Monday, December 17, 2007

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-Land applications top on Keadilan Govt agenda

Land applications top on Keadilan Govt agenda
Settling outstanding land applications would be top on the agenda of a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Government, promised PKR State Steering Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. “I promise you, the moment we come into power we would give land application matters top priority. In this computerized era, we should be able to settle problem-less land applications within three months. “We would also reinstate the power of all village chiefs to vet land applications in their respective areas so that only the rightful would get to apply for right purpose,” he said at the PKR’s meet-the-people session in Kampung Malawa near here on Friday night. Dr Jeffrey who is also PKR Vice President, promised to move a motion in the State Assembly to excise portions of State forest reserve lands that are occupied by natives so that those deserving and diligent would get to toil the lands. “Besides this, a PKR federal government would also give free textbooks, and abolish school fees. We are also studying the possibility to give scholarships to all first degree students in local universities,” said the maverick leader. Earlier, Datuk Chau Chin Tang, in his speech said PKR should study to reinstate the power Of Sabah Governor to appoint court judges which was taken away by the Federal since June 1994. “Look, if the power of our TYT could be taken away, what more other power? We must stop this rot, vote for Keadilan,” he said adding, a PKR Government would also look into injecting RM500 million into Saham Amanah Sabah to push its share to at least its original value at RM1. Both Dr Jeffrey and Chau also commended the more than 150 adults who turned out at the gathering despite police mounting a roadblock nearby, and a big presence of uniformed police force at the compound. Other PKR leaders present were State liaison deputy chairman Daniel John Jambun, liaison assistant secretary Peter Marajin, Edward Linggu, Kanul Gindol, Alex Kando and Paul Kuleling.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-English questions for Maths, Science should stay: Ex-school inspector

English questions for Maths, Science should stay: Ex-school inspector
The Ujian Peperiksaan Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination should not only be maintained but the candidates also have to answer the questions for Science and Mathematics subjects in English, said a former school inspector. Haji Husain bin Perumal, who stated this, has expressed shock and regret over a statement that the answering of questions in English for Science and Mathematics in UPSR and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) 2008 still pending approval. Husain, who served in the education sector 35 years, said anwering questions in English for Science and Mathematics in two public examinations is very important in determining the competence and achievement level of student.
“Let us try to imagine if a student who is unable to read, write and count (3M), what will happen to them in the future as Malaysian?
How the Government could act to achieve their desires if the students do not know how to read and understand the art elements? “Hence, UPSR is the greatest examination for the primary students and we should not neglect it. It is a good chance for the students to learn English effectively as well as able to answer questions in English for Science and Mathematics subjects. Besides that, it will generate motivation and moral values among the students,” he pointed out to The Borneo Post. According to him, examination is the most effective method to educate the students to be more responsible, mature and develop a humankind module. “In generating a dynamic humankind module, it should start from education. Each party should act more rationally and be concerned over the children’s academic performance.
“After conducting a study, I suggest that those students who are anwering questions in English for Science and Mathematics subjects starting from next year onwards will be given 10% to 15% bonus marks from their academic results. “The teachers who are teaching Science and Mathematics will be given a one-month basic salary bonus. We are sure to get positive effects from the incentives,” Husain pointed out.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-Rhinos have quality to move up, says Dragic

Rhinos have quality to move up, says Dragic
Premier League outfit Sabah have the quality to gain promotion to the Super League next season, said Dragic Dalidor. He said he was impressed with the existing Sabah squad and the arrival of several players have only further strengthened the team to face the 2007/2008 Malaysian League. “I think we are capable of doing well this season,” said the Bosnia-Herzegovina defender in halting English as chief coach Drago Mamic interpreted for him. “We have good players and a balanced team and what we must do now is work harder. With sheer determination nothing is impossible,” he said. “Having played in the last Malaysia Cup campaign for Sabah, I found out that there is not much different among the teams in Super League and Premier League. “Sabah is a good side… I really hope that we will be able to register good results and get the promotion,” he said, adding that Sabah should be able to end their title drought with the current team. Dragic, a father of 10-year-old son, started his professional career with FC Borac in the Bosnian League. This is a club where he met former Sabah tough tackling defender Veselin Kovacevic. The 35-year-old is expected to play a big part in Sabah defence this season where his experience playing in the UEFA. Championships and stints with some of the European top clubs such as FC Levski Sofia of Bulgaria will be of great help in bringing stability to the backline. Meanwhile, Dragic said he was impressed with several local players that he believes would have no problem plying their trade in Europe. “I believe players like Ejati (Azrul Ejati Damsah), Alif (Radzi Hussin) as well as Zulamri (Muhammad) who have explosive power as well as speed can even play in Europe, but before that they must keep improving in their game,” Dragic said, adding Malaysian football should improve with proper development planning.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-Sabah set for winning start

Sabah set for winning start Rhinos face Armed Forces in opener tonight
Sabah are all set to kick start their 2007/2008 Premier League campaign with a bang when they take on Armed Forces (ATM) at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium tonight. Team Manager Rahman Zakaria believed a winning start would be important in terms of boosting the players’ confidence in facing the challenges ahead of them this season. Rahman said the team have prepared well for the new season under chief coach Drago Mamic. “It is time to show our hard work preparing for the new season will not go down the drain… we are ready for the Premier League as well as the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup,” he said. “We will be playing our first game tomorrow (today) and a victory will be important. “I have confidence in the team to deliver the result as the players are in top shape and the spirit in the team is high… we will be going all out for the maximum points,” he added. Having said that, Rahman was however cautious and reminded the players of complacency against ATM who are no pushovers. “I want to remind here also that all the players will have to fight for their first team places and they are no automatic choice,” he said. “Fighting for first team places should create a healthy competition among the players that would eventually see them giving the best in training and most importantly during matches.
“I believe the coach has his best players to win the match,” he said. Drago has named an 18-member squad for the trip with Irwan Jamil expected to start in goal while Mohd Salawi Jasad, who makes the trip in place of the usual second choice Harold John who is down with fever, is his deputy. The rest of the squad are skipper Rosdin Wasli, Munir Imran, Wong Sai Kong, Zulamri Muhamad, Zuraindey Jumai, Chow Chee Wing, Nafuzi Zain, Zainizam Marjan. Bobby Gonzalez, Salvester Sindeh, Eddie Gapil, Radzi Hussin, Azrul Ejati Damsah and Hardy Parsi as well as foreign imports Dragic Dalibor and Jamie Phoenix. Thirteen teams, including debutants ProtonFC, Felda United FC and the national Under-19 squad, will be competing in the Premier League, which offers two automatic promotion spots to the elite Super League.
The rest of the teams are Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Kelantan, Selangor PKNS, Kuala Muda Naza, Shahzan Muda and KL Plus FC.


Family among 35 who pledge to donate organs
KOTA KINABALU: Thirty-five persons, including a family of four, have pledged to donate their organs and tissues. The family from Inanam, Lam Cheng Min, 48, his wife Choi Kui Fong, 43, and their two sons - Lam Huat Kiat, 16, and Lam Hong Kiat, 20, yesterday filled up the organ donor pledge forms after the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s blood and organ donation campaign yesterday. Hong Kiat was one of the 125 people who donated blood at the campaign held at the premises of the Foundation in Likas from 9am to 3pm. “I want to donate my organs as they will be of no use to me when I am dead. It’s better for me to donate my organs to other people to save their lives,” Choi said when asked why she pledged to donate her organs. Her husband said that when a person donated his or her organs and tissues, he or she could save the lives of a number of people. “I would like to encourage people to make a pledge to donate their organs and tissues as it is also the ultimate humanitarian act of charity and benevolence,” Lam said. The couple also encouraged people to donate their blood to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)’s blood bank. “By donating our blood, we can also save the lives of people,” said the couple who have donated blood 11 times but did not join yesterday’s campaign due to unavoidable reasons.
Brain dead patients can donate
Another organ donor pledger, Chen Mey Chung, a 51 year-old housewife, stressed the same reason for pledging to donate her organs and tissues. Chen said she was encouraged to donate her organs after seeing patients in Likas Hospital suffering from various illnesses such as Thalassaemia and cancer. “When I die, I wish to donate all my organs and tissues as long as they could be used,” Chen said, adding that she also encouraged her husband and her three children to make the same pledge to help other people. Meanwhile, Dr Lily Ng who gave a talk about the organs donation campaign, hoped that more people will make a similar pledge. “All teachings such as Islam, Christianity and Buddhism also encourage us to donate our organs and tissues,” said Lily who is the head of the anaesthesiology and intensive care department in the QEH. Lily also said that many people had died while waiting for organs for transplantation. “Until today, there are a few people who have donated their organs and tissues after their death and we need more organs and tissues for transplantation,” she said, adding the organ donor pledge forms could be obtained from the QEH. Dr Lily also said that if a person who is brain dead but his heart is still beating, his organs and tissues can be donated. If his heart is not beating, only his tissues can be donated. The commonly transplanted organs are kidney, heart, liver, lung and pancreas while the transplantable tissues are eye, bone, skin and heart valves. During the blood donation campaign, the foundation managed to collect 125 pints of blood. According to Connie Cheong, the coordinator of the campaign, 161 people actually turned up to donate their blood but only 36 were not allowed to do so. “We conduct a blood donation campaign once in every three months and our next campaign will be held on March 16, next year,” Connie said. Another 30 pints of blood were collected for the hospital’s blood bank at another blood donation campaign organized by the Che Sui Khor Uplifting Society yesterday.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-Vandals lack religious, moral education: Mayor

Vandals lack religious, moral education: Mayor
Parents have been urged to provide religious and moral education to their children as most of the youths involved in vandalism are those who lack in religious and moral upbringing. Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim pointed this out yesterday when officiating the closing and prize presentation ceremony of a campaign to clean up graffiti in the city. “Members of the community should be more concerned and responsible when they witness any vandalism activities in their area. They should lodge complaints to the authorities concerned and not just keep quiet,” he said, adding most of the vandals were youths. According to the Mayor, the Government has to come out with a substantial amount of money every year to repair the public facilities damaged by vandals. These funds could be channelled for better use to improve the living standard of the city folks. “The community cannot use the public facilities that are damaged. The image of our city is also damaged and this will give a negative image to the foreign visitors and affect the tourism sector of our State,” he added. He also said the campaign was aimed at instilling a sense of responsibility among the younger generation on the need to protect public amenities and to get more City Friend members to play an active roles against vandalism. Iliyas also disclosed that the local authorities, including the Kota Kinabalu City Hall, are empowered to fine vandals up to a maximum of RM2,000. Those found guilty can also be jailed. Over 200 people divided into nine groups, including City Friend members, cleaned up the graffiti in the city areas from 7.3Oam to lOam yesterday. Among the areas they covered were Sembulan, Tanjung Aru, Kepayan, Luyang, Menggatal, Inanam, Telipok, Likas and the City centre.
Representatives from Government agencies and nongovernmental organizations; including Telekom Malaysia and Sabah Electricity Sdñ Bhd, also participated in the symbolic event. Rakan Muda Kolej Yayasan Sabah, which was chosen as the best group, received an appreciation certificate and RM500 cash while Tamnan Kemajuan Likas which sent 75 members, received a special award for having the most number of participants. The main sponsor for the event, Nippon Paint Sabah, donated 100 litres of paint worth RM3,000 to paint the walls and surfaces which were vandalised with graffiti.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-City Hall urged to look into claim against City Bus drivers

City Hall urged to look into claim against City Bus drivers
The Sabah Bumiputera Bus Operators Association (PPBBS) has urged the City Hall to look into the allegation that City Bus drivers have been using the car park lots near the Bank Negara building to wait for passengers. Its information chief, Abdul Rahman Piut, yesterday many bus operators from Sepanggar had voiced their dissatisfaction over the alleged action by the City Bus drivers, saying it is unfair as bus operators are not allowed to wait for passengers anywhere in the City except at the main bus terminal near Wawasan Plaza. “If this is what is happening the City Hall should act promptly and consider relocating the rest bay to a more suitable area,” he said in a statement here yesterday. Rahman said they were made to understand that the lot next to KK Plaza was meant for City Bus drivers to park their buses during their rest hours. An operator providing services between the City and Sepanggar last Friday complained that City Bus had taken advantage of the area and used it as a terminal to wait and pick up passengers. Former policeman Ribin Bidong urged the authorities, including the City Hall and traffic police, to be fair to other bus operators and take due action against the City Bus drivers. The one-page statement said bus operators in the City often voiced their grouses to the related authorities, including by writing through the association.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-Death of woman: Man detained for investigation

Death of woman: Man detained for investigation
Police have detained a 21-year-old man to facilitate investigation into the murder of an elderly woman in Kampung Raganan here last week. The suspect, a local from Kampung Kiwato, Topokon, Tamparuli was found hiding in an empty house about 100 metres from the scene of the crime. He was picked up by police about 3pm on Saturday. A police spokesperson said police received information that a suspicious character was seen hiding in the ceiling of the abandoned house. The spokesperson added that a team of police personnel was sent to investigate and found the suspect hiding in the house. He did not resist arrest. In the incident last week, Tebah Angkat, 67, was found dead with a belt around her neck about 9pm.
Tebah was staying with her 18-year- old grandson who was also detained to facilitate investigations into the woman’s death. The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code and police have yet to determine the motive of the murder.

MONDAY-17TH DECEMBER 2007-Upko Shah Alam launching postponed

Upko Shah Alam launching postponed
Sabahans in Peninsular Malaysia will have to wait a little longer for the formalisation of the Upko Shah Alam Division. Upko Secretary General Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said he received an early morning call yesterday about the latest turn of event. “We are all set. Our president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok is ready. A group of us from Sabah are to fly to Kuala Lumpur either today or tomorrow morning. Then the protern chief Jorius Rendie told us of the postponement,” he said. Rendie said they have to delay the soft launching due to unforeseen circumstances, adding: “My committee had been very excited and anxiously await the scheduled big do for us on Monday. Sad though it might be, we have decided to postpone it until further notice.” The businessman apologized for the eleventh hour decision, and assured that the division would definitely be launched not too long from now.