Monday, October 15, 2012

Sarawak, Sabah in talks with Federal government over new airline

KUCHING: Sarawak and Sabah are still having discussions with the Federal government on the proposed launch of a new airline said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said both states were keen to buy majority shares in the new airline, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to enable them to plan ahead to improve their air accessibility besides wanting to have more flexible connections with other airlines that are serving the region.

“Both states would like to have routes that allow them to land in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and other cities where they can find feeding points from Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Brunei Darussalam,” he told reporters in Doha.

He was happy that Sarawak and Sabah were being served increasingly by low budget airlines, connecting Peninsular Malaysia with Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Kota Kinabalu. – Bernama

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bintulu Port very customer oriented — MD

BINTULU: Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB) is very customer focused and is always trying its best to fulfil and meet customers’ demands.

In saying this at the handing over of new cranes to BPSB at Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT) yesterday, Harbour-Link Group Bhd (HLG) managing director Francis Yong Piaw Soon added that being BPSB’s frequent user, the group had been growing together with BPBS since its construction in the 1980s.

HLG is an integrated group providing container shipping, shipping and forwarding as well as integrated logistics services.

Two units of Panamax Class Ship-to-Shore Container Quay Cranes and eight units of Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG) were handed over to BPSB.

Representing BPSB was its chief executive officer Dato Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub Ahmad.

AMAZING CRANES: (From left) Huang, Yong, Mior, Nasser and Zakhir standing beside the two models of quay crane (right) and RTG (left) on display during the handover ceremony.

Among those present were Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd vice-president Huang Qing Feng, Bintulu Port Authority operations assistant general manager Captain Zakhir Khan Yusop, BICT senior manager Ir Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahab and Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd project manager Kok Giok Huat.

“With these additional port machineries joining the existing fleet, BICT will better serve the community and meet the increasing demand from the development in SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) especially the Samalaju Industrial Estate.

“Indeed, Bintulu Port is playing an important role for the economic and industrial development in our region,” said Yong.

He also thanked Bintulu Port Authority (BPA) for their far-sightedness in making the deep sea port a world standard international port from the beginning until today.

“We hope BPA will continue placing its importance in providing the basic port infrastructure for the benefits of the shipping industry at large,” Yong added.

The ceremony yesterday, he said, also marked a significant milestone in the commitment and achievement of HLG in extending its business activities into port machinery supplies and services.

He added it also created a significant point in further strengthening relationship between HLG and Bintulu Port.

BPSB had entrusted Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Harbour-Link Group Berhad in the designing, manufacturing, delivery, testing and commissioning of these port machineries.

“We were given a very tight schedule to get these machineries delivered in two batches.” he said adding it was a big challenge for them.

For this, he thanked their project partner who is the manufacturer of the port machineries Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd (ZPMC) from Shanghai who had accomplished the enormous task successfully and delivered the machineries to BICT on time.

ZPMC is by far the world’s largest manufacturer of port container cranes.

It occupies about 75 per cent of the world market share in 280 ports in over 80 countries worldwide.

ZPMC has eight huge production bases in Shanghai, Nantong, Jiang Yin and Chan Shin Island which are equipped with innovative state of the art manufacturing technology to cater to all kinds of requirements and needs of their customers.

New units of cranes to beef up port operations

BINTULU: The commissioning of two new units of Panamax Class Ship-to-Shore Container Quay Cranes (QC) and eight units of Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG) will beef up Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd’s (BPSB) container handling capabilities and services.

Its chief executive officer Dato Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub Ahmad when speaking during the handing over of the equipment by Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd to BPSB yesterday said it would definitely serve BPSB’s customers well in meeting their needs.

“We will endeavour to deploy more equipment and improve our operating systems to reduce vessel turnaround time and improve our productivity including hauler turnaround time,” said Mior.

He said it was also very significant to Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT) to provide additional equipment to its container handling fleet so as to be ready in serving the growing customer operational demands, in line with BPSB vision to be a world class port.

“We are currently reviewing the implementation of a new container terminal operating system and reengineering the process flow.

“We are also currently implementing recruitment programme to beef-up manpower requirement,” added Mior.

Furthermore, with the commissioning of these equipment, he said BICT will undertake to refurbish and retrofit the current fleet of QCs and RTGs in its effort to improve its availability and reliability.

Prior to this, BICT is only equipped with among others two units Post-Panamax Container Quay Cranes and six units of RTGs.

To improve its fleet of cranes, BPSB awarded Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd with two contracts to supply, deliver, test and commission the eight units of RTGs and two units Panamax Class QCs on March 24, 2011 after a tender process and rigorous selection criteria.

Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd later delivered the equipment in two phases.

Mior, therefore on behalf of BPSB, thanked all the government support agencies namely Royal Customs Department, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida), Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) that had directly or indirectly contributed to the success of the project.

Meanwhile for Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd, he hoped that they would ensure that the cranes were well maintained and be continuously available for their operational needs.

“To users, we appreciate your continuous support and for patronising our services where we endeavour to continuously serve you better and efficiently while maintaining competitive tariff structure,” said Mior.

Among those present were Harbour-Link Group Bhd managing director Francis Yong Piaw Soon, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd vice-president Huang Qing Feng, Bintulu Port Authority operations assistant general manager Captain Zakhir Khan Yusop, BICT senior manager Ir Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahab and Harbour-Link Logistics Sdn Bhd project manager Kok Giok Huat.

System for grads to meet market’s demand

BINTULU: All graduates here will be registered under one system to ensure their qualifications meet the demands and needs of future job market.

Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari said this was important to ensure utilisation of their capability in the job market.

"We will collect the names and see investors to ensure qualifications, task and employment fit the job market. Everyone (graduates) will be registered in our system," he assured at the 7th graduation of Sedamai College Bintulu at ParkCity Everly Hotel last Sunday night.

A total of 42 students received their scrolls.

Among those present were Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) acting assistant general manager Pulusagi Tran and Sedamai College chairman Billy Wong.

"Samalaju and all big corporations are still under construction and the timing in the job market may not be right, especially for young graduates.

"In a year's time however we will trail you and should you need our help, just come to see us at the Resident’s Office," Yakup told the students.

He urged the students not to stop learning as education was a life-long process and the door to opportunities remain wide open.

He said the job market wanted the best graduates who had a heart, mind and energy for the community.

"If you are educated you must be able to visualise and see. Only with education can you see. Seeing is not only with the eyes but the heart," said Yakup who shared his studying experience.

He said students were not just products of education but of their parents who stood behind them to give moral support and prayers.

Yakup congratulated the management and staff of Sedamai College for their commitment to the success of their students.

"From the college standpoint, they should continue to assist graduates until they get jobs. For example providing counselling as an extension of the college, which is good aftersales service as students still need guidance," he added.

Meanwhile Pulusagi Tran shared the vision of BDA as a local authority to transform Bintulu into a friendly industrial city by 2020.

"Having said that, we are committed to manage the advancement of Bintulu in partnership with its people into a friendly and sustainable city through the provision of quality physical, social and economic development services,"  he said.

A major initiative in place to develop Sarawak into a developed state by year 2020 is Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

"The development in Samalaju Industrial Park is progressing fast. More foreign direct investment and industries are expected to start soon.

"The spin-off effects would create job opportunities and boost income for the state. The demand for workforce will continue to rise in the next five to 15 years to benefit Bintulu community as a whole," said Pulusagi.

Wong told the graduates: "All the hard work you have gone through makes you learned, trained, experienced and smarter. Be prepared for the challenges of a high income nation in 2020. Adopt lifelong learning. Don’t stop or you could be left behind."

Sedamai College established in Bintulu on Nov 1, 1999 will be celebrating its 13th anniversary this coming November.

The Dean’s Award went to Jaleha Bol who graduated with a Diploma in Business Management.

The best student for Diploma in Administration was Sharon Sim Hui Cheng; Diploma in Business Administration (Mary Miku); Diploma in Marketing (Fateah Nazierah Rahmalam) and Diploma in Accounting (Sii Peck Sieng).

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pengambilan Pelajar Terminal Sejahtera Tahun 2013

BINTULU: Terminal Sejahtera ialah pusat pembelajaran percuma yang dilaksanakan oleh Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan Dan Kesejahteraan Bandar (KWPKB) untuk anak-anak dan keluarga berpendapatan rendah.

Terminal Sejahtera mempunyai makmal komputer yang membolehkan para pelajar mendapat tuisyen secara atas talian (online-tutition) di luar waktu sekolah.

Permohonan kini dibuka kepada pelajar-pelajar yang layak dan berminat untuk mengikuti program-program yang akan dijalankan di Terminal Sejahtera.

Pelajar yang terpilih akan berpeluang untuk mengikuti program-program pendidikan disamping mendapat akses percuma sistem ulangkaji online ‘Score A’ serta kemudahan-kemudahan pembelajaran di Terminal Sejahtera.

Syarat-syarat kelayakan permohonan pelajar Terminal Sejahtera.

1. Warganegara Malaysia menetap dalam kawasan bahagian Bintulu
2. Keluarga berpendapatan isi rumah dibawah RM2,300 sebulan
3. Hanya terbuka kepada pelajar yang akan menduduki peperiksaan UPSR, PMR dan SPM bagi tahun 2013 (Darjah 6, Tingkatan 3 dan Tingkatan 5 bagi tahun 2013)
4. Keutamaan kepada pelajar yang tidak mempunyai komitmen lain selepas waktu sekolah dan menetap berdekatan dengan Terminal Sejahtera.
5. Pelajar yang menetap di asrama tidak digalakkan memohon

Para pelajar yang berminat dikehendaki datang ke pejabat Lembaga Kemajuan Bintulu atau datang terus ke Terminal Sejahtera BDA untuk mengambil Borang E-Tuisyen dengan membawa dokumen-dokumen seperti berikut:

1.      Salinan kad pengenalan/ surat beranak ibu-bapa, anak-anak
2.      Slip gaji/ pengesahan pendapatan terkini ibu-bapa dan ahli isu rumah yang bekerja
3.      Kad JKM, surat kematian, surat doctor atau dokumen-dokumen lain yang berkaitan.

E-Tuisyen bagi tahun 2013 bermula seawall 15 November 2012 sehingga tamat peperiksaan atau selewat-lewatnya pada 15 November 2013.

Terminal Sejahtera,
Lembaga Kemajuan Bintulu,
Tingkat 1, No.163 &164 Lot 7785 &7786,
Assyakirin Commerce Square,
Jalan Sultan Iskandar,
97000 Bintulu.
Tel: 086-331051

Lembaga Kemajuan Bintulu,
Seksyen Kemiskinan,
Np.1, Wisma Bintulu,
Jalan Tanjung Kidurong,
97000 Bintulu.
Tel: 086-332011

Masa Operasi:
Isnin-Khamis – 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm
Jumaat – 9am-11.30pm, 2.15pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm
Sabtu-Ahad – 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shipment of cattle from Australia arrives in Bintulu

ONE MORE TRIP: Some 1,498 heads of cattle which arrived at Bintulu Port yesterday will be driven to PPES Karabungan Farm in Miri and Kuching Abattoir.

BINTULU: A total of 1,498 head of cattle arrived safely at Bintulu Port yesterday after a 10-day journey from the PPES Ternak Sdn Bhd farm in Northern Territory Australia.

Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) general manager Soedirman Aini said the shipment was mainly to support the supply of live, fresh, clean, healthy and halal beef for the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Qurban.

“With this we should be able to meet the demand for live animal and fresh beef for any festive occasion, particularly Hari Raya Qurban,” he told reporters while waiting to unload the cattle from the NV Nine Eagle which departed from Karumba Port Australia last July 14.

Also present were PPES Ternak Sdn Bhd general manager Aslansia Yahya and its senior marketing executive Artino Arshad.

He said this shipment was evidence that Sarawak had enough fresh beef supplied by SEDC to cater to various occasions.

SEDC obtained its supply of cattle for the local market from its 300,000 hectare cattle farm in Northern Territory Australia, said Soedirman.

“This farm is four times bigger than Singapore and with the capacity of 30,000 animals, the farm in Northern Territory has been the main supplier of cattle for Sarawak until now,” he said.

Soedirman assured that the price was competitive and they aim to ensure enough beef for the coming Aidilfitri and Qurban at a reasonable price.

“Three quarters of the animals will be distributed to Karabungan because we have our feedlot to fatten the animals, we have to get these animals in good shape after the long 10 days’ journey from Australia,” he added.

The cattle, comprising breeders and carling, would be distributed to PPES Karabungan Farm in Miri and Kuching Abattoir, said Aslansia Yahya.

He said booking for live animals and fresh beef could be made through PPES Ternak Kuching at 082-482015 and PPES Ternak Miri at 085-739317.

The cattle is priced from RM3,800 to RM7,220 per head based on weight.

Additionally, fresh beef can also be purchased at SEDC Sarabif outlest at Jalan Mersawa in Bintawa, Satok and Kubah Ria Complex in Kuching.

SEDC has been the main player in the livestock industry in Sarawak, after taking over the Karabungan Farm in Miri and Kuching Abattoir in Kuching from Majuternak in 1982.

SEDC has another 14,700 hectare cattle farm in Queensland Australia to supply to the Australian market.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bintulu Regatta 2012 now open for entries

BINTULU: Entries are now open for Bintulu Regatta 2012 which will be held from July 8 to 9 and it is expected to attract participants from throughout the state whose skills, endurance and speed will be well tested.

The event co-organising chairman, Muhamad Yakub Kari who is also Bintulu resident said this year’s regatta is expected to become one of the finest to held so far because of the 2.2 kilometres distance that must be covered by the competing paddlers.

“It (distance) will be challenging for the participants but we will make sure all the safety measures for this year’s event are well looked after and that we will not compromise on technical aspects of it” he said on the upcoming event which the entry forms are now available at Sarawak Rivers Board’s (LSS) Bintulu office located at Bintulu Passenger Terminal of Jalan Sri Dagang.

“Skills and endurance will be the key for this year’s regatta and we don’t believe only speed but these two elements will make the race more interesting,” Yakub said on the race which is from Sg Sebiew to Bintulu Promenade.

Those interested can call the organising committee contact persons in Wan Ilham Wan Ahmad at 012-8826862 or Saminan Matyasin at 019-8178745 who will assist the public on any enquiries. 

They can also call 086-335853 or 315908 for more details. The forms are sold at RM5 for each category with the closing date for submission is June 28 at 12pm. It is also open to participants from neighbouring Brunei.

Jointly organised by Bintulu Resident’s Office and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), the event is expected to be officiated by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud while the Head of State, Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Sallahudin is expected to grace the closing ceremony.

Eight categories in ‘perahu bidar’ event will be contested namely men’s open 10 paddlers; men’s open 15 paddlers; men’s open 20 paddlers; Chief Minister Cup men’s 25 paddlers; TYT Cup (King of the river) men’s 30 paddlers; women’s open 10 paddlers; women’s open 15 paddlers and inter-government agency and private sector men’s 15 paddlers.

Another eight categories in ‘perahu temuai’ event are men’s open 10 paddlers; men’s open 15 paddlers; men’s open 20 paddlers; men’s open 25 paddlers; Chief Minister Cup men’s 30 paddlers; women’s open 10 paddlers; women’s open 15 paddlers; and inter government agency and private sector men’s 15 paddlers.

The F3000 Power boat and tunnel boat (SST60 horsepower (hp); 40hp; 30hp; 18hp; 15hp) categories will also be contested.

Apart from that, longboats or fishermen boats involving 30hp and 15hp will also be featured at this year’s regatta and it is expected to attract more locals boat owners to join the race just for the fun of it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Missing anglers and crew found

BINTULU: A boat skipper and two crew members together with 14 anglers were found safe and sound on their fishing vessel about 35 nautical miles from the Bintulu coastline around 7am yesterday.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Bintulu District enforcement chief Commander Sazali Mohamad said an integrated search-and-rescue operation was launched on Monday after receiving the report.

“However, yesterday (Monday) we had no clues on their whereabouts and the search-and-rescue operations were continued today (Tuesday) together with various agencies including Bintulu Port, Murphy, Petronas and others.

“Around 7am today (Tuesday), the Murphy search team informed us the missing fishing vessel was found stranded about 35 nautical miles from the Bintulu coastline due to engine failure,” he said when contacted for confirmation yesterday.

All the 17 anglers were brought home by two MMEA boats together with 20 personnel around 1pm yesterday.

The fishing vessel was towed back to assist in the investigation.

“Thank God, the search-and-rescue teams managed to find them otherwise the fishing vessel could have been swept farther out to sea,” said Sazali.

He advised anglers who planned to go out on fishing trips to ensure all safety measures were taken.

“The most important thing is to ensure the communication gadget is functioning. In this case, they failed make contact to seek for help due to engine failure.

“In case of emergencies, especially at sea, communication tools are extremely important besides the condition of the vessel,” he said, adding that the skipper or boat owner should be responsible and expect the unexpected, be prepared for any possibility and have an alternative plan.

He said they would conduct further investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

“We urge all precautions to be taken into consideration in the future before embarking on a fishing trip out to sea,” said Sazali.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing was among those present to greet the 17 anglers. When met at the passenger wharf terminal, all of them looked exhausted.

The group from Kuching, Miri and Bintulu was reported missing by their family members on Monday after they failed to return home from a fishing trip on June 1.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New traffic flow at commercial centre from May 25

REDIRECTED: Revised traffic flow at Medan Jaya Commercial Centre

BINTULU: There will be three revised traffic flow system in Medan Jaya Commercial Centre at Jalan Tun Hussein Onn here effective May 25, said Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) general manager Datu Mohidin Ishak.

He said the two-way traffic system would be changed to one-way involving Medan Jaya Shell petrol station, Farley Mini Market, Medan Jaya Bus Express Terminal, SK Hardware Sdn Bhd, Lembaga Tabung Haji, CIMB Bank, KFC Medan Jaya and other premises nearby.

“This new system will facilitate traffic flow in the area which is experiencing rapid growth, and at the same time allow diagonal parking to be implemented on both sides of the road,” he said.

He told reporters this in a press conference after chairing a meeting between BDA and Medan Jaya Commercial Centre upgrading committee at Wisma Bintulu yesterday.

Mohidin said traffic police officers would be stationed in the area at 6am that day to ensure smooth traffic flow and prevent confusion among road users.

The revised traffic flow in the commercial centre would solve traffic congestion along Jalan Kidurong, Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Tun Hussein Onn.

“This will create smooth traffic flow for road users driving to Farley, bus terminal and the central area of the commercial centre,” said Mohidin.

The old system, he said, had caused traffic congestion, but this new system would facilitate movement of vehicles in and out of the area.

The revised traffic flow would enhance road user safety all the way from Kidurong and the central town area. Motorists from Sibu had been at risk of accidents before the new divider was put up.

Mohidin advised motorists to get familiarised with the revised traffic flow in the area. They should follow the traffic signs to allow smooth flow of vehicles.

For enquiries, call BDA hotline at 086-332277.

Also present at the press conference were Medan Jaya Commercial Centre upgrading committee chairman Joseph Lee, investigating officer from Bintulu Traffic Police Station, Jeffry Jembol and BDA (Municipal Service) senior manager Awg Ali Awg Amin.

SMS speeds up notice on water supply interruption

GOING FOR EFFICIENCY & SPEED: Chan (standing centre) flanked by Yong (standing left) and Zainab (standing right) and two CSC officers.

BINTULU: Laku management in an effort to improve service to the public is using the Short Message Service (SMS) system to inform consumers of water supply interruption, said its area manager Chan Kuet Shian.

“Consumers are advised to call the Customer Service Counter (CSC) at 086-318160 or come personally, giving their mobile telephone number,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

The particulars needed are the account number, name of consumer (landlord or tenant), mobile phone number and provider, and preferred language of communication – Bahasa Malaysia or English.

Two mobile numbers – the landlord and tenant’s – are allowed per account.

Chan said the consumer could write his mobile number and preferred language at the back of the bill portion to be retained by Laku.

“As of May 11 this year, our CSC has managed to collect new data from 308 consumers.

“Consumers are encouraged to update their personal data if there are any changes, especially their phone contact,” Chan said.

Some 28,000 consumers have been registered with Laku.

He said the SMS system could speed up the issuance of notice to consumers in affected areas during emergencies.

It would be used to notify on water interruption, sudden breakdown, maintenance schedule and other restoration work. There is no charge for the SMS.

In the near future, they will be using SMS to obtain feedback and complaints from consumers.

Chan disclosed that Laku had experienced some 115 million litres per day of water wastage from leakages and billing cycle with less than 20 per cent non-revenue volume.

He said consumers should give them time to identify the source of the leakage and for their contractor to repair it.

Laku CSC (24-hour) can be contacted at 086-318160 and Chan assured the complaints would be recorded in the system.

Among those present at the press conference were its customer relation supervisor Zainab Kipli and customer service officer Yong Bing Man.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Make spirit of caring for society way of life – Taib

BINTULU: The spirit of caring for the welfare of society should form part and parcel of nation-building.

“It is this spirit I would like to see prevail in a new place we build whether in Bintulu and later in Mukah or Betong,” said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

In the case of Bintulu, a new progressive town in the making, the government was trying to infuse the quality of life on the people there as much as it did in Kuching and Miri, Taib said.

“Kuching is a very old town, Miri is a slightly younger town and Bintulu is much younger still.

“We can determine from the beginning that Bintulu must be built with the same care as what we have built in a much longer period in other towns,” he said.

On Bintulu Development Authority’s (BDA) slogan of ‘Friendly Industrial City’ by 2020, he said: “That is not easy to achieve because an industrial city normally means more busy people, very regimented in their life and everything measured by time and schedule from the very beginning and if people don’t follow a good pattern of social programme the place can become big and rich with lots of social problems in the future.”

He said this during a charity dinner for Bintulu Orphanage Complex at ParkCity Everly Hotel on Saturday night.
He regarded Bintulu Orphanage Complex as the beginning of a combined effort of all people for healthy social development in the town.

“This is what we mean by the concept of Malaysia that cares, this has been practised in a small way by ordinary people whether the person goes the mosques and drops his 50 sen into the little charity box or to our young man who attends dinner and contributes a bit of donation or corporate bodies.

“I thank all those people who were responsible to make a collection for Bintulu Orphanage Complex for it to be realised within the next two years,” he said.

Looking at the experience gained from the orphanage centre in Kuching, he said it was not just about providing enough food and accommodation but more importantly to make orphans grow in confidence that they can face the world and be like other children.

“In the case of Kuching since its inception in 1993 we have been able to get more than 40 graduates and some have become engineers in SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy).

“It is something they should be proud of, they can achieve that status because we have the spirit of caring.
“We cannot of course give what their parents can give but at least we can give some time to them to make them feel that they can grow and experience some happy moments,” he added.

At the same time, Taib stressed  the importance of assuring orphans they were taken care of.

“That can be done by anybody, you don’t have to be rich to do so, all you need is your commitment to give two or three hours per month to look after these children. It is our hope to make Bintulu a friendly and happy industrial town of the future,” he said.

On another matter, Taib said he had found a piece of land in Mukah to build another orphanage complex and Betong would follow suit in the near future.

Orphanages depend on public support – Daud

BINTULU: The success of orphanage complexes established in the state depends greatly on the support of the community.

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said based on statistics, 80 per cent of their income come from public donations and only 20 per cent from assistance from the government and related agencies.

He said this at a charity dinner for Bintulu Orphanage Complex at ParkCity Everly Hotel on Saturday night, which was graced by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“Most are not from big donations, it was donations collected from charity boxes placed at strategic places such as banks and restaurants,” he said.

As non-governmental organisations, the orphanage complexes need continuous support and cooperation from all parties, Daud said.

To date, through various fundraising programmes and charity dinners for the construction of the orphanage Complex a total of RM12,412,989 had been collected.

“We have two complexes, namely in Kuching (Kompleks Kebajikan Laila Taib) and in Miri (Hamidah Orphanage Complex) and the complex in Sibu is expected to be completed by this year,” said Daud,who is Peryatim chairman.

On Bintulu complex, he said RM10.5 million had been spent on its construction which was expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

“This complex can accommodate about 200 children. All these complexes are for orphans regardless of race and religion, our complexes are open to all whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” he explained.

He further said orphans in the complex would be given special emphasis on education and discipline.
He also expressed his gratitude to the late Datuk Patinggi Laila Taib for her contribution to the development of orphanages in Sarawak.

Daud urged the orphans to follow the footsteps of the chief minister who is also an orphan but could achieve great success in life by being a good leader.

‘Pursue degrees to widen job prospects’

BINTULU: Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said many who graduate from the Tahfiz Institute found it difficult to get jobs as they were not exposed to other fields of knowledge.

In order to survive in a competitive working world, they should either further their religious studies to degree level, or continue their studies in other fields.

“We want degree holders in tahfiz though there are not many in Sarawak, especially Imam Hafiz,” Daud said during his visit and presentation of RM10,000 in Sarawak Baitulmal fund to Bintulu Tahfiz Institute (ITB) Masjid Darul Hidayah Tanjung Kidurong yesterday.

In the religious field are job opportunities in the Islamic Religious Department and mosques in the division and in the state, he said.

The donation was handed over to the chairman of Masjid Darul Hidayah cum ITB advisor  Abd Naser Abd Wahab.

Daud praised the efforts to develop the Tahfiz Insitute in Bintulu. It was not easy in terms of buildings, teaching staff, financial resources and management.

“There is lack of teaching staff as they would be looking for other employment to earn a regular income, especially those with families.

“Even the Islamic Religious Department is short of teachers, but we will look at other options like look for instructors from Indonesia,” he said.

On the application of ITB for the adjacent land for the institute to expand, Daud suggested the ITB management and Darul Hidayah Mosque write an application letter to the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) with a copy to him.

“I will deal with BDA so the government’s land including ITB and the mosque land will be placed under Sarawak Islamic Council as trustee. We want to prevent others taking the land and changing it from state land to Sarawak Islamic Council (MAIS). MAIS only takes care of land to prevent it being taken or sold to other parties,” he added.

Also present were Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapa’ee, Peryatim deputy chairman Datuk Bustari Yusuff, Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (Bintulu) officer Ustaz Syed Harold Salleh Wan Muhammad, ITB chairman Mohamad Yacop Mohamad Junit and Darul Hidayah Mosque imam Ustaz Agus Salim Bujang.

Strong command of Arabic is necessary to pursue religious studies — Daud

BINTULU: The students who have entered Madrasah Al-Quran in Bintulu are taking a shortcut to pursue studies in religious field at higher levels, particularly in Yemen and Surabaya, Indonesia.

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abd Rahman said many Form 5 school leavers had wanted to pursue religion courses but were hindered by various obstacles, especially due to a lack of proficiency in Arabic language.

He said strong command of Arabic is a must if they wanted to further studies in religious courses but most students in the state do not meet the requirement due to lack of practical learning.

At Madrasah Al-Quran, he said, students would study for only two years before pursuing higher studies.
Daud had noted that many madrasah graduates were also employed in the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and State Education Department.

He was speaking during his visit to the Bintulu while presenting Baitulmal fund amounting to RM10,000 to the madrasah at Kampung Baru here on Saturday.

Clearly, he said the madrasah had shown success and many students from outside were also studying at there and then attended a madrasah in Surabaya, Indonesia and some to Yemen.

“Sometimes, in other learning institution, it is difficult for students to get jobs, but in this madrasah , they have many opportunities,” he said.

Therefore he hoped that through this madrasah, more ustaz would be produced and to fill vacant post as imam in the 350 mosques in the state.

Tahfiz institute aims to produce more hafiz

BINTULU: The Bintulu Tahfiz Institute (ITB) in Kidurong here has produced a Quran hafiz, within three years and four months since it started operating in 2009.

ITB advisor cum Darul Hidayah Mosque chairman Abd Naser Abd Wahab said with the success, ITB would try to produce more hafiz each year.

He said the success of ITB was also attributed to contribution to the Muslim community and the public every Friday prayer as the fund was utilised to administer ITB.

“We welcome contributions from any party or non-governmental organisations, government departments and individuals, to further assist the institute.

“We at ITB do not have any financial resources and expect regular student fees and donations from the Muslim community bringing in about RM5,000 a month,” he said.

He added Baitulmal fund and donations would be very helpful for the institute.

He said this when speaking during the visit of Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abd Rahman on Saturday, who later presented RM10,000  donation being Baitulmal fund to the institute.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Varsity links up with schools via Whiz Kids Programme

IT'S OFFICIAL: Dr Japar (left) exchanges documents with the headmistress of SK Convent Muar Johor Rohana Selamat after the signing of the Letter of Intent

GRACEFUL: Students of SK Convent Muar Johor perform a dance at the opening ceremony

BINTULU: Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus (Upmkb) embarked on a national level linkage programme with high performance schools via ‘The Putra Whiz Kids Programme’ being held at the university from March 11 to 17.

Dean of its Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Professor Dr Japar Sidik Bujang said the programme attended by high performing primary schools from five states aimed to promote integration and cross-cultural understanding and recognition.

“We have been practising the 1Malaysia concept since 1987 so it’s not new to us. Communication is not just language but dialect of other people,” he said when officiating at the programme last Monday night.

He said the programme was also to enhance English language proficiency among school students and Upmkb staff who need to communicate in English.

Japar said it was also hoped that participating in the programme would develop strong communication skills and give awareness of the importance of a clean and safe natural environment.

The programme witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent between Upmkb and its two adopted schools; SK Convent Muar Johor and SK Ulu Lubai Limbang. SK Convent Muar was represented by its headmistress Rohana Selamat while SK Ulu Lubai by its headmaster Jaul Bunyau. The collaboration was a benchmark for better future performance.

“It is the hope of the university that each carefully designed and artistically implemented programme is able to shape the future generation into a generation of respectable, smart and creative young people. Hopefully these whiz kids trained by UPM will one day be training other people,” he said.

The linkages with educational institutions and cluster schools were one of its Key Performance Index (KPI) programmes.

“We will continue with these particular linkages in the near future,” he assured, hoping more schools would join the programme.

Putra Whiz Kids programme director Joyce Morris Kapong said the programme was creatively designed to
enhance English Language proficiency, develop effective communication skills, create awareness on the importance of a clean and safe natural environment and, most importantly, promote integration and cross-culture, understanding and recognition among young participants.

“We want all children regardless of race, creed or circumstance to achieve their full potential. This year we are blessed by the presence of the beautiful children of Malaysia. We have a total of 68 young learners from seven primary schools across the nation, accompanied by their dedicated teachers,” said Joyce.

Various creative and interesting theme-based programmes are designed to instil these objectives in the young learners.

Among these programmes is the ‘Little English Pirates’ which consist of team building activities, treasure hunt and science and technology related activities.

During the Putra Cultural Camps, students were taught local traditional dances.

“They also learned about nature awareness and conservation through tree-planting activities, jungle-trekking as well as camping activity,” Joyce said.

In early 2010, the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences embarked on a journey of discovery and adventure by establishing a professional relationship with SK Ulu Lubai (Skul).

The affiliation began a lasting bond between two of the most successful educational institutions.
The faculty was assigned the task of planning and implementing various programmes for a team of talented and creative lecturers, teachers and students.
Seven schools are participating in the programme, of which five are high performance schools.

They are SK Convent Muar Johor, SK Ulu Lubai Limbang Sarawak, SK Seri Gaya Kota Kinabalu Sabah, SK Perempuan Methodist Kuantan Pahang, SK Jalan Tiga Bangi Selangor, SK St Joseph Kuching Sarawak and SK Kampung Luak Miri Sarawak.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Oldest primary school in Bintulu needs rebuilding

IN CELEBRATION: Zaiedy (centre), flanked by Abidah (second left) and other guests, launches OKMS 100th anniversary opening ceremony.

BINTULU: The first and the oldest primary school in Bintulu, SK Orang Kaya Mohammad (OKMS) needs to be rebuilt.

In the school’s 100th year anniversary celebration yesterday, political secretary to Bintulu MP, Zaiedy Nor Abu Nassir who graced the function said a turn of event which should not have happened had terminated the rebuilding plan.

In a visit 2 years ago, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and a minister concerned agreed that the best solution for the dilapidated school was to rebuild it instead of just making improvements to it to ensure the safety of students and teachers.

A 5-acre site had been identified which is adjacent to the current school, at the old Bintulu Airport.

However, as the community waited for the announcement of the good news, a turn of event took place and a company, Naim Cendera, showed an interest in acquiring 50 acres of land in that area, of which the 5-acre land was part of it.

Zaiedy said this should not have happened as acquisition should be on a first-come-first-served basis and expressed unhappiness on the way the state government handled the issue.

The government, he said had come up with initiatives by giving allocation for repair works but maintenance alone was not enough for an old school like OKMS.

For a solution, Zaiedy proposed the company to put the school’s reconstruction plan as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project.

“Let them build the school as part of their contribution to the local community, I speak like the opposition but this is the fact, this is the rights of the people here, 5-acre, a school is nothing for this big company and instead they can contribute something,” he explained.

Another solution, Zaiedy proposed was to build the new school on the current 5.3 acre site, adding that “We can (even) preserve its historical value, on how it has contributed significantly in producing great leaders for the locals.”

Zaiedy. however, pointed out that for the rebuilding of the school, certain legal technicalities needed to be ironed out first. 

Foremost, for the project to be enlisted and implemented under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the status of land ownership, he said, needed to be changed under the federal government instead of the state government to ensure the project does not take years to complete, citing the rebuilding of SK Kampung Baru as an example of delay.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association chairman Khalidi Dahiri also urged the authorities concerned to take immediate action on the rebuilding of the school.

“As you can see, the environment is not conducive to teaching and learning, not safe, thus I appeal to the relevant authorities, politicians and non-governmental organisations to come forward and assist us,” he said.

Meanwhile, in her welcoming speech at the school’s 100th anniversary celebration, headmistress Abidah Semail said being the first formal school in Bintulu in 1912, OKMS will continue to provide and improve its services for the country’s educational system to produce quality human capital.

“This quality human capital is an important asset to the country and the school has proven it in the past in producing great leaders,” she said.

Various activities were also held by the school and its alumni committee in celebrating OKMS’ 100th anniversary.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

6,000 impatient applicants storm centre to get vouchers

HUGE CROWD AT CIVIC CENTRE: Thousands of people thronged the civic centre to collect their cash vouchers.

BINTULU: Some 6,000 successful applicants of Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) from Jepak, Kidurong and Kemena constituencies stormed the Bintulu Civic Centre here yesterday.

As early as 8am, the compound of the centre was packed causing a minor commotion between the huge and unorganised crowd and security personnel present.

Some were even heard shouting out their dissatisfaction at the failure of the security personnel in particular in controlling the crowd.

Efforts to create a queue did not work as impatient members in the crowd began pulling one another before storming the counter to get their cash vouchers.

On the second floor where the financial institutions counters were set up, impatient applicants in long queues ended up breaking a glass door; no one was hurt in the incident.

Deputy Resident (Social) Richard Michael Abu Nawwas when met said they are expecting to receive 6,000 successful applicants each day.

“All together, Bintulu has about 30,000 successful applicants and we are going to distribute the cash vouchers in five phases starting today until February 4,” he said.

He said the situation was a bit chaotic in the morning, as it was the first day of the voucher distribution, but he hoped he would get more cooperation from security personnel and the public in particular.

Sarawak administrative officer for Sebauh David Kala who attended to the various questions and complaints near the counter on the ground floor said there was some confusion among the applicants.

Matters became worse when a huge group from the other side suddenly stormed the counters and broke queue displacing some who had queued up for so long.

On the other hand, Pawi Mizah, 68, from Sebauh sub-district said he came as early as possible together with other relatives and villagers to avoid the crowds and in get his voucher early.

“I am happy for this assistance from the government as it is able to ease a bit of our burden especially among the senior citizens,” he said.

Meanwhile Junaidi Matna, 52, thanked the government for their sensitivity to the needs of the people especially the less fortunate and poor families.

“This assistance I believe is something that we are waiting for as it also shows that the government has been responsible in assisting the people.

“Thus to show our thankfulness we should give our support and cooperation to the current government,” said Junaidi.

However, when asked about the distribution of the BR1M vouchers yesterday, he said the security personnel especially the police, Rela and Civil Defence Department (JPAM) should be more organised.

“From what I have seen, for the sake of all people’s safety, someone should put an ambulance on standby in case of an emergency; I just saw someone faint just now.

“Rationally, in this kind of overcrowding situation, anything can happen and before the worse happens, please do something as a precaution,” urged Junaidi.

He also touched on the insufficient number of security personnel in maintaining order especially among impatient recipients.

“I believe we should be equipped with sufficient security force, if not enough just bring Rela corps from other areas,” he added.

The distribution of BR1M cash vouchers for three constituencies here namely Jepak, Kidurong and Kemena would be held in five phases.

The distribution is from January 31 until February 4, from 8.30am-5pm at Bintulu Civic Centre.

Applicants who have collected the one-off RM500 aid can cash their vouchers at CIMB, Maybank and Bank Simpanan Nasional, which will open their counters at the centre.

Successful applicants need to bring their original MyKad and letters of notification when they collect the RM500 payment. No representatives are allowed to collect on behalf of the applicants.

The voucher is valid until April 15 and the appeal for unsuccessful applicants can still be made until February 10.

Also present to monitor the situation were district officer Tuah Suni and Bintulu MP political secretary Zaiedy Nor Abu Nasir.