Friday, December 21, 2007

FRIDAY-21ST DECEMBER 2007-Be disciplined role models, artistes told

Be disciplined role models, artistes told

Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Jahid Jahim has reminded local artistes to be disciplined in carrying out their daily activities or in their stage performances. He said artistes are the role models of society, especially the teenagers, thus they should set a good example. “Having a great voice is not enough. You (artistes) should enhance your self qualities such as your performance, your communication skills before an audience and more importantly, you should have discipline in your daily lives,” he said while launching an album by two local artistes, Jonnes Robert Johnny and Jimboneivin Simon Bukag. The album, entitled Yahai Benn vs Ateng, was produced by Simusic Studio. At the same time, other albums by Jovita Robert Johnny, David b Pinus Francis Anahong and Narsisius b Justin Misin, who is the marketing manager of Simusic Studio, were also launched during the ceremony at Buhavan Square, Donggongon about 2. 3Opm. Jahid, who is Tamparuli assemblyman, said that the government is always supportive of local artistes’ effort to promote their talents not only in the State but also in Peninsular Malaysia as well as other countries. He urged the local community to buy only the original CD to help the music industry grow in Sabah. Meanwhile, Jonnes, who is also known as Ateng and Jimboneivin, also known as Benn, hoped that their joint album will be accepted by music fans of different ages and races in Sabah. “I am so happy with the launch of this album. I hope local music fans will be satisfied and will accept this album,” said Ateng, who hails from Kampung Molisau, Tenghilan and already has a solo and compilation album. He said Yahai Benn vs Ateng features 11 songs based of various concepts. At the event yesterday, some local artistes were invited to perform, and they included the champion of ‘Suara Emas Bintang RTM 2007,’ Reynaldo Paggie, S. Willie and Danny F Mallingi. Also present were Simun Bukag, who is the manager of Simusic Studio and executive producer of Yahai Benn vs Ateng.

FRIDAY -21ST DECEMBER 2007-DAP seeks potential

DAP seeks potential candidates in S’kan

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) here is currently actively seeking young, capable and professional men and women to join the party as potential candidates in the upcoming general election for the parliamentary seats of Sandakan and Batu Sapi, and the state seat of Tanjung Papat, Elopura and Karamunting. “Do get in touch with us as this is an opportunity for you to step forward to serve our beloved State of Sabah,” said DAP Sandakan coordinator Anthony Teo. “In the context of today Sabahans, the 20 Points protection for ordinary Sabahans has become increasing relevant by the day and we should not lose sight of it,” he said. Meanwhile, Teo said DAP Sandakan strongly supports former Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat in filing an appeal in the High Court in Kota Kinabalu recently against Kudat Town Board’s revocation of its approval for the 100-foot Mazu Statue project in Kudat. “DAP Sandakan commends Tan Sri Chong for his initial quiet ways of going about trying to resolve this issue but forced to this point as he must have exhausted all avenues and proper channel,” he said.

FRIDAY-21ST DECEMBER 2007-Low-cost five-star

Low-cost five-star
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FRIDAY-21ST DECEMBER 2007-Mayor to launch karaoke Version of Peter’s album

Mayor to launch karaoke Version of Peter’s album

Six months after the successful release of Peter Dicky Lee’s ‘I’M BACK’ album, the MTV Karaoke version will be launched by Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim tomorrow, Saturday, at Damai Club in Jalan Bundusan. The much-awaited MTV features, for the first time in Malaysian entertainment industry and Sabah in particular, three state ministers, one assistant minister and the Mayor making guest appearances in the hit song ‘IZIAU, IZIAU, IZIAU’ and the Bahasa Malaysia version “KAU, KAU, KAU”. “These sporting YBs plus several close friends of mine who have made guest appearances here and in some of my songs have made this VCD so much fun and such a delight to behold,I said Peter. “The six months spent in the making and filming has not been in vain,” he said in a press statement yesterday. ‘Datuk Masidi, Datuk Hajiji, Datuk Yee Moh Chai, Datuk Iliyas and YB Jahid
had a great time during the making of IZIAU 3 and KAU 3. I must say they are really quite natural in front of the camera and they would give our Malaysian actors a run for their money,” Peter said in zest. As part of his gesture to help the needy, Peter will donate half of the proceeds collected to charity in conjunction with his MTV launch. Tonight, Peter will also appear as a special guest artiste at 9pm at the annual Gaya Christmas Celebration 2007 organized by the Sabah Council of Churches and DBKK. “Being a Christian I am so excited to be able to contribute my services for a worthy cause and for such a special occasion,” said Peter. Come December 31, Peter has also been invited to make a special guest appearance at the KSS (Kadazan Society Sabah) New Year’s Eve 2007 dinner party at Putera Ballroom, Bukit Padang where he will give a one-hour show.

FRIDAY-21ST DECEMBER 2007-Strong wind, rough seas persist in Sabah

Strong wind, rough seas persist in Sabah Peninsular braces for second wave of floods
The high tide phenomenon would have higher impact in Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast and west Sarawak, said the Meteorological Department yesterday. He said strong wind and choppy seas in the peninsula’s east coast, Sarawak and west Sabah, including Labuan, is forecast to persist until Dec 29. As the nation braces for the second wave of floods likely to hit today triggered by high tide phenomenon, the Department yesterday issued a red alert warning on the prospect of heavy rain in north Johor. The department said moderate and occasionally heavy rain are expected in north Johor from Thursday till today. The red alert warning — the highest in the series of colour-coded weather alerts — is issued when heavy and widespread monsoon rain are expected to persist for several hours.
This phenomenon can cause floods in low-lying and riverine areas besides resulting in swift water current. The department also issued orange alert warning for areas in south Johor and south Pahang. Orange alert, the second highest, is issued when moderate monsoon rain is forecast for several hours with wind speed at 50-60km an hour, which can also cause floods in low- lying and riverine areas. The second wave of floods is expected to start tomorrow and worsen between Dec 23 and 26 following the high tide phenomenon expected to hit 3.7m from 3.4m during the first wave of floods on Dec 10, with wind speed at 40-50km per hour. Meanwhile, the department’s corporate communications director, Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said strong wind and rough seas off west coast of Sabah and Labuan are dangerous to small boats, recreational activities and sea sports. “I advise the people to be extra careful on the sea water level and closely follow latest developments in weather conditions,” he said. Sea Water level in and around Johor during normal tide is about 2m, with the probability to rise up to 3.2m in high tide, while in Tanjung Gelang, near Kuantan, it can reach 3.4m high from 2m during normal tide. He said moderate rain currently concentrated in south and east Johor and in north and south Pahang is expected to persist until Saturday, with the possibility of spreading to north Johor. “Fine weather and less rain are expected in Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu,” he said. Areas in west Sarawak such as in Mukah, Sibu, Sarikei, Sri Aman, Samarahan, Betong and Kuching are also expected to receive moderate and occasionally heavy rain from today till Dec 26, he added.

FRIDAY-21ST DECEMBER 2007-Bridge project to, benefit

Bridge project to, benefit three villages
The residents of three villages here will benefit from a bridge project which is expected to be completed in four months. The bridge, to be built by contractor Haji Abdul Hajan Gurimbang, will span the Apas river and make it easier for farmers and fishermen from Kg Sungai Apas, Kg Apas Parit and Kg Kuala Apas to transport their products to the market. Apas Village Security and Developing Committee (JKKK) Naim Ahmad, who represented Assistant Minister of Rural Development, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, conducted the ground-breaking ceremony of the project at Sungai Kuala Apas. During the ceremony, Abdul Hajan donated four cows to the residents in the conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration.

FRIDAY-21ST DECEMBER 2007-Jeffrey is fine, says “ political secretary

Jeffrey is fine, says “ political secretary
KOTA KINABALU: Everything is fine with Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. This was the assurance given by his political secretary Kanul Gindul, when contacted yesterday. He said the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice- president was responding well to his visitors. “He was able to talk to those who came and visited him at the ward. He even did his confession to Reverand Father Michael Modoit from his hospital bed,” said Gindul. The 60-year-old politician and two others were involved in a road accident at Km 36, Jalan Tamparuli-Ranau, near Kampung Bongol around 5am on Thursday. Initial investigation revealed that they were going downhill and was negotiating a ‘S’ curve when the driver lost control of the four-wheel drive vehicle before it overturned and hit the foothill. Jeffrey was first rushed to the Tuaran District Hospital before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment. He received 10 stitches on the forehead besides suffering a spine injury, while the driver identified as Laiser and a female family friend only sustained bruises.
“He is put on IV drops as the doctor does not recommend he take solid food yet. Jeffrey also needs a seat supporter to keep himself up,” said Gindul. It was reported that Jeffrey’s elder brother Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, Parti Bersatu Sabah president and Huguan Siou (paramount leader of the Kadazandusun Murut community), visited him twice on Thursday. Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Anifah Aman, senior politicians Datuk James Ligunjang and Datuk Ariah Tengku Ahmad, among others, also took time off to visit Jeffrey at QEH on Thursday. Kawang Assemblyman Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar, who was still dressed in his Baju Melayu yesterday, dropped by at Jeffrey’s ward, as well as former minister Datuk Kong Hong Ming and businessman, Datuk Ambrose Lee. Jeffrey, who is currently put under 48-hour observation at the Neuro Surgery Ward, is expected to be transferred to a normal ward within a couple of days. “He is showing positive progress and he is expected to be transferred to a normal ward tomorrow or the day after,” Gindul said.