Monday, December 3, 2007


Anglican Diocesan Welfare Boards medical camp
Early this year, the Anglican Diocese set up a Diocesan Welfare Board to further develop the social arm of the church and its first activity was to look into ways and means of helping their interior neighbours. To start with, it was decided to adopt Kampung Entilibon in the interior - a journey of over an hour using four-wheel drive vehicles from Telupid. A medical camp was organized on Sept 23. The medical team was also accompanied by three civil engineers and a developer to look into other ways and means to assist Kampung Entilibon. This project was carried out in collaboration with the Medical Department comprising eight specialists, four dentists and four medical officers, an optometrist and pharmacist, six nurses including four dental nurses, 20 general volunteers and 12 four-wheel drive drivers. The specialised services provided included skin, eye, ear, nose and throat, women and children and general surgery. The medical team screened 426 residents of the kampung and surrounding areas for diabetes and hypertension and 30 newly diagnosed cases were referred to the Telupid Clinic for long-term management. All the children were de-wormed.
One hundred and ten reading spectacles were distributed after eye screening, 46 eligible women had pap smears done and 53 teeth were extracted by the dentists. The recommendatons of the engineers for water supply connection and church repair work will also be looked into.


Seri Mengasih Centre
The Seri Mengasih Centre in Tanjung Aru here is printing and selling handmade environmental-friendly Christmas cards in conjunction with this year’s Christmas celebrations. The cards will be produced by the special children at the centre. All proceeds collected from the sales of the cards will be used to fund the running of the Centre besides training its children to become productive. “We have a wonderful range of designs to choose from. The public may order the Christmas cards or other products by calling our centre at 088-223221, 088-247857 or 014- 6793221. The public may also visit us at our centre in Tanjung Aru. We’re open daily from 7.3Oam to 3pm - Monday to Friday,” said Seri Mengasih director Ngo York Kong. In a statement issued here yesterday, Ngo thanked Diriwan Corporation and Best Instant Sdn Bhd for donating a USA-made industrial blender to the centre, in support of its handicrafts centre. He said the industrial blender would help to produce at least double the amount of pulp paper than the existing blender. The pulp produced from recycling caper is being used as a base material to produce its hand-made greeting cards. Ngo also acknowledged that Diriwan has been an ardent supporter of charitable organizations in the State, including the Special Olympics Sabah.
Also present during the handing over of the industrial blender were Diriwan’s Assistant General Manager, Yu Yet Shan, its operations manager, Donny Kong, and Nicholas Wong, the Managing Director of Best Instant Sdn Bhd.


A 21-year-old part-time model has been remanded for three days until Tuesday as police continue their investigation into the death of a son of State Assemblyman Datuk Amir Kahar Tun Mustapha. Magistrate Richard Isidore issued the remand order when the college student was produced before him at the district police headquarters in Karamunsing about 10.3Oam yesterday. The woman was represented by counsel Ram Singh who later told reporters that apart from his client, police also recorded statements from her mother, elder sister and father late Saturday. He said police were investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. Datu Azlan Amir Kahar, 24, was taken from his fiancee’s family home at Taman BPL in Kepayan Ridge to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he was pronounced dead on arrival early Saturday morning.
According to a relative who spoke on behalf of the deceased’s father, the fiancee’s mother had called around 7am on Saturday to inform Azlan’s mother, Datin Aminah Ambrose, that he had died of a stroke. The relative however noted that they were informed that the reason for Azlan’s death given in the fiancee’s police statement was due to self-inflicted wounds. Azlan’s relatives also sensed something was amiss when they saw deep gashes and multiple wounds as well as bite marks on the victim’s head and arms, when claiming the body from the QEH mortuary after the post-mortem. Azlan, a business student at Inti College, had gone to his fiancee’s house on Friday night. He was buried on Saturday evening near the Tun Mustapha monument, erected in honour of his late grandfather, in Kampung Ulu Putatan near here. When contacted yesterday, acting city police chief Superintendent Rowel Marong said the police were investigating the case from all possible angles. However, he declined to reveal any details as they had yet to complete their investigations. “We are covering all angles in our investigation. While the post-mortem has been completed, we are still waiting for the full report from the chemist’s department. “The victim’s fiancee is still being detained to facilitate investigations but if all goes well, we expect to be able to release her on bail tomorrow (today),” he said. The police have only detained the 21-year-old woman in connection with the case.