Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PR makes Bintulu important election fortress

MIRING CEREMONY: (From left) Adit, Anwar, Munan, Ng participating in the cultural Iban ceremony of seeking good health and fortune.

BINTULU: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has declared that Bintulu will be its important fortress in the opposition’s bid to bring changes in the state.

PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who went on to appoint the audience ‘special officers for the coming election’, conceded the heavy task of unseating the current state government.

“When people ask me if there is any hope for PR in Sarawak, I said I don’t know about the hope but what I know is I will work, and leave the rest to God,” he said to more than 2,000 supporters coming out to meet him at a chalet by the Bintulu-Tatau road near here Saturday.

Earlier, Anwar arrived at Bintulu Airport in drizzling rainm which did not stop his supporters from queuing up to shake his hands.

“And what I know is that if Sarawakians do not want to change, their lands, their future and their children’s future will be at stake,” he said to cheers of ‘Time for change, change for the better’-slogan of the gathering which was organised by ‘Dayaks of Central Region and PKR’.

According to Anwar, his visit to Bintulu was not to condemn anyone but to point out the plight of the people and to safeguard their rights over what are rightly theirs.

Anwar said the country was actually owned by the people, rightly, therefore, the rakyat’s consent must be obtained before policies were adopted.

He also said that PR supporters must be confident of achieving what the opposition coalition had set out to do-take over the mantle of the government.

He said if a big party like Umno could be defeated in Kuala Terengganu, there was no reason not to believe that any smaller party could be likewise defeated in elections.

Also present at the gathering cum dinner were Ngemah assemblyman Gabriel Adit Demong, Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng, PKR state advisor Datuk Hafsah Harun, Kidurong assemblyman Chiew Chiu Sing and organising chairman Munan Laja.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Call for systematic hierarchy for educators

MORE SYSTEMATIC: Ahmad (seated fourth left) with KGBS Bintulu branch members after the AGM

BINTULU: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers’ Union (KGBS) yesterday called on the Malaysian Education Ministry to systemise the grade hierarchy of teachers to reflect job responsibility (administrative work) and seniority.

Its chairman Ahmad Malie said the Education Ministry’s efforts in giving promotional grades to teachers in DGA29 to DGA32 (KUP) category through a time-based procedure had created a puzzling situation in the present hierarchy.

“We are confused with the extensive appointment with regards to the promotional structure in use today, especially among educators in primary schools.

“Most teachers in primary schools nowadays came from the DGA32 (KUP) category, which had caused an uneasy feeling among senior educators like headmasters and senior teachers also holding the DGA32 grade,” Ahmad said.

He said they wanted the hierarchy to be arranged in a systematic order due to dissatisfaction among senior educators like headmasters and senior teachers undertaking huge responsibilities and a lot of work.

They share a common grade with teachers they supervise who have fewer administrative responsibilities.

“We’re not against their promotion or displeased with them (teachers under them) since we share mutual goals and objectives as educators, but hopefully the ministry will look into our suggestion to systemise the hierarchy,” said Ahmad, adding that the proposal has been forwarded to the ministry for consideration in November last year.

Ahmad said at a press conference held at a hotel here after chairing the KGBS Bintulu branch AGM yesterday that no timeframe was given to the ministry to accept the proposal, but he hoped it can be approved for the good of all teachers in Malaysia.

He believed that the proposal, if endorsed by the ministry, could be utilised in all primary schools in Malaysia to benefit teachers.

Among the suggestions by KGBS are to upgrade the grades of DGA40 (new post) for senior headmaster, DGA38 for excellent headmaster, DGA36 (new post) for headmaster (before DG34) and DGA34 for senior teachers (before DGA32).

“The new systematic position hierarchy must be set up as a sign of appreciation to senior teachers for their sacrifices and efforts in bringing up human capital for the country.

“Even though there are no differences between them and teachers under their supervision having the same grade of hierarchy for now, the responsibility as an educator is the priority for them,” Ahmad pointed out.

He said the Education Ministry must consider the proposal since it would create a clearer guideline on jobs and responsibilities of administrators in primary schools in particular.

It would benefit any teacher given a promotional post, not only selected teachers.

To date, KGBS has more than 200 members in Bintulu branch and more than 6,000 members throughout the state, said Ahmad.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Local fish and shrimps okay, Belaga people assured

BINTULU: People living within the Bakun catchment area, Sungai Murum, Batang Balui and Belaga town, as well as Sungai Tiau in Baleh have been told not to worry about the condition of local fish and shrimps.

The Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) andn Chemistry Department have studied the fish and shrimps that died by the thousands on at least two previous occasions.

The sight of the floating fish had caused some degree of trepidation among the local people early this month.

Assistant Minister of Environment Dr Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zen while inspecting the locations in Bakun and Murum rivers said the fish and shrimps were not poisoned.

“After the incident, the people got worried and asked why the fish and shrimps were dead and floating in the rivers.

“I want to make it clear that the incident was due to heavy accumulation of silt on the gills which suffocated and killed the fish,” he said.

He explained that the levels of total suspended solids (TSS) tiny particles of eroded soil or organic matter- and turbidity were very high; in fact, more than six times that of the Class IIB standard of 50 parts per million (ppm).

This was clearly evidenced by the heavy accumulation of silt on the gills which suffocated the fish, he said.

The NREB, according to him, received three reports on Sungai Murum (upstream of the Bakun Hydroelectric Dam project) on Dec 31 2008; the Sungai Tiau in Baleh on Jan 10 2009; and the stretch of Batang Balui between the Bakun HEP dam and Belaga town of Feb 10.

A similar report on fish and shrimps floating in Sungai Tatau was received on Feb 11, said Rauf.

“Upon receiving these reports, the NREB dispatched an investigation team and took the water samples at various points of the rivers,” he said.

The officers were equipped with in-situ water sampling equipment, and they tested the water for a number of physio-chemical parameters such as pH, temperature, salinity, conductivity, turbidity and dissolved oxygen.

They also took water samples and sent then to the Chemistry Department to check on the other important parameters like the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD).

“From these investigations, except for the suspended solids or turbidity, the other readings were normal and were within Class IIB of the National Water Quality Standards of Malaysia (NWQSM),” Rauf pointed out.

The NREB took seven dead fish and three dead prawns on Feb 10 and found there was no common organophophorous pesticides and no common organochlorine pesticide in them.

In the case of Sungai Tatau, he said the physio-chemical parameters such as pH, temperature, salinity and turbidity readings were normal and within the Class IIB standard of the NWQSM.

The amount of dissolved oxygen (DO), however, was found to be very low probably due to the heavy decomposition of vegetative materials submerged during the flood, compounded by the slow flowing water when the water subsided after the flood.

“In all cases, I wish to allay the fears of the general public that based on all these investigations, there were no indications of any presence of chemicals or poisons in these rivers,” said Rauf.

He urged all parties to contact the NREB if further clarification was needed, particularly on its functional jurisdiction and what it had done and planned to do, to safeguard the environment before giving any statement in the press.

The state NREB controller of environment quality, Dr Penguang Manggil; assistant controller (enforcement) Dania Goded Goyog; Department of Chemistry director, Halmi Ahmad and Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang were among those who accompanied Rauf during the inspection trip.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Taib agrees Bintulu needs second bridge

KEYS TO AIRCRAFT: Taib receiving aircraft keys from managing director of Airflite Limited Australia, Homer Constant (right) on behalf of the aviation college.

BINTULU: Chief Minister Pehin Seri Abdul Taib Mahmud admitted that a second bridge linking the town to Kampung Jepak is required.

“However, the financing needs to be studied thoroughly first,” he said when officiating at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Gulf Golden International Flying Academy (GGIFA) International College of Aviation at the local airport yesterday.

He said this in reply to GGIFA's executive chairman, Dato Morshidi Abdul Rahman's suggestion that a second bridge was needed to span Kemana River between the town and Kampung Jepak as a way to balance and stabilise local development.

Taib concurred and gave assurance that the state government would look into the proposal.

"If you have a good plan for the bridge I will be happy to support it," said Taib much to the delight of the audience.

In fact, GGIFA’s parent company, Gulf Golden Square Sdn Bhd, had submitted a proposal to the state government through Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) to such a bridge on a private financing initiative (PFI).

Morshidi believed that the bridge would help transform Bintulu into a very dynamic town and create new growth centres in Jepak area.

Other forms of development in the pipelines include transportation and communication infrastructure linking Bintulu, Mukah and Tanjong Manis, which are all within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

On the flying academy, Taib said it was another step that would bring Sarawak to a higher development level.

He said the state's second wave of politics of development required not only a lot of industrial expertise, skills with quality knowledge, but pilots as well.

He praised Morshidi for taking the initiative to venture into the aviation sector to produce pilots, technicians and engineers.

Admitting that pilots are in high demand globally, Taib observed that many Malaysian pilots migrated to Middle East countries where salaries are much higher.

Earlier, Morshidi has said that due to the high demand for aviation -related training, the academy’s future expansion plan would involve the building of new campus not far from the current location.

"We are in the final stage of purchasing the 10 acres of land from SGOS Holding Sdn Bhd. Initially we wanted 45 acres site, but the price of the land is beyond our means," he said.

He hoped to start work on the new campus sometime this coming June and scheduled the completion for June next year.

“The RM120 million campus (on 45 acres sites) can accommodate at least 800 students inclusive of staff housing.

"We expect to train at least 300 cadet pilots and 200 to 400 technical and engineering students.

“Once completed, we will have the biggest aviation college in the Asia Pacific region complemented by the largest training area of 400 square miles," he said.

The first group of at least 18 trainees from batches one and two are expected to graduate and obtain their commercial pilot licences with Air Transport Pilot Licence (Frozen) this coming April.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bintulu folk to enjoy deConnexion services soon

IT SAVVY: Dr Rundi (right) together with BDA general manager Mohidin Ishak at the press conference.

BINTULU: The people here, be they living in urban or rural areas, will enjoy deConnexion broadband connectivity services soon.

The services utilise advanced wireless broadband technologies capable of handling tripe-play (voice, data and video) and scalable to quadruple-play, including IPTV.

Dr Stephen Rundi disclosed this after he chaired the Bintulu Broadband Stakeholders Group (BBSG) meeting at a press conference in Wisma Bintulu here yesterday.

The project, referred to as deConnexion, is spearheaded through a joint venture between state- owned Sacofa Sdn bhd (telecommunications common facilities and fibre optic backbone infrastructure provider) and Danawa Resources Sdn Bhd (builder and provider of digital highway for rural and underserved area).

“The Sarawak state government has initiated a project to provide high speed broadband services throughput the state in order to achieve 50 per cent household broadband penetration by 2010 from the initial low of 1.3 per cent in 2006,” said Dr Rundi.

Dr Rundi who is also Kemena assemblyman said the BBSG would assist the state government to identify the needs of the local community in terms of ICT and Internet connectivity.

“The group (BBSG) will also assist the state government in ensuring competitive and reliable broadband services at affordable rates to the locals and the people at large.

“The BBSG will provide a forum for organisations across the converging broadband value-chain to discuss and resolve issues related to the development and exploitation of broadband that affects the local community,” he said.

BBSG aimed to encourage a knowledge-based economy and a K (knowledge)-society by helping to make the local community as one of the most connected communities in the country, said Dr Rundi.

The BBSG model follows the successful Miri Broadband Stakeholders Group (MBSG), which was initiated to assist with the deployment of the deConnexion pilot project in Kiri in early 2007.

The arrival of the deConnexion projejct in Bintulu was much anticipated as there’s clearly high demand for affordable, reliable and accessible high speed broadband services here, said Dr Rundi.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Global uncertainties call for new initiatives

BINTULU: The uncertainties and changes in global economic environment today have called for a necessary framework and an environment that is conducive to the implementation of projects in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

State Secretary Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot (pictured right) said this was imperative in order to attract key investors who could exploit the abundant resources available in the state.

Wilson said the situation had necessitated a very robust and challenging approach in a thrust towards a successful implementation of the mega projects within SCORE particularly in this region.

“The implementation of SCORE required greater awareness and participation from all the stakeholders,” he said in his welcoming speech during the opening of Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) Conference (Bindac) 2009 at Parkcity Everly Hotel here.

The two-day conference with the theme ‘Driving Regional Development — Embracing Change and New Challenges’ was opened by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who is BDA chairman.

“There will be a series of high profile presentations during the two-day conference.

“I’m happy to note that the conference organisers have managed to assemble distinguished speakers from both the public and private sectors, including reputable personalities and leaders in the consulting field, to share with us their expert knowledge particularly in relation to regional development initiatives,” Wilson said.

He said it would be interesting to get all the paper presenters and panellists to share some of their approaches and the success stories with regards to regional development initiatives that they had participated in implementing in one way or another.

“The success of Sarawak over the last 45 years of independence in Malaysia is a springboard for us to make the leap towards an even greater degree of progress and achievement,” he added.

The state secretary believed the people owed a great deal to the leaders’ who crafted development policies and programmes which eventually had proven to be rewarding in the creation of richer networks and opportunities to enrich and enhance the people’s way of life.

Citing SCORE as an example of a new development paradigm, Baya said it would further transform the physical and economic landscape of the state.

“As SCORE develops, it will bring in a critical mass of industries of varying sizes and innovative strengths,” he said, adding that their investments would bring more employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the various areas and that the spin-offs would eventually trickle down to the communities across the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, State Legislative Assembly speaker Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Nasar, BDA deputy chairman Dato Sri Celestine Ujang, BDA general manager Mohidin Ishak and District Officer Bujang Budin were among those present during the opening of the conference.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bintulu to host this year’s state-level Maulidur Rasul celebration

STATE-LEVEL CELEBRATION: Wahid (right) briefing committee members about the programme and their roles while from second left Pauline and Rosnani Mohdar.

BINTULU: The Maulidur Rasul state-level celebration on March 8 and 9 this year will be centred in Bintulu, with theme ‘Wadah Pemangkin Khaira Ummah’.

The publicity committee for the celebration held their first meeting last Thursday at the Bintulu Information Department which was also attended by Sarawak FM controller Hashim Lazem, Bintulu Information Department officer Pauline Sating and the other committee members.

The meeting to outline the programme and activities was chaired by Miri Information Department officer Wahid Muhammad.

Wahid said around 130 contingents with more than 12,000 participants and some 400 invited guests will take part in the celebration.

The celebration will be staggered on two days: On March 8, there will be a thanksgiving and yassin recitation to be held at Masjid Assyakirin starting 5.30pm.

Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Datuk Amar Sri Dr Laila Taib, state ministers and other VIP guests are expected to perform Maghrib and Isyak prayers together.

The celebration on March 9 will start as early as 6.30am. Discussions are still in progress on the route but it is said that the parade will commence from the Bintulu civic centre and ended also at the civic centre.

“The police will then decide on the routes to be taken by the participants as it involves safety issues,” said Wahid.

There will be two speeches, one from its permanent committee organising chairman Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman who is also the Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) and the other from the chief minister himself.

It is believed that various performances and competitions are being outlined by the main organiser to make the celebration more interesting.

Hashim said on their part, RTM will arrange two exclusive interview in Kuching three days before the actual celebration and the other in Bintulu FM, the date and time to be decided soon,” said Hashim.

The second meeting of the publicity committee is set for Feb 17.

Bintulu holds CNY open house in grand style

EYE DOTTING: The Head of State dotting the lion’s eye while Senator Pau Chiong Ung looks on.

Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah visited CNY open house at the Bintulu civic centre on Feb 7.
BINTULU: Thousands of people from all walks of life attended the Chinese New Year open house at Bintulu Civic Centre here recently.

The open house was graced by Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhamddad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, together with other state ministers and dignitaries.

Lion dances, singing and cultural dances by the now famous Sri Budaya Bintulu troupe were among activities to celeberate and entertain the audience.

It is said that this year’s CNY open house was much merrier compared to that last year, as the hall was packed with visitors.

The Head of State and his entourage then visited the homes of several well-known residents here namely prominent businessman Datuk Sri Yek Min Ek, Kapitan Francis Toh, Ling Kong Mee and others. Among the guests were Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation Dato Sri William Mawan Ikom, Bintulu Resident Dr Razali Abon and District Officer Bujang Budin.

Friday, February 6, 2009

BDA cannot rest on its laurels, says GM

BINTULU: “With all the praises on BDA (Bintulu Development Authority) for developing Bintulu, we cannot rest on our laurels,” said general manager Mohidin Ishak (pictured left).

In fact, praises fro BDA should be embraced as challenges, to ensure a continuity of development in line with its vision to turn Bintulu into a Friendly Industrial City, he said when closing the Bindac (Bintulu Development Authority Conference) programme yesterday.

Mohidin was recalling a keynote address by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud during the Bindac official opening ceremony the previous day.

In the keynote address earlier, Taib acknowledged that Bintulu is the ‘shining part’ of Malaysia where others could learn from the success of developing a small fishing village into a vibrant town, adding that Bintulu has an advantage to jump-start projects under SCORE.

Mohidin said as far as the BDA success was concerned, it was important to put on record that BDA would not be able to act effectively on its own.

“It needs others to assist, particularly from the federal and state governments, the community and private sector,” he added.

“We have participated successfully in the conference, where knowledge gained and experiences shared will further help us all in the ‘giant leap’ efforts of developing Bintulu, the region within SCORE and the state of Sarawak in general.

“The papers presented and subject matter deliberated encompasses a wide scope of development agenda,” Mohidin said.

Recognising that most of the papers were mainly informative, he said those papers were meaningful in creating awareness in helping BDA and the public sector to chart a new strategies in the implementation of projects.

“I do recognise that some papers are really good, something new that we never ponder about it in our planning process,” he said, at the same time congratulating all the speakers for their efforts in the conference.

Mohidin in the meantime thanked all the delegates for participating and hoped the knowledge and experiences gained would be shared in their workplace so that all of them would have a common vision – to develop Bintulu, SCORE and Sarawak in general.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Brush off fault-finding politicians, says CM

BINTULU: Government officers involved in disaster relief operations should simply ignore politicians, who are only good in finding faults when disasters struck.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in giving the advice, described this type of bystander politicians as ‘unfair commentators and cheap politicians.’

Stressing that disasters were difficult times, he said the people should rally their support behind the relief workers instead of making unfair comments.

“We can’t do the job well with some commentators looking for faults all the time.

“Even animals know what to do when there is a big fire in the forests. They would ‘think of ways’ of helping each other to escape the fire safely and that should be the spirit we should look at,” he said.

Taib however, did not say which politicians he was referring to.

The chief minister lamented that many people in the state, including those living along the river banks, were badly affected due to the prolonged wet weather which triggered floods and landslides.

“In spite of all these incidents of bad weather, he had very little casualty,” he said.

He hoped people affected by the disasters would know that they could ask for help from the government, but they should not harp on asking compensation from the government.

He, however assured that the government would provide the necessary assistance to the victims.

“I would like to remind victims to register themselves at the Resident or District Offices,” he said, adding that only then the authorities concerned would know the type of assistance to be given to the victims.

He praised all those involved in the disaster relief operations state-wide for their effectiveness and untiring efforts in discharging their duties to help the victims.

“I am really proud to see how our operations teams handle the job with effectiveness. This is because all the machinery is structured all the while,” he said.

“They did the job not because of the pay, but because they want to help,” Taib said.

He was also happy to note that there was no report of any outbreak of communicable diseases such as cholera during the floods.

Bintulu poised to become state’s most strategic, beautiful town under SCORE

BINTULU: Fast economic growth will enable this town to get transformed from being a major industrial hub into a new business centre in the near future.

Ass in the major projects to be implemented in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Bintulu would become the fastest growing town in the state.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pictured above) said it would then be able to attract potential investors from abroad particularly with the new township to be developed in Samalaju (formerly Similajau).

Taib was speaking at the opening of a two-day Bintulu Development Authority Conference (Bindac) 2009 here yesterday.

The event was organised by BDA to commemorate its 30th anniversary yesterday.

Recalling how Bintulu has developed from being a small town of some 5,000 people some 25 years ago to what it is today with about 120,000 people, he hoped that with the increasing population, a sizeable number of people would participate in the implementation of SCORE.

He noted that Bintulu records a five per cent yearly growth in its population.

The town’s consumption of electricity is about 40 per cent of the state’s power supply. Most of it goes to industries and the rest to homes.

To Taib, Bintulu is blessed in that it has significant resources including oil and gas, fertilisers, medium-scale industries, and skilled workers.

“Soon we will have another port dedicated to heavy industries. It will be in Samalaju,” he said, adding that the tentative date for the implementation was between 2012 and 2013.

By this time, Samalaju would have an aluminium smelting plant and a few other industries.

The port area will be only three kilometres from the land to sea, unlike the present one which is about five kilometres.

Another vital factor that will make SCORE run smoothly is the availability of alternative sources of power such as hydro-electric dams and coal.

In addition to that, there is also a need to build a railway system in Bintulu which would also cover Mukah and Tanjong Manis.

“SCORE’s kind of development will definitely attract a lot of investors,” he said.


HONOURED GUEST: Taib browses through a book presented to him as a souvenir by Wilson (second right, partly hidden) as (from left) Mohidin, Ujang, Asfia and Jabu look on.

60 homeless as fire razes six houses in Tatau

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Folk of the village milling about in floodwaters as fire razes the houses

BINTULU: Six double-storey houses in Kampung Dagang in Tatau near here were razed in an early morning fire on Feb 3 which left at least 60 people homeless.

The 1.30am incident occurred when the area was under floodwater.

The victims, comprising the young and old, were transferred to a nearby relief centre.

One of the victims, who did not want to be identified, said he and hs family were sleeping on the first floor of his house when he was suddenly awakened by noises coming from outside his house.

A check showed the house next to his was on fire.

“I immediately alerted my family members before grabbing some important documents and getting out of the house,” he said adding that the village was under about four feet of water at that time.

It is believed most of the villagers failed to save any of their belongings in their haste to escape the inferno by boat.

“I lost cash, electrical appliances, MyKad, credit cards and bank account books in the fire,” said another victim.

He said he tried to go to the first floor of his houses but was prevented by the blaze.

Those who managed to save some of their belongings brought the items to safety by boat.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

It is learnt that a police officer who went to their rescue sustained minor injuries and had to receive treatment at the Bintulu Hospital.

Most of the houses in kampong Dagang are made of wood.

Firemen who rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call manage to bring the blaze under control in about 40 minutes.

The cause of the fire is not known. Estimated loss to property has yet to be ascertained.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pre-school the ‘root’ of education, says Resident

ONE FOR THE ALBUM: Razali (seated centre) with Ted who is seated to his left, posing for a group photograph with the lady pre-school teachers.

BINTULU: Pre-school is the ‘root’ of education that is of paramount importance to prepare children for formal education, said Bintulu Resident Dr Razali Abon.

Hence, he urged pre-school teachers here to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible in order to give the best education to their students.

“Without the basic education in pre-school, it might be hard for the children to adapt to a new environment once they entered a formal school,” said Razali when officiating at the ‘Majlis Suai Kenal Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Tabika Perpaduan Bintulu 2009’ held at Li Hua Hotel yesterday.

In this sophisticated era of technology, pre-school teachers should be able to apply the various techniques and approaches to teaching to ensure the children are able to absorb knowledge and practise what have been taught to them, said Razali.

He believes that the prerequisited of a pre-school teacher are enthusiasm, self-esteem and great passion towards little children.

It is also the teacher’s responsibility to offer guidance and assistance to the little ones wherever and whenever possible and help them learn to be independent.

Therefore, said Razali, good and effective approaches to learning should be utilised to enable the children achieve greater success in both their academic and co-curriculum, as expected by everyone.

To date, Tabika Perpaduan Bintulu has four branches here namely Tabika RPR Sebiew, Assyakirin, Sungai Plan and RPR Kidurong wit a total of 399 pupils.

Also present at the function was an assistant officer from the national unity and integration department, Thompson Ted.

BDA gets strict for better image

QUALITY WORK: Mohidin (second right) hand over a contract to recipient while (from left) Manis, Ali and Shukarmin look on.

BINTULU: The grass cutting contractors and their supervisors-in-charge here yesterday have been reminded to improve and upgrade the quality of their works to the standard required by their employer, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA).

“This is my early warning to those contractors who are given contract by BDA-take your responsibility and duty diligently,” said its general manager Mohidin Ishak to the contractors when speaking during the handing over of contracts to selected contractors at BDA library auditorium yesterday.

He said those contractors that showed a higher standard of quality in their works would be rewarded with better or more contracts in the future.

Mohidin added that those not showing any good work, were non-performing and not trying to improve their work quality, would be given stern action by BDA.

“Please do your job accordingly and you’ll get rewards for it and don’t let us deduct your points due to your bad job,” warned Mohidin.

Twenty-six contractors were selected and given their contracts yesterday which entitle them to works like grass-cutting and drain-cleaning in 34 zones.

Jobs will be valid for a year.

According to Mohidin, BDA spent about RM3.5 million for these contracts which he described as the ‘highest expenditure prepared for the people’.

“BDA is spending this much money to create comfortable environment and good living condition to the people,” he remarked.

Mohidin also called on management and supervisors to play their role well because many times contractors failed to do a good job because supervision was week.

“Let us work together for the sake of our town and to make Bintulu a nice place to live in,” he said, adding that BDA would ensure that jobs well done would get their payments promptly and in good time.

BDA’s acting deputy general manager Shukarmin Chasemon who also spoke talked at length about workd quality standard in line with Bintulu’s vision of becoming a city 10 years from now.

He also called on the public to SMS him at 013-8362277 should they have complaints to make or if there are things they are dissatisfied with in regard to drains, open spaces and streets.

Also present at the function were BDA senior managers (environment section) Awang Ali Awg Amin and Manis Mohidi.