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Sabah International Fishing meet April 25-30

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Anglers Association (SAA) will again be organising the annual Sabah International Fishing Tournament this year from April 25- 30.

“The tournament venue will again be in Pulau Layang Layang. So far SAA has received confirmation from more than 100 participants and as in previous years, the anglers come from several countries including Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong and China,” said SAA President Datuk Wilfred Lingham.

“Although the closing date for entry to Pulau Layang Layang was on March 18, the tournament is still open for anglers who want to fish in local fishing grounds such as Semarang, ‘Karang-Karang’, ‘takat 360′ and Mantanani as well as around Kudat waters.

“We know that the cost to go to Pulau Layang Layang can be quite expensive. Thus by keeping registration open, anglers who want to participate but do not want to spend too much can still join in the tournament.

“They can still register with SAA and depart on April 27. The closing date for them would be on April 24 at 4pm,” Lingham said on Tuesday.

It was learnt that the number of foreign angler participation had been increasing each year with about 60 per cent of the Layang Layang bound anglers being made up of foreign anglers, the majority hailing from China and Brunei.

Similar to the previous years’ tournament, anglers participating in SIFT will have to adhere to the rules and regulations set by SAA and the National Security Council.

This includes fish species which are not allowed to be landed according to the Fisheries Regulations (Control of Endangered Species) Act 1999 (Amendment 2008). These include the Giant Wrasse (Ikan Mameng), all sharks, rays and bill-fishes.

“If hooked they must be released immediately. For those who manage to hook a billfish, they can submit photographic proof or video of the catch as the fish must also be realised immediately in accordance to the International Game Fishing Association’s (IGFA) rules.”

The prizes have been increased from six to 10 this year with a total of RM70,000 in cash and kind including trophies and medals.

All participants will also receive a tournament T-shirt and certificate. They will also be entitled to a lucky draw which will be held during the prize presentation ceremony.

The tournament would not be held without the continuous support of the Sabah Tourism Board, Sri Pelancongan Sabah and Sutera Harbour Resort Golf Marina Spa and Country Club as the venue provider, he said.

“We would also like to record our gratitude to Parex Group and Davco, Pure Fishing, the State Fisheries Department, ComNav2 (Mawilla2) Operational Command Area and the Royal Malaysian Navy for their support to SAA and SIFT,” he said.

He added that the winning fishes will as usual be auctioned off to the public at 1pm on April 30.

“Those interested to buy formalin free fish can come and participate in the auction on that day,” he said, adding that this is part of SAA’s effort to promote awareness about formalin free fish.

Inquiries about the tournament can be directed to the SIFT 2017 secretariat at +60138509788 or +60168276762. – Neil Chan

Source: Daily Express

7th Borneo Dental Congress

7th Borneo Dental Congress

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun officiated the 7th Borneo Dental Congress held in Sutera Harbour Resort on March 18, 2017 with local and foreign delegates.

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun merasmikan Kongres Pergigian Borneo kali ketujuh yang diadakan di Sutera Harbour Resort pada 18 Mac 2017 yang telah dihadiri oleh peserta dari dalam dan luar negara. 

Era fm: Full local content from April 24

Kota Kinabalu: Era fm Sabah is set to offer fully localised content next month.

Astro Radio General Manager (Sabah and Sarawak) Hafizuddin Nizamuddin said this initiative is in line with Era fm Sabah’s intention to solidify its position as the top radio station in the State.

“Era fm Sabah was initiated in 2010 with only three hours of local programmes and since then we have expanded it to the current 13 hours of local content which made it the number one Malay language radio station in Sabah for six consecutive years.

“And beginning April 24, the station will be airing full local content,” he said during the launch of the Era fm Sabah announcers search campaign, here, on Tuesday.

The campaign was launched by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

According to Hafizuddin, through Era fm Sabah, listeners in both the urban and rural areas will be able to listen to local programmes and music with specific segments to showcase the local music talents.

“We will be bringing a 100 per cent of local content with focus on the State’s uniqueness.

“And that is why we are launching the campaign to search for announcers for the morning segment.

Undoubtedly, Sabah has a pool of talent which can be polished to shape our future direction.

“Hence, this campaign is good opportunity for local Sabahans to try their luck, especially those who aspire to become radio announcers.”

The campaign will be conducted in five locations in the city and Penampang as well as Putatan and Sandakan.

It will kick off at CKS Donggongon on Mar 20, before proceeding to Centre Point (Mar 21), Servay Putatan (Mar 22), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Mar 23) and Genting Mas and Harbour Mall in Sandakan (Mar 24).

Admitting that Era fm Sabah is competing with other local radio stations, Hafizuddin is confident with the station’s strength as “we have our own unique target audience.”

“And as for the songs that will be played in our localisation programme, we will stick to the current format which is playing mainstream music.”

In congratulating and commending Era fm Sabah’s moves of going local, Masidi hoped the radio station will also become one of the platforms to promote the tourism attractions in the State.

“To date, Astro Radio has done a good job for Sabah, especially in terms of CSR projects,” he said.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.era.fm. – Ricardo Unt

Source: Daily Express

Sabah Tourism Board building 100 years old next year

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourism Board (STB) building will be 100 years old on March 16, 2018 and an organising committee has been formed between PAM Sabah Chapter and Sabah Tourism Board (STB) to celebrate the auspicious occasion next year.

“The building, of which the opening was officiated by the governor Mr Pearson, on March 16, in 1918, will be exactly 100 years old next year,” said Ar Victor Wong, the organising chairman of the PAM-STB organising committee.

Wong is the Immediate Past Chairman of PAM Sabah Chapter and chairman of the Heritage and Conservation Committee under PAM Sabah Chapter.

The STB building was one of the buildings that were fortunate enough not to be destroyed during the Second World War, by the allied bombing in the Jesselton then. It is now one of the only three buildings in Kota Kinabalu gazetted for conservation and heritage. The other two buildings are the Atkinson Clock Tower and the Lands and Survey Department building, which were later converted to the Department of Social Welfare that was destroyed by fire in the morning of December 31, 1992.

“The building was first occupied in 1918 by the Government Printing Department when completed, but later renovated in 1936 to house the Treasury, Audit Office, a bank and the Post Office,” Wong added.

The building underwent restoration in 1989 and it was officiated open on January 19, 1991, to house the Sabah Tourism Promotion Board, now the STB office.

On March 16, 2011, the Kilometre Zero or KM0 was set and planted by the Royal Institute of Surveyors, Sabah at a spot in front of the STB building, to mark it as the starting measuring point of all the places in Sabah.

“The building which was originally designed and supervised by JW Norman, an executive engineer with the Public Works Department, featured a very formal axis with two arches at the facade at the front. The  building was built of block stones,  different from the normal construction of the day using timber. It was described as the best in Borneo by the governor during the opening ceremony in 1918,” Wong said.

Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said a series of activities would be organised gradually leading to March 16, 2018.

“This is a historical moment for the city as it adds value and characteristic to its landscape. It is also a milestone for Sabah Tourism, its employees as well as the public to witness a centennial celebration of a heritage building,” said Joniston.

“The building has seen decades of major transformation surrounding it, from a rail track that used to connect to Beaufort now a sealed road; to the development of the central business district for the city attracting many visitors to Gaya Street’s many popular outlets and more,” he added. -AFP

Source: Borneo Post

Sabah’s first railway station proposed as historical heritage site

KOTA KINABALU: Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Kamarlin Ombi yesterday proposed that Bukau in Beaufort be made into a historical heritage site since this was where the first railway station in Sabah was established.

Speaking to reporters after launching Railway Gallery at the Sabah State Museum near here yesterday, Kamarlin said although signs of the rail tracks were no longer there, a small gallery could be erected to show this data so that the facts would become known to the future generation.

He added that this would be an asset and would help promote tourism activities at the area.

He also said the Sabah Museum planned to gazette the Melalap Railway Station into a heritage site sometime this year.

Earlier, Kamarlin said the railway services in Sabah was introduced by the British North Borneo Chartered Company.

He said the construction of the railway track in Sabah, which was then known as North Borneo, started in 1896 and was spurred by the production of tobacco and rubber in the 1880s throughout the early 1890s.

The managing director then, William Clarke Cowie, who was responsible for starting the construction, believed that the construction of the railway tracks would encourage the opening of more commercial plantations.

The work began in 1896, with the construction of the tracks from Beaufort to Weston by English engineer Arthur J. West. This track was completed in 1900, and was followed by the construction of the 90-kilometre track from Beaufort to Jesselton which was handled by a British firm, George Pauling and Company.

Meanwhile, West was entrusted with the construction of the 48-kilometre track from Beaufort to Tenom which was completed in 1905, and from Tenom to Melalap, which was completed a year later.

The North Borneo Railways (NBR) came into being on August 1, 1914 with the aim of providing cheap public transport facilities to the communities. By 1971, the coal driven locomotives were replaced with diesel and petrol trains.

“The railway services have spurred the economic development in Sabah, which included the development of districts and new towns such as Weston, Beaufort, Tenom, Papar and Jesselton,” he said.

“Jesselton, now Kota Kinabalu, which was linked with the rural areas via the railway tracks became an important port to export the state’s produce. The railway service also helped develop the rubber industry, logging and agriculture as well as provide transport services to the people,” he said.

Source: Borneo Post