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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Meteor? Mysterious light shooting across Sabah sky


KOTA MARUDU - A mysterious bright light shooting across the Sabah sky late Monday night, has caught everyone by surprise as they wondered if the sight could have been a meteor shower.

ECRL, SABAH gas pipeline projects cancelled, says Dr M

BEIJING - The East Coast Rail Link and the projects for the construction of two gas pipelines have been cancelled, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said the projects could not go on due to Malaysia's financial woes.

However, details of the cancellation - including such matters as compensation - would have to be discussed later, he said.

Dr Mahathir said this at a press conference before ending his five-day visit to China on Tuesday (Aug 21).

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sarawak Oil Deal: Where are the “Bujang Berani” ?

Sarawak is in a unique position as it is now motivated and able to redress the inequity in the management of its oil and gas resources, and its constitutional rights as enshrined in MA63.

COMMENT

By Suarah Petroleum Group

Petronas’ Group Strategic Communications wrote a letter to the editor of The Edge to clarify the outdated Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) terms used in their article “The black gold conundrum” dated July 30.

Empty hotels, idle boats: Consequences of a Pacific island that upsets China

Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.

Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due to its lack of diplomatic status.

As China extends its influence across the Pacific, Palau is one of Taipei’s 18 remaining allies worldwide and is under pressure to switch allegiances, officials and business people there say.

Singapore: 1962 Water Agreement between M'sia and S'pore 'sacrosanct'

SINGAPORE - While Singapore appreciates the new Malaysia government's reasons to review and change various policies of the previous administration, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made it clear on Sunday (Aug 19) that both countries have to adhere to agreed terms relating to water prices and the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

Both issues have been sticking points in recent months, with Malaysia's Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad repeatedly saying that his country is selling water to Singapore at too low a price, and most recently, suggesting that it should be raised by at least 10 times.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Study: Sabah tops monkey malaria cases

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah has recorded the highest incidence of monkey malaria in the world according to a study by a research team from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

The paper based on a five-year research on the primary vector (Anopheles balabacensis) of the monkey malaria (caused by Plasmodium knowlesi) also found that most of the cases were in the interior.

The paper titled "Mitochondrial variation in subpopulations of Anopheles balabacensis Baisas in Sabah, Malaysia (Diptera: Culicidae)" was authored by Prof Dr Chua Tock Hing and co-authored by Benny Manin (a doctorate student in UMS) and Prof Chris Drakely from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Friday, August 17, 2018

What happened to Warisan’s manifesto pledges???


The Task Force Against Kaiduan Dam reiterates its stand against the dam project, whether in Penampang or Papar.

KOTA KINABALU - A grassroots movement formed to resist plans for the Kaiduan Dam has called on the Parti Warisan Sabah-led state government to halt construction of the mega dam, in keeping with its manifesto pledge to protect, preserve and conserve nature in Sabah.

The Task Force Against Kaiduan Dam (TAKaD) said if the project was allowed to continue, it would have a negative impact on the environment whether in Penampang, where the dam was initially planned to be built, or in Papar where the government had proposed moving the project following objections from locals.

2-year-old Indon boy smokes 40 cigarettes a day, drinks coffee


JAKARTA (The Straits Times/Asia News Network) - He smokes about 40 cigarettes a day and takes puffs in between cups of coffee.

It's 100 days, what now Pakatan?

TODAY, Aug 17, marks the 100th day of New Malaysia.

Ever since Merdeka in 1957, Malaya and subsequently Malaysia has only known one federal government – the Alliance – which later expanded to become Barisan Nasional.

But after 61 long years in power, Barisan fell in the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9, 2018.

Malaysians, fed-up and angered by widening inequality, rising prices, corruption and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, pushed the coalition out of power.

Voters instead pinned their hopes on the four-party Pakatan Harapan comprising PKR, DAP, Bersatu and Amanah led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Gabungan Bersatu Sabah: Final nail in the coffin for state Umno?

Analysts say Gabungan Bersatu Sabah, a new political bloc comprising opposition parties, may lead to the dissolution of Umno in the state.

KOTA KINABALU - Analysts here believe the creation of opposition bloc Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) may be the prelude to the eventual end of Umno in the state.

Political scientist Rahezzal Shah Abd Karim of Sabah UiTM acknowledged that Umno had managed to hold on to a number of seats in the state despite the recent general election results showing that more people favoured local-based political parties.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

31 Ogos Hari Kemerdekaan Malaya, tiada kaitan dengan Sarawak

"Tarikh 31 Ogos tidak mempunyai kaitan dengan kita. (Tarikh) itu hanya Hari Kemerdekaan Semenanjung."

Itu pendapat Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri James Jemut Masing apabila dihubungi Astro AWANI untuk mengulas kenyataan kontroversi beliau berhubung sambutan 31 Ogos yang didakwa tiada kaitan dengan rakyat di negeri Sarawak.

Menurut James, negeri Sarawak mempunyai tarikh kemerdekaan pada 22 Julai setiap tahun kerana sambutan tarikh itu adalah lebih signifikan buat rakyat di negeri itu.

GBS will be the state opposition’s new identity

Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Mohd Noor says the party has agreed to join other state-based parties to form Gabungan Bersatu Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - The curtain will finally come down on Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sabah when Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS), a coalition of opposition parties that will include Umno, is formalised in the next 10 days.

Jeffrey Kitingan, the president of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and one of the leading proponents of GBS, said the new entity will be the state opposition’s new identity as a group.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Warisan has misled people with false promises, makes voters look like fools

The Sabah opposition leader says Warisan has made so many U-turns on its promises that it makes voters look like fools

Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan reminds Warisan leaders who are gung-ho about the Merdeka Month that Malaysia was only formed on Sept 16, 1963.

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan believes the people of Sabah are starting to realise they have been fooled by the sweet promises made by Parti Warisan Sabah, which is now leading the state government.

Speaking to FMT, Kitingan said it was a pity that so many people voted for Warisan only to realise that the party is unable to fulfil its manifesto.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Warisan's special passes to illegal immigrants part of a larger plan?

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Umno Youth has slammed a state government proposal to issue special work passes to illegal immigrants to solve a labour shortage in the plantation sector.

Its chief, Abdul Aziz Julkarnain, said the move appeared to be “rewarding” foreigners entering the state to work illegally.

Speaking to reporters here today, Aziz said Sabah Umno Youth opposed the proposal as it did not respect the sensitivity of people in the state.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Chinese mother pleads for daughter to return who disappeared in 2004

(In China) - A 65-year-old woman in central China whose son was killed in a mining accident 20 years ago is pleading for contact with her surviving child who went missing 14 years ago.

Dun Zuyi, a villager from Enshi in Hubei province, said in a video filmed by a group of university students that she would never leave her home for a care home unless her daughter, Liu Yinping, came back to see her again.