Tuesday, December 11, 2007


RELA MEMBERS ..... The RELA members personnel at the program

Mesra Rakyat and crime prevention programme
More than 350 people attended the Mesra Rakyat and crime prevention programme organized by Tambunan police at the community centre here recently. The participants were village headmen, Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) chairmen, RELA personnel, Government department staff and youths. During the function, a drugs exhibition and multi-media show were held. District Police Chief DSP Zahari Mohammad officiated the function and chaired a dialogue session with the participants. Various issues were raised by the participants such as crime cases drugs, rape, illegal immigrants and road accidents among others. Also present at thç function were District Chief OKK Augustine Kandawai, District Police Management Department head ASP Rahim Abdul Rahman, Logistics Department head Inspector Inspector Sharul Haji Harun, Narcotics Department head Chief Department Inspector Edrian, Special Branch head Chief Awang Damit Suanda and Tambunan OCS Sergeant Major Kasmin Saiman.


Twenty-six youths nationwide participated in three- day national integration program held at kampung Kota Ayangan here recently. Eleven of them were from Peninsular Malaysia, seven from Sarawak, six from Sabah and two from Labuan. The State-level program jointly organized by the Federal Youth and Sports Ministry was officiated by Liawan Assemblyman Datuk Haji Sairin Haji Karno. During the programme, all the participants stayed with their adopted parents in the kampung. The objective of the program is to expose youths in Malaysia to the socio-culture, political and economy development nationwide. It is also to increase the understanding and unity spirit among the Malaysian youths from various ethnics, cultures and religions. The program is also aimed at increasing the patriotic spirit and strong self-confidence value and to get closer with the community through interaction and community service programmes. The participants also carried out community service activities like gotong royong, Sukaneka games and showing their talent in the cultural shows. District Officer Haji Zulkifli Nasir, District Federal Youth and Sports Department officer Haji Idris Mohd Taufeck, Government officers and local community leaders attended the programme which was closed by Bingkor Assemblyman Justin Guka.


Woman dies, husband injured in road crash
A woman was killed while her husband was in critical condition when their car crashed into the rear of a stationary lorry at Km 74 Sandakan-Lahad Datu Road on Sunday night. Front seat passenger Lai Tit Lin, 38, died of serious injuries at the scene. Police and members of the public removed her body and her injured husband identified as Chin Tee Ting, also aged 38, from the wreckage of the vehicle. Their five-year-old daughter, Chin Wan Wai, who was seated in the rear of the car, was unhurt. They were travelling from the direction of Sandakan and heading towards Lahad Datu when the tragedy occurred about 7.4Opm. The lorry was said to have stalled and left on the road. The woman’s body was sent to the district hospital while her husband was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the Duchess of Kent Hospital here. OCPD DSP Jaini Abdul Kadir confirmed the incident when contacted.


Chan to propose S’pore airline fly to Labuan
Any airline is welcome to operate here and a proposal would be made for a low-cost carrier from Singapore to make Labuan a destination. Transport Minister Datuk Sri Chan Kong Choy disclosed this when asked to comment on the open sky policy that has been proposed for the island, after he was briefed on the progress of the RM365 million upgrading project of the Labuan Airport, upon his arrival here on Sunday evening. The proposal for the open sky policy and the redevelopment of the terminal building and runway, first announced by Prime Minister Datuk Sri Abdullah Badawi in September 2004, is aimed at enabling direct international flights and bigger wide- bodied planes to land, a move to enhance the status of Labuan as an International Offshore Financial Centre, an oil and gas hub as well as to boost its tourism potential. “I want to make it very clear that there would be no problems at all for any airlines wanting to operate here. The Ministry of Transport will facilitate,” he stressed. Chan added that in view of the bilateral ties between Malaysia and Singapore, he would suggest and make a proposal during the next round of aviation talks, for a low- cost carrier from Singapore to include Labuan as a destination. “So far no international airline has applied to operate in Labuan yet, but we will welcome them,” he said. Tan Sri Ting Pik Kiing, the advisor of Global Upline Sdn Bhd - the main contractor of the airport upgrading works, welcomed the minister who arrived in a private jet. Upon being briefed by the project director Dr Shafie Karimin of KLIA Premier Holdings Sdn Bhd that the terminal building and landside of the airport were completed way ahead of time and the airside would be completed and handed over to Malaysia Airport Berhad by March 2008, eight months ahead of schedule, he commented: “I am very happy with the progress of the work”. When asked if a new date has been fixed for the official opening, he answered in the negative. It was earlier announced that the Prime Minister would officiate the opening on October 26 this year and plans were made for him to witness the first landing of a MAS Airbus 330 here.


Existing operations to shift to new main building soon
The operation at the existing Terminal One of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) will be shifted in stages to the new terminal main building starting next month to help ease congestions, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy. He said starting January 22, passengers will be boarding their planes from the nearly completed main terminal but all check- ins will still remain at the existing building until all works are fully completed in April. “Once the new international terminal block is ready, the current old terminal will be closed fully to allow for the upgrading,” said Chan. The new terminal building which will be connected with the old terminal block is part of the upgrading project on the KKIA which also involves a runway extension and construction of a new low cost terminal costing RM1.2 billion. Speaking to reporters after visiting KKIA yesterday, Chan said he was very happy with the progress of both Package One and Two of the upgrading project. He said progress on Package Two which includes the construction of air-side infrastructures is now at 65 percent, about eight percent ahead of plan and expected to be fully completed by April next year. However works on Package One, which includes the building of the main terminal building and landslide infrastructure and facilities, has experienced a slight delay, according to him. “Despite a slight delay in some part of the Package One, we are catching up and everything will be completed by May as planned,” he said. Works on Package One is currently 49.35 percent completed. It involves the extension of the runway from the current 2,988 metres to 3,780 metres to enable Boeing 747 aircraft to land; construction of parking aprons which can accommodate four Boeing 747s, one AB330, seven Boeing 737s, three F50s and three Dorniers. It also includes the upgrading of existing taxiway the northern side, stretched 1,474 metres while the south some 792 metres, and the construction of new Traffic Control tower and cargo terminal and transmail cargo centre and new Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) office. “There are still some issues (to be solved) including the relocation of equipment from the existing terminal to the new one but I’m confident that with the very close cooperation between all the parties such as Malaysia Airports Berhad, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the two main contractors, it can be settled without problem. “So we can expect to have a very efficient and state-of-the-art airport by May 2009, and this is very important for the development of the State,” he said. Chan expressed his appreciation to the Sabah Government for its support and assistance for the upgrading project, particularly in successfully relocating Sri Tanjung squatters to pave the way for the expansion of the runway. He also thanked the public for their support in bearing with the inconvenience since the upgrading works started, adding, it is not easy to carry out a massive upgrading works on an operational airport.
“Unlike in other places, we are doing works on a live airport. Moreover, this is the second busiest airport in the country after KLIA,” he said. He said the existing terminal is designed to handle around three million passengers but has so far handled more than four million passengers this year. On the decison of Malaysia Airports to move operations of all airlines to the new terminal once completed in 2009, he said they would be looking at AirAsia’s request to remain at Terminal Two instead of moving to the international terminal complex. “They have written in. We have to hear them out before we make any decision,” he said, adding that the new complex when completed would be handling the needs of all airlines and would be convenient in terms of operations.