Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Talib: Kite fest platform to promote world peace

BINTULU: Borneo International Kite Festival 2009 is the best platform to promote peace and understanding among various

communities in the world, said Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

Although the world is not that safe this event can play a little role to get the people together in peace and harmony, said Talib.

With theme ‘Kite for Peace’, the festival was held for the fifth consecutive year at the Bintulu Old Airport and it reflected the 1Malaysia concept.

“Malaysians exist in a multi-racial society and live together harmoniously. In Sarawak, the 1Malaysia concept is synonymous with our way of life,” he said.

Talib was speaking on behalf of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the reception dinner and prize giving ceremony at ParkCity Everly Hotel here on Sunday night.

He said the festival helps to accelerate the domestic economic growth, adding that continuous activities of such nature will minimise the negative impact of the global economic downturn.

Earlier, Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis said even though there were many obstacles faced by the organisers this year, including the thick haze, the response from the public was overwhelming.

Thus, it has encouraged the organisers to plan for a much bigger and greater festival next year, and to strive to put Bintulu on the inter-national tourism map, said Ismail.

The kite festival here has become a significant event where international kite enthusiasts and tourists converge.

“We hope to attract a much bigger participation from the international kite enthusiasts next year,” he said.

Also present was Bintulu Development Authority general manager Mohidin Ishak.

CM: Grab training, job opportunities available

BINTULU: Youths who are a valuable asset to the country should be more open-minded in seizing the employment opportunities in the job market.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in giving the reminder yesterday said the young should also grab the training chances that come along to better prepare themselves for the future.

He said they needed to be more attentive to developments around them including jobs that would be available in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

According to Taib, youths formed about 40.5 per cent of the state’s population of 2.3 million people last year.

Those aged between 15 and 40 are classified as youth.

The chief minister said the state government was mindful of the great contribution youths would make for the sustainability of development and future growth of the state, adding that in line with that it had identified five core development programmes especially for youths under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

He added that the emphasis included strengthening the youth development agenda which was implemented under the Eight Malaysia Plan, particularly those related to improving their academic achievements and skills, and encouraging and building leadership qualities in youths at various levels including at the villages and longhouses.

Taib said this in his keynote address during the launching of the 2009 State-Level Youth Assembly at the Civic Centre here.

The chief minister’s text of speech was delivered by Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Dato Sri William Mawan.

Taib added that the core development programmes also included efforts to enlarge and encourage youth participation in agricultural activities, and to provide more training centres, especially for those who could not find places in institutions of higher learning.

On the theme of the celebration, ‘Belia Berwawasan Penggerak Kejayaan’, the chief minister hoped it would have a positive impact on the youths to shoulder the task of inheriting and preserving the country’s success.

“The younger generation has to equip itself with the right knowledge and boost its professionalism in order to contribute effectively towards the country’s development,” he added.

He also outlined several major challenges and obstacles the youths had to counter effectively in the future.

Seven persons received ‘Tokoh Belia’ awards in connection with the assembly and among other things each of them received a certificate, a medal and a souvenir worth RM1,000 each.

The seven included Ibrahim @ Abd Hussain Tuah, David Chuo Kong Chu and Yusuff Mohamad who received the silver medal and Lucy @ Lucie Radu Balang who received the bronze medal.

The other award recipients are Jackson Ting Nik Soon (youth and sports award) and Suffian Jalet and Tuah Jili (youth cultural award).

Among those present included Youth Assistant Minister Hamden Ahmad, Senator Pau Chiong Ung, Senator Datuk Hii Tiong Kuok, Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and Saberkas secretary general Aidan Wing, who is also Lambir assemblyman.

Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis, Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry permanent secretary Ik Pahon, who is also the organising chairman, and Youth and Sports Department director Mohd Selihin Kachon were also present.

Workers advised to comply with regulation

Improving radiation safety gives investors confidence: Fadilllah

BINTULU: Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Fadillah Yusof reminded all licensees and workers involved in industrial radiography activities to comply with the standard and regulation stipulated under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act (Act 304).

Apart from improving the radiation safety and security culture and reducing the risk of radiation it would also give the investors confidence and generate better investment climate in the industries, he said.

“Foreign investors will be pleased that Malaysia is not only able to provide first class infrastructure and trained workers and expertise, but also has an efficient enforcement programme.

“The standard operating procedure (SOP) must be followed strictly and we will not tolerate any non-compliance and negligence which might affect national and societal well-being,” he said when officiating at a two-day seminar on security and safety compliance awareness among radiation workers in gauge, sale, industrial radiography and Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) at ParkCity Everly Hotel here yesterday.

The seminar, organised by Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), was also attended by its director-general Raja Datuk Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan.

Fadillah said it was very important for the country to have the best in as far as radiation management protection was concerned in order to get endorsement and trust from international bodies on the possibility of nuclear energy being used as another alternative energy for generating electricity in the country.

He said security, safety and safeguards were vital aspects that had to be taken into consideration by all the related agencies and companies involved in industrial radiography.

“There are several procedures and provisions outlined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the code of conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources.

“This security element, apart from being practised in the radioactive industry, was also extended to other industrial players in Malaysia,” he said.

To date, a total of 961 companies and related government agencies licensed under AELB operated in the country involving several main activities like gauge, sale, non-destructive testing, NORM, mineral processing, oil exploration, research, training and consultation, said Fadillah.

Those companies found violating the act, said Fadillah, had been given stern warning by AELB and this included revoking their licenses, confiscating their premises, closing their operation and court action.