RM1.027b Sepangar Port expansion – Rahman Dahlan

Posted on : 15-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan announced several measures to boost Sabah’s infrastructure development, including a road expansion leading to the city and upgrading of Tawau port to position itself into a regional hub.

A dual three-lane carriageway costing RM495 million, spanning seven kilometres from Yayasan Sabah to Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) site, will be placed under the coming 2018 Budget.

Speaking to reporters at a working visit to Sepanggar today, Rahman, who is in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), said the road upgrading project via Tanjung Lipat was requested by Sabah government as the number one priority.

“This is an extension to the Indah Permai – Yayasan Sabah road upgrading project (8km) which involved three flyovers also costing over RM400 million, that I announced previously where contractors have been appointed and works to start anytime soon.

“We are able to get both due to good relations with federal and it is hoped to reduce the traffic congestion at that area, also in anticipation of SICC when it is completed in future,” he said after the closed-door briefing with Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) and Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd (SPSB) at the SPSB office at the Sapangar Bay Container Port here.

He said the proposal to turn Tawau port into a regional one to cater northern Kalimantan will also include the development of road link to connect Serudong in Tawau to Simanggaris, Indonesia.

“I was informed by the state government that the Sabah National Security Council (MKN) has agreed as they did not find security issues with this. The proposal will be brought to the national level for approval.

“This road link will allow Tawau port to be used by the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area) region for exports-import especially for North Kalimantan,” he said further.

On a question if the road link will connect to Pan Borneo Highway as well as Trans Kalimantan Highway, he said they were still looking into this.

He also touched on federal funding of RM1.02 billion for the upgrading of the Container Port which was announced previously, where physical works expected to commence next year.

Besides catering to bigger container handling capacity to serve the BIMP-EAGA region, the expansion is also hoped to reduce the cost of living here by reducing prices of goods through more efficient port service, he reasoned.

Rahman also announced an allocation of RM13.5 million to build a bridge at Jalan Mawilla here which connect the Sepanggar naval base to the main road.

At present a temporary bridge was installed to replace the original bridge which was damaged, but it was only one lane and not sufficient.

“This few years will therefore be interesting for Sabah as a lot will be going on and the vision of Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman is gaining momentum.” said Rahman.


Vincent Tan appointed Czech Honorary Consul

Posted on : 15-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The Czech Republic has opened an Honorary Consulate in Sabah, which is expected to facilitate business ventures between companies of both parties.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said sectors in which both sides can collaborate include green technology, alternative energy sources, water and waste management, as well as advanced technologies for agriculture and food processing – which is a strong suit of the Republic.

Speaking at the launch ceremony here last night, Musa said the two parties are also looking at more opportunities for cultural exchanges.

“The opening is timely, as it will strengthen the relationship and interaction between Czechs and Sabahans, and the state government fully supports the setting up of the Honorary Consulate in Kota Kinabalu.

“You have found a good candidate in Vincent Tan as the Czech Honorary Consul here. I have known him for years and I know he is capable of discharging his duties as expected,” he said.

Musa’s speech was read by his deputy, Datuk Seri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.

Also present was the Czech Republic’s Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Martin Tlapa.

In his address, Tlapa said they view Sabah as a prospective economic partner, as the state’s economy has diversified towards technological industries.

“Sabah is already a favourite destination for Czech tourists visiting Malaysia and the region.

“Our new honorary consul (Tan) is a businessman by profession. As such, he will be instrumental in promoting business ties with the support of the Czech Republic’s Embassy in Kuala Lumpur,” Tlapa added.


Pledge to boost Malaysia-China ties

Posted on : 05-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu will work with the State Government to further enhance the Malaysia-China friendship, facilitate trade cooperation and promote exchanges between Sabah and China.

Its Consul General, Liang Caide said he was pleased to serve in Sabah, especially when the bilateral relation between Malaysia and China was currently at its best in history.

“To serve as the Consul General in Kota Kinabalu as the cooperation in various fields between Sabah and China has entered the fast lane is an honour and a heavy responsibility.

“There are so much that we can do,” Liang said in a press release issued on his courtesy call on the Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman here on Tuesday.

Both Musa and Liang discussed about cooperation projects, tourism industry and establishing sister city ties in the meeting.

The Chinese consulate in its press release said Musa acknowledged the contributions of the consulate in promoting exchanges and cooperation in various sectors between Sabah and China and would continue to render his support to the consulate.

The Chinese consulate said Musa also welcomed Chinese corporations to invest in Sabah and hoped that the consulate would facilitate in bringing in more Chinese tourists to the State.

Musa also told Liang about his recent meeting with the chairman of a tourism travel national corporation in Beijing who would bring one million Chinese tourists to Sabah in the future.

Liang said the target could be easily achieved and therefore, he hoped that Sabah would further step up its tourism-related facilities and services and to ensure better security for tourists.

He added that Kota Kinabalu would soon sign an official agreement to establish sister city ties with Hangzhou.


CM proud of achievement (Sabah’s financial management is the best in Malaysia)

Posted on : 03-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman is proud that Sabah’s financial management is the best in Malaysia.

“During the National Finance Council meeting, the Auditor General always reports on which states that achieve high rating (in financial management). And Sabah is definitely the best.

“As the Chief Minister, I feel proud of this achievement,” Musa said at the presentation of excellent financial management awards to State ministries, departments and agencies based on the National Audit Department’s accountability index for the year 2015 and 2016 here yesterday.

The event saw the presentation of a pewter plaque and RM15,000 incentive to 25 State ministries, departments and agencies which had attained five-star rating in 2015, followed by 22 State ministries, departments and agencies in 2016.

Musa, who is also Sabah Finance Minister, said only a few State departments and agencies were accorded the top rating in accountability index back in 2007.

“But if we are committed, transparent, competent in executing our responsibilities, we will definitely achieve success and five-star rating. This has become a reality as our performances improved year after year,” he  said.

In 2015, Musa said 25 of the State ministries, departments and agencies achieved the five-star rating under the accountability index, the highest among all the Malaysian states.

According to him, the success of a ministry, department or agency could also create healthy competition for the others. In the past, Musa said the district councils’ financial records were not good. However, when district councils such as Tambunan, Papar and Beluran successfully achieved five-star rating one by one, others began thinking of attaining the top rating as well, he said.

“Hence, we see the district councils working hard with transparency until almost all the district councils in Sabah have obtained five stars,” he disclosed.

Musa said the award presentation ceremony yesterday was a form of appreciation by the State Government to the ministries, departments and agencies that have worked hard with sincerity to enable them to achieve the top rating.

“We, in Sabah, should be proud of this. But, we must not be complacent. We must improve our performances from time to time,” he reminded.

Musa also said he is aware that some agencies and departments have made mistakes in the past.

“We are not perfect. More importantly, we realize that if we are not sincere, honest and trustworthy, we will face the consequences,” he said.

Musa also urged all ministries, departments and agencies to continue their hard work to achieve the five-star rating.

“So long as we have the will, nothing is impossible,” he said

Also present were deputy Auditor-General Tuan Haji Khalid Khan bin Abdullah Khan, representing Auditor General Tan Sri Dr Madinah binti Mohamad, State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Datuk Pg Hassanel bin Datuk Pg Haji Mohd Tahir and State Cabinet ministers.


Musa: New township will narrow gap between rural and urban areas (Turning Ulu Dusun, Sandakan into new township) – CM

Posted on : 02-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

SANDAKAN: The establishment of the new Ulu Dusun new township, about 50km from here, will generate the local economy and contribute to development in the area, said Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Musa, who is also Finance Minister, said this was because the proposed new township would play an important role in attracting more tourists and visitors due to its location as a transit point for those travelling from Tawau, Semporna and Lahad Datu to Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu.

He said visitors from Kota Kinabalu, Ranau or Telupid intending to go to Tawau or Sandakan would also stop over for meals, rest and shopping before continuing their journey.

“The creation of this new township is in line with the government’s efforts to prosper the people in the surrounding areas through trade to improve the economic status of their families,” he said when officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony of the Ulu Dusun new township near here.

He said the state government would strive to develop other suitable areas and the responsibility was entrusted to the Housing and Urban Development Board (LPPB).

Musa was confident the new township would have a huge impact on the people and the government in terms of the presence of tourists in the area.


Eco bag project a great leap towards plastic free city – Mayor

Posted on : 01-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu City Hall’s (DBKK) Eco Bag Sewing Community Project is a great community leap towards a plastic free city, said Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

Yeo said the local authority’s pioneering program, a reboot of its past no plastic campaign, aims to promote the community’s involvement in the formation of a clean, green and livable city.

“This is not about recycling but about participation, about the indirect awareness of the people who contributed towards the reduction of plastic usage,” he said when visiting the event at the DBKK Building grounds here yesterday.

Yeo elaborated that the project, initiated by DBKK deputy director general (Operations) Nooraliza Awang Alip and Datin Mary Wong, wife of minister-in-charge of DBKK, Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah, is an extension of the ‘Bawa Beg Bah’ (bring your own bag) call.

“A very small step by our ladies but a very big step for the whole community towards the future reduction of plastic,” said Yeo.

“This one step is a great leap for the community, a project that needs very little effort but makes a very big impact,” he added.

According to Nooraliza, DBKK aims to produce 1,000 eco bags through this initiative by October 20.

The deputy director general said all companies are also welcomed to donate their banners and billboards to expand the 2,000 used banners and billboards from the city in DBKK’s possession thus far.

She added 122 eco bags were produced from the banner and billboard canvasses by 100 participants in its pilot project on September 17.

All members of the public are welcomed to participate in the future programs at no charge on October 8 and 15 at the DBKK Building grounds.


Smart wheelchair, food order app winners in PROJEX 15

Posted on : 28-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: A smart wheelchair and mobile application for placing food orders were amongst the winning innovations during the Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic innovation competition, PROJEX 15.

Aimed at facilitating wheelchair-bound individuals to move about more independently and conveniently, group members, Nina Nathrah Nain, Dyg Nuriffa Hanina and Fenisia Kenai Johnny equipped a regular wheelchair with the Arduino Uno hardware, which can be controlled using a smartphone with Bluetooth or even a PlayStation 2 (PS2).

They explained that when the Arduino hardware is connected to a smartphone or PS2, it will receive a signal which then allows it to send commands to the relay and get the wheelchair moving.         The wheelchair also features a sensor which detects obstacles as a safety measure, they said.

“We came up with the idea of innovating a regular wheelchair because a smart wheelchair is not yet available in the market and electric wheelchairs can be costly. By installing the hardware to a regular wheelchair, it will enable anyone with a smartphone to make use of this technology,” they added.

Andri Shafyian and Jedidiah David Herman, on the other hand, sought to increase efficiency in taking and placing orders, especially for food trucks.

“With the changing landscape in the food and beverage industry, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce a more efficient way in which orders are placed,” Jedidiah explained.

“Customers can place their orders through the mobile application we designed, and they will receive a notification once their order is complete.”

The duo also said that their mobile app could cut down on the usage of paper, in line with the theme of the competition, ‘Green Technology – Environmentally Sustainable’ (‘Teknologi Hijau – Lestari Persekitaran’).

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, who is also Minister of Industrial Development, commended the efforts of all participants in coming up with the ideas of their innovations, adding that they have the potential to be mass-produced and marketed.

“When this product can be taken by the industry, it can be commercialized to generate income. Industry players have to come in and support all these products and it is good if they are promoted so that these industry players can help in terms of commercialization.

“All the ideas here are very good. In fact, I will revisit Polytechnic and see how, going forward, we can commercialize some of these products,” he said.

The bi-annual competition saw 250 students vying for the top spot with their respective inventions, divided into Engineering and Non-engineering categories.

A winning team was also selected in an unprecedented Poster Competition as part of PROJEX 15.

Winners are now in the running to compete in inter-polytechnic innovation competitions, where selected products will be registered under the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and Patent Utility Innovation (IU).


Sabah Shell signs MoU to build workforce capability in Sabah

Posted on : 26-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd reinforced its commitment to build a capable workforce in Sabah by signing a memorandum of agreement with TAS Institute of Oil and Gas yesterday.

In this signing ceremony, Sabah Shell is partnering with the institute in training operation technicians and the provision of on-job-training for high performing students to undergo their industrial internship at its facilities.

Its general manager, Ian Lim, said in April this year a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between TAS Institute of Oil and Gas and Sabah Shell aimed to leverage further on its commitment towards building capability to support Sabah’s future in the oil and gas industry.

The MoU was signed during the Sixth Sabah Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (SOGCE).

“During the SOGCE, I spoke about the need to nurture local capability for a competitive future, especially in the niche area of deep-water exploration and production.

“I mentioned about the three areas we are focusing on – Building the Sabah Content; Building Workforce Capability; and Enhancing Collaboration,” he said.

In the agreement signed after the Seventh TAS Institute graduation ceremony yesterday, Ian said it was to reinforce Sabah Shell commitment to one of the focused areas, which is building workforce capability.

Lim said Shell was very proud of its in-house development programme to nurture talents within Shell. Beyond that, the company also takes cognizant of the importance of capability building for the industry and the community.

“A unique feature of the Shell team in Sabah that we have a strong sub-surface team based here in Kota Kinabalu, and we will use this forte to provide awareness of the excitement and opportunities available in sub-surface careers.

“Shell will also do our part in promoting interest for an oil and gas based career via multiple channels. At primary school and secondary school levels, we will play an active role in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourage school students to consider science stream and study engineering in secondary and tertiary education,” he said.

At university level, Lim said Shell was currently in the UMS Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) for a Master of Oil and Gas Engineering programme.

Shell, he said, is also studying other opportunities such as oil and gas safety training and specialized welding accreditation.

“At vocational skill level, we are doing more in collaborating with industry peers and vocational institutes to increase the interest level and number of Sabahans in oil and gas.

“And this brings us to where we are today, together with TAS Institute of Oil and Gas on an exciting new on-job-training initiative called Sabah Production Operator Technician (SPOT) Program,” he said.

Yesterday, eight TAS Institute students were announced to join the Shell Spot Program, namely Anderson Jerome Nelson, Chastian Oswald Roger Majanggol, Jim Chelary Satim, Nellson Enstein Ronny, Elias Augustine, Jeremy Willy Sikui, Myra Arriana J. Majanil and Sharon Arlene William.

Although the participation of female in oil and gas is less compared to male, Lim said Shell saw an improvement for the past few years, where more women were interested to work in the oil and gas industry.

“It is improving, especially from the younger generation.

“Previously we hardly see women working offshore but now more and more joining the team,” he added.


Signature Food Fest back with more F&B outlets

Posted on : 26-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The Signature Food Fest returns for its fourth instalment this year after last year’s successful run, featuring more new food and beverage (F&B) outlets.

Organised by Eleventh Avenue Media Marketing, this year’s Food Fest is joined by renowned establishments Hyatt Regency Kinabalu and Grandis Hotel, an unprecedented move.

“We are extremely overwhelmed by this year’s response with two well-known hotels participating, compared to previous years when no hotels took part.

“This year, they are more prepared and we look forward to having them in years to come,” said Signature Food Fest organiser, Alfred Allen.

Other participating F&B operators include Borenos Fried Chicken, BTC Restaurant, Dart Bistro, Ebizou Japanese Restaurant, Hard Rock Café, Little Melaka, Mosaic by Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Tanjung Ria Kitchen also by Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Rosea Café by Grandis Hotels & Resorts, Sakagura Japanese Restaurant, Shoney’s Dining & Bar and The Glass Grill & Bar.

The operators will each showcase their signature dishes, respectively full spring chicken meal, nasi briyani chicken set, Bistro mixed grill chicken & lamb, collagen chicken ramen, classic nachos, Little Melaka signature, cake set, oxtail assam pedas and cheese garlic naan, garlic prawn spaghetti, Sukiyaki with special wagyu, Shoney’s 13-inch giant burger and fish rolled with sweet potato.

Throughout the month of October, each signature dish will be showcased at its respective establishment for patrons to sample, which will also make it eligible for the ‘Dine, Win & Vote’ campaign.

Patrons who order the signature dish stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes by simply attaching the dining receipt to a voting form.

Meanwhile, all 12 Signature Food Fest participants will offer special packages and free samples during a three-day opening event from September 29 to October 1 in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

During that time, Eleventh Avenue Media Marketing will also be joining the International Sabah F&B Fair at the main atrium of Suria Sabah.

A total of eight awards will be made the highlight of this year’s Signature Food Fest, comprising Best Signature Menu, Best Ambiance, Best Customer Service, Outstanding Chef, Best Plate Presentation, Facebook’s Most Popular, Blogger’s Choice Award and the new MoreFun Best Awards.

Winners of the respective awards will be acknowledged during the Signature Awards Night on October 31, at Grandis Hotels & Resorts’ piano lounge.


More than 60,000 attended Malaysia Day celebration

Posted on : 17-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU— More than 60,000 multi-racial people attended the national-level 2017 Malaysia Day celebration at Likas Sport Complex, here last night.

The celebration began at 8 pm upon the arrival of Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and wife Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and state ministers, as well as heads of federal and state agencies, were present.

During the celebration, Najib and Musa also signed the 2017 Malaysia Day Celebration Special Book before accompanying Juhar in cutting the Malaysia Day cake themed ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’.

The celebration continued with a special performance themed “Negara Sehati Sejiwa” which portrayed the success of Malaysia under the leadership of the prime minister through five segments namely: Shine Bright, Colours of Malaysia, One Voice (Satu Suara), Talent and Finale by 1,000 performers.

The performance featured the variety of singing and dancing arts, and the colourful of Malaysian cultures portraying the unity, consensus and harmony of multi-racial and religious communities in Malaysia.


Sabah set for Malaysia Day

Posted on : 15-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is all set to host this year’s Malaysia Day celebrations, which starts on Sept 15.

Workers were seen putting the finishing touches to the stage, booths as well as canopies for the three-day event which culminates on Sept 16.

Full rehearsals for the event have been conducted every evening since Wednesday.

Malaysia Day organising committee deputy secretary Mariam Omar Matusin said preparations are being finalised and the event would kick-start as scheduled on Friday.

Mariam, who is also Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment deputy permanent secretary, said the event, which will take place at the Sports Complex in Likas, is expected to draw thousands of visitors from near and far.

The Malaysia Day celebration will feature activities and programmes including products exhibitions, concerts by local artistes and booths set up by various government and non-governmental agencies.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to officiate at the event on Sept 16.

The events during these three days will start at 2pm.

Malaysia Day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

Repsol to increase Sabah Crude oil output

Posted on : 11-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Repsol Oil and Gas Malaysia will continue drilling potential wells in Block SB309 offshore Sabah in efforts to expand its business operations in the state.

Stakeholder relations manager Ahmad Fakhrurrazi Arshad said Repsol was focused in the upstream business, adding it currently operates the PM-3 Commercial Agreement Area project which straddles the Malaysia-Vietnam border.

Repsol also runs the PM-305 and PM-314 Blocks in the Peninsular Malaysia since 2002 and the Kinabalu Oil Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Sabah since 2012.

Ahmad also said an increase its oil production to 18,000 barrels per day is also expected this year following the installation of a new production facility.

“This year represents a milestone year for our operations offshore Sabah when we installed a new production facility next to our current producing platform, Kinabalu.

“This additional installation will see an increase in our production in Sabah to some 18,000 barrels per day of crude oil,” he told media fraternity at the Repsol Sabah Media Get Together event in Tanjung Aru, here.

Present were Sabah Journalist Association president Mugutan Vanar and KK Journalist Association president Yong Ted Phin.

Repsol is a contractor to Petronas and a joint venture partner of Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd to develop and grow the oil and gas industry in Malaysia.

As for its corporate social responsibility endeavours, Ahmad said Repsol had sponsored over 20 scholars from Universiti Malaysia Sabah to enable them to pursue engineering courses and provided one-off cash aids for the less-fortunate children, who did well in their Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Form Three Assessment (PT3) examinations.

Under Repsol’s capacity building programmes, 80 single mothers from Bongawan district had received training on the commercial production of salted eggs while 60 women from Tambunan district were trained to acquire bead making and traditional weaving skills.

“We are happy to report that these programmes have benefited thousands of Malaysians. As an example, over 7,500 primary schoolchildren from Sabah and Labuan benefited from the personal safety awareness programmes, which we initiated since 2013,” Ahmad said.

He added that since 2013, Repsol have also worked with the Sabah Thalassaemia Society and State Health Department to hold awareness forums and healthy lifestyle seminars among the Thalassaemia patients and the public.

“While we are focused on our business growth in Malaysia, we are equally passionate about giving back to the local community in which we operate. Our community investment programmes focus on education, safety, health and capacity building.


Sabahan aiming for Gold at Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017

Posted on : 11-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Marinsun Lanun, 21, is aiming for gold for Malaysia and Sabah in the upcoming Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017 competition at the United Arab Emirates next month.

“I am striving for gold for the country, for the state, for myself, my family and for my school, the Akademi Binaan Malaysia (Sabah Region),” he said to reporters when met at ABM near here yesterday.

The seventh out of eight siblings who hailed from Kota Marudu said that he will do his best in the competition where he will be competing with other participants from other countries in the Wall and Floor Tiling category.

“I feel confi dent,” he expressed, stating that he has undergone many hours of preparatory trainings to get him through the event.

He added that the modules for the competition had already been disseminated to all the contestants in his category and he has been practising the steps that would enable him to complete each module within the set timeframe.

Failure to do so will result in low scoring disqualification, he said.

“I have prepared myself mentally and physically. I also practised several strategies and ways to approach the modules because having just one strategy is not enough. Aside from that, I also work on improving my stamina,” he said.

Marinsun then mentioned that wall and fl oor tiling was not something new to him.

“My family lives in hardship. My father does village work, while my mother is a housewife who is busy looking after the entire family. I have a cousin who reeked a living doing wall and fl oor tiling and with zero knowledge. I started following him around and helping out just to earn some money,” he said.

Originally, he dreamt of becoming a cook, he said, but the hardship in life has made him shift his interest to something else – construction specifi cally in wall and fl oor tiling.

“Moreover, all my friends were already making a living and have moved elsewhere. This made me want to find my own strategy and improve my own life,” he said.

He added that wall and floor tiling attracted him because the venture would allow him to become his own boss.

With merely his PMR qualification, he joined ABM in 2015 with the intention of further improving his skills in wall and floor tiling.

“Not many people know that they can apply to enter the academy and that they offer various fields of construction skills competency training. You don’t necessarily have to select tiling. There are other fields offered,” he said.

The Worldskills competition is one of the largest vocational skills competitions in the world and is held once every two years.

This year, the event is held in Abu Dhabi, which is a first in the Middle East.

Contestants who are between 23 and 25 years old from 77 countries, including Malaysia, are participating in the competition where they will have to show their technical skills to carry out special tasks that have been identified.

There are 51 categories in the competition, among them, bricklaying, carpentry, electrical installation and others, including wall and floor tiling, which Marinsun is taking part in.

The competition will be taking place between October 14 and 19.

Prior to being selected, Marinsun underwent a Worldskills competition selection which was carried out from March 6 to 9. Two trainees from ABM were selected to represent the country and they comprise Marinsun, who would be competing in the Wall and Floor Tiling category and Muhammad Zulkifli Sahdan, 20, from Johor who would be contesting in the Painting and Decorating category.

Meanwhile, Marinsun’s trainer, Jasni Idris said that his protégé will be competing with 26 other people of different nationalities during the competition.

He said that all are given three modules and must complete them in 22 hours.

He also said that contestants should expect about 30 percent alteration from the modules they have been given during the actual competition.

“Hence training is crucial so that they will know how to make adjustments,” he said.

The contestants would be assessed based on their measurement, dimension, alignment, cutting, accuracy and on the safety precautions they have taken, he said.

ABM Sabah region’s Chief Operating Offi cer, Tadzul Radim, when met, said that they felt proud that ABM would be representing the country to Abu Dhabi.

“We have created skill trainees capable of competing at the international arena,” he said.

He added that in 2013, ABM also took part in the Worldskills competition in Leipzig, Germany.

With regards to Marinsun’s upcoming departure to Abu Dhabi for the competition, Tadzul hoped that he will bring home a medal, most preferably a gold.

“To my knowledge, Malaysia has never won a gold so if that happens, it will be a momentous and historical event for ABM, for Malaysia and for Sabah,” he said.


FOSTER (Friends Of Seas Turtles Education & Research) exco map out 2017-2018 conservation plans

Posted on : 07-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

SANDAKAN: The Executive Committee of Friends of Sea Turtles Education & Research (FOSTER) gathered on Tuesday for their general meeting to map out plans for the 4th quarter of 2017 and the 1st quarter of 2018.

FOSTER is a part of a turtle conservation programme made available after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sabah Wildlife Department in July 2013 after its involvement in the setting up of a turtle hatchery on Libaran Island in 2012.

The programme includes creating awareness for the locals and visitors on the conservation value of sea turtles, undertaking research projects with the goal of better understanding the life cycle of sea turtles surrounding the Libaran Island area and to make available research programmes on sea turtles for international and local students.

From 2012 until July 2017, the hatchery had collected 26,672 Green turtle eggs and 10,598 Hawksbill turtle eggs.  Of these, 21,196 baby Green turtles and 7,474 baby Hawksbill turtles were successfully released into the ocean.

During the meeting, the committee made an evaluation of the programmes undertaken by FOSTER, such as community beach cleaning and dialogues with villagers at Libaran Island.

FOSTER is also working on a book on the turtle programme on Libaran which will be published by the first quarter of 2018. The book will record experiences on the island and will contain scientific data on sea turtle landings.

Seeing more work ahead, FOSTER will be contacting Sabah Wildlife Department to discuss on training more Honorary Wildlife Wardens to handle some of the anticipated work.

The tasks of these wardens will include patrolling the streets of Sandakan for illegal turtle eggs seller and turtle protection work on Libaran Island.

The discussion ended with the committee members having an afternoon tea at the newly opened Mango Garden Restaurant in Sepilok. Readers who are looking for further information could contact the president of FOSTER, Alexander Yee via email at forsterseaturtle@gmail.com.


18 films for Borneo Eco Film Festival

Posted on : 06-09-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The seventh edition of the Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) will be screening 18 films from around the world in Sabah on Sept 22-24 at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall here.

BEFF Director Melissa Leong said among the participating countries, besides Malaysia, are United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Myanmar, The Netherlands and Singapore.

She said seven short films would be screened during the BEFF “365 Fringe Screening” at selected locations around Sabah throughout the year.

“The three-day festival is an annual non-profit event celebrating Borneo’s biocultural diversity through showcasing environmental films and nurturing local community film making.

“During the festival, cinephiles are treated to Asian and Southeast Asian premieres of documentaries that highlight a variety of issues from elephant conservation to indigenous land rights,” she said at a press conference here today, adding that all the film screenings were free to the public.

Leong noted that one of the films that would touch the hearts of the people in Sabah titled Mount Kinabalu – North Borneo 1961 and produced by the UK Royal Society was filmed in 1961 on old film reels discovered in the Royal Society archives.

To name a few, she said, the other films highlighted insects as delicacies, how the fashion industry impacts the environment and how cats became an integral part of a city.

Besides the film-screenings, Leong said the festival would also feature educational talks, discussion panels, workshops and an Eco Art Carnival showcasing eco themed art installations as well as an arts and crafts market.

In conjunction with the festival, she said that BEFF organised the Suara community filmmaking programme with a series of film making workshops since Mar for the indigenous and local community, whose films would premiere on the final day (Sept 24) of the festival.

“Through thematic and intensive workshops helmed by leading creative industry professionals from Malaysia and Indonesia, villagers who joined the Suara community programme learn to harness the power of images and sound to tell the stories about their communities, experiences, the environment around them and world views related to Borneo’s biocultural heritage,” she explained.

Further information and updates on the festival is available at www.beff.org.my or on BEFF’s Facebook page.