The Official Portal of the Sarawak Government RSS Feed https://www.sarawak.gov.my/web/home/index/ 2017-12-13 03:43:31 2017-12-13 03:43:31Malaysia Agreement A Very Important Document, Says Abang Johari<p> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Abang-Johari.jpg" style="width: 200px;" /></p> <p> <strong style="text-align: justify;">Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <br /> KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has called out Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on his recent statement where he insinuated that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was unimportant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;I beg to differ with what Pandikar Amin has said on the Malaysia Agreement.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;You cannot just describe that the Agreement is not important because it is a very important document where the territorial rights of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia is the basis of the Malaysia Agreement,&rdquo; he told reporters when met after officiating the 20th Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and International College of Advanced Technology (i-CATS) Sarawak at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Pandikar recently told reporters after speaking at a public forum on MA63 in Kota Kinabalu that the emergence of documents in relation to the history of Malaysia&rsquo;s formation, such as the 20-point Memorandum and the Cobbold Commission Report, were made so that people would believe that some of the demands outlined in MA63 were not met.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He pointed out that the documents merely contained recommendations (in forming Malaysia) and negotiations following various meetings at that time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;They are not legally binding agreements. The only legally binding agreement is the MA63, which gives effect to all those recommendations made by those documents.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Pandikar said there was also a string of historical events leading to Malaysia&rsquo;s formation that cannot be separated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;You must look into the total spirit of MA63 and why it was done in such a way.&rdquo;</p>9786Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800CM: State Govt Supports ‘City of Unity’ Bid<p> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702295" height="293" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/kch-bp111217-rm-joeunity2.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Abang Johari (standing third right), flanked by Abdul Karim (standing foutth right) and Abang Abdul Wahab (standing second right) launches the workshop.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> KUCHING: The state government will give its fullest support to any effort to get Unesco recognise Kuching as a &lsquo;City of Unity&rsquo; under its heritage list.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Thus, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg welcomes 1Malaysia Foundation&rsquo;s initiative in trying to get Unesco&rsquo;s recognition for that purpose.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;On behalf of the state government I support any move by 1Malaysia Foundation to bid for Kuching to be recognised by Unesco as a &lsquo;City of Unity&rsquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;1Malaysia Foundation chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar said he would write to Unesco Permanent Delegation of Malaysia to submit the proposal. And I leave it to them to do their work because they are the NGO. The bidding is normally done by the NGO,&rdquo; he told reporters after officiating at the &lsquo;City of Unity&rsquo; workshop here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Organised by 1Malaysia Foundation in collaboration with Kuching North City Commission (DBKU), the workshop, among others, touched on the process and work required to expedite the proposal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> It also discussed Kuching&rsquo;s city status on various levels, population density, political stability, culture, ethnic and religious diversity, equal work and education opportunities as well as acceptance of mixed marriages, racial harmony and tolerance among the diverse community as well as city administration structure.<br /> The findings would then be submitted to the state government for further action.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Earlier in his speech, the Chief Minister said the state government had implemented several initiatives over the past two years to sustain the city of Kuching&rsquo;s status as City of Unity. He said a Unity Park had been proposed to be built within the Reservoir Park area here, which he envisioned to be an inclusive space reflecting Kuching&rsquo;s multicultural harmony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Abang Johari also said the state government would also strive to preserve the strong racial unity in Kuching City and Sarawak at large.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The high degree of trust, understanding and tolerance among the people in Sarawak has created strong coexistence among us, which is a key element in bonding our unity,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Also present were Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hanzah and Datuk Bandar of DBKU Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai.</p>9833Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Sarawak Has No Choice But To Leapfrog From Industry 2.0 to Industry 4.0 — Manyin<p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702292" height="358" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/Manyin-20171212.jpg" width="620" /><br /> <strong>Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: Sarawak, which is currently on the Second Industrial Revolution (Industry 2.0), has no choice but to jump straight into Industry 4.0 &ndash; otherwise, it would be left behind and become irrelevant.Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong, who said this, pointed out that previously big companies outsourced their production in developing countries like China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia due to cheaper labour, but the scenario would be different now as the work could be done by robots.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &quot;All these products are actually made in developing countries but with Industry 4.0, things are going to be made by robots. But with the intro (duction) of robots, IT (information technology) and so on, all these industries would be taken back to their own countries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> That would be an advantage for them because they don&rsquo;t have to pay for the transportation cost.&ldquo;We have to be prepared as there would be less and less investment coming to Sarawak, to Malaysia, because they would take all these back to their respective countries, which would definitely affect all of us. But if we are prepared for the next five years from today, we can adjust ourselves.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &rdquo;Based on his observation when leading a delegation to Germany in October, he said Sarawak had no choice but to leapfrog from Industry 2.0 to 4.0.&ldquo;This means that we need to have parallel programmes: firstly, how to tackle current labour force that doesn&rsquo;t have the necessary skills or knowledge, which would create massive unemployment; secondly, to provide skills, vocational training as well as retraining the current workforce or else, they would become irrelevant,&rdquo; he said at the launch of the #Innovate Sarawak Design Challenge 2018 in Tun Abang Salahuddin Islamic Centre (Pitas) of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He observed that Germany is the only country with dual system of education, in which university students are called &lsquo;apprentice&rsquo; and will be paid RM5,000 per month by the industry for 3.5 years.&ldquo;The students will spend three days in the industry and two in the university. This means that upon completion of their studies, they would be very prepared with the correct skills and have no need for retraining.&rdquo;Manyin hoped that the state could emulate this, but also admitting that the industry here &lsquo;is not big enough&rsquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Another eye-opener, he added, is that the system is mandatory in Germany and has been in the legislation over the past several years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have the environment now &ndash; we are still at (Industry) 2.0. It is very, very scary but I don&rsquo;t think we can say &lsquo;wait, wait until we are ready&rsquo; because it will be here in the next two to three years.&rdquo;</p>9834Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800‘Important To Have Social Skills To Land A Job’ , Manyin Tells Graduates<p> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702404" height="440" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/ic-4Qs-p1.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Manyin (second right) puts in the &lsquo;boarding pass&rsquo; to launch the #Innovate Sarawak Design Challenge 2018.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> KUCHING: Having a good curriculum vitae (CV) and grade point average (GPA) is not enough for a graduate to land a job as employers also look for those who can communicate and socialise with others, said Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said with these social skills, graduates can fit into many jobs.&ldquo;In the past, there&rsquo;s IQ (intelligence quotient), EQ (emotional quotient), now there&rsquo;s AQ (adversity quotient) and SQ (spiritual quotient). If you have all four, you will be able to be successful in life,&rdquo; he said at the launching of the #Innovate Sarawak Design Challenge 2018 at Pusat Islam Tun Abang Salahuddin (Pitas), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Aside from that, graduates must also be proficient in English to meet the requirements of multi-national corporations, Manyin added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Unlike the past when employers used to assess job applicants by looking at their CV and their performance at the interview before hiring, he said they now also conduct psychometric testing to determine if job seekers &nbsp;can perform.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Having first or second class honours do not guarantee the new hires will perform well when in the working environment,&rdquo; he elaborated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> As such, he added, the state government is committed to helping educational institutions in the state to produce competent human capital that meet the requirements of industries, like setting up relevant skills training institutes for students.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The event was organised by Unimas, Tabung Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas) and Dream Catcher Consulting Sdn Bhd. It was supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The competition is open to Engineering and Information Technology degree students from Unimas and other universities. It is held in conjunction with Unimas Final Year Project Symposium, tentatively to be held on May 14-15, 2018 where the participants are to exhibit and present their projects. Participation is by groups, and the target is 100 participants.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Unimas deputy vice chancellor Prof Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman and Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology dean Assoc Prof Dr Johari Abdullah were among those present at the event.</p>9835Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Ministry Sees Good Potential In Lake, Reservoir Tourism<div class="sd-content"> <ul> <li class="share-facebook"> <a class="share-facebook sd-button share-icon no-text" data-shared="sharing-facebook-702360" href="http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/12/12/ministry-sees-good-potential-in-lake-reservoir-tourism/?share=facebook&amp;nb=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Click to share on Facebook"><span class="sharing-screen-reader-text">Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)</span></a></li> <li class="share-twitter"> <a class="share-twitter sd-button share-icon no-text" data-shared="sharing-twitter-702360" href="http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/12/12/ministry-sees-good-potential-in-lake-reservoir-tourism/?share=twitter&amp;nb=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Click to share on Twitter"><span class="sharing-screen-reader-text">Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)</span></a></li> <li class="share-google-plus-1"> <a class="share-google-plus-1 sd-button share-icon no-text" data-shared="sharing-google-702360" href="http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/12/12/ministry-sees-good-potential-in-lake-reservoir-tourism/?share=google-plus-1&amp;nb=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Click to share on Google+"><span class="sharing-screen-reader-text">Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)</span></a></li> <li class="share-jetpack-whatsapp"> <a class="share-jetpack-whatsapp sd-button share-icon no-text" data-shared="" href="whatsapp://send?text=Ministry%20sees%20good%20potential%20in%20lake%2C%20reservoir%20tourism%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theborneopost.com%2F2017%2F12%2F12%2Fministry-sees-good-potential-in-lake-reservoir-tourism%2F" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Click to share on WhatsApp"><span class="sharing-screen-reader-text">Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)</span></a></li> <li class="share-print"> <a class="share-print sd-button share-icon no-text" data-shared="" href="http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/12/12/ministry-sees-good-potential-in-lake-reservoir-tourism/#print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Click to print"><span class="sharing-screen-reader-text">Click to print (Opens in new window)</span></a></li> <li class="share-end"> &nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <p> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702369" height="443" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/sbw-bp111217-pb-lake-p.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> SIBU: Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is looking into the tourism potential from the reservoirs and lakes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Stating that these places have much to offer to tourists, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah said apart from the beautiful scenery at the lake resorts, other activities could be developed from watersports, fishing or even boat cruising.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Lakes can be developed into major tourism attractions of the future,&rdquo; he said yesterday.<br /> Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, was asked on his ministry&rsquo;s plan to develop lake tourism, following Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg&rsquo;s recent statement that the state had hydro-electricity power dams in Bakun, Batang Ai, Murum and Baleh, which could become tourist attractions if properly developed, besides generating electricity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Abang Johari had told reporters after the PBB Zone 8 delegates meeting here recently, that he was looking into the possibility of forming a lake development authority.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Adding on, Abdul Karim said: &ldquo;Any aspect of our eco-tourism including our lush unspoilt rainforests, caves, wetlands, beaches, lakes and national parks, which could be developed as tourism products, are within our ministry&rsquo;s radar for development as tourist attractions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;In view of the huge cost of developing the infrastructure for and connectivity to these attractions, we have to develop them gradually &ndash; not simultaneously.&rdquo;</p>9836Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Major Indian Buffalo Meat Producer Keen To Invest In Sarawak<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702531" height="756" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/WhatsApp-Image-2017-12-12-at-07.39.23.jpeg" width="1008" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Dr Rahman gives the thumbs-up for a massive buffalo during the field visit.</strong><br /> <br /> MIRI:&nbsp; Sarawak will take a leaf from the buffalo industry in India and welcomed the interest expressed by a top Indian international company to explore areas of collaboration in the state, said&nbsp;Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> This was revealed after a recent working visit to India to study whole value chain of the buffalo industry.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The state delegation visited Allanasons Private Limited headquarters in Mumbai, a conglomerate with global operations that markets a wide range of products. &nbsp;The company was founded in 1865 and produces, sells, and exports processed food products and agro-commodities in India. It offers a range of meat products, including frozen halal boneless buffalo meat, frozen mutton, frozen canned meat, ready to cook products, and vacuum packed chilled meat.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to Dr Abdul Rahman, Sarawak is impressed by the buffalo industry in India in terms of technology and industry services, and the observations from the trip will help the ministry to formulate its own plan and development on buffalo industry in the state.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said Allanasons&nbsp;has expressed interest to invest in Sarawak for both downstream and upstream activities in the food industry, especially in cattle and beef production.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo; We&rsquo;re happy to hear that Allanasons is keen to collaborate with Sarawak to explore business potential in the cattle and buffalo industry including dairy buffalo,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Among the places visited were Department of Animal Husbandry of the Government of Maharashtra Gokhale Nagar in Mumbai and neighbouring Aurangabad, and the tour covered the whole supply chain starting from farm production to marketing, including wholesomeness and food safety of buffalo products.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Sarawak delegation also visited the Frigorifico Allana abattoir and meat processing factory, which has a production capacity 1,800 heads per day.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The delegation included Deputy State Secretary (Socio-Economic Transformation)&nbsp; Datu Ismawi Ismuni,&nbsp; Consul-General of Malaysia in Mumbai Zainal Azalan Mohd Nadzir, Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development&rsquo;s&nbsp;Deputy Permanent Secretary Paul Vincent Ritom and Director of Veterinary Services Department Sarawak Dr Adrian Susin Ambud.</p>9837Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Jambatan Tandang Sari To Benefit 20,000 People – Abg Johari<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702406" height="495" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/kch-bp111217-ce-saribas-p2.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Abang Johari (fifth left) walking along the Jambatan Tandang Sari in Pusa with other VIPs as part of their official inspection and marking the opening yesterday.</strong><br /> <br /> PUSA: The RM47-million bridge across Sungai Rimbas here is set to benefit 20,000 people living around the area.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Named &lsquo;Jambatan Tandang Sari&rsquo;, the concrete bridge measuring 327 metres long was completed within 36 months, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when opening it yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The construction of the bridge will benefit people living around the area and would become the catalyst for further economic activities which will enhance their income. Our focus is also to ensure that agriculture activities are intensified and run smoothly,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Abang Johari attributed the bridge to former Chief Minister the late Pehin Sri Tan Sri Adenan Satem, saying that it was part of the latter&rsquo;s legacy to make sure that development in areas surrounding Pusa and Maludam is improved.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Around 2,000 people attended the opening ceremony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The bridge is much awaited because all this while some rural folks including farmers depended very much on water transportation, the Chief Minister pointed out.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He reminded that he is all out to promote IT facilities so that people can get involved in E-Trade more aggressively soon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Thus, he urged the rural folks to start getting involved in E-Trade if they did not want to be left behind by their counterparts in the urban areas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Among the dignitaries present at the function were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Assistant Coastal Road Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi and Assistant Transportation Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.</p>9838Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800‘Sarawak Doesn’t Need More Aided Chinese Primary Schools’<p style="text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: Sarawak did not make it to the federal list of states having new aided Chinese primary schools (SJKC) because the state does not need this new facility.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Pointing this out yesterday was Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who said Sarawak already had a high number of SJKC, most of which are having low enrolment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He opined that some relocation works would help Sarawak meet the rising needs of SJKC rather than having Putrajaya approve new ones.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Based on the records that we have, the two states that are in dire need of new SJKC are Selangor and Johor. That is why in the recent list released by the Education Ministry, of the 10 new schools announced, five are in Selangor while the remaining five in Johor,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He made these remarks when met by journalists after handing over special education allocations worth over RM8.8 million to 184 SJKC and 10 national type secondary schools across the state during a ceremony at the state Education Department here.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Chong explained that the federal government&rsquo;s decision to approve SJKC was based on needs and did not mean that other states would not see new SJKC after the recent announcement by the ministry.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> To a question, he said the licence would not be revoked even if an SJKC was relocated and the Education Ministry would lend a helping hand as far as relocation fund was concerned.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said the ministry would collaborate with the local authorities as well as the relevant developer when it came to school relocation projects.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He added that the ministry already had a comprehensive mechanism in place to deal with educational matters including relocation works.</p>9839Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Deputy Minister Gives RM8.8 million In Special Funds To Chinese Schools<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702405" height="371" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/kch-bp111217-lhp-edugrant-p.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Chong (fifth left) with Dr Sim (fifth right), Sudarsono (second right) and others pose with the mock cheques during the presentation ceremony.</strong><br /> <br /> KUCHING: Special government allocations worth over RM8.8 million for aided Chinese primary schools (SJKC) and national type secondary schools (SMJK) in Sarawak were given out yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon handed over cheques for RM7.115 million and RM1.69 million to 184 SJKC and 10 SMJK respectively during a ceremony at the state Education Department in Petra Jaya here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> In Kuching alone, a total of 56 SJKC and one SMJK stand to benefit from the special government allocations.<br /> According to Chong, Sarawak is the state that has the highest number of SJKC in Malaysia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Because of this, he said Sarawak was also the state which always received the most education funding for SJKC from the federal government.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Also with him at the ceremony was Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong, who said Sarawak received a total of RM8.3 million in similar special allocations last year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Of the total, he said RM7 million was meant for SJKC while the remaining RM1.3 million was for SMJK.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Manyin reiterated that Sarawak had 1,020 dilapidated schools which required more grants from Putrajaya in order to carry out repair and rebuilding works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He hoped that the federal government would dole out more funds for the state to address dilapidated school issues.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to Manyin, Sarawak needs at least RM3 billion to repair and rebuild all dilapidated schools.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Among those present were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also Sarawak United Peoples&rsquo; Party (SUPP) president; and permanent secretary to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research Datu Sudarsono Osman.</p>9840Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Industry 4.0 Set To Cause Job Displacement – Mussen<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702396" height="456" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/lhp-malcolm-p1.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Mussen delivers his welcoming remarks at the opening of the outreach programme. &mdash; Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi</strong><br /> <br /> KUCHING: Industry 4.0 is set to bring about job displacement due to the high degree of technology and automation adoptions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister of Industries and Investment Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, who pointed this out yesterday, said the country would need to prepare the skills set needed to operate in a highly technologically driven environment besides retaining displaced workers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Ideally, Industry 4.0 can be driven by the industry on their own with minimal government intervention required.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;However, Malaysia&rsquo;s current manufacturing landscape is largely divergent across sub-sectors with some still resorting to manual labour while others are already high tech in their operations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;These high tech firms require only a handful of technicians to be present for troubleshooting in the production line. Even then, troubleshooting can be done remotely.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;In short, human capital development is an important element in the adaptation of Industry 4.0,&rdquo; he said before Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong declared open an outreach programme on Industry 4.0 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Mussen opined that changes would not come as easy for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) especially if they felt intimidated and apprehensive about where to begin in embracing Industry 4.0.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He then suggested that they start with solving the existing problem in their production process.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;For instance, you can integrate 3D printing and digital simulation in the prototyping stage to shorten the length of the product design phase, or employ big data analysis and internet to prevent recurring breakdown of machines to avoid downtime.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;You can even incorporate cloud computing and cybersecurity to ensure the integrity and security of the data of your company,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He was pleased to announce that SMEs in the state made up 6.7 per cent of the total 907,000 SMEs in Malaysia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;With that, about 61,000 of businesses in Sarawak are SMEs. The contributions made by Malaysian SMEs in general and Sarawak in particular are very important towards creating job opportunities and uplifting the standard of living of Malaysians.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;I am certain that SMEs in Sarawak have bright prospects as well as competitive edge towards embracing Industry 4.0,&rdquo; he remarked.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Pointing out that Industry 4.0 is a digital revolution, he said SMEs in the country ought to ask whether the digitisation process would affect their businesses.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He added that they needed to be able to see the value of Industry 4.0 from the aspect of productivity (to reduce the overall cost and improve productivity level), quality (to reduce human errors and flexibility) and shorter time to market.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The move to Industry 4.0 will require leadership and change management. I hope SMEs will not fear the changes needed but be bold enough to make these changes,&rdquo; he said.</p>9841Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800SMEs Reminded Of Global Change Towards Industry 4.0<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702397" height="213" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/lhp-chuateeyong-p1.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Chua (third right) with Malcolm (third left) and others pose with participants at the opening ceremony. &mdash; Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi</strong><br /> <br /> KUCHING: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia must be more innovative and creative in order to move up the global value chain with the help of new-edge technology.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> In stressing this yesterday, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong said SMEs must also be mindful of the global change towards Industry 4.0.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Globally, change is already happening and businesses have to embrace change in order to survive. Many industry players in developed countries have moved into the Industry 4.0 sphere, utilising the cyber-physical system holistically, ahead of us.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Industries in countries like Germany, the United States and to a large extent Japan are the ones driving this initiative with minimal government intervention,&rdquo; he said when opening an outreach programme on Industry 4.0 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Chua stressed that the benefits of companies adopting Industry 4.0 technology would be significant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said success stories of some companies had shown tangible results where adoption of high technology had helped them increase productivity and products variation as well as to market products faster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to him, Adidas&rsquo; move in shifting its outsourced global manufacturing facility back to Germany is a prime example of Industry 4.0 at work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Notably, they deployed additive manufacturing or 3D printing to produce their renowned sport products,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Chua believes that low labour cost offered by developing countries would not be attractive enough as Industry 4.0 phases out routine jobs that require minimal human cognitive involvements with the use of robots and artificial intelligence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said Malaysia is not alone in experiencing the challenges of Industry 4.0 which he termed as a global megatrend.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Advancement of technology is the impetus of emerging new business models that are disrupting traditional markets.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Uber, Alibaba or Airbnb, for example, are forcing traditional manufacturers to rethink their current business models,&rdquo; he pointed out.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Chua said the new business models moved away from owning assets or having experiences in the very sector they ventured into.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;It is a common trait of these leaders to be innovative, hence allowing them to meet customisation demands of today&rsquo;s consumers.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He thanked SME Corp Malaysia for co-organising the programme which was in line with the government&rsquo;s efforts to create awareness of the importance and benefits of adopting Industry 4.0.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The national policy on Industry 4.0 is being developed through engagements done by various quarters of the government through workshops, seminars and outreach programmes like this one as well as online consultation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The aim is to be as inclusive as possible in gathering feedback from stakeholders and increase the awareness of Industry 4.0,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Over 300 individuals from both the public and private sector attended the programme, which focused on helping SMEs understand and initiate change to their business operations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Also present was Assistant Minister of Industries and Investment Malcolm Mussen Lamoh.</p>9842Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800DCM: SPP A Good Marketing Platform For Sarawak Products<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702370" height="495" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/kch-bp111217-ce-tengah-p1.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Awang Tengah takes a closer look at one of the food products on display at SPP.</strong><br /> <br /> KUALA LUMPUR: The Sarawak Product Pavillion (SPP) will serve as a platform for traders to market Sarawak products in Peninsular Malaysia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to officiate at the launch of SPP next January.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The initiative by the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development Sarawak will involve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from Sarawak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Located at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here &ndash; near the Medan Tunku Pos Malaysia Bhd &ndash; the SPP will function as an e-trading and one-stop centre for Sarawak products like Bario Rice, Sarawak Blackpepper, Sarawak Laksa paste, handicrafts and furniture items.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who visited the trading centre on Sunday night, said SPP would also serve to promote Sarawak products internationally.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The centre houses four facilities &ndash; a seminar room, offices, e-trade support centre and hostels. Additionally, SPP would soon have its own caf&eacute; managed by Dapur Sarawak, said Awang Tengah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Soon, more than 200 entrepreneurs from Sarawak would be sending their products to SPP &ndash; for now, only 32 entrepreneurs have sent theirs. Local products, from Lawas down to Lundu, will be on display or be stored at SPP,&rdquo; he said, adding that these products would be sold at reasonable prices, beginning today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;SPP will work closely with Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Agriculture Department and various agencies like Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation, as well as NGOs (non-governmental organisations) like Persatuan Anak Sarawak,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The ministry&rsquo;s Entrepreneurs Development Unit head Samat Junai and Borneo Mart Enterprise Sdn Bhd director Mazalan Rajang accompanied Awang Tengah during the Sunday night visit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> SPP, which is managed by Borneo Marts Enterprise, is open from 9am to 6pm daily.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> To know more about SPP, visit website www.sarawakpavilion.com.my.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Alternatively, browse Facebook page #sarawakproductpavillion or Instagram via @sarawakpavillion.</p>9843Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800‘Involve Related Parties In Planning Of Devt Projects’<p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702132" height="437" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/C_PC0028771.jpg" width="660" /><br /> <br /> <em>Dr Penguang (second right) officiates at KDC Customers&rsquo; Day as Aaron (second left) and Anthony (third left) look on</em>.<br /> <br /> KANOWIT: Local councils, being the front-liners of the government, have been told to involve local community leaders, elected representatives, district officers and councillors when planning development projects in their jurisdictions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said this is to avoid such projects, when completed, from not being utilised by the people or target groups because they did not meet their expectations.<br /> &ldquo;Anything that local councils are able or unable to do will reflect on the government machinery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;If the local councils fail to do their duty, the government is also perceived to have failed in its commitment to help the people,&rdquo; he said when officiating at Kanowit District Council (KDC) Customers&rsquo; Day at Rajang Riverfront here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said the role of local councils can be summed up into five of its main services &ndash; drain clearing, garbage collection, road upgrading, grass cutting and matters related to business premises.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;If local councils are not committed in carrying out these services, for example to clear blocked drains or to repair damaged roads, it will cause problems to the people,&rdquo; he pointed out.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Dr Penguang also told the local councils to prioritise the local community because without them, the councils would not be able to fulfill their roles. On the same matter, he said community leaders and councillors are the eyes and ears of the government and act as a bridge between the people and the government.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Kanowit MP Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang and KDC secretary Anthony Luta were present.</p>9810Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800All Must Play A Part In Getting Rid Of Dengue – Dr Sim<p style="text-align: justify;"> <em><img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702163" height="346" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/C_PC0028781.jpg" width="660" /><br /> Dr Sim (standing centre, second row) together with the participants of the Mega Gotong-Royong yesterday. &mdash; Photo by Tan Song Wei</em><br /> <br /> KUCHING: The community must discard the idea that the war against dengue is the job of the Health Department or local authorities, and take charge of their own health and safety.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian pointed out that it takes a mere 10 minutes a week to walk around one&rsquo;s house compound or business premises to make sure there is no breeding ground for mosquitoes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The government is making all sorts of efforts to fight Dengue, such as by inspecting construction sites, abolishing illegal dumping ground, and increasing awareness activities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;But all this won&rsquo;t achieve their target if there is no involvement from every level of society,&rdquo; he said, adding that every individual has a role to play,</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He was speaking at the Mega Gotong-Royong event at Demak Laut Commercial Centre here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The event was the second series of a state-wide war against Aedes mosquitoes this year, involving 21 agencies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> It was organised by the state government and State Health Department and attended by Deputy Kuching Resident Tuah Suni and State Health Department deputy director Dr Nordin Salleh.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to the latest statistics for this year, 920 cases of Dengue have been recorded as of December 10 compared to 2,639 cases during the same period last year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> A total of 10 districts saw more than five cases compared to the same period last year; namely Bau (24 cases), Betong (22), Serian (21), Saratok (14), Lawas (11), Lundu (9), Pakan (7), Selangau (6) and Tatau (5).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The Demak Laut Commercial Centre area was once declared a Dengue hotspot in 2016 for 54 days, with 18 cases recorded.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> This year, the area recorded four cases.</p>9811Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Liberalisation Answer To Cheap Internet, Says CM<p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702193" height="434" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/C_PC0028786.jpg" width="660" /><br /> <em>Abang Johari greets participants as he arrives for the closing ceremony.</em><br /> <br /> MALACCA: It is possible to provide cheap and widely available high-speed telecommunication and multi-media service in Sarawak if the cost of building the infrastructure and operation could be reduced, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He expressed his belief that this could be done if there was a liberal policy in the use of existing and future infrastructure that would allow multi-players&rsquo; participation in the provision of such service.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;If the price is high (and) not within the affordability of the users, they won&rsquo;t change to digital (platforms). So this has to be done through multi-player (approach),&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The chief minister was speaking at the closing of a retreat for Sarawak heads of departments and senior officers at leading hotel here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> About 170 officers took part in the three-day retreat primarily to chart the way forward in Sarawak&rsquo;s quest to leapfrog from a conventional to a digital economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Earlier, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani presented a resolution that had been the result of labs covering 17 areas tailored towards achieving the goal of transformation towards a digital economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was also present at the ceremony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Abang Johari pointed out that existing Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) high voltage towers, which carry fibre optics cables, should be open to use to other telcos as a practical solution to reduce the cost of providing fast Internet in the State.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> It would be a waste of resources not to optimise the use of SEB towers to carry fibre optics cables to transmit large volume of data which is vital to support a digital economy, he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said the soon-to-be-launched Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) will be the agency to integrate and govern the multi-player services.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> A similar approach worked in other countries like Estonia where the multi-player environment had successfully allowed 4G Internet to be widely available, he told the participants of the retreat.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He expressed confidence that the liberalisation policy, once put in place, would help to greatly reduce the cost of providing a state-wide Internet infrastructure and international gateways to the outside world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> An allocation of RM1 billion from the state coffers was approved in the last State Legislative Assembly sitting and an additional RM500 million would come from the federal government to provide high-speed Internet infrastructure in the state.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He reiterated that the state had to capitalise on digital technology to transform itself into a digital economy as the traditional incremental approach would not put the state on par with the digitalised economies of the world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said Sarawak needed to achieve a GDP growth of six per cent annually in order to become a high-income developed economy by 2030 and the digitalisation of the economy would be a much-needed enabler.<br /> <br /> The chief minister (seated centre) in a group photograph with participants of the retreat.</p>9812Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Govt Allocates 5.8-Acre Land Along Miri By-Pass Road For Christian Ecumenical Centre<p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702202" height="452" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/C_PC0028791.jpg" width="660" /><br /> <em>(From left) Dennis, Lee, Gerawat, Doreen, Uggah, Solomon and Yii jointly switch on the Christmas tree lights by putting their hands on a large sphere.</em><br /> <br /> MIRI: The government has approved a 5.8-acre piece of land along Miri By-Pass road last month for the Association of Churches in Sarawak to build the Christian Ecumenical Centre.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> This was disclosed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in his address at the launching of Miri City Christmas Parade 2017 at Miri City Fan on Saturday night.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Among those attending the parade were Uggah&rsquo;s wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang; Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Miri mayor Adam Yii; Miri MP Dr Michael Teo; Baram MP Anyi Ngau; Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon; Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau; Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting; Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala; Anglican Bishop of Kuching and Brunei, Right Revd Danald Jute; and the parade&rsquo;s organising chairman Right Revd Solomon Cheong Sung Voon, who is also the assistant bishop of the Diocese of Kuching and Brunei.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The Chief Minister&rsquo;s address was read by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who represented him at the ceremony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;I am sure that with the approval of the land, the Christian Ecumenical Centre project will be realised, and more than 120,000 Christians from various denominations in Miri will have a comfortable venue to carry out their courses, seminars and activities,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to the Chief Minister, the government does not only help religious institutions by giving them funds to build their houses of worship, but also considers their applications for land for cemetery and various other facilities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said a total of 77 applications for financial assistance from various religious institutions throughout Sarawak, totalling RM15 million, had been approved by the government.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;From the number, 12 applications totalling RM3.02 million were from several Christian denominations as well as the Sikhs in Miri,&rdquo; he disclosed. He further said Sarawak is a place where religion has never been an issue among the people of various beliefs and racial backgrounds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This is not so in other places, especially across the South China Sea. We Sarawakians, be they Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindu or others, have always strived to strengthen the friendship and brotherhood among ourselves because we know that unity and social cohesiveness is the pillar of our economic progress and development,&rdquo; he said. He added that no one will stand to gain if there is chaos in society.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Sarawakians may have differences in opinion and ways of looking at things, which is only natural, but these do not stop them from making serious efforts to nurture and strengthen unity among them.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t expect everyone to agree with me all the time, but we always try to find the middle path and common ground for the benefit of all Sarawakians,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Elaborating, Abang Johari said Sarawakians take pride in the fact that other people have recognised them as a people who are united and always working to make bridges, and not walls, between them.<br /> <br /> Uggah flagging-off the parade participants.<br /> <br /> At the end of the speech, Uggah announced an allocation of RM50,000 from himself for the Miri City Parade Committee.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Also contributing to the committee for the parade were Lee (RM20,000), Gerawat (RM20,000), Ting (RM10,000), Dennis (RM10,000) and Anyi (RM10,000), making the total allocation received by the committee for the evening RM120,000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile, Yii, who spoke earlier, said the increased number of participants in this year&rsquo;s parade proved that Christians in this city recognised the importance of the event.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;It is not just a parade, but a union of all the denominations of churches in Miri,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> This year&rsquo;s parade saw about 45,000 people from 20 churches in Miri brave pouring rain and strong winds to march around the city while singing Christmas carols.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The parade which entered its tenth year this year was led by the Boys Brigade brass band from the Methodist Church.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The first Miri Christmas Parade started with 5,000 participants from seven churches in 2008 and was hosted by the Methodist Church.</p>9813Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Onus On All Sarawakians To Uphold Racial, Religious Harmony — Assistant Minister<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702095" height="371" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/C_PC0028761.jpg" width="660" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Lee (front, seventh left), Ahmad Lai on his right and Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting (front, sixth right) with other guests in a group photo prior to the official opening ceremony of Hwa Kwan Temple&rsquo;s new block in Taman Tunku.</strong><br /> <br /> MIRI: Sarawak is not only the model state for racial unity, but it is also one that upholds religious harmony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> As such, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin reminds all on the need to continue safeguarding this uniqueness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;No matter how rich you are, these are two things that you cannot buy &ndash; racial unity and religious harmony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Therefore, it is upon us all to protect, preserve and further enhance such uniqueness at all cost, from being jeopardised by various threats,&rdquo; he spoke at the opening of the Hwa Kwan Temple new block at Taman Tunku here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Lee, who is Senadin assemblyman, also reiterated this city as the place that signify strong religious harmony.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We already have Masjid An-Naim and the Good Shepherd Church standing next to each other in Lutong Bazaar; now, we have Hwa Kwan Temple standing opposite the Hindu Sri Kamini Thurga Iswari Amman Alayam Temple in Taman Tunku.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This is something that we must always appreciate and protect.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Adding on, Lee said the state government has always been giving full support to any religious works and activities being run in the state.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> On the Hwa Kwan Temple in Taman Tunku, he said the building was constructed on a piece of land awarded by the state government.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;When it comes to construction of places of worship places in Miri, many YBs (elected representatives) regardless of their religious beliefs would render full support, including financial means, to ensure that every project would be successfully implemented.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Lee said he was told that Sibuti MP for Sibuti Datuk Ahmad Lai Bujang had given his support to the construction of Hwa Kwan Temple.</p>9832Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Submit To Census And Immunisation Against JE, Taman Malihah Residents Urged<p style="text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: Residents of Taman Malihah Phase 1 and Phase 2 and Taman Alamanda, Matang are asked to cooperate with health personnel conducting a census and immunisation against Japanese Encephalitis (JE).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to the Health Department of Sarawak in a statement yesterday, they were conducted following the sporadic outbreak of a case involving a resident of Taman Malihah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We confirm the notice issued by Kuching Division Health Office to residents around Taman Malihah Phase 1 and Phase 2, and Taman Alamanda, Matang.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The notice concerned JE prevention via census to identify people below nine months to 15 years of age who are eligible and have never been vaccinated against JE.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This was after the detection of a case of JE involving a resident who lives in Taman Malihah, Matang and not an epidemic,&rdquo; said the department.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> It said the census was needed to cover all localities within a radius of two kilometres from the home of the detected case.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The census began on Dec 5 until today (Dec10) from 10am to 9pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> It said the JE vaccine will continue to be given to eligible persons to protect against the infection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The Health Department of Sarawak is hopeful that all residents in the area will cooperate with health professionals conducting the survey and giving the immunisation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;They will be required to provide identity cards or birth certificates and child health cards for documentary purposes,&rdquo; it said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Residents in the area are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using repellents, especially when conducting outdoor activities, and sleep under mosquito nets, or install mosquito netting on windows.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Aerosols can be sprayed to kill adult mosquitoes inside the house.</p>9827Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800Liberalisation Answer To Cheap Internet – CM<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702027" height="720" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/abang-jo-1-1.jpg" width="1080" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Abang Johari greeting a retreat participant upon his arrival at the closing ceremony.</strong><br /> <br /> MALACCA: It is possible to provide cheap and widely available high speed telecommunication and multimedia services in Sarawak if the cost of building the infrastructure and operation could be reduced, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He expressed his believe that this can be done if there was a liberal policy in the use of existing and future infrastructure that will allow multi-players&rsquo; participation in the provision of such service.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;If the price is high, not within the affordability of the users they won&rsquo;t change to digital (platforms). So this has to be done through multi-player (approach),&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The Chief Minister was speaking at the closing of a retreat for Sarawak Heads of Departments and senior officers held at leading hotel, here today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> About 170 officers took part in the three-day retreat primarily to chart the way forward in Sarawak&rsquo;s quest to leapfrog from a conventional to a digital economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Earlier, the State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani presented a resolution that had been the result of labs covering 17 areas tailored towards achieving the goal of transformation towards a digital economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Also present at the ceremony was Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Abang Johari pointed out that existing Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) High Voltage towers which are currently carrying fibre optics cable should be open to use to other telcos as a practical solution to reduce the cost of providing fast Internet in the State.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> It would be a waste of resources not to optimise the use of SEB towers to carry fibre optics cables to transmit large volume of data which is vital to support a digital economy, he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said the soon to be launched Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) will be the agency to integrate and govern the multi-player services.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Similar approach worked in other countries like Estonia where the multi-player environment had successfully allowed 4-G Internet to be widely available, he told the participants of the retreat.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He expressed confidence that the liberalisation policy once put in place would help to greatly reduce the cost of providing a state-wide Internet infrastructure and international gateways to the outside world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> An allocation of RM1 billion from the state coffer &nbsp;was approved in the last State Legislative Assembly sitting and an additional RM500 million would come from the federal government to provide high-speed Internet infrastructure in Sarawak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He reiterated that Sarawak had to capitalise on digital technology to transform itself into a digital economy as the traditional incremental approach would not put the state on par with the digitalised economies of the world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said Sarawak needed to achieve a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of six per cent annually in order to become a high-income developed economy by 2030 and the digitalisation of the economy would be much-needed enabler.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702028" height="481" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/abang-jo-2.jpg" width="1080" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Abang Johari in a group photograph with participants of the retreat.</strong></p>9828Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800S’wakians Living In Johor Welcomed, State Govt To Look After Their Interests<p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-702010" height="455" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/launching.jpg" width="621" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Mohamed Khaled (left) beating a gong to launch the Utusan Borneo Johor Edition e-paper.</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" class="wp-image-702011" height="469" src="http://cdn.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2017/12/mb.jpg" width="626" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Mohamed Khalid being greeted by traders from Sarawak at the Pasar Borneo.</strong><br /> <br /> MASAI, Johor: Sarawakians living in Johor have been assured that they are welcomed and that the state government will look after their interests during their stay in the state.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> This assurance was given by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khalid Nordin at the launching of Utusan Borneo Johor Edition e-paper here during a pre-Christmas lunch hosted by the Borneo Association at the Pasar Borneo here today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Datuk Henry Sum Agong&nbsp; when officiating at the function.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Pasar Borneo at Jalan Bayan here was set up three years ago to cater for traders from Sarawak who had been trading by the roadside and five foot way in the area.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to&nbsp;Borneo Association deputy chairman Resen Enli, currently the market which operates on weekends and Wednesday, houses about 50 stalls operated by Sarawakians selling just jungle produce and Sarawakian delicacies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The traders have transformed this little corner of Johor Bahru into &lsquo;Little Sarawak&rsquo; where the large population of Sarawakians who live mostly in the area come together to get a feeling of home.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> During the function Mohamed Khaled presented Christmas gifts to members of the Borneo association.</p>9829Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0800