The Official Portal of the Sarawak Government RSS Feed https://www.sarawak.gov.my/web/home/index/ 2018-11-18 04:25:09 2018-11-18 04:25:09‘Govt’s Focus On Eco-excellence, Biodiversity’<div id="attachment_766100" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 670px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/kch-bp031018-mt-awgtghiaia awg-.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><strong style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Awang Tengah presents Wilson (second right) with a token of appreciation. Also seen are (from left) Dr Abdul Rahman, Naroden and Dr Penguang. &mdash; Photo by Chimon Upon</strong></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KUCHING:&nbsp;The Sarawak government has not reneged on its obligation towards environmental excellence and the conservation of biodiversity.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said it is for this reason that the state immediately gazetted its own environmental law &mdash; the Natural Resources and Environment (Amendment) Ordinance 1993 (NREO) &mdash; and subsequently established the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) back in 1994.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The role of NREB is to enforce environmental compliance for all development activities in the state to ensure that emerging environmental issues are properly addressed and mitigated,&rdquo; he said when officiating at the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Special Symposium 2018 closing dinner at a leading hotel here on Tuesday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Apart from that, he also noted that the implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in Sarawak has to a greater extent succeeded in tackling emerging environmental issues and reduced any adverse impact of development to the state&rsquo;s environmental ecosystems.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;To encourage greater public participation, the state government also introduced the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment for many sensitive and mega projects implemented in the state such as the hydro dam project, industrial parks at Samalaju in Bintulu and Pan Borneo Highway project, to name a few.&rdquo;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The Second Urban Development and Natural Resources Minister added that as a way forward to enhance environmental stewardship within the private sector, self-regulation under the Natural Resources and Environment (Audit) Rules 2008 was also introduced.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Under these rules, developers are required to carry out internal audit to determine the status of compliance to the EIA terms and approval conditions issued by the NREB and to be externally audited by third party.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The state government has provided and equipped enforcement agencies like the NREB with adequate resources and trained manpower to carry out enforcement works and to deter any illegal activities that undermine and threaten environmental integrity of the state.&rdquo;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He also outlined a few significant and noble efforts carried out by the Sarawak government for biodiversity conservation such as the state&rsquo;s commitment to gazette about one million hectares of biodiversity hotspot areas under Totally Protected Areas by 2020; the state&rsquo;s commitment to designate about six million hectares under the Permanent Forest Estate in view that the forestry sector serves as one of the major development sectors for Sarawak; and 29 water catchment areas covering an area of about 4.08 million hectares have been gazetted while another 58 catchment areas or about 4.1 million hectares have been identified for future gazettement to protect water resources and to ensure equitable distribution of potable water.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> On the special symposium, he said the two-day event provided an important platform for learning, knowledge sharing and forging partnerships for pursuing the sustainable development goals in this region.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;It is our sincere hope that this IAIA Symposium will achieve its objectives and delegates, especially local EIA practitioners, officials and non-governmental organisations, have benefited significantly from the gathering which include presentation of few keynote papers by renowned international impact assessment (IA) practitioners, sharing of experience and innovation on impact assessment and sustainability management in advancing sustainable development goals in respective countries.&rdquo;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He pointed out that impact assessment can provide an important basis for providing both the private and public sectors the necessary tools and techniques to better engage in a more balanced and equitable development approach.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;To this end, we need to mobilise all stakeholders to work together, forging stronger partnerships. We need new ways of living, coupled with stronger political will to end poverty, inequality and injustice.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Above all, we need communities that extol values of integrity, accountability and transparency.&rdquo;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> International delegates from 13 countries gathered here for the IAIA Special Symposium to discuss the use of impact assessment to achieve the United Nations&rsquo; Sustainable Development Goals in Asia.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Organised by IAIA with the assistance of institutional partners Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, NREB, Sanata Dharma University and Sarawak Convention Bureau, the symposium also looked into how voluntary IA tools and techniques can be used in a region where regulatory efforts around IAs continue to experience challenges.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Also present were Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Datuk Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail and Swinburne Sarawak deputy vice-chancellor and chief executive officer Prof John Wilson.</p>11289Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Rep Reminds Kapit Folk To Be Wary Of Rabies<p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Jefferson-Jamit-Unyat.jpg" style="width:200px;" /></p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> <b>Jefferson Jamit Unyat</b></p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KAPIT: Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat has advised the people here to be wary of rabies as the town has been declared as a new rabies-infected area.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> On Sept 27, Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee declared that the Jalan Airport Lama here was among the five new areas identified to have been infected by rabies. The other new areas are Jalan Teng Chin Hua in Sibu, Jalan Kilang Bintangor in Meradong (Sarikei), Piasau Jaya and Lutong Shell in Miri.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;In this respect I call on all dog owners here to ensure that their dogs have been vaccinated. I was told that a dog vaccination programme had been carried out in mid September by Sarawak Veterinary Services Department Kapit office. However, there are dog owners who have yet to send their dogs for vaccination. I was also informed that the Sarawak Veterinary Services Department Kapit office will be carrying out another dog vaccination at Jalan Airport on Oct 6. Hopefully, dog owners in Kapit would make full use of this opportunity to get their dogs vaccinated as a prevention against the spread of rabies,&rdquo; Jamit told The Borneo Post after attending the &lsquo;Program Integriti: Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat&rsquo; at the Bleteh State Complex. He pointed out that rabies is a deadly disease.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We have dogs that tested positive for rabies and this is a wakeup call for us here not to take things lightly as a single dog bite could trigger rabies cases here.&rdquo;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He reminded those who have dogs that are sick and showing signs of rabies to call the rabies hotline or contact the nearest veterinary divisional office.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Confine your dogs within your house compound. Any dogs found outside will be caught and removed by the council and the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak. If your dogs are caught, do not blame the council and the relevant authorities as what they have done is for the good of the community,&rdquo; he advised.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He was happy to note that Kapit District Council and the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak Kapit office had carried out the necessary measures to catch and remove stray dogs within Kapit town and its surrounding areas.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;I was told that in the month of September alone, the council has caught 28 dogs &ndash; 13 in Kapit and 15 in an operation held from Sept 26 to 27 in Belaga District. I hope this dog removal action would be continued and include Song district as well,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile the Resident&rsquo;s Office has initiated a divisional level meeting on rabies to be held tentatively tomorrow at the conference room of the State Office Complex.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Whereas Kapit District Council in collaboration with the Health Department Kapit and Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak will be carrying out a two-day dog removal operation from Oct 2-3 at Kapit town and its surrounding areas, including Bleteh Township, Jalan Airport Lama, Kampung Baru and Kampung Muhibbah,&rdquo; added Jamit.</p>11281Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Kuching Wins Bid To Host Congress On Primatology In 2022<p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/AwgKch-bp021018-sc-amar-p1.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><strong>Awang Tengah (seventh right) receives a memento from Mashor, who leads the delegates from IPS Congress 2022 organising committee, MPS, SCB, SFC, BCCK and Place Borneo for the courtesy call.</strong></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: The hosting of the International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress here in 2022 will facilitate the biological and ecological studies on primates around Malaysia and Indonesia, and also to spread the findings through worldwide publications and conferences.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> This was disclosed by Malaysian Primatological Society (MPS) president Prof Mashhor Mansor during a courtesy call on Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan at Wisma Sumber Alam here yesterday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The visit was to brief Awang Tengah on the hosting of IPS Congress Kuching 2022, the bidding of which was won by MPS with the help from Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) during the 27th IPS Congress in Kenya recently.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;One of the main missions of MPS is to conduct biological and ecological studies on primates around Malaysia and Indonesia, and to spread the findings through publications and conferences.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;As such, the IPS Congress 2022 in Kuching, Sarawak, would allow us to present our latest studies to an international audience,&rdquo; said Mashhor, who is also advisor to the IPS Congress 2022 organising committee.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile in his remarks, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) deputy general manager Nizam Kaderi regarded the Kuching hosting of the congress as being &lsquo;timely&rsquo;, in that it would help create better awareness of Sarawak government&rsquo;s efforts in the conservation of primates, as well as to present local studies and findings from Sarawak to the public.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The IPS Congress 2022 would have Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) as the official venue and Pullman Hotel Kuching as the official hotel.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The event is expected to attract around 1,000 international delegates.</p>11282Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Ministry Turns To Anchor Farms To Help Farmers<div id="attachment_765854" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 670px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Captureabd.JPG" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Thumbs up for the Cavendish banana, a product of Miri&rsquo;s own tissue culture planting material.</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> MIRI: A farm using tissue culture material to plant bananas and another specialising in planting chillies have been chosen by Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native land and Regional Development (Manred) to anchor the development of these two crops through contract farming here.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail said this is the approach to spur involvement of more agroprenuers in the state, with anchor companies taking the lead in the industry and assisting smaller farmers.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We want our farmers, especially the youths, to be able to get into the slipstream of the anchor companies and progress together,&rdquo; he told The Borneo Post here yesterday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The assistant minister said this after visiting the farms of the company producing Cavenish banana planting material using tissue-culture in Tukau and a commercial-scale chilli farm at Pulau Melayu.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He was accompanied by Rosey Yunus, Assistant Minister for Women, Family and Childhood Development and Bekenu assemblyman; Ripin Lamat, Lambir state assemblyman; officers from the ministry and the office in Limbang and Miri and farmers from Limbang and Miri.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Dr Rahman said the ministry is stepping up modernisation of agriculture and assisting small farmers to get on board by tapping into the resources, expertise, experience and market accessibility of anchor companies to improve their productivity.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We have signed MoUs with anchor companies for durian, and very soon for pineapples, bananas (in Kuching) and shrimps and the ministry is looking forward to similar MoUs to be signed for the chilli and banana anchor companies in Miri later,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He was impressed with the development in Miri , including a tissue-culture lab to select the best Cavendish banana planting materials and ripening facilities by Botanium group of companies, which is undertaking to plant about 200 acres as it branch out from its experimental plot providing the stock materials.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Its managing director TK Jong said modern technology and quality planting material were sourced from Taiwan and the Miri laboratory is now capable of producing its own planting materials from the tissues.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Apart from catering for the domestic market, we will be adopting the international food safety standards to export to Japan and other markets later,&rdquo; he said in his briefing.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Jong said quality planting material is the pre-requisite for top quality fruits and high productivity which is achieved with technology and expertise in the field.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile, the delegation also visited Grasicili farm at Pulau Melayu which was in operation barely four months ago but has churn out an impressive production for the local market.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Its founder and owner Munir Ashim Abdullah said the 4.5 acres of land currently has 12,000 chilli plants with another 9,000 to be planted.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Companies in Miri which got their supplies from Sabah are now buying from us as it fresher,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The company currently has 528 contract farmers throughout the state.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The farm in Pulau Melayu is run by five permanent staff and augmented by part time harvesters.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The company will deliver 2.4 tonnes of chilli this week after orders poured in since Monday night but Munir said the company is targeting the export markets and will get the supply from its contract farmers in the state to meet the demand.</p>11283Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Penguang Inspects Sites For New Longhouses, Presents MRP Grants<div id="attachment_765820" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Myy-bp021018-jt-PENGUANG-p1.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><strong style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Penguang cuts the ribbon during the earth breaking ceremony for the building of a longhouse at Sg Pudan Rian Sebatu.</strong></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> MARUDI: Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil visited Rumah Jilan Chaong, Sg Gerungang here to inspect the site for a new 25-door longhouse recently.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The site was prepared using the RM50,000 minor rural project (MRP) grant that Penguang approved earlier this year.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In his speech at the longhouse, the Assistant Minister called on community leaders not to be easily influenced by outsiders whose ideas could lead to disunity as they do not fully understand the local situation and sentiment.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Earlier that day, Penguang officiated at an earth breaking ceremony for the site of a 21-door longhouse at Sg Pudan Rian Sebatu. The preparation of the site was also financed by a RM50, 000 MRP grant approved by Penguang earlier this year.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Later, he presented MRP allocations of RM15,000 to the Rumah Duri village security and development committee (JKKK), RM5,000 to Rumah Jemat women&rsquo;s bureau, RM3,000 to the JKKK Rumah Kalum and RM3,000 to the women&rsquo;s bureau of Rh Duri.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Accompanying the Assistant Minister on his round of visits were were Marudi District Council chairman Edward Mendai, Pemanca Enggah Nuga as well as community leaders from Marudi.</p>11284Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Senior Citizens Urged To Learn New Skills To Keep Mind Sharp<div id="attachment_765891" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Myy-bp021018-cl-seniorcitiz123.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Lee (seated, third right) in a photocall with Ling (standing, third right), Yii (standing third left), Dr Ting (standing, second left) and James Ling (seated, second left).</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> MIRI: Senior citizens are encouraged to learn new skills or attend courses to keep their mind sharp, and catch up with modernisation.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Cultural Datuk Lee Kim Shin said senior citizens must not feel they are old and of no use. They must keep tab of the latest development using technology gadgets to help them rebuild their confidence.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Senior citizens are the builders of the country. They have sacrificed huge part of their lives, energy and knowledge in building this country through many different ways. In return, it is time for us to show our appreciation to them for their contributions,&rdquo; Lee said when addressing an International Senior Citizen Day &nbsp;here on Monday evening.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He also encouraged senior citizens to share their knowledge with the younger generations.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The International Senior Citizen Day celebration organised by Miri Foo Chow Hok Lin Club, also saw the attendance of Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon, Senator Alan Ling Sie Kiong, Mayor Adam Yii, and philanthropists James Ling Suk Kiong and Datuk Seri Law Kiu Kiong who are also the club&rsquo;s permanent advisors.</p>11285Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Sarawak Needs To Maximise Benefits From Its Natural Resources — Masing<div id="attachment_765900" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/dokyat.JPG" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Masing (third left) and (from left) Dr Hazland, Zakaria and Abang Abdul Karim show their thumbs-up for the project.</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: Sarawak needs to maximise the benefits derived from its natural resources, says Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In view of this, he points out that Brooke Dockyard can become the leading government agency in pursuing oil and gas agenda towards developing Sarawak&rsquo;s own resources, especially the marginal fields in its waters.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Sarawak needs to maximise the benefits that it can get from its natural resources, and Brooke (Dockyard) plays a significant role as a state agency in utilising and leveraging its capabilities in this high-end engineering industry.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;So Brooke Dockyard must aim for more complex and higher-value projects in order to further assist Sarawak in generating revenue and employment,&rdquo; he said in officiating at the &lsquo;sailaway&rsquo; of the Anjung project platform at Brooke Dockyard&rsquo;s Demak fabrication yard here yesterday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The ceremony marked the delivery of the Anjung platform and jacket for Petronas Anjung Gas Development Project, some 180km offshore Bintulu.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, also pointed out the announcement made in 2015 about Petronas having agreed to award RM2.1 billion worth of contracts exclusively to Sarawak-based contractors annually.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He said Brooke Dockyard could work closely with Petroleum Sarawak (Petros) to render the expertise for Sarawak to achieve this aspiration, adding that the Sarawak government would assist towards achieving such agenda.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He also said he was informed by Brooke Dockyard management that there would be 13 firm projects for Pan Malaysia Transportation and Installation works next year &ndash; 90 per cent of which are in Sarawak waters.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In this respect, he believed that it could deliver the job satisfactorily and at a competitive price.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> On the Anjung project platform, Masing said he was impressed by the speed of the job, which reached completion ahead of schedule.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;I was impressed by Brooke Dockyard, and I am now impressed by this particular project and I hope that I will continue to be impressed. So keep it up and the state government will assist to secure more projects,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The topside was fabricated at the Sejingkat yard, while the jacket which includes piles and conductors, was manufactured at Demak yard &ndash; both owned and operated by Brooke Dockyard.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Petronas awarded RM189-million contract to Brooke Dockyard on April 25 last year for the provision of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) of the wellhead platform.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> According to Brooke Dockyard chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg, the Anjung substructure is scheduled to sail away to its final destination offshore Bintulu on Oct 5.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This project was delivered more efficiently and exceeded all expectations in terms of time, safety and quality,&rdquo; said Abang Abdul Karim.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He pointed out that the over 20 years of relationship with Petronas had made Brooke Dockyard ever ready to become a marginal field developer based on experience, knowledge and strategic assets.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The relationship with Petronas via its subsidiary Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd started in 1997, serving to fabricate topside and jacket for its Malong A project &ndash; the first oil and gas-related project undertaken by Brooke Dockyard.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;As an organisation so much involved in this sector for many years, Brooke Dockyard is in a position to play an important role towards realising the aspiration of Sarawak to be actively involved in oil and gas sector,&rdquo; he stressed.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Present were Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira who is also a member of Brooke Dockyard board of directors, and Petronas vice president (group project delivery) Zakaria Kasah.</p>11286Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Council Launches Official Social Media Pages, Online Contacts<div id="attachment_765901" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/kch-bp021018-mtu-mps-p122.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Fatimah (front, fourth right) joins Harden, on her left, and MPS officials holding up the #CareForSarawak pledge cards during a photo-call.</b></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: The Social Development Council (MPS) has launched its official social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter together with its official WhatsApp and e-mail contacts.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> According to Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, the main objective for establishing the social media pages is to provide digital forums for sharing information, policies, programmes and activities concerning social issues of the communities in Sarawak.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Another objective is to also create borderless platforms to publicise development programmes and social interventions and activities organised and run by MPS and other relevant agencies, she adds.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This will facilitate communications without the limitation of time and boundaries between the communities and (for) MPS to get their input and commitment to contribute to addressing social issues in Sarawak,&rdquo; she said during a press conference on the launch of the official social media platforms at Wisma Wanita here yesterday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> According to MPS executive secretary Dr Zufar Yadi Brendan Abdullah, the council can be contacted via Facebook (search &lsquo;Social Development Council&rsquo;), Instagram (@mpss_kwkpk, https://www.instragram.com/mpss_kwkpk), and Twitter (@mpss_kwkpk, https://twitter.com/mpss_kwkpk).</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Under the #careforsarawak, people can make a pledge involving 10 things to help address social issues in Sarawak, contributing to social wellbeing in Sarawak, reporting and avoiding crimes of property, and staying away from and providing relevant information on drug and substance abuse. Whereas for e-mail, people can give and share input via&nbsp;mpssarawak@gmail.com,&rdquo; said Zufar.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis was also present at the press conference.</p>11287Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800CM: Potentials Of Man-Made Lakes To Be Orderly Exploited<div id="attachment_765965" style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/WhatsApp-Image-2018-10-03-at-12.06.58-PM.jpeg" style="width: 600px;" /><strong style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Abang Johari (fourth left) and other members of the Sarawak delegation in a discussion with Jones during the courtesy call.</strong></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">KUCHING: Sarawak&rsquo;s man-made water bodies will be orderly managed and developed to create more economic benefits for Sarawak and the local people instead of just merely for power generation, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Tuesday in Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, Canada.</span></p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Citing Ontario&rsquo;s especially strong experience in the management and development of water bodies, it was the country to learn from in Sarawak&rsquo;s programme to turn its hydro dams into other economic assets, the Chief Minister pointed out in his discussion with Ontario&rsquo;s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Sylvia Jones his delegation&rsquo;s courtesy call on the former at her office at the provincial legislative building in Toronto.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Abang Johari is currently leading a delegation consisting of ministers and key government officials for a five-day study tour to Ontario.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> He said the Sarawak government would be seeking to develop a close collaboration with the Ontario provincial government in order to learn from the province&rsquo;s wealth of experience in managing fresh water bodies, particularly the Great Lakes and hydro dams.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> He expressed the intention of the Sarawak government to send state officials to Ontario to study closely various relevant aspects of water management such as water policy, water legislation, scientific research, lakes development and environmental enforcement and compliance.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> He told Jones, who represented Ontario&rsquo;s premier that Sarawak was drafting a law to regulate the use and govern the development of the man-made lakes in the state and that would provide for a body to be instituted to enforce the law with Canada&rsquo;s standards to benchmark upon.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The body which would probably be called Lake Development Authority shall ensure that our lakes are properly managed and developed,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Later, the delegation was taken on a tour of the legislative building where parliament was in session.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile, another group visited the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) headquarters in Toronto where they were briefed, among others, on Ontario&rsquo;s electricity system and OPG&rsquo;s indigenous relations.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> In the afternoon, the delegates were guests at the provincial Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to share in Ontario&rsquo;s experience in the development of tourism, sport and culture.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Yesterday morning, the Sarawak delegation visited the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks where they &nbsp;were given an overview of the various aspects of Ontario&rsquo;s water policy.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> In the afternoon, they were taken on a tour of University of Waterloo&rsquo;s Water Institute about two hours drive from Toronto, where they given insights into various aspects of water-related researches at the institute.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Key members of the delegation were the Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and the State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Other members included the Assistant Minister of Water Supplies Datuk Liwan Lagang, Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi and key officials of various relevant agencies.</p> <p style="font-family: verdana, arial; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; text-align: justify;"> Tomorrow the delegation will tour the Sir Adam Beck Hydro Electric Plant South of Toronto near the Niagara Falls.</p>11288Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Annual Kanowit Festival Fosters Unity, Harmony<div id="attachment_765744" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 610px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/10-alaqn123.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Allan (centre) presents the prize to the winner of the &lsquo;Best Booth&rsquo; at Kanowit Festival. At right is Angki.</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KANOWIT: Locals should use the annual Kanowit Festival as a platform to nurture, preserve and strengthen their unity.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Machan assemblyman Allan Siden Gramong said the stability and progress of Sarawak also depends on racial harmony and the unity of the people from different backgrounds.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The theme of the festival &lsquo;Where Memories Are Made&rsquo; stressed on the importance of unity, cooperation and harmony among the various races.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This festival will be a good memory that we will appreciate one day,&rdquo; he said when representing Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to officiate at the closing of the two-week long festival on Sunday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Allan said activities such as water sports, trade and exhibition as well as cultural and stage performances held throughout the festival provided opportunities to all regardless of race, age and gender.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He also said the power boat race had attracted participation from Brunei Darussalam and racers from throughout the state.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The festival is an effort by the government to attract visitors to Kanowit besides boosting tourism in Sarawak,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Allan noted that people from Song and Kapit were able to join the festival with the new Kanowit bridge which was opened in May last year.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> During the event, Allan announced that Uggah gave a RM50,000 allocation for next year&rsquo;s festival.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Earlier, organising chairman Benjamin Angki Kaboy said the patron of Kanowit Festival Datuk Gramong Juna had agreed to give subsidies of RM1,000, RM1,500 and RM2,000 to &lsquo;sakai&rsquo; (boat capacity) 10, 15 and 20 respectively to encourage more participation in the festival&rsquo;s longboat race next year..</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Longboat race was re-introduced this year. It was the main attraction of Kanowit Festival in the 1970s and 1980s.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Also present were former Machan assemblyman Datuk Gramong Juna and his wife Datin Catherine Gramong, a political secretary to the chief minister Petrus Igat, the wife of Kanowit MP Datin Rowenna Ping Bungan and Kanowit district officer Kathreen Eddie Saga.</p>11276Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800DCM: Sarawak Govt Intensifying Efforts To Combat Illegal Logging<div id="attachment_765740" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 670px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/kch-bp011018-lhp-tengah-p13.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Awang Tengah (right) chairs the state taskforce meeting in Wisma Sumber Alam.</b></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KUCHING:&nbsp;Sarawak government will intensify its efforts in combating illegal logging, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Such effort is to ensure sustainability of forest resources for economic, social and environmental benefits for the present and future generations,&rdquo; he was quoted as saying in a media statement yesterday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The statement was issued after Awang Tengah chaired the state taskforce meeting on illegal logging at Wisma Sumber Alam in Petra Jaya here.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Awang Tengah said the relevant ministry, as well as forestry and enforcement agencies should strengthen related legislation, procedures and laws continuously.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Review of procedures and standard operating procedures should be done to enhance the effectiveness of enforcement activities.&rdquo;</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Representatives of related agencies such as the Forest Department, Land and Survey Department, police as well as Sarawak timber industry players were among those present at the meeting.</p>11277Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Instil Reading Habit In Children At Early Age, Fatimah Urges Parents<div id="attachment_765742" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 670px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/PATIMASbw-bp011018-jm-read-p1.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><strong style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Fatimah (second right) briefs a recipient about the materials contained in the &lsquo;Reading Seeds&rsquo; kit.</strong></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> DALAT:&nbsp;Parents should instil the habit of reading in children at an early age.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In making this call, Welfare, Community Well-Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah says exposing children to reading habit would enable them to grasp the language easily as they grow up.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;When children are being exposed to the reading habit from the very beginning, they can grasp the language faster. They can acquire the ability to read easily,&rdquo; she said after the presentation of &lsquo;Reading Seeds&rsquo; kit at the Dewan Masyarakat here on Sunday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The Reading Seeds is a continuation from the &lsquo;Born To Read Project&rsquo;, which has been implemented by Pustaka Negeri Sarawak since 2003. It aims to introduce early literacy in the early stages of a child&rsquo;s life and advocates early literacy in support of lifelong learning and knowledge based-society.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The kit contains a &lsquo;Child Care Guide at Home&rsquo;, four books, the baby height measure chart, the &lsquo;Baby Profile&rsquo;and &lsquo;Baby Developmental Milestone Guide&rsquo; posters, as well as flash cards and wooden blocks.</p>11278Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Rural Infrastructure Devt To Get More Attention – Dr Jerip<div id="attachment_765717" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 670px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/kch-bp011018-sa-tasbiru-p1.gif" style="width: 600px;" /><strong style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">(Standing, from third left) Anielia, Dr Jerip and Henry in a photo call with winners of events organised during Bau Bikers Gathering.</strong></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> BAU: The provision of more rural infrastructure will continue to be the focus of Sarawak government.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said this means building and upgrading basic facilities and utilities such as water supply and electricity.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He said this was in line with the direction given by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for rural development to given more attention.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Support and cooperation from the local community are important in realising the Sarawak&rsquo;s development. In Bau district for example, we can see that its development is on par with other developing districts in Sarawak,&rdquo; he said at the closing of 2018 Pesta Tasik Biru on Sunday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Also present at the function were Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep and Bau District Officer Anielia Siam.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> On Pesta Tasik Biru, he was happy to see the participation of many people irrespective of race and creed who worked together to make it a success.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He hoped next year&rsquo;s event will be more prestigious to attract more local and foreign tourists. In line with this, he pledged a grant RM30,000 to the organisers.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The three-day event starting Friday included exciting live music shows, Bau Kitchen, zumba, muaythai competition, Miss Tasik Biru, Street Soccer,&nbsp; Bau Bikers Gathering, Jong Regatta and others.</p>11279Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Students Urged To Acquire Additional Language For Better Career Opportunities<div id="attachment_765617" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/leeMyy-bp011018-cl-mrpcheque-p.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Lee hands the mock cheque for RM12, 000 to Huang (second right) witnessed by Tang (third left), members of the school management, teachers and students</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> MIRI: Students should seize the opportunity to learn additional language because by doing so they are able to have better career opportunities in the future.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin opined that apart from the national language and their mother tongue, it is always advantageous to learn an extra language.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The world is now closer than ever,&nbsp;thanks to technology advancement. Thus, it is essential for them (young ones) to learn an extra language if they hope to pursue a career outside of the country,&rdquo; said Lee when presenting MRP (minor rural project) grant &nbsp;to SJK (C) Chung Hua Krokop here yesterday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The grant is to enable the school to purchase an audio equipment for teaching and activity purposes.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Make good use of the equipment and use it diligently,&rdquo; he advised.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Lee who frequently visits the school, also took the opportunity to praise the students who displayed discipline and respect when interacting with peers and elderly people.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;It is important to score good results in exams. It is equally important to have good moral because it shows your personality and character that could bring you far in life,&rdquo; he said adding the credit should also go to teachers and parents who had educated the students well.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Also present at the handing over ceremony were the school&rsquo;s board of management, Dr Huang Huat Choon, headmistress Tang Suk Hung and members of the management board.</p>11280Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Penguang: Palm Oil Industry Driving Sarawak’s Economy<p> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/mar-bp-27092018-wb-Datu-Dr.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Fredrick (second left) presents a souvenir to Penguang witnessed by Mackos, Napolean and Sarkawi (right).</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> MARUDI: Assistant Minister ofLocal Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said the palm oil industry is one of the key drivers of Sarawak&rsquo;s economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He added that the industry has played a major role in the economic development and transformation of the rural economy as well as in the commercialisation of agriculture in Sarawak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The total export value of oil palm products from Sarawak has increased from RM4.04 billion in 2007 to RM12.17 billion in 2017. As at December 2017, the total area planted with oil palm in Sarawak is 1.556 million hectares,&rdquo; said Penguang when closing an awareness programme on Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil certification (MSPO) for Marudi at Baram Civic Centre here recently.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> More than 500 oil palm planters from the area attended the programme organised jointly by the Dayak Oil Palm Planters Association (Doppa), Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Department of Agriculture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Penguang, who is Marudi assemblyman, noted growing interest among smallholders in oil palm planting. From just 22,816 hectares in 2006, the area planted by independent smallholders has increased nine fold to 212,412 hectares by June 2017.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said the planting of oil palm by the smallholders especially in the rural areas has improved their income and socio economic wellbeing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The MSPO certification roadshow is a government initiative to address sustainability issues and allow oil palm smallholders to comply with the requirement of the global market for palm oil products.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Among those present were Fredrick John George, Head of Land Development Division, Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, Napolean Royal Ningkos, Doppa representative, Marudi District officer Mackos Sibong and local community leaders .</p>11271Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +080083,816 Animals Given Anti-rabies Jab — Department Of Veterinary Services<div id="attachment_765384" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/sbw-bp300918-pb-rabies-p.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">A veterinary staff vaccinating a dog during the mass free anti-rabies vaccination programme at Hui Ning Garden, Sibu on Sept 26.</b></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> SIBU: The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak has todate vaccinated 83,816 animals with anti-rabies vaccine to curb the spread of the disease.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In disclosing this to The Borneo Post on Saturday, its director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud said the figure comprises 75,597 dogs, 8,165 cats and 54 other types of animals.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He revealed that rabies virus can incubate in an infected dog for up to six months.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Therefore, pet owners need to observe the symptoms of the dog and most importantly, bring the dogs for vaccination,&rdquo; added Dr Adrian.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Last Thursday, the State Disaster Management Committee declared five new areas as rabies infected areas, bringing the total number of gazetted rabies infected areas in Sarawak to 41.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The latest rabies infected areas are: Jalan Teng Chin Hua, Sibu ; Jalan Kilang, Bintangor Meradong, Sarikei; Jalan Airport Lama, Kapit; Piasau Jaya, Miri; and Lutong Shell, Miri.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Dr Adrian reminded the public to remember 10 things in preventing rabies.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Pet owners are reminded to ensure their dogs obtain annual anti-rabies vaccination immediately and do not adopt dogs from unknown sources,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He advised pet owners to whatsapp rabies hotline &ndash; 016 205 1111 if their dogs are showing signs of rabies.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Also, they are not to move pets away from infected zones without permit from State Veterinary Authority; do not dump unwanted pets &ndash; contact the nearest Veterinary Divisional Office of Local Council to surrender your dogs; have the dogs licensed with the local council; neuter the pets for population control; confine dogs within house compound and securely leash dogs when taking them out for walks.&rdquo;</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Dr Adrian further reminded on the importance of washing hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling animals, adding that if bitten, wash wound (s) with soap and under running water for 15 minutes then, immediately seek medical attention at the government hospital.</p> <p mce_style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444;" style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Housing and Public Health Dr Annuar Rapaee had also stressed on the urgency for pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated against the deadly rabies.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He reminded pet owners to keep their dogs within their house compound especially after vaccination as it takes a month for the vaccine to take effect.</p>11272Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Rural Villagers Urged To Rear Stingless Bees Commercially<div id="attachment_765330" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Myy-bp280918-jt-KELULUT-p2.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Miri Agriculture Department representative Gary Jok (second right) hands over a star fruit seedling to Dennis witnessed by others present.</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> LONG LAMA, Baram: A total of 118 people from eight longhouses in middle Baram participated in a course on rearing kelulut, or stingless bees, at Telang Usan District Office here recently.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The participants were villagers from Long Laput, Sungai Dua, Long Urun (Sri Kenawan), Uma Bawang, Daleh Long Pelutan, Long Pilah, Long Nakan and Long Keseh.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> According to Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, the programme was organised under the Highland Development Agency (HDA) community economic development initiative and training was conducted by officers from Miri Division Agriculture Office.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Kelulut rearing is easy and can be implemented immediately to benefit the local community besides other strategies being planned by the HAD under the Ulu Baram Development master plan particularly for the constituencies of Telang Usan and Mulu,&rdquo; said Dennis when officiating at the closing ceremony of the training programme.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He said other programmes would include rehabilitation of old durian trees and tapioca collecting centre at Collection and Packaging Centre (CPC) located at Long Lama town.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The durian trees rehabilitation programme will take advantage of the famous Long Lama durians which are considered as among the best and most sought after durians in Sarawak, but due to age and other factors these durian trees now bear very few fruits,&rdquo; he said adding that a total of 4,000 durian trees will go under the programme covering hundreds of owners from more than 20 longhouses in Telang Usan.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He urged the rural communities to work together in order to develop Telang Usan into a vibrant commerce and tourism centre.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This Kelulut rearing is considered a small source of income but if we work on it I am sure we can make it into a successful entrepreneurship activity,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Dennis revealed that the HDA agenda on long term development for Baram was to invite big corporations to develop large scale commercial farming with the aim to make them become anchor farmers.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Currently, a detailed study on land suitability is being carried out to know exactly the kind of cash crops suitable for certain areas in Ulu Baram, besides identifying suitable land size that could be developed by the potential investors,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Dennis also mentioned that HDA chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, wants HDA to live up to the people&rsquo;s expectation and be a leading agency to change the landscape of Ulu Baram.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> At the event, Dennis presented star fruit seedlings, kelulut bee hives and certificate of attendance to the course participants.</p>11273Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Work Together To Become Stronger As one, S’wakians Told<div id="attachment_765392" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/LEADMyy-bp300918-cl-ripin-p.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">Ripin (second right) officiates at the event witnessed by Lee (right), organising chairwoman Esther Wong (left) and others.</b></p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> MIRI: Communities in the state must avoid segregating themselves based on race and religion, but instead work together to grow stronger as Sarawakians.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat who said this added that unity amongst the many races has always been a pride of the state, and an envy of others.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The celebration of the Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival stresses on reunion of the family and community.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;It stresses the importance of unity, which is why it is positively overwhelming to see members of SUPP Lambir Youth and PBB members coming together to celebrate the occasion,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Ripin was speaking when officiating at the Mooncake Festival celebration organised by SUPP Lambir branch here on Saturday.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> On a separate matter, he called on community leaders and village heads to inform his office if they are in need of assistance or funds, in order for him to forward the request to the Sarawak government.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He added that among the projects in the pipeline include upgrading works at Lorong Sungai Rait 3, 4, and 5, as well as at SJK(C) Chung Hua Bakam to be carried out next year.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Among those present at the event were Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting who is also SUPP Piasau branch chairman, and SUPP Lambir branch chairman Lee Thin Hin.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The celebration also featured a fashion show using recycled material participated by students of SJK(C) Chung Hua Bakam and SJK(C) Tukau.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In the lower primary category, Chloe Tan emerged as the winner while Cheng Jing Hong and George Hiu Jiu Irk placed second and third, respectively.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> In the upper primary category, Cherry Tan won first place while Gracella Ruran Seminar Batuncang came in second and Yaw Siaw Mey, third.</p>11274Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Sarawak ‘State Aims To Increase Number Of Doctors’<div id="attachment_765465" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px auto 0.5rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; max-width: 100%; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); height: auto; width: 710px;"> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-style: inherit; margin: 0.3rem; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: justify;"> <img src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/kch-bp300918-sa-mma-222.jpg" style="width: 600px;" /><b style="font-style: inherit; font-variant-ligatures: inherit; font-variant-caps: inherit;">The MMA Sarawak branch executive committee line-up being introduced at the dinner. Dr Morni is at centre while immediate past chairman Dr Kalwinder Singh Khaira is at fifth right.</b></p> </div> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: The Sarawak government is taking proactive steps towards increasing the number of doctors to serve the people in the state although health is a federal responsibility.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in giving this assurance, said the Sarawak government through Yayasan Sarawak sponsored 40 students last year to study medicine at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) in line with this objective.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This sponsorship programme will continue until we will have produced 200 doctors. This means the state is spending RM4 million annually on the 40 students, or RM20 million for the duration of this programme.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This has been made possible because Yayasan Sarawak can now receive more funds from the increase in timber premium charged on its timber concessions from 80 cents to RM50 per cubic metre,&rdquo; he said in his text-of-speech read by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian at the 46th installation dinner of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Sarawak branch.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> The chief minister noted that Sarawak still needed more doctors and specialists to cater to the ever increasing demand and expectation of the people.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The doctor-to-population ratio in the state was 1:2,000 in 2010 and improved to 1:980 in 2015, and we are currently trying to go for a ratio of 1:400 in the next five years,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He also said Sarawak needed a bigger allocation from the federal government to upgrade the facilities at hospitals and clinics. On a related note, Abang Johari said liberalisation of healthcare services in Malaysia would be the future trend.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Private healthcare providers will be looking at developing countries to expand their services, so we should all strive to accept the challenge and improve ourselves to the extent that we are able to not only compete with these providers but extend our services overseas.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Health tourism does not only benefit the healthcare sector but it will create spin-offs in other sectors. So I truly hope that Sarawak can be further developed to become the choice of people from other countries who are seeking quality and affordable healthcare services,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> Newly-installed MMA Sarawak branch chairman Dr Morni Samat, who spoke earlier, highlighted that Sarawak is under represented in the Malaysian Medical Council with only one elected representative.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;We would like to request to have more representatives from Sarawak in the Malaysian Medical Council. And to achieve that, we would need an amendment to the Medical Act,&rdquo; said Dr Morni.</p> <p style="border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.6; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); text-align: justify;"> He also informed that MMA Sarawak branch currently has 1,017 members including 700 with life membership.</p>11275Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0800Sarawak Farmers’ Organisation To Have New RM20 Million Headquarters Soon<br /> <p> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-764747" height="413" src="http://www.theborneopost.com/newsimages/2018/09/Kch-bp270918-ahb-ppns-p2.jpg" width="620" /><img height="391" src="https://www.sarawak.gov.my/media/others/Kch-bp270918-ahb-ppns-p211.jpg" width="588" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Dr Abdul Rahman (eighth left) in a photocall with Entri (seventh left) and others after the opening ceremony.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> KUCHING: &nbsp;Sarawak &nbsp;Farmers&rsquo; Organisation (SFO) will soon have a new headquarters to be built on a piece of land at Pentagon in Kota Samarahan.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Johari Tun Openg has approved RM20 million for building the headquarters on a 3-acre piece of land.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;My ministry (Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development) will do our best to speed up the construction work so that SFO will have their headquarters dream realised, complete with ICT facilities,&rdquo; Uggah said, when officiating at the opening of SFO&rsquo;s 33rd AGM here yesterday.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> His text of speech was read out by Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Uggah, meanwhile, advised members to carry out both short-term and long-term projects by working closely with other relevant agencies to achieve better result.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;Build up relationship with Agriculture Department, Salcra, Fama, Risda, Malaysia Cocoa Board, Malaysia Pepper Board, MPOB and other government agencies. Members must follow their programmes because their target group is you (members),&rdquo; Uggah said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He also advised them to work closely together to develop business opportunities by networking to get better results.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;SFO must play roles in helping members in the production process which include manufacturing, processing and marketing, while the government will be there to help.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Meanwhile, SFO chairman Datuk Sylvester Entri said the AGM was attended by 171 members from 28 branches throughout Sarawak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He said the organisation had been financially self reliant with no annual allocation or grant from the government.<br /> &ldquo;All operational expenses and activities were financed with &nbsp;income generated from successful contracts through quotations and tenders,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He, however, said they did not secure contracts with good profit margin last year, causing them to only generate RM25 million in revenue, which was 25 per cent lesser than their achievement in 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> He attributed this to changes in government procurement policy, which included licensing issue, which denied them the opportunity to participate in some of the contracts.</p>11268Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0800