Monday, November 26, 2007


Encourage children to study harder: Zakaria
Parents in rural areas have been urged to change their mentality by giving strong encouragement to their children to study harder.
Gum Gum Assemblyman Datuk Haji Zakaria Haji Edris said most parents in rural areas do not care about their children’s education. Instead, they are more interested in asking their children, to work to increase the family income.
“The Government through the Ministry of Education and the District Education Office is always striving to bridge the gap between students in rural and urban areas by providing additional allocations so that they can enjoy better facilities and are in a better position to compete with each other.
“However, if parents in rural areas are still having the old thinking, whatever efforts we made will not bring any results,” he said at a ceremony to present awards to top students here.
Zakaria, who is also Principal Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, said the Government will keep giving educational opportunities to the people by providing scholarships and student loans to enable students to go to public or private higher learning institutions.
“From now on, I want all parents to save for their children’s education so that their children will not have problems pursuing tertiary education,” he said.
He stressed that teachers and parents should also work together to encourage students to also adopt the saving habit.
“Such a thrifty habit inculcated at an early age will really help the children in future. Its importance cannot be overlooked,” added Zakaria.


Nexus Resort wins four gold and two silver medals
It was a night of celebration at the close of the 10th Sabah Hospitality Fiesta for Nexus Resort Karambunai as it claimed a total four gold and two silver medals. The golds came from Jahinin Tamin for the Commis Category - Black Box, Ang Hon Tung for the Chinese Cooking Category - Black Box, Fung Vui Luen for the Sous Chef Category - Black Box and Mad Yusri for Food & Beverage - Table Setting Themed. Norman James for Artistic - Ice Carving and Lai Vui Ching of Nexus Golf Resort for Artistic - Fruit & Vegetable Carving contributed the two silver medals.
This year’s fiesta upped the ante with stiff competition from all the participating hotels and even stiffer grading by the culinary judges. The event was held at Kompleks Asia City from Nov 10-11 and was an eye-opener for the public who waited patiently for all the category competitions to end before getting a closer look at the creative displays and exciting presentations. For the competitors, the event was a valuable learning experience which encouraged them to use their reserves of creativity, perseverance and commitment to give their very best.
The hospitality fiesta recognizes that a high level of performance and professionalism is required of every hotel staff in providing the level of service expected from the hospitality industry which is a major revenue earner for Malaysia. For Jahinin Tamin of Olives, Ang Hong Tung of Noble House and Fung Vui Luen of Sunset Bar & Grill, their respective wins have given these outlets at Nexus Resort their due recognition for serving superb cuisine by a team of dedicated chefs. In the wider categories of table setting and ice- carving, Mad Yusri, Norman James and Lai Vui Ching can be proud for being the essential support that completes the food and beverage presentation at every function at the resort.
Executive Chef Junious Dickerson was the driving force behind Nexus Resort’s participation in this annual competition and only had words of praise for the staff involved, many of whom had spent sleepless nights preparing themselves prior to the fiesta. At the end of the day, there were no losers - only winners and an ever-growing pool of dedicated professionals in the hospitality industry of Sabah.


Clear direction needed to ensure tourism industry remains vibrant: Masidi
A clear direction that hinges on the best that Sabah has to offer is necessary to ensure that the State’s tourism industry remains vibrant and continues to grow, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.
He said the abundant natural beauty found here is a major reason that attracts foreign visitors, hence the need to keep true to the vision of turning Sabah into one of the world’s premier tourism destinations. “Our target it to achieve 10 percent of the global tourism receipts by the time we reach 2020. At that time the global tourism receipts are estimated to value at US$20 trillion and 10 percent would mean around US$20 billion or RM7O billion,” he said in his welcoming address at the Sabah Tourism Awards 2007 at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR) here last night.
Masidi admitted that while it is a lofty target, it is something that is achievable through close cooperation and coordination between all tourism players in the State.
“We have to accept the fact that we need to help each other. The tourism cake is big enough for everyone to share.
“On the same token the people at the Ministry may not be the best people to come up with ideas for tourism, which is why we are thinking of creating a tourism consultative panel.
“This panel will have representatives from all sectors of the industry and with their participation we hope to be in a better position to formulate ideas to improve our tourism industry.
“We also need to have a tourism action plan. We cannot continue just telling ourselves that everything is okay. We need to have a tourism audit so we can find where we are going or is the Government still relevant… we need to ensure that whatever we do the plan is owned by each and every player in the industry,” he said.
Masidi stressed that there are various aspects that should become the focal point for all related to the tourism industry, particularly in the preservation of Sabah’s natural resources.
“The way forward is to constantly think tourism and act eco-tourism. We have to look at what we already have, our State’s natural beauty, the scenic mountain, our seas, our forests. We must keep them that way because that is the reason they come to Sabah.
“We need to look at our capabilities and Sabah is best known in the region for its, eco-tourism, so we must exploit our advantages,” he said.
Meanwhile, Masidi presented a total of 21 awards last night at the gala dinner, which was also attended by his assistant minister Datuk Karim Bujang, Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim, senior tourism officials and tourism players from the private sector.
Sabah Tourism Awards 2007 recipients list
1) Cleanest Town - City Hall & Municipalities category: Kota Kinabalu City Hall
Districts category: Kudat
2) Best Shopping Complex: Centre Point Sabah
3) Best Entertainment Spot: Cock & Bull Bistro, Waterfront Kota Kinabalu
4) Best Food Outlets - Best Restaurant category: Ferdinand’s Magellan Sutera
Best Kopi Tiam: Kak Nong Restaurant
Best Tourism Article on Sabah – Published in Malaysia category: Azlie Halim (Syurga Pencinta Alam, Libur magazine)
Published Overseas category: Roberto Rinaldi, Italy (Coral Garden – Langkayan, Nautica magazine)
Best Tour Guide – General Tour Guide category: Sai Ying Nyean
Specialized Tour Guide category: Ahmadul Tahir
Best Inbound Operators – Malaysian Tour Operator category: Inno Travel & Tour Services Sdn Bhd
Overseas Tour Operator category –
Hong Kong Wing On Travel Services Ltd (Hong Kong)
- HIS Co Ltd (Japan)
- Hana Tour (Korea)
Best Tour Package: Borneo Eco Tours Sdn Bhd
Best Tourism Attractions – Nature category: Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
Non-Nature category: Sabah Museum
Excellence in Hotel Services – 3, 4, and 5-star category: Nexus Resort Karambunai
Nature Lodge category: Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Furious Fergie faces date with the FA
BOLTON, England:
Sir Alex Ferguson faces an appointment with the English Football Association after being sent to the stands during his team’s fiery 1-0 defeat to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. The Manchester United manager watched the second half of his team’s first league defeat over three months from the director box after an angry exchange with referee Mark Clattenburg in the tunnel at half-time. The dismissal will require Ferguson to appear before an FA disciplinary hearing and could result in him being banned from the touchline, although his biggest concern on Saturday was seeing Nicolas Anelka’s goal defeat his team and cost them three points in the bid to keep pace with Arsenal at the top of the table. “I told exactly what I thought and he didn’t like that,” said Ferguson of his flashpoint with the official. “Some referees don’t like the truth. “I just told him how bad I thought he was and he didn’t like that. But the game was becoming a shambles. “It was a feisty game. They set an aggressive tone and we were looking for protection from the referee but didn’t get it. It became a shambles, the first half, there was foul after foul after foul. “We got involved ourselves, giving silly little fouls away and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to keep passing, wanted to keep the momentum going, keep the passing going. You’ve got use your intelligence to beat teams like that.


80 to cycle from Kuching to Tawau
The Jom Kayah Pan Borneo 2007, a cycling tour from Kuching to Tawau, will be held from November 16 to December 2.
The 80 participants will stop in Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Brunei, Labuan, Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Ranau, Sandakan and Tawau during their journey. They will also distribute flyers in conjunction with the HIV exhibition organised by the State Health Department at the sport complex here on December 1.


Leaders Arsenal snatch late win Bolton’s Anelka stuns United as Fergie sees red
Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a dramatic 2- 0 win over Wigan, while Manchester United slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at Bolton on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger’s side moved three points clear of second-placed United thanks to goals from William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky in the final seven minutes at the Emirates Stadium.
There was more good news for Arsenal from the Reebok Stadium, where Nicolas Anelka, a former Arsenal forward, helped his old club as his first-half winner ended United’s 10-match unbeaten run in the league.
Arsenal found it hard to break down Wigan but eventually took the lead when captain Gallas headed home in the 83rd minute. Rosicky’s goal two minutes later ensured Wigan, watched by their new manager Steve Bruce, slumped to a seventh successive defeat.
Wenger said: “Wigan defended absolutely brilliantly for 90 minutes but we managed to find the special resources we have.
“This team has great mental strength. They really want and they are hungry.”
Bolton, who won for the first time under Gary Megson, stunned the champions in the 11th minute when Anelka punished sloppy marking to turn in Ivan Campo’s free-kick.
It was a miserable day for Alex Ferguson, who was without injured striker Wayne Rooney and surprisingly rested Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
The United boss was sent to the stands for repeatedly questioning referee Mark Clattenburg’s decisions and had to watch as his side squandered a host of chances to equalise.
Ferguson launched a scathing attack on Clattenbury after the match.
“They set an aggressive tone and we needed some protection from the referee but we didn’t get it,” he said.”The first-half was a shambles. It was just foul, after foul, after foul.
“I told him exactly what I thought and he didn’t like it. Some referees don’t like the truth. I just told him how bad I thought he was in the first-half.”
Chelsea remain in fourth place after goals Salomon Kalou and Shaun Wright Phillips earned a 2-0 win at Derby that was marred by Michael Essien’s stoppage-time dismissal.
Kalou’s cool finish opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Wright-Phillips bagged his first club goal of the season in the closing stages to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Avram Grant to 12 matches.
But Essien saw red when he swung an elbow at Kenny Miller in the last minute.
Steven Gerrard’s stunning strike put Liverpool on course for a stylish 3-0 win against Newcastle.
Gerrard broke the deadlock at St James’ Park with a fierce long-range effort in the 28th minute and Dirk Kuyt’s close range effort a minute after half-time left Rafa Benitez’s side in complete control.
Liverpool added a third in the 66th minute when Ryan Babel side-footed home Gerrard’s pass.
Aston Villa gave Martin O’Neill the perfect gift after he committed his future to the club as they beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium. O’Neill was one of the favourites for the vacant England job but he insists he won’t turn his back on Villa.
His players responded as Gareth Barry’s 45th minute cross picked out John Carew and the Norway striker lashed his shot past Mark Schwarzer.
Villa increased their lead when Olof Mellberg drove in his first goal since August 2006 in the 48th minute before Gabriel Agbonlahor put the result beyond doubt in the 58th minute.
Australia midfielder Tim Cahill’s double strike helped Everton claim their biggest win of the season as they demolished Sunderland 7-1 at Goodison Park.
Cahill took his tally to five goals in seven games since he returned from a broken foot as Everton extended their unbeaten in run to seven matches.
David Moyes’s side raced into a two-goal lead through Yakubu’s 12th minute goal and Cahill’s effort five minutes.
South African midfielder Steven Pienaar smashed in the third after 43 minutes before Sunderland pulled one back through Dwight Yorke.
Cahill got his second the 62nd minute, Yakubu made it five after 73 minutes and Andy Johnson and Leon Osman completed the rout.
Manchester City extended their 100 percent home league run as Stephen Ireland’s stoppage time goal clinched a 2-1 win over Reading.

Reading midfielder James Harper cancelled out Martin Petrov’s goal but Ireland gave third-placed City their eighth win at Eastlands in the dying moments.

Portsmouth celebrated manager Harry Redknapp’s 200th Premier League game in charge as they beat managerless Birmingham 2-0 at St Andrews thanks to goals from Sulley Ali Muntari and Niko Kranjcar.
Birmingham goalkeeper Richard Kingson gifted Portsmouth the lead when he allowed Muntari’s tame shot to slip under his body after 33 minutes.

Croatia midfielder Kranjcar scored a superb 82nd minute effort that took Portsmouth’s unbeaten run to seven league games.
West Ham and Tottenham meet in a London derby on Sunday, while Fulham host Blackburn.


Overseas Chinese are cream of the crop, says Zhuhai Chinese leader
The overseas Chinese are not only the descendants of the Chinese people but also the ‘cream of the Chinese people’, said Zhang Ping, the Vice Chairperson of the Zhuhai National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. She proclaimed this while speaking at the welcoming dinner hosted by the honorary president of the Global Union for Tsung Tsin and Hakka Associations, Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee, at the Winner Hotel here on Friday. She stressed that such remark was not an overstatement but rather one that was based on her close observation of the overseas Chinese’s significant contributions and remarkable achievements in the various fields, including politics and socio-economic, of their home countries. Zhang had led a 17-member delegation on a three-day visit to Sabah after attending the World Canton Conference which was held in Genting Highlands recently. The delegation also consisted of many senior officials of the Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government, including its deputy Secretary-General, Li Ying. Zhang also said she felt very much ‘at home’ with the warm reception given by the host. Meanwhile, she called on the Sabah Chinese people to visit Zhuhai and to take advantage of its rapid development and vast investment opportunities. She promised to assist those who intend to invest there. Located in the southwest of Pear River Delta of Guangdong Province, Zhuhai is also dubbed as one of the most romantic cities in the world besides “City of Hundred Islands” as it has 146 islands scattered in the vast expanse of the South China Sea. Also present at the memorable occasion were United Sabah and Labuan Hakka Association president Datuk Tian Fook En, its vice president, Datuk Jimmy Tham, Assistant Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Melanie Chia and Likas Assemblyman Datuk Liew Teck Chan.


Head of State attends birthday concert
KOTA KINABALU: Head of State Tun Haji Ahmadshah Abdullah and his wife Toh Puan Hajah Dayang Masuyah binti Awang Japar attended a special concert to celebrate Ahmadshah’s birthday at the Federal Government Administration Complex Auditorium in Likas here on Friday night.
Among those who attended were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and wife Datin Seri Hajah Faridah Haji Tusin, Cabinet ministers and assistant ministers, Barisan Nasional component leaders and State and Federal government officers.
Veteran singers Datuk MY Ahmad and his brother MY Ismail were among the artistes who entertained the audience. They were accompanied by RTM and the Royal Malaysian Police bands.


House in danger of collapsing
A 59-year-old resident of Kampung Somboi in Kinarut is worried that her house would collapse due to the erosion of the river bank. According to Simah Nasir, the matter has been brought to the attention of the authority concerned three times but no action was taken.
“I could not sleep properly at night, especially during downpours because I am worried the house will collapse into the river,” she said.
Simah urged the authority concerned and the community representative to look into the problem.
“I plead to the authorities concerned to look into our problem and take immediate and necessary action,” she said in between tears.