘Misleading Labuan data by Minister’
Published on: Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Labuan: PKR here described as “misleading” the statement by the International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Mazlan that Labuan has attracted manufacturing projects with an investment value of RM4.2 billion as of June 1, last year.

PKR Chairman Simsudin Sidek said the statement conveyed the impression that both the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) and the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (Mida) were responsible for the success.

“The fact is that most of the mega manufacturing companies came to the island before it was federalised in 1984 and companies like Sabah Gas Industries which comprised of Methanol Plant and Amsteel were the results of efforts of former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh.

He said not only the Sabah Gas Industries came about during Harris era but also the Sabah Shipyard, Asian Supply Base, Labuan Flour and Feedmills, to name a few.

“There is little on record to show that Miti played an active role in attracting manufacturing companies to the island. The two bodies were more focused in wooing investors to other Malaysian States,” he said.

“What is unfortunate is that despite the existence of Methanol Plants and Amsteel there was no direct foreign investments in Labuan or companies coming in to use the products of the established manufacturers to manufacture by-products.”

Simsuddin said since Ahmad Mazlan has brought up the issue of 28 manufacturing companies being in Labuan as of last June, many were keen to know what these companies were.

He said since the island had been federalised in 1984, the only “noticeable” investment is the creation of the International Business and Financial Centre (IBFC) status in Labuan in 1990.

The sad fact was also that the activities of the status had reached a plateau with no fresh impact on the local economy following the approval to let some of these IBFC companies to co-locate in Kuala Lumpur.

Turning to another point of manufacturing companies creating 3,000 jobs for Labuan, Simsuddin said: “This is an old story. Jobs have been created by manufacturing companies such as Petronas Methanol and Amsteel along with shipyard but the figure was not as high 3,000.

“Both Petronas and Amsteel operations were based on automation systems and the work force on both the companies did not exceed 500 while shipyard presently has a workforce of more that 100 only compared to hundreds before when the yard was a regional leaders.”

Simsudin said if there were 3,000 locals employed in well-paid jobs today, Labuan would not be feeling the beatings from the slum in the oil and gas sector.

Simsudin said this fact was very well recognised by Putrajaya as seen by its efforts to help diversify the local economy with tourism, fisheries and a bridge connection to Menumbok.

“There is no rosy picture here yet,” declared Simsudin. – Sohan Das


Wakil Ranau muncul juara dalam Pertandingan Gusti Lengan Peringkat Labuan

7 Mac 2018

FOTO: Shamsul Samun (tengah) dari Ranau muncul juara dalam Pertandingan Gusti Lengan Hari Wilayah Persekutuan 2018 peringkat Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan yang diadakan di Kampung Gersik, Labuan pada Ahad lalu.

Sementara itu, tempat kedua dan ketiga masing-masing disandang oleh Ag Sulaiman Pg Osman (kanan) dari Papar dan Ag Muhd. Fahmi Hj. Manan (kiri) dari Brunei Darussalam.

Lebih kurang 20 peserta dari Labuan, Sabah dan Brunei turut serta dalam pertandingan itu yang dianjurkan oleh Persatuan Gusti Lengan Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan.

Turut memberi sokongan dalam pertandingan ini ialah Majlis Belia Labuan, Pemuda Umno Labuan dan JKKK Kampung Gersik/Saguking.  


Berjaya Corp jual semua kepentingan dalam DSG

KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp) melupuskan keseluruhan 85 peratus kepentingan dalam DSG Holdings Ltd, merangkumi 8.50 juta saham pada harga RM265.99 juta.

BCorp berkata, syarikat itu bersama pemegang saham lain DSG iaitu Earthlodge Investments Ltd dan Elque Resources Sdn Bhd, sudah menandatangani perjanjian pembelian saham dengan Besino Environment Ltd bagi cadangan pelupusan kepentingan ekuiti sebanyak 100 peratus, terdiri daripada 10 juta saham DSG biasa untuk balasan tunai berjumlah RM312.93 juta.

“Cadangan penjualan itu akan memberi peluang kepada kami untuk melupuskan pelaburan syarikat dalam DSG, ia tidak akan mempunyai apa-apa kesan ke atas modal saham terbitan dan pegangan saham pemegang saham utama BCorp,” katanya dalam satu makluman kepada Bursa Malaysia hari ini.

BCorp menjangkakan keuntungan sebelum cukai sebanyak RM108.29 juta daripada cadangan pelupusan itu.

“Sekiranya tiada sebarang masalah, penjualan dijangka selesai menjelang akhir tahun,” katanya.

DSG yang telah ditubuhkan di Labuan pada 4 Jun 2010, terbabit terutama dalam pengeluaran dan pembekalan air yang boleh diminum, projek rawatan air sisa termasuk penyediaan khidmat nasihat dan pengurusan pembinaan membabitkan projek di China.



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