Pairin: RM99.5 million for Sabah Railway Dept

Posted on : 20-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The State Railway Department (SRD) will be undertaking a study on extending its services all the way to the east coast of Sabah.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan said RM1 million had been approved to conduct the study.

“We will be looking at extending the railway line all the way to Sandakan and even to Kudat,” he told reporters after attending a briefing on the latest development in the State Railway Department here yesterday.

Pairin later took the train to Beaufort where he officiated at the launching of the department’s new Diesel Multiple Train (DMU) which will be used to serve the Beaufort-Tenom route.

The DMU, which was acquired at a cost of RM7.62 million from India, has a carrying capacity of 192 passengers and can travel up to 90km per hour.

During the press conference, Pairin said a total of 494,638 people had used the rail service last year. During the same period the SRD had also recorded 134 service cancellations due to unavoidable causes such as technical problems and weather.

“The cancellation has shown a significant decrease as 705 were recorded in 2015. This is because SRD is in the process of updating its operation and administration. This effort will be continued in order for SRD to achieve a more consistent and reliable service,” Pairin said.

“Other than the DMU, SRD has also acquired two Railbuses, each with a carrying capacity of 60 passengers to serve the Tanjung Aru-Beaufort route,” he said, adding that the department had also started to use a ‘tamping machine’ to maintain the tracks in a more systematic and effective way.

“All these assets were acquired at a cost of RM13 million and financed by the state government. Under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) the state government has approved a ceiling of RM47 million for projects to further develop and improve the rail service. The projects will be implemented from between 2016 to 2020,” he said, adding that this year, a total of RM5.43 million had been approved to implement projects such as repairing the permanent tracks, acquiring of  machinery and upgrading the department’s siren system.

Also under the 11MP, the federal government, through its Transport Ministry, has approved RM99.5 million to upgrade the railway tracks from Halogilat to Tenom as well as to acquire three DMUs.

“Both these projects are expected to commence this year and be completed within 24 months,” he said.

On the matter of safety, Pairin said his ministry was taking a serious note of the matter and had taken various steps to prevent accidents from happening, such as carrying out maintenance work on the rail tracks to prevent slipping, erecting warning signboards and building service roads for vehicles.

“We also conduct public awareness programs like dialogues with the public and distributing flyers on the matter in schools,” he said.

SRD, he added, had been requested to increase its safety level by installing and repainting faded ‘yellow boxes’ as well as yellow bar lines on roads, increasing the number of staff at crossings, installing CCTVs at all train crossings and erecting signboards at crossings.

Meanwhile, Sabah Railway Department general manager Melvin Majanga said there were 51 crossings along the train route from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.


The 12th StudyMalaysia Higher Education Fair 2017 – Get the answers you need!

Posted on : 09-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KUCHING: School leavers and parents are invited to visit the StudyMalaysia Higher Education Fair (Sabah and Sarawak) to find the right course and the right college at CityONE Megamall this weekend (March 4–5) and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu next weekend (March 11–12), from 10am to 5pm on all days, at all venues.

The fair was in Sibu last weekend.

Themed ‘The One-Stop Higher Education Fair With The Answers You Need’ the StudyMalaysia Higher Education Fair is back in Sabah and Sarawak for the 12th time.

The fair is held by StudyMalaysia Media Group and its online media partner is The career counselling and workshop activities for students are guided by Challenger Concept, the publisher of Education Guide Malaysia.

The two-day StudyMalaysia Higher Education Fair could be the best platform yet for students and parents to meet face-to-face with representatives of higher educational institutions to decide what suitable course to enrol for and to find out more about the types of financial aid available.

Representatives from Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) will be there to answer questions on what courses are accredited while National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) personnel will provide information on courses that are eligible for PTPTN loans.

Designed for SPM, STPM/A-Level and UEC school leavers as well as their parents, the fair offers the latest information on higher education opportunities showcased by Malaysia’s reputable higher educational institutions, government agencies, scholarship providers and many more for studying locally and abroad.

The exhibitors may include AIMST University, Asia Metropolitan College, Cosmopoint College, Executive College, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, International Aviation Centre, International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak, International Medical University, Kolej Sunway Kuching, Kolej Universiti Linton, Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology, MAHSA University, Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, NIIT College, Open University Malaysia, Quest International University Perak, Sabah Institute of Art, SEGi University and Colleges, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, UCSI University, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), University College of Technology Sarawak, University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, Wawasan Open University, Labuan International School, Aussie Studies, Tridiva Utama Sdn Bhd, Ministry of Education, PTPTN, MQA, Challenger Concept (Education Guide Malaysia) and

School leavers will also get a free copy of myCAREER handbook (Series 2). All visitors will receive the ‘27 Fields of Study’ flyer.

Admission is free. Door gifts will be given to visitors at the fair while stocks last.


B10 Biodiesel road challenge ends a successful journey

Posted on : 05-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KUNDASANG: This morning marked the end of the B10 Trans Borneo Expedition as it journeyed to prove the reliability of biodiesel fuel, successfully reaching its final destination in Kundasang, Sabah with zero breakdowns or vehicle malfunctions.

Over the past five days, members of the media had the privilege to experience first hand the benefits of the clean, renewable fuel that can be used as a diesel substitute in all diesel powered engines.

B10 biodiesel (Euro 2M) is being touted as an alternative to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuel to meet ever growing energy needs.

This potential game-changer in the quest for sustainable advancement for existing biofuel production facilities is hoping to push the palm oil industry to make progress towards carbon reduction goals.

The purpose of the expedition was to prove that vehicles running on biodiesel were as reliable as any other diesel-powered vehicle, and defying the stereotypes regarding palm biodiesel, which is often but mistakenly thought to solidify at low temperatures.

The B10 biodiesel fuel is set to be available in the market this year for public, while the current B7 biodiesel (Euro 5) will be used for commercial logistics.

The expedition was jointly organised by the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry (MPIC) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

The drive covered some 1,189km, travelling from Belaga to Miri, Brunei, Limbang, Lawas and lastly to Kundasang, using a fleet of 14 4×4 vehicles and two 40-tonne fuel tankers over the course of five days.

B10 biodiesel is made from 10 per cent palm methyl ester and 90 per cent petroleum diesel.


Movie ‘Huminodun’ to premier in May

Posted on : 01-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

PENAMPANG: ‘Huminodun’ – the movie will be released in May, the month when the KadazanDusun Murut communities celebrate the Harvest Festival.

It is also a time for the communities to reflect on Huminodun and her parents’ Kinoingan and Suminundu’s ultimate sacrifice for the people.

Kinoingan sacrificed his only daughter so that the people could have food. Her body parts were planted as seeds and became the food resource of the world, rice.

Huminodun will be in Kadazan language with English subtitles and is produced by Siung Film Productions.

According to the movie’s producer, Jo Luping, the one-hour movie was filmed entirely in the Kadazan language and the cast are all locals.

“This movie is 99 per cent Sabah ‘made’. The actors are all local talent. People were sceptical about us getting the talent in Sabah but we did it. Shooting took about a week and pre-production took about two years.

“Because it is a historical drama we need to be accurate in terms of our research. It took a long time to research the costumes, the story, to talk to the different elders in the Kadazan community,” she said.

Jo, who was met after the screening of the Huminodun trailer on Tuesday night, said that as part of their research, they consulted Auntie Rosnani who was trained as a ‘bobohizan’.

“We just wanted to make sure that we had our facts right. We tried our best to be as accurate historically as possible,” she said.

When asked about the message she hopes to get across to the community, especially the younger generation, Jo who is of Kadazan descent, said it was to remind them the importance of learning their mother tongue.

“We want them to learn their mother tongue because through your mother tongue you can really identify with your culture and who you are and that gives you your point of difference in a world where things are similar.

“It brings something that is close to your heart and that is how you differentiate yourself in the world,” she said.

She disclosed that ‘Huminodun’ which casts Alexandra Alexander, Boni Mosios, Jenifer Lasimbang, Marc Abas ad Hazli Bojili in the lead roles, is slated to be released in May.

They want it to be a cinematic release so the plan is to premier it in Sabah first and then distribute into international film festivals.

It will come back to Sabah into a film format, she said adding, “that is the usual circuit and we want to sell it into the Hong Kong film mart.

“The goal is to distribute it through Sabah and have a local film market but also definitely we also want to take Sabah culture and tradition and sell it to the world because I think everybody is interested in Borneo. In terms of a brand Borneo and Sabah are equally great,” she said.

They are undecided as to where the movie will be premiered and are currently looking at different venues.

On the Siung Film Production’s future plans, Jo said that they were planning to shoot ‘Pangazou’ – another Kadazan language movie.

“We have other plans to do Dusun, Murut and Runggus movies. The reason is because we are from Penampang, we have access to Rita Lasimbang and then it is a natural progression to do it in Kadazan.

“But we would love to ultimately do all Sabah legends because we are a hotbed and treasure trove of fantastic stories and the world is interested in legends. They want to know about these legends, they want something different and we got it all here,” she stressed.

Jo’s husband Aaron Cowan directed Huminodun. Cowan, an experienced filmmaker, has been involved in many movies such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Man of Steel and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Jo is also best known for her documentary Reframe about the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

Meanwhile,  Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who launched the screening of the Huminodun trailer said: “I think tonight is the beginning of something serious done through the film industry.

Asked how the movie could help in promoting the culture, language and history of the Kadazan community, he said: “I think it will serve the purpose because any pictorial or any movie that is created based on legends, culture, tradition language and all that will indeed promote the community itself.”

Pairin, who is also KadazanDusun Cultural Association president and Huguan Siou, said producing a movie needed a lot of skills and participation and he would like to see the continuation of such commitment, such positive attitude towards the creation and production of what is valuable in the life of the community.

The commitment will serve as a reference for the community itself and the future generations, he stressed.

“Evidently, any movie based on historical background is something which will serve as a reminder, as a reference of what happened in the past. I hope it will encourage the younger generation to adapt themselves towards what is good, what is valuable towards the culture, the language so that all this will help to maintain and sustain what is the best in the life of the community itself,” he said.

At the event, Kinsabina Group chief executive officer Datuk Francis Goh, who is an executive producer and financier of the film, presented RM50,000 to Siung Film Production on behalf of the Kinsabina Group.


Proboscis Monkey Action Plan for Sabah

Posted on : 22-02-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Local and international experts are collaborating to come up with a plan to protect the proboscis monkey in Sabah.

Malaysian and international scientists, government agencies and industry players will congregate at the three-day Proboscis Monkey Workshop, which starts today, to draft a policy for the purpose.

The workshop is organised by the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) and Sabah Wildlife Department.

DGFC director Dr Benoit Goossens said several experts would propose recommendations at the event for the primate’s conservation based on findings from an extensive five-year research on the endangered species.

A proboscis monkey action plan for Sabah would be drafted following the recommendations, he said.

“I hope the plan will be adopted by the state government to save the species endemic to Borneo, which is threatened by habitat loss and forest fragmentation in Sabah,” Dr Goossens said.

On the research, he said both the centre and department had collected crucial information on the primate’s population in Sabah, including data on demography, behaviour, genetics and health over the past five years.

Surveys were carried out on proboscis monkeys along several rivers such as the Kinabatangan, Segama, Klias and Sugut, with many blood samples collected for genetic analyses.

“Information on genetic isolation, lack of gene flow between populations, risks of inbreeding and extinction will be discussed during the workshop,” Dr Goossens said.

He said the workshop will see input from relevant stakeholders – government department officers, representatives from NGOs, tourism and palm oil industries, local communities, scientists and experts on proboscis monkeys – to formulate pragmatic solutions to preserve the proboscis monkey.

These researches were made possible with the support of Yayasan Sime Darby, which had committed RM3.96mil over six years since 2011.

DGFC’s work on the proboscis monkey is one of three crucial projects being conducted by the research organisation on endangered, endemic species to Borneo found in Sabah’s Kinabatangan area. Its other two vital research projects are on the Sunda clouded leopard and Bornean banteng.

(Shell FuelSave Diesel) Euro 5 now available at retail kiosks along West Coast

Posted on : 22-02-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Shell Malaysia today announced the availability of its Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 – a high quality, fuel-efficient diesel at 8 retail stations along the west coast of Sabah.

Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5, formulated with Active Efficiency Ingredients, is a cleaner diesel fuel that improves engine efficiency and delivers better mileage. It ignites and burns more effectively to help improve fuel economy. Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 also contains special detergents that helps protect against the build-up of injector deposits, amongst others.

Shairan Huzani Husain, Managing Director of Shell Timur Sdn. Bhd., Au Tong Sing, National Sales Manager, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. and Ben Mahmud, Head of Retail Marketing, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. officiated at the launch event, which was held at Golden Hill Enterprise, one of its retail outlet in Kota Kinabalu.

He added: With the launch of Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5, we are giving drivers travelling along the west coast of Sabah, the opportunity to experience our best, most efficient diesel fuel.”

With an ultra-low sulphur content of only 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur compared with 500 ppm of sulphur in Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro2M, Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 is compatible with modern diesel engines.

Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 will be made available at 16 stations along the west coast of Sabah eventually. The lists of stations are as follows:

- Bundusan Service Station, Bundusan

- Golden Hill Enterprise, Kota Kinabalu

- Kivatusin Station, Penampang

- KNY Express, Inanam

- A. Taipan, Inanam

- Mega Gas Station, Menggatal

- Mutiara Klasik, Kota Kinabalu

- One Station, Tuaran

- SMS Kg Likas (Sabah) SB, Likas

- Stesen Maju Jaya, Keningau

- Stesen Minyak Hj Tengah B. Bagol Dan Anak, Sipitang

- Stesen Minyak Shell Maju, Penampang

- Stesen Minyak Wawasan, Kota Kinabalu

- Syarikat Kotobu Sdn Bhd, Putatan

- Tamajaya, Lok Kawi

- Yun Cheong Shell SVC Station, Tanjung Aru

For more information on Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5, please visit


Extra RM12mil for Sabah Rela

Posted on : 12-02-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Kota Kinabalu: Members of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) in Sabah have more reasons to cheer as the uniformed voluntary movement turned 45 years old this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced a RM12 million additional allocation for the purchase of 40,000 new digital camouflage fatigues.

“As an additional allocation, the State Government will provide RM3 million this year and another RM3 million next year for the purpose.

“The Federal Government through the Home Ministry will match the allocation and provide RM6 million this year, making the total allocation of RM12 million.

“This means around 40,000 new Rela members would be able to get uniforms immediately,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said this after officiating the national-level 45th Rela Anniversary celebration at Padang Merdeka, here, Saturday.

Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Federal and State Ministers and Rela Director-General Datuk Zulkifli Abidin.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, also announced that a 20-acre site in Sandakan has been offered to Rela for the purpose of setting up a new training centre in the East Coast area.

“On this, we would like to say thank you to the State Government, especially the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, for the offer.

“If the allocation for the construction of the facility can be done as soon as possible, I will ensure the training centre will be built starting this year,” he said.

Towards this end, he said the Rela role would also be elevated and will take part in the border policing in the East Coast areas and assist the security agencies under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom).

He said the voluntary movement once known as “home guard” would no longer have the role of keeping order during weddings and simple events, but would also be part of keeping the security of the Malaysia Borneo states intact.

“We will utilise Rela as an auxiliary force. The power of citizen arrest still rest on the police and based on the new National Security Act, arrests could also be done by the military.

“This is the reason why Rela will be elevated to assist the police and military in the execution of law and enforcement,” said Ahmad Zahid, adding that the Home Ministry would discuss with the National Security Council and they will be assigned in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) later.

Over 8,131 out of the 10,000 Rela members across Sabah attended the celebrations here.

Ahmad Zahid earlier said that Rela is the country’s largest voluntary movement with over 3.05 million members nationwide and is viewed by neighbouring Asian countries as one of the most organised movements in the region.

The event also saw Ahmad Zahid pinning of pips on Musa, taking him to the ranks of Honorary Deputy Commissioner for the Rela movement.

The Home Minister also installed medal of honours on 10 Rela members, five of whom comprise mountain guides who assisted in the rescue operation during the deadly earthquake in Ranau in 2015 and another five who assisted the authorities during the 2013 Tanduo incursion.

Meanwhile, Musa, in his address, expressed pride for the Rela movement, saying their cooperation, commitment and contributions to the State was well noted.

“With the large members nationwide, I believe Rela played an important role and responsibility and among them, being involved in community activities, keeping the people’s commitment on progress, assisting government in strengthening unity and harmony and deploying its members in grassroots development,” he said.

Musa said the State Government will continue to support and assist Rela in executing its roles in the communities. – Jason Santos


Over 1,000 residents benefit from Kampung Rumindako water supply project

Posted on : 23-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

TUARAN– More than 1,000 residents of Kampung Rumindako in Kiulu and the surrounding population will benefit from the free clean water supply via the Clean Water Supply Project.

The project using the portable drinking water membrane filtration system was developed in the village which is located about 31km from Tuaran town.

Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Minister, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the clean water supply project in question was one programme under the platform of MOSTI Social Innovation implemented by the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), an agency under the ministry.

“Through the portable drinking water membrane filtration system branded ‘Pahlawan Tuah2000′, the people here (Kampung Rumindako) will reap the benefits of free clean water facility which can be drunk without boiling.

‘Pahlawan Tuah2000′ can provide clean water supply to more than 1,000 people and indirectly, reduces health problems faced by people in the area,” Madius, who is also Tuaran MP, told reporters after handing over the water filter system in the village today.

Meanwhile, MTDC chief executive Datuk Norhalim Yunus said the clean water supply project was developed by Membrane Technology Sdn Bhd (MTM), a company receiving Commercialisation of Research & Development Fund (CRDF) from MTDC and the technology development projects was the result of collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

“The ‘Pahlawan Tuah2000′ system has the capacity to produce 2,000 litres of clean water per hour, which is equivalent to the needs of 200 households.

“With continuous maintenance, the water filter system will benefit the population for at least the next five years,” he said.


Yeo: City Hall to ensure success of Chinese New Year carnival

Posted on : 17-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: City Hall will extend close cooperation to the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) to ensure the 2017 Chinese New Year (CNY) Carnival at Padang Merdeka here is a success.

The event has been scheduled for January 23-26.

Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said this during the final meeting of the carnival’s organising committee here on Monday. City Hall is the co-organiser.

Also present during the meeting were, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah who is also in charge of City Hall, FCAS president Datuk Seri TC Goh, deputy presidents Datuk Chua Soon Ping, Kapitan Lim Vun Chan, Datuk Agnes Shim as well as senior officers and representatives from the various government departments and agencies incljding city police, Health Department, Social Welfare Department and RTM.

Meanwhile, Yong said City Hall considered the carnival an annual event of great significance as it not only would promote Chinese culture and traditions but also unity and harmony among the people of various backgrounds.

Goh on behalf of FCAS expressed his gratitude to the state government, as well as the various Chinese clan associations, for their support and assistance in making the event more exciting and successful this time around.


Sharing of Japanese culture at Japan Week

Posted on : 11-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: As the first public event of the year, City Mall, in collaboration with Woo Joo Food Sdn Bhd, yesterday launched Japan Week at the mall to share Japanese culture with locals.

Pang (fourth right), Akiko (left) and Hiroko (fourth left) after launching Japan Week at City Mall.

Wojamama director Akiko Yong said the collaboration was part of City Mall’s efforts to organise more interactive events to mark its 10th anniversary this year.

“For their first event of the year, the mall collaborated with us on Japan Week, which is different from other Japanese fairs.

“This time around, there are more elements involved. We don’t only have Japanese cuisine, but we have other authentic Japanese products such as their beverages and cosmetics, and we even have a travel agency to promote tourism in Japan,” she said.

Akiko added that the fair was also aimed at sharing Japanese culture with Sabahans, saying: “The Japanese are very polite, patriotic and dedicated, and we want to share that insight into their culture with locals.”

Open to the public till January 15, the small but comprehensive fair also includes participation by Jetro, a Japanese company conducting business matching between Japan and Malaysia.

Deputy Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said after launching the event that Japan Week was a good way to bring Japanese products to the local market.

“It’s good that there are these kinds of events because it introduces various Japanese products to the locals. With this kind of effort, they don’t have to go all the way to Japan to get the products because they are available locally,” he said.

Japan Week was also supported by the head of Consulate Office of Japan in Kota Kinabalu, Hiroko Matsuo, who attended yesterday’s launch.


KK residents invited to Chinese New Year Carnival

Posted on : 08-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINBALU: The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) has called on the people of Sabah, especially those who are living in the city and its suburbs, to take time out to partake in the 2017 Chinese New Year Carnival which will be held at the Padang Merdeka here from January 23– 26.

FCAS president Datuk Seri Panglima T.C Goh pointed out that the event is part of its annual programs held in conjunction with Chinese New Year, with the chief aim of allowing Malaysians of all races to experience and enjoy the half-month-long annual celebration community.

He also noted that this year, the organisers have lined up more programs for the carnival, which include a newly-formulated dance competition which also features song and dance performances by some guest artistes. And to make the carnival more interesting, there will be two sessions of lion and dragon dance performances,nightly.

Besides this, the organisers are also shifting the carnival from its traditional venue at Gaya Street to Padang Merdeka, so that more people could participate in the for the Chinese event.

Meanwhile, Goh was also glad to note that two of their honorary advisors, Datuk Aloysius Tan Shu Hing and Datuk Dato’ Chee Chi Sang, have agreed to join the group of sponsors in supporting the carnival which is considered the most significant and grandiose event for the Chinese community of Sabah.

Goh also acknowledged that Tan, who is a top car dealer in Sabah, and Chee, who is chairman of the San Shen Gung Temple, have always been generous in supporting the programs and activities of FCAS.


Viewing tower opens for Visit Tambunan Year 2017

Posted on : 05-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

TAMBUNAN: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan yesterday opened the Tambunan Viewing Tower (or Pogimpaan Nuluhon Dandab costing RM500,000 in conjunction with the Visit Tambunan Year 2017.

The phase one and two of the tower were completed in December last year which enables the public especially tourists to see the beauty of Tambunan which is also known as ‘Switzerland of the east’.

The tower, designed in 2015, is the brainchild of Pairin who is also Infrastructure Development Minister, said Tambunan District Officer Thomas Logijin in an interview with the Borneo Post here yesterday.

He said the main objective of building the tower was to erect a landmark to promote Tambunan district as a tourist attraction in line with the Visit Tambunan Year 2017 (VTBN2017).

“It also aims to ensure that visitors could view 80 per cent of Tambunan Valley apart from enjoying the beauty of rice fields in this district.

“In addition to the comfort of clean and fresh air breeze from the Crocker Range and Mount Trus Madi we also see clearly the majestic Mount Kinabalu,” he said.

“The tower is also a leisurely recreation centre to visitors coming to this area.”

It took four months – August to December last year – to put up the tower which is sited on Trig hill at Kampung Dalungan here under the full supervision of the Tambunan District Office, he said

“The architect’s Impression Plan was originally issued by the Public Works Department in Kota Kinabalu but was redesigned by the Engineering Unit of Tambunan District Office.

“The architectural concept of the tower is based on the ‘Wakid’ and ‘Sigar’ as the roof of the tower (phase two). Materials used are iron and aluminum paint with golden colors such as green, yellow, gold and brown which reflects the bamboo color that Tambunan is famous for,” he said.

Thomas said lighting had been installed at the top of the tower for safety of visitors.

“Improvement will be made to the lighting once the ‘Sigar’ is fully ready.”

“The location of the tower is 877 metres from sea level while the tower itself is about 45 feet high. It has a three-deck viewing levels at 10 feet at the first level, 20 feet at the second and 30 feet at the third,” he said.

He said the three different viewing levels were equipped with curved safety railings and iron ladder to the top.

“The height of the viewing levels were designed for visitors with different level of fear.

“Each level can accomodate a maximum of 18 persons at level one, 25 persons at level two and 30 people at level three,” he said.

Thomas said that many visitors had visited the tower since it was opened to the public but was only launched yesterday.

“The tower is about 15 to 20 minutes drive from Tambuan town, he said, adding that there were plans to further develop the tower ground with amenities.

He said visitors under 12 years old (children) must be accompanied and supervised by their parents for safety reasons.


Seafood restaurants urged to maintain reasonable prices

Posted on : 04-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Seafood restaurants should maintain reasonable pricing and refrain from hiking prices when business is good, said Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Sabah branch president Datuk Frankie Liew.

“Don’t jack up the prices when business is good because doing so will affect tourists’ impression, particularly when Sabah is expected to have increasing tourist arrivals this year.”

He also advised restaurants against cheating customers by serving seafood weighing less than what the latter was paying, or swapping live seafood that customers ordered with frozen seafood.

“I hope restaurants will adopt ethical business practices.

“We should all do our part to attract more tourists to East Malaysia,” Liew said after officiating at the opening of Ocean City Seafood Restaurant at Star City here yesterday.

Additionally, Liew hoped that seafood suppliers would ensure ample supply for local restaurants and eateries so that tourists could enjoy fresh seafood in Sabah.

He said Sabah was famous for its seafood which was popular among foreign tourists.

“To my understanding, seafood in the market is mostly supplied by locals.”

As such, Liew hoped suppliers would do their best to supply to restaurants and eateries in the state or else tourists could not eat fresh local seafood.

He added that Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin had banned the export of fresh seafood from Sabah to make sure locals too could enjoy fresh seafood.

On another note, Liew said there should be more seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu as the availability of fresh seafood is one of the main attractions of Sabah.

Having more seafood restaurants will offer more choices for tourists, he said.

He also hoped  the government could adopt an open policy for tourist visas to attract more arrivals to Sabah.

Also present at the event were  The Sabah Maritime Silk Route Research Society president Prof Dato’ Dr Wilson Yong, MCCC Sabah branch vice president Foo Ngee Kee, secretary Michael Chin Wee Yee, treasurer Soh Poh Soon, vice public relations officer Ngan Yoke Loo and Ocean City Seafood Restaurant director Jack Loh.


Invite to taste Chinese food Jan 14 (CNY Cultural Village Exhibition 2017 at Likas Sport Complex)

Posted on : 03-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Members of the public are welcome to enjoy Chinese traditional food and desserts as well as a variety of teas at the Chinese New Year Cultural Village Exhibition 2017 organized by The United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK) on January 14.

The event will be held at Likas Sports Complex from 10am to 7pm.

Chinese food and desserts are among the famous cuisines in the world, especially the wide variety of delectable Chinese New Year dishes, and Chinese desserts are always served with quality tea.

For instance, Xinhui County under the jurisdiction of Jiangmen City in China is famous for its ‘Chin Pi Tea’, a combination of dried tangerine peel and Pu Er Tea.

It is believed that Chin Pi Tea has medicinal value that benefits our stomach, lungs, heart and liver, as well as aids in detoxification and beautification.

Meanwhile, Jiangmen, also known as Sze Yi, offers many signature Chinese New Year desserts, most of which have auspicious names such as ‘Jiangmen Dou Sha Cake’, ‘Dai Dai Ping An’, ‘Nian Gao’, ‘Bat Tong Gao’ and egg tarts.

‘Jiangmen Dou Sha Cake’, also known as ‘Jin Yu Man Tang’, signifies wealth and prosperity for a family.

‘Dai Dai Ping An’, a tiny pocket stuffed mainly with chicken and tied with leek, symbolizes peace or safety for generations to come.

‘Nian Gao’, made of sticky rice and brown sugar, is a must-have dessert during Chinese New Year for it  signifies great progress in the new year.

Egg tart, or ‘Dan Tart’ in Cantonese, is a Chinese custard dessert. Its round shape signifies reunion of the family, its sweet taste represents happiness while the golden colour of the custard is a symbol for wealth.

Bat Tong Gao’, on the other hand, promises greater heights and better performance in the coming year.


FCAS Cheongsam Pageant 26 January 2017

Posted on : 02-01-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU – The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) is organising a Cheongsam Pageant Contest this Jan 26.

It will be held at the Padang Merdeka here in conjunction with the Chinese New Year Carnival which is jointly organized by FCAS and Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK).

According to the organising chairman Datuk Susan Wong, the competition aims to allow women of different ages to display the elegance of Chinese tradition in this modern era, especially during the auspicious Chinese New Year festive season.

This competition is confines to women who are currently living in Sabah and can converse in Chinese language. It will be divided into two categories – “Category A” and “Category B”, with each category comprising of 15 contestants.

Category A caters for contestants aged between 13 to 40, and will feature modern Cheongsam, while Category B is for women aged 41 and above, featuring traditional Cheongsam.

“The event will be held at the Padang Merdeka,” Wong added.

As for the prizes, the champion will receive a cash prize of RM800 plus a trophy; the 1st Runner-up will take home RM600 and a trophy; the 2nd Runner-up, RM400 and a trophy; and the winner for the Best Cheongsam Design will receive RM300 and a trophy.

Besides this, there will also be seven prizes for Honourable Mention with a cash reward of RM100 and a trophy.

Those who are keen to take part in the competition can contact:Mr Dennis Gan 012-829 8006 / Miss Wendy Chong 010-9311230 / Miss Jess Fung 016-831 6636 / Ms Madeleine Lee 012-8023282 for more information.

Rules and Regulations:

1. Contestants must fill in the application form attached with a colour 3R/4R group photo.

2. The Organizer will draw the numbers to determine the sequence of the contestants’ performance.

3. Contestants must report themselves to the Organizer 30 minutes before the competition starts, or else they will be automatically disqualified.

4. The Organizer has the right to postpone or cancel the competition under some special circumstances.

5. Registration is free of charge.

6. First Round: Two minutes of talent performance (50%).

– Round Two: Catwalks – contestants must introduce themselves besides uttering their choice of greetings within one minute (50%) Points will be deducted for exceeding the time limit.

– Winning will be based on the highest points accumulated from the two rounds. Judging will be based on individual disposition, hairstyle, dressing, headgear, stage effect, and performance.

7. Performance of the contestants must not contain any inappropriate elements. The Organiser has the right to request the contestants to make changes to their performance.

8. Contestants are required to bring their own VCD or CD (music track with or without vocals) if they wish to have music during their performance. The organizer is not responsible for any damage or loss of the VCD or CD.

9. Contestants must manage their own props and moving of the props must not exceed one minute.

10. The Organizer reserves the right to modify or restructure the competition. The Organizer’s decision will be final and no queries and/or appeals will be entertained.

11. The closing date for registration is on 15 January, 2017, or when the quota of 25 contestants is full.

12. Contestants must put on Cheongsam-styled costume when performing the catwalks. They can dress in other types of costume during the talent performance.

13. LED screen will be provided by the Organizer. Contestants can use their own background during the competition.