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Funds to upgrade these Tambunan destinations

Tambunan: The Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry will provide special funding to upgrade tourist destinations here in conjunction with Visit Tambunan Year 2017.Its Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said allocating such fund is one of the early measures to upgrade and provide facilities that have not been put up at the Mat Salleh Memorial in Kg Tibabar, about eight kilometres from here.

“The Ministry is prepared to increase the funding to rehabilitate the tourist attraction here by providing facilities for tourists who come here.

“All efforts are aimed at ensuring the Visit Tambunan Year 2017 is filled with various activities that could lure tourists to visit Tambunan,” he said.

Masidi said this during his working visit in conjunction with a programme to track the heritage and history of Mat Salleh as part of the Visit Tambunan Year 2017, at Kg Tibabar, on Wednesday.

Mat Salleh rebelled against the British and was killed when he and his followers were cornered in Tambunan.

Some accounts point him as a bandit.

He also walked through paddy field and village settlement up to Kota Mat Sator located in Kg Kepayan Lama, here, about one kilometre from the Mat Salleh Memorial.

Also present were the Ministry’s permanent secretary Datuk Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai, his deputy Mariam Omar Matusin, Sabah Museum Director Sintiong Gelet, Tambunan district chief OKK Philip Kitingan and other senior officials.


Source : The Borneo Post

Sabah targets 200,000 students for VLE

KOTA KINABALU: All primary and secondary schools in Sabah are encouraged to use the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a platform for teachers to write and record their Planned Daily Lesson (PDL).

Sabah Education Department (JPN) director, Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul, said that despite having over 1,200 primary and secondary schools, Sabah records only three schools which are currently utilising the VLE, namely SMK Tebobon, SMK Tambulion and SMK Taman Ria.

“I’m sure that more schools are using the VLE, it’s just that we haven’t identified them yet,” she said during a sharing seminar on best e-PDL practices via the VLE.

Maimunah said RM800,000 was previously allocated to print PDL books for the 40,000 teachers in Sabah.

She called upon the academic management sector to monitor and collect data and statistics on the number of schools using the online system to aid e-PDL recording.

In a JPN financial meeting, a new alternative needed to be introduced to continue with the PDL system without such a high cost, she said.

“The RM800,000 is the allocation from our ministry and it can be used to fund other activities, one of the alternatives being using the VLE for PDL.

“The PDL is a must for every teacher who teaches in a classroom, whether it is written, printed, typed and kept in a file or, using the latest means, stored online with the VLE as a platform,” said Maimunah.

In addition, she said, the second phase of the Academic Development Plan by the Ministry of Education targets a nationwide VLE usage of two million students.

“In Sabah, we are targeting 200,000 students and although we have not achieved that target, we will work towards it,” she said.

According to Maimunah, the VLE can be accessed from any place and saves printing costs. Last year, JPN had issued a circular which gave schools the choice of using the physical PDL books or the online method. Nevertheless, Maimunah encouraged the use of the VLE, as it has many benefits.

Also present at yesterday’s seminar was YTL Communication Sdn Bhd director, Shahirul Amran.

 Source: Borneo Post

UMS holds seminar on Cultural Resource Mapping in Tourism

Kota Kinabalu: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) organised a seminar on Cultural Resource Mapping in Tourism at the varsity’s Business, Economics and Accountancy Faculty.

The seminar, organised by the Tourism Management Programme and Bimp-Eaga Unit, was officiated by Tourism and Culture Ministry (Sabah Office) Director Ag Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar.

Ahmad Zaki commended UMS for regularly organising academic discourses on tourism.

“The tourism industry is consistently in search of developing new products to encourage more tourists to explore Sabah which leads to local development.

“This will also relieve some pressure from mass tourism areas such as Kota Kinabalu and its surroundings, hence ensuring sustainability in the State’s tourism sector,” he said.

The speakers invited for the seminar were Dr Awangku Hassanal Bahar Pengiran Bagul from UMS, Dr Spencer Hedley Mogindol (UiTM) and Dr Oliver Valentine Eboy (UMS).

They explored the concept and methods of cultural resource mapping, particularly the Cultural Route Evaluation Model (CREM), which will be implemented by a research group funded by UMS in Kota Belud and Kudat this year.

Source: Daily Express

Main road signs in Sabah to be in English, Chinese

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah proposed to have dual-language (Chinese and English) road signs in the city for the convenience of tourists.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (pic) said road signs with both the languages in major roads in the city would boost tourism and foster better ties between people of various races in the country.

“Sabah continues to receive tourists from China and having dual road signs would really boost tourism,” he said when launching the 2017 Chinese New Year carnival at Padang Merdeka here Monday.

Musa said people should continue respecting each other for the sake of unity, progress and development.

“Respect each other. You respect my religion, I respect your religion. You respect my culture, I respect yours. That is our way,” he said.

Some 200 stalls selling all sorts of Chinese modern and traditional food, beverages, souvenirs and other Chinese New Year goodies have been set up at the carnival.

Those wanting to sample the types of food prepared by, among others, the Hakka, Cantonese, Hainanesse and Foo Chow should take the opportunity to visit the carnival.

Earlier during the launching ceremony, traditional Chinese drums and gongs were played.

Source: The Star

SilkAir keen to bring in arrivals from China, India

KOTA KINABALU: Tourism in Sabah is likely to thrive this year with a possibility of SilkAir supplementing Chinese and Indian arrivals using its wide network from major cities in China and India.

During a meeting with Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun recently, SilkAir had expressed keen interest to work with Sabah Tourism on contributing arrivals from China and developing the Indian market via Singapore.

Close to 2.7 million visitors from China and India visited Singapore up to November 2016.

Currently, seven airlines fly direct from Chinese cities into Kota Kinabalu International Airport. SilkAir operates daily schedule from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu.

“We see this as a huge opportunity to increase our yearly visitor arrivals. We would like to thank SilkAir, which is one of our long-term partners. They have been supporting our destination for more than a decade. Singapore has been the top ten market source for Sabah with over 20,000 arrivals each year,” said Sabah Tourism chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

The airline had recently conducted their annual SilkAir Country Managers’ Meeting here in Kota Kinabalu, which was attended by senior management from their operations and commercial divisions. Delegates also visited the Mari-Mari Cultural Village and sampled fresh seafood.

Source: Borneo Post