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Jong Regatta Revamp To Pull In The Crowd

October 24, 2013
BAU: Organisers of the coming Jong Festival are planning new activities for this year’s festival.

‘Consider Using Landfills To Produce Electricity’

October 24, 2013
SIBU: Local authorities can turn their landfills into an asset by recovering the landfill methane and converting it to positive use such as producing electricity...

MCC To Build 3,000 More Parking Lots By 2015

October 23, 2013
MIRI:</strong> Based on the Miri City Council’s studies and projections, there will be an additional 3,000 or more new parking lots under their jurisdiction in two years’ time...

Housing Ordinance To Be Amended, Says Abang Jo

October 23, 2013
KUCHING: The Housing Ordinance will be amended next month, which among others will allow the construction of affordable houses in Bumiputera majority areas...

Effort To Boost Tourism In Rural Areas Continuing

October 23, 2013
KANOWIT: The Ministry of Tourism will continue to find initiatives to boost tourism in the state, particularly in rural areas, says Assistant Minister of Tourism (Local Events and Products), Datuk Gramong Juna...

NCR Land Perimeter Survey To Continue - Awang Tengah

October 23, 2013
KUCHING: The NCR land perimeter survey will continue so the people should cooperate for the exercise to be carried out smoothly...

Neighbourhood Committees Part Of Efforts To Improve Living Standard

October 22, 2013
SIBU: The establishment of neighbourhood committees is part of the government’s strategies to improve the people’s standard of living...

Lee To NGOs: Help Promote Healthy Lifestyles

October 22, 2013
MIRI: Associations and clubs here should organise more sports and recreational activities to help promote healthy lifestyles...

Talk On Treatment Of Cancers Of The Liver, Bile Duct, Pancreas On Nov 1

October 22, 2013
KUCHING: The National Cancer Society (NCC) Sarawak branch and See Hua Group of newspapers will be organising a medical talk on ‘Advances in the treatment of cancers of the liver, bile duct and pancreas’ on Nov 1...

‘Allah’ Not An Issue In Sarawak - Taib

October 22, 2013
<p>KUCHING: The word &lsquo;Allah&rsquo; has never been an issue in Sarawak, and it should remain that way.</p> <p>Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said no one could alter the status quo without the consent of the state.</p> <p>He said the recent Court of Appeal&rsquo;s decision to bar the use of the word &lsquo;Allah&rsquo; in the Catholic weekly publication &lsquo;The Herald&rsquo; was not binding to the state.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is not binding with us&hellip;unless there is a legislation. This means getting consent from us in Sarawak&hellip;it cannot alter the status quo.&rdquo;</p> <p>He told reporters this when asked to comment on the issue after the opening of the 13th PBB Convention at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.</p> <p>&ldquo;To us there is no issue. We have been living with people from different races and religions for so many decades, even before Malaysia was formed.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t mind telling you all that when I travelled to longhouses in the early days the people will look for a Muslim cook from the city, and they will buy a piece of praying mat in order for me to pray in the top part of the house.</p> <p>&ldquo;That is why we feel quite natural in dealing with people of different religions. I come from a mission school and it doesn&rsquo;t bother me to see other people making the cross sign because it is their religion, their way of expressing their respect for the Almighty, it is their way, and when we formed Malaysia we carried this and it becomes one of the features of Sarawak&rsquo;s multiracial and multi religious society.&rdquo;</p> <p>The statement by Taib, who is also PBB president, is a clear assurance to the Christian community in the state that they can still use the word &lsquo;Allah&rsquo; without fear and doubt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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