August, 2017

  • 20 August

    29TH SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES KICKS OFF IN MALAYSIA

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug 20 (NNN-BERNAMA) - The 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), officially opened on Saturday evening, with athletes from the region competing for 404 gold medals in 38 sports.It's the sixth time for the Malaysian capital cit...

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  • 20 August

    29TH SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES KICKS OFF IN MALAYSIA

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug 20 (NNN-BERNAMA) - The 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), officially opened on Saturday evening, with athletes from the region competing for 404 gold medals in 38 sports.It's the sixth time for the Malaysian capital cit...

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  • 19 August

    Long Lidong Tagang System A Model Of Best Practice

    BA KELALAN: The Long Lidong Tagang system has been called a model of best practice that should be emulated elsewhere in the state.

    Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail said the communal method of fisheries management has developed into a unique natural attraction.

    With extensive promotion, tourists would love this � refreshing environment, fisheries conservation, and tame fish swimming in the river, he said during a visit on Thursday.

    The ministry and the Agriculture Department will channel funds to upgrade or improve the infrastructure so that Long Lidong's Tagang system can be promoted for agro-tourism in the state, country and abroad.

    He called on the community to conduct regular patrols of Sungai Tengoa, particularly along the smaller rivers that are sanctuaries for the highly-prized Ikan Semah.

    Dr Abdul Rahman also announced a minor rural project grant of RM5,000 for a facelift to make the area more inviting for visitors.

    The village, about 40km from Lawas town, began using the system in 2006 under a smart partnership with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Agriculture.

    Under the system, around 2.4km of Sungai Tengoa was divided into red, yellow, blue, and green zones, where fishing required the approval of the Tagang committee.

    The replenished river is now teeming with fish.

    There are now 23 villages statewide using the Tagang system.

    Source: The Borneo Post

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  • 19 August

    CM: Petros Board Members To Be Announced Next Week

    KUCHING: The board members of Sarawak's wholly-owned oil and gas (O&G) company Petros will be announced next week.

    Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the company is in the midst of forming its board of directors.

    There will be five people in the board. I will give you a full list of board members within a week. Just like I have promised you, I will name the CEO of the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), so I will give you the list of Petros board members, he told a press conference after witnessing a contract signing between Brooke Dockyard and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd for the Anjung Facilities and Bokor Phase 3 Re-development Wellhead Platform projects here yesterday.

    I will give bit by bit because there are a lot of things to be considered. It's still premature for me to disclose anything at the moment. Like I have said, we are still forming our board, and after that we leave it to the board members on how to run Petros."

    Abang Johari said Petros would enable Sarawakians to participate more in both upstream and downstream O&G. He said Petros is looking into both water and land exploration, and would work closely with Petronas in both areas.

    Based on our studies with Petronas, apparently a lot of concessions have been given to our partner, Petronas, in the areas they explore including onshore, he said.

    For onshore exploration, he said the state is still exploring whether there are oil reserves or not, the volume and feasibility, mostly in the northern region such as in Baram and Limbang.

    However, we do not know the volume of the oil reserve there, he said.

    In his speech, Abang Johari said Sarawak celebrates its 107th year of participation in O&G this year. He said he would work with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Petronas to get the maximum benefit from the state's oil resources.

    Of course, we will try to get what is rightfully ours. And I will explore other ways for us to get maximum benefits from our oil and gas. In three to five years, there will be a lot of activities in oil and gas. This I can tell you but it's still premature for me to reveal to you now, he said.

    Among those present were Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Petronas president and group chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, and Brooke Dockyard chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg.

    Source: The Borneo Post

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  • 19 August

    Matriculation Centre In Sematan

    KUCHING: The federal government has given Sarawak the greenlight to begin the implementation of the proposed matriculation centre project � the first of its kind in the state � in Sematan, near Lundu.

    According to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the project site has been identified, which is an area of over 60 acres on a state land.

    The federal government has approved RM150 million to build the matriculation centre. I was told by the Minister of Education that RM20 million had been approved for site clearing works, which are expected to begin in 2018. The matriculation centre is very important for the state because Sarawakians would no longer have to do their matriculation in Labuan, he told reporters during a press conference at Wisma STA here yesterday.

    Wan Junaidi, who is Santubong MP, said the initial plan was to build the centre in Matang area but former chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem requested that it should be built in Tanjung Datu because he (Adenan) wanted the area to become an educational hub. As such, there was a slight delay in the implementation of the project, said Wan Junaidi.

    Now that the state government has approved a state land in Sematan to be used for the development of the project, we can begin with the implementation.The cost remains the same � RM150 million, he said, adding that another key project to be implemented in Lundu would be the new hospital.

    For this, Wan Junaidi said a site had also been identified, which would be on a land that currently belongs to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), under the Ministry of Transportation.

    Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has agreed in principle to build a new hospital in Lundu.

    I have personally called the Minister of Transportation Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai regarding the matter and he has no objection for us to use the DCA land (for the hospital project), he said.

    However, Wan Junaidi said he was still not sure of the project details, including cost, as the project is under the purview of the Ministry of Health.

    He said he would only help coordinate the search and identification of the proposed site, in view of Lundu being within his Santubong constituency.

    The mechanism regarding the implementation of the project will be discussed later, he added.

    Source: The Borneo Post

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