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Local artist’s painting to feature on corporate stamps

KOTA KINABALU: Local artist, Josrie Haral, won top honors in the Sketching Competition for his painting of the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Building which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next March.

Josrie’s rendition of one of the city’s last remaining British colonial-era buildings won the first prize worth RM1,000 and will be featured on corporate stamps by Pos Malaysia to commemorate the centennial of the historic STB building, which was a former post office.

“It gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations for Josrie Haral for his breathtaking landmark in the heart of the city,” said STB Chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai at the prize-presentation ceremony yesterday. He said Sabah Tourism was fortunate to have the heritage building as its headquarters, noting its address is also the official 0km of Kota Kinabalu, attesting to the building’s central location.

Joniston presented prizes to the other winners of the competition including Chong Jun Hao at 2nd place, winning RM800 and Mastini Asap who won RM500. Consolation prizes were also awarded to five other participants who each won RM100.

“The artworks of all top 8 award-winning sketches will be displayed for public viewing at the STB building for one month before being featured at the Sabah Art Gallery,” said Ar. Arnold Kwan Chee Hung, Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Architects Sabah Chapter (PAM).

Among the committee of judges evaluating the artworks include Curator of Sabah Art Gallery Jennifer P. Linggi, Arnold, Joniston, and organizing chairman Ar Patrick Vun.

Earlier in his speech, Joniston expressed his appreciation to PAM for organizing the competition earlier this month which saw 36 participants consisting of artists and students joining to appreciate and observe the STB building – a priceless heritage of the city. Artists were given a period of one week to complete their sketches.

The competition was also held in conjunction with PAM’s annual Borneo Architecture Festival where many other activities were held around the city, including a “Kiosk Design Competition” at DBKK as well as the International Design Conference next week.

The STB building is one of the three buildings here gazetted for conservation and heritage. Located on Gaya Street, it survived the bombing by Allied Forces during the Second World War in Jesselton when much along the same street was destroyed. The other colonial-era buildings are the Atkinson Clock Tower, which still stands and the Lands and Surveys Department building (later converted to the Department of Social Welfare) but was destroyed in a fire in 1992. Only a few columns remain on the site in front of the Suria Sabah shopping mall.

The STB building underwent restoration in 1989 and it was officiated open on January 19, 1991, to house STB.

Source : New Sabah Times

The 2017 Borneo International H.O.G Rally Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: The third 2017 Borneo International H.O.G Rally Malaysia was held as one of the tourism products to promote the state.

Sabah Tourism Board General Manager Gordon Yap said that the international event held for the third time is part of a programme to promote the state with big bikes which are popular especially among professionals.

“Sabah has a beautiful landscape, where bikers can enjoy their ride from the lowlands to long wide roads with ever changing scenery and we are very happy that the Borneo International Hog Rally decided to come to Sabah again”. He said this to reporters after officiating the 2017 Borneo International H.O.G Rally Malaysia at the Hotel Ming Garden, Saturday.

Also present was Sabah Parks chairman Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin who is a big bike enthusiast. Yapp also said that, the expedition is also one of the tourism products which can cater to more international tourists.

“Hopefully, with the completion of the Pan Borneo Highway, it will be a game changer, and could attract more participation especially the international bikers to come to Sabah,” he said.

Seventy Harley-Davidson motorcycles and 120 international and Malaysian participants participated the 10-day expedition which started at Kota Kinabalu and will end in Kuching, Sarawak in conjunction with the 2nd Kuching International Bike Week 2017.

The expedition will take bikers from here to Kota Belud, Kundasang and from Keningau to Labuan, Brunei, Miri, Sibu, Bintulu and finally Kuching.

The ride will cover a total distance of 1,578km.

Source: New Sabah Times

Sabah annual art exhibition set to inspire, gets 614 entries

KOTA KINABALU: The 32nd Sabah Annual Art Exhibition this year received 614 entries, the most participation since its inception in 1985.

A major annual art exhibition starting next month until January next year, the event will showcase 90 selected pieces by secondary school students and professional artists.

Organiser Sabah Art Gallery (SAG) said the winners will be announced during the presentation ceremony on Oct 20, which will be officiated by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

“As usual, we have two school categories (lower and upper secondary) and and open category for artists.

“But what is interesting this year is we got 614 entries, the highest in 32 years because on average we have received 350 entries; so this year it nearly doubles.

“The reason was due to participation from the six zones (for schools in Sabah) which have increased drastically.

“Sandakan for example sent in 164 entries compared to the usual below 20 entries. This was achieved due to collaboration with the Education Department,” said SAG curator Jennifer Linggi when contacted.

She added that while the theme remained the same which is ‘Sabah in My Point of View’ where pieces involved any subjects or topics related to the State, it was evident that the standard of artworks have improved.

“There were improvement in terms of of techniques as well as signs of deeper understanding and interpretation of current situation and social matters.

“For example, a rhinoceros-related piece using doodle technique following the death of Puntung in the middle of this year, showed environmental awareness and at the same time utilises current contemporary style (of art).

“We also received a lot more Khat calligraphy entries this year.” she added.

Source : New Straits Times

Le Meridien and Four Points host annual “Take Care” run

KOTA KINABALU: Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu and Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan will be hosting the annual 5km fun charity run under the “TakeCare” movement by Marriott International.

The movement was launched to provide resources and opportunities for associates to stay physically and spiritually healthy where the ultimate goal is to improve the well-being and happiness of the associates.

“The fun charity run further underscores the commitment of Marriott International to ensure the presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and strength of the associates will continue to drive positive sustainable social and economic impact for the communities which we operate,” it said in a statement yesterday.

Run to Give 2017 will be held simultaneously on Sept 24 across destinations in Asia Pacific, and for Sabah it will be held at Taman Ujana Rimba, Kota Kinabalu from 7am-10am.

Registration is at RM50 per person and children under 5 years of age can participate for free. Only the first 250 registrations will receive one Ultron t-shirt, participating medal and certificate).

Marriott International will channel the proceeds from this event to the National Kidney Foundation Malaysia.

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu and Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan have appointed PEMADAM Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu as its local beneficiary. PEMADAM is a non-governmental organization which organizes anti-drug awareness programs and activities in the city.

Those who are interested to be a part of this global activity can contact Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu – Shirley Shim at +6013 866 6699 or Clara Lim at +6012 801 9935, and Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan – Haeruddin Nurdin at +6017 373 4028 or Mohd Azwan at +6016 552 3495.

Source: New Sabah Times

Host Sabah all poised for Malaysia Day event

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is all set to host this year’s Malaysia Day programme which runs for three days from today. Workers have been putting the finishing touches to the stage and booth as well as canopies for the event. Full rehearsals have also been conducted every evening since Wednesday.

This year’s Malaysia Day, which falls tomorrow, has heaps of activities lined up for the public.

“So far, everything is going as planned and we hope there won’t be any hiccup,” said Malaysia Day organising committee deputy secretary Mariam Omar Matusin.

Mariam, who is also state Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment deputy permanent secretary, said the event which will take place at the Sports Complex in Likas is expected to draw thousands of spectators.

 The Malaysia Day celebrations will see activities and programmes including exhibitions, concerts featuring local artistes, and the official launch tomorrow.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to officiate the event.

The events during these three days will start at 2pm and go on until night.

The public is invited to come and make this Malaysia Day merrier.

Malaysia Day commemorates the formation of the federation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

Source : The Star