Monday, December 10, 2007


Continue teaching of Science, Maths in English, says Maijol
The Education Ministry has been urged to continue with the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English and give it a chance to succeed. UPKO vice president Senator Maijol Mahap made the call in his speech when officiating the presentation of certificates to 500 pre-school children. “The teaching of Science and Mathematics in English should be continued and be given the chance to succeed. This does not mean that we are sidelining the Bahasa Malaysia language in school. “Bahasa Malaysia has been and will always be the mainstream language to be used to teach all other subjects but since most English terminologies in Science and Mathematics are in English and they were adopted into the Bahasa Malaysia language, it would only be appropriate if we just use the English language to teach these two subjects. I believe many parents would be supporting this by starting to expose their children at the very young age to the use of the English language. “I also urge the Government to provide more educational facilities for pre-school children to start their early education in areas where such facilities are far from their villages. The Kota Marudu Districts has more than 80 villages and only 26 villages have pre-schools provided by KEMAS. If we take the 500 pre-school children who received their certificates as coming from 26 villages, I believe there could be even more children from the other remaining villages who are unable to get pre-school education,” he said. Maijol also urged all parents to send their children to a kindergarten nearest to them as much as possible.


107 pints of blood collected
KOTA KINABALU: One hundred and seven pints of blood were collected in a blood donation campaign jointly organized by the Kota Kinabalu Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Likas and City Hall at Lintasan Deasoka here yesterday. According to organizing chairman Benjamin Batindal, the blood donation campaign which was held from 7am to 1. l5pm, was the church’s annual activity to increase the supply of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s blood bank. “As the year before, our target is to collect 100 pints of blood. We are so happy as we managed to reach the target. I thank those who donated their blood to save the people’s lives,” Benjamin said. “I hope the people will continue to donate their blood when we organize a similar program next year,” he said, adding they managed to collect 103 pints of blood in last year’s campaign which was held at the same place. “Next year, we are planning to organize a similar activity, with the cooperation from the drug agency and City Hall. For this future program, there will be a talk about the danger of drugs,” he said.


Haemodialysis association holds food and fun fair
A food and fun fair was held in conjunction with the second anniversary of the Kinabalu Haemodialysis Association at The Cruise in Tanjung Aru here yesterday. The main objective of the event, which was officiated by Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim, was to raise funds to support the operation cost of the association. President of the association, Lim Hoek Chye, said the centre needed about RM10,000 a month to maintain its four dialysis machines and pay the workers’ salary. According to him, the centre sources its funds from the public and other parties. Presently there are four patients seeking dialysis treatment at the centre which charges RM13 to RM15 per session. Lim said the centre is hoping to increase the number of patient to eight with the availability of new machines. “To achieve the target, we need support from the public, especially the Government, private sector and also non-governmental organisations,” he said.


Man survives fall from building
Another local man is believed to have jumped down from a building in Damai on Saturday evening, jut three days after a businessman leapt to his death in the area. Hamzah Ismail, 27, suffered serious injuries and was put under observation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The victim, believed to be a RELA member, was said to have jumped from the third floor of a building in an attempted suicide around l1.l5pm. His condition has become stable. Police are still waiting for him to regain consciousness to record a statement from him. A security guard on duty, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, said the man was unconscious and barely breathing after he landed on the road.
On Wednesday, a 61-year-old businessman, believed to be suffering from depression, died on the spot after jumping from the fifth floor of a building there. The businessman from Taman Friendly was said to have become depressed after learning his wife had cancer. He decided not to wait for her wife to die before him and took his own life.


Yee urges graduates to continue to learn
Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai has urged graduates to continue their learning and grab every opportunity to improve and equip themselves with the necessary skills. He said learning did not end after they have fmished their courses. “I would like to say here that you must continue your learning and not to be satisfied with what you have achieved today. It is very important to enhance your skills so that you can make a positive contribution to the society, the State and the country,” Yee said in his keynote address during the Sabah Skills and Technology Centre (SSTC)’s certificate presentation ceremony at ShangriLa’s Tanjung Aru Resort here yesterday. A total of 289 trainees received their certificates for completing their programs in Industrial Skills Enhancement Program (INSEP) and Workforce Technical Transformation Program (WTTP). The INSEP is for graduates while the WTTP is for SPM leavers. Yee added the State and Federal Governments had spent a lot of money to develop human capital as one of the key emphasis in the Ninth Malaysia Plan is the development of the country’s human capital.
Thus he hoped that the graduates could grab the opportunity to enhance their skills and could go to a higher level.
“We have also set up a job centre and I believe that there is some relevancy for your career,” said Yee who congratulated the SSTC Management Council and management team for making every effort to ensure these young people receive relevant skills training.
SSTC is a non-profit organisation set up jointly by the industry and Government to focus on the training of Sabah’s workforce. The centre is presently offering various courses such as technical, manufacturing, and management skills and continuing education. For 2006, the Federal Government had increased its commitment to skills training by fully sponsoring training for both graduates and schoolleavers.


River polluted by waste from detention centre:

More than 1,000 residents of five villages here have stopped using the water from a river in their area as they claimed it has been polluted by waste from the temporary detention centre here. According to Inanam people development leader Ayem Sambuling, the residents are worried of getting skin diseases and falling ill if they use the water.The affected residents informed him that there is no septic tank system at the centre and this causes all the waste to discharge directly to the river. “All the villagers who depend on the river water are feeling unhappy over the situation. They call for immediate action from the authority to make the river useful again,” he said. He also disclosed that the villagers had complained about the matter two years ago but no action had been taken. “We hope the authority can help the residents in the area who are worried of getting skin diseases if they continue to use the river water,” Ayem added.


I did not see bleeding wounds: Aminah
Datin Aminah Ambrose, the mother of the late Datu Azlan Datu Amir Kahar, yesterday clarified that she did not see bleeding wounds on his son’s body and head before he was taken to the mortuary of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). “When I arrived at the QEH Critical Zone, opened the door and pulled the curtains, I did not see any blood as the wounds had coagulated. “It was only at the QEH mortuary that I saw fresh blood at the back of my son’s head,” said Datin Aminah who was correcting the reports in the Borneo Post on December 5 and 6 which stated that she had seen bleeding wounds on his son’s body and his head before he was taken to the mortuary of the QEH.


Two girls drown In Sandakan
SANDAKAN: Two girls drowned in separate incidents near Jalan Labuk over the past two days. Nursinah Madu, a 17-year-old Form Five student who recently sat for her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination, drowned when she was swept away after falling into a drain while crossing a wooden bridge near her house in Kampung Pertanian, Mile 25 Jalan Labuk, about 7am yesterday. Some parts of the area were flooded due to the downpour on Saturday night. Villagers and her family recovered her body not far from where she fell 30 minutes later. Her remains were brought to the Duchess of Kent Hospital. Family members later claimed the body for burial. Gum Gum Assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Haji Edris accompanied by his aides, was at the mortuary to convey his condolence to the family. In another case, six-year-old Saturia Samsuri drowned while bathing in a pond at a quarry in Mile 16 Jalan Labuk late Saturday afternoon. Her body was recovered and sent to the hospital by her family. The police were informed of the incident by the hospital around 9pm.