Getting citi-zens interested in farming

Kota Kinabalu: City Hall is introducing My Farmville to promote urban recreational farming as a community activity.

The project held at Kingfisher is the first attempt by City Hall to involve the community as a whole and is aimed at introducing efficient use of resources through organic compost and to help lessen the cost of living.

State Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad who officiated the project at the City Hall Learning Centre in Kingfisher on Saturday supported the programme as it involved the community.

“We want the people to take part in any project involving the community that is being carried out by City Hall in their area.

“This will not only give benefit to the mind, physical health but it also could reduce the cost of kitchen expenses when the crop could be harvested and shared among local communities.

“In addition, this community activity will increase interest of urban residents to farm through Urban Recreational Farming. This activity helps reduce the daily expenses from the collection of crops and introduces more effective resource management.

“It is a social activity that we have to take which designed to be implemented in other places to create a Healthy Recreation Centre for the city residents,” said Jainab.

She also announced an allocation of RM10,000 from her Ministry for the programme.

“I hope the urban community could benefit from the activities being undertaken in developing local communities,” she added.

Jainab also give support to the City Hall to cooperate so that such programme would be applied in other housing areas such as Indah Permai as suggested by the City Hall which will involve residents in the area to equally safeguard the environment and to cultivate.

Meanwhile, Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said the programme was an activity leading to agricultural activities.

“In the future there are three biggest challenges which we would face namely housing, food production and clean water production.

He said the Farmville concept came from the Federal Government. Almost 95 per cent of the crops at the My Farmville @ Kingfisher could be eaten.

He also said that advice and assistance from the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry is needed because such activity require the cooperation of the ministry to be developed among the community.

In the event, the City Hall and the Agriculture Ministry signed a memorandums of understanding at the event witnessed by Jainab and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah who is also in charge of the DBKK.

Jainab hoped that through the MoU, both agencies will assist each other in identifying suitable areas within their respective administrative areas for Urban Recreational Farming.

Yeo said the agreement is a proof of close cooperation between the parties through the NBOS approach to empower the potential of economy development of the population and the environment in the city and at Taman Kingfisher as well.

He also said that through the MoU, they would discussed with the Agriculture Department and the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry for another programme to supply three fruit trees to each house in every village in the city so that in the next four to five years the people could harvest the fruits.

Also present were State Agriculture Department director Idrus Shapie, City Hall Director-General Joannes Solidau, City Hall Deputy Director-General of Operations, Noorliza Awang Alip who is also the organising chairwoman of the My Farmville Open Day. – Jo Ann Mool

Source: Daily Express

Build museum that showcases cultural integration – Masidi

KOTA KINABALU: Build a new museum that reflects the harmonious cultural integration among the people in Sabah, suggested Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.

Masidi said the suggestion to turn the burned-down old building next to Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) in the city is not possible as the site is tied up with some legal issues.

“I am sure the Chinese community can find a place to put up the museum. I am sure the state government will be very considerate and, probably, in giving the land at a nominal cost,” he told the press at the launch of CAMACA at Jalan Dewan here yesterday.

“But generally, I would prefer that we have a new museum complex, bigger area with a lot of sections.

“We are noted for tolerance, we are noted for unity. I think we should reflect that in our museum. You can have your Kadazan section, the Chinese section, Murut section but, I think, personally, as a single unit of museum because that is Sabah,” he added.

Masidi reckoned that talks of having a dedicated museum could spark other demands and requests that would not end.

“So, let’s get our priority straight. Whatever we do in Sabah, I think it should reflect the harmonious nature in the integration of people in Sabah and that should include the museum,” he explained.

The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) president, Tan Sri TC Goh, had expressed the association’s readiness to set up the proposed Chinese Heritage Museum for Sabah should the state government give the green light.

Goh said this in welcoming the recent call made by Kapayan assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi, urging the government to turn the burned-down old building next to Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) into a Chinese Heritage Museum.

Special Tasks Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Teo Chee Kang also welcomed the proposal and said the state government would be willing to facilitate the implementation of the meaningful project, which had actually been put into action during the tenure of former FCAS president, the late Datuk Seri Panglima Sari Nuar.

On another development, Masidi anticipates that the state would probably receive the tourism tax disbursements from the federal government under a different name on the basis of giving back to the state.

“It should be more than what we expect but it is up to us to tell them that we need this money to do promotions, for example, and they will give it to us, which may, ultimately, be more than what we ask for,” he hoped.

When it comes to the tourism, Masidi said growth will largely depend on the availability of hotels in Sabah.


Source: Borneo Post

CNY Carnival at Padang Merdeka Feb 10-12

Kota Kinabalu: The Chinese New Year Carnival 2018 will be held from Feb 10 to 12 at Padang Merdeka here.

It is jointly organised by City Hall and the Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS), with the State Government as sponsor and contributions from many donors.

The carnival’s organising committee held a meeting chaired by Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai recently.

Also present were FCAS President Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr) TC Goh and Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Edward Yong, who is in charge of City Hall.

According to Yong, the organising committee would be inviting the Chief Minister to launch the event on Feb 10.

He said among the highlights of the programme are the 24 seasons drum beating, lion dances, “Lau Sang”, cultural and singing performances, choir and others.

He said more schools will be involved this time to encourage more youngsters to participate in the carnival.

Fireworks are expected to be set off on the opening night.

There will also be a ceremony for senior citizens and children at Padang Merdeka on Feb 11, which is expected to be launched by the Chief Minister’s wife, Puan Sri Datin Seri Panglima Faridah Tussin.

A Cheongsam beauty pageant and dancing contest will be held on the second night also, he said.

The closing ceremony is expected to be graced by the Minister with Special Tasks, Datuk Seri Panglima Teo Chee Kang, which will also see the finale of the Cheongsam and dancing competitions and a fireworks display.

Visitors will also have the chance to shop for goods from the 200 stalls that will be set up throughout the carnival.

The stalls will be opened at 6pm selling goods in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

For the first time this year, the stalls at Padang Merdeka will be allowed to continue their business for another two days up to Feb 14 which will coincide with the yearly Chinese New Year night market.

Yong said this will give more business opportunities to small traders and hawkers and will be an added attraction for tourists visiting the city during the festive season.

Application for the stalls can be made starting Jan 9 2018 at City Hall’s Hawkers Management Counter, City Environmental Health Department at 7th floor, Centre Point Sabah.

Permit for the stalls are RM60 per lot. For more information on the stalls, call 088-244000 or 088-223437.


Source: Daily Express

Sabah needs more hotels to cater to tourists influx

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry has expressed concern over the insufficient number of hotel rooms to accommodate the growing number of tourists to the state in the future.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said as the state was enjoying encouraging numbers in tourism receipts, the state government feared its promotional efforts would an exercise in futility.

“There are limitations to promote Sabah as we do not want the tourists to pitch up tents simply because we do not have enough rooms (for them).

“If there are not enough hotels, in the future, we will definitely have a big problem. Eventually, growth will become a plateau if the state tourism’s growth does not equal the availability of hotel rooms,” he told reporters after opening a Taiwan-based cafe Camaco Gelato Concept Cafe here today.

Masidi said his ministry, through its agencies such as the Sabah Tourism Board, was striving to ensure that there were enough hotels to meet future demands.

He said the state recorded RM7.25 billion in tourism receipt in 2016 and expected last year’s (2017) numbers to hit the RM7.7 billion mark.

On the cafe, Masidi said Camaco’s decision in setting up an outlet here was a manifestation of the company’s confidence in the business climate of the state capital and its growing sophistication.

With 14 foreign airlines flying to Kota Kinabalu and 178 flights per week, of them 84 from China alone, he said it clearly showed that the growing number of flights was a manifestation of tourist confidence in city’s ability to grow. – Bernama


Source: Borneo Post

Festive visiting strengthens unity, togetherness and brotherhood: Musa

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman (pix) said the practice of visiting especially during festive seasons could strengthen unity and promote the feeling of oneness among the people.

According to Musa, the practice of visiting among the people of various races and beliefs in Sabah such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Tadau Kaamatan and Christmas could deepen the feeling of brotherhood among the people.

“We will continue with this (mutual visiting) to boost unity among us and enhance our relations. With this we can develop our beloved state of Sabah together,” he told reporters when visiting the open house of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) in Tamparuli, Tuaran today.

Present were acting Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor and Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai who is also Sabah Tourism Board chairman. — Bernama


Source: The Sun Daily