Friday, January 4, 2008


Parents make early preparations for first day of school
On the supply of textbooks, Rosalind assured the parents that there will be enough for all the Primary One pupils, and they will be distributed today.
"I hope the parents will not hang around outside the classrooms to see and wait for their children. Give a little space for the teachers to mould the children and at the same time teach them to become independent," she said.
Vitin Pouli, 40, who sent his son, Cyprian, to school yesterday, said his boy was in high spirit and could hardly wait to go to school.
"He has been awake since early morning to get ready for school, and he was so impatient to get to school," said the clerk.
"All preparations for school have been made since last month, so the whole family was not in a rush," he added.
Over at SK Tanjung Aru 1, Roslan Salleh, 32, said he had also made all the preparations early for his daughter Noraisyah Asyikin Roslan's first day at school.
"I am very satisfied with the preparations that the school has made in making sure there is enough textbooks for all the pupils," he said.
Working mother Dayang Adriana Ag Nohnin, 35, said she was not worried about leaving her son, Mohd Rafidan Abdul Ahmit, at the school as he is familiar with the school environment.
"I do not have to accompany Rafidan like what is being done by other parents as Rafidan has been studying at pre-school since age four," said Dayang who was accompanied by her two other children when she sent her son to school yesterday.
A check with the Primary One pupils showed that most of them were not familiar with the new school environment while some had made new friends.
Syamirah Bt Roslan said that she still does not have any friends, however, she still managed to be happy seeing her peers playing around and learning together.
"I come to school to learn and meet with new friends," she said good-naturedly.
Another pupil, Mohd Sopian Matlan who was so active when interviewed with his class teacher, said that lie was so excited and happy to be in school as he could sing, learn to count and do many other things.
"I even have a new friend named Azri," he said.
SK Tanjung Aru I headmaster Chacho Mahama said that about 250 new pupils had registered for Primary One this year.
On the textbooks, he said that his school had not received them due to a change in the Government distribution policy."The school will work hard on this area so that the textbooks will arrive before February," he added.


Kg Serigai JKKK wins excellence award
PUTATAN: The People Development and Security Committee (JKKK) of Kampung Serigai here that has been actively organising various activities won the district's JKKK/JKDB Excellence Award.
Deputy Chief Minister cum Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin presented the award to the JKKK chairman, Ibrahim Arsat, during a meet­ the-people gathering here yesterday.
Kampung Duvanson chief Anthony Mojigoh received the Village Head Excellence Award, while 10 other people received the Jasamu Dikenang Award.
Yahya said the awards were given as a recognition of the recipients' invaluable service and contribution to the society.
In his speech, he advised community leaders to organise dialogue with relevant authorities, Government departments and agencies to ensure smooth implementation of Government-funded development programmes for their villages.

"Community leaders should keep themselves away from negative elements such as abuse of power that could reflect negatively on the good image of the Government," said Yahya.He also urged them to play their role in ensuring the Barisan Nasional (BN) obtain a resounding victory in the coming general election.


Power plant in aquaculture area, says Rahim
Power plant seen as a threat to caged fish farms
KOTA KINABALU: The site for the proposed coal-fired power plant in Silam, Lahad Datu is located in an area earmarked for developing the aquaculture industry, said Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail.
Responding to the concern on the possible environmental effects to be caused by the proposed electricity plant, Rahim said his ministry had identified the area as included under the State's Aquaculture Zone but the decision whether the power project will go on is entirely up to the Cabinet.
He did not reveal whether the Ministry had identified any possible adverse effects on the fishery industry in the area if the project materialized.
"We have identified the area for developing the aquaculture industry and the State Government was aware of this. But the final decision, whatever it is, will be decided by the Cabinet," he said when contacted yesterday.
The Borneo Post on Wednesday highlighted the grouses of caged fish farm operators from Darvel Bay in Silam who were concerned over the possible water contamination if the proposed RM 1.3 billion power plant is allowed to be built.
Despite assurances from the developer and owner of the proposed plant that environmental friendly technology and equipment would be used to keep pollution at minimal and manageable level, the operators who have injected millions of ringgit into fish farming facilities in the area
are worried that the power plant will hurt their business.
One of the operators, Borneo Aqua Harvest, said the power plant is already hurting Darvel Bay fish farming industry even before it commences construction.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Lo Fui Ming, said many investors, including those from foreign countries like Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and Kuwait were interested in Darvel Bay fish farming but reluctant to put their money in after learning about the proposed power plant.
The 300 megawatt coal powered plant is estimated to generate 6,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and gallons of wastewater that would be released into the bay.
Sulfur dioxide causes acid rain that will threaten the first-class forest surrounding Silam while the waste released would increasewater temperature by up to 20‑25 F and greatly affects the sensitive marine life at the bay.
Operators and potential investors alike recognized Darvel Bay as the only place in Malaysia Where certain high market value fishes could be breeded and hatched but worried that the Government would put the urging need for more electricity above the conservation of priceless environment at the bay.
Fishery Department director Datuk Rayner Stuel Galid when contacted, declined to comment on the matter, saying the department did not have any information on the proposed power plant.


Hawkers urge Govt to decide on application:
Association wants to build its premises at ex-UNHCR site
The Sabah West Coast Bumiputra Hawkers Association (SWCBHA) yesterday urged the State Government to make a decision on its application to develop its premises at the former UNHCR site here.
Its chairperson, Lipah Hj Mad, said they had submitted a memorandum on the proposed development to City Hall last year but had not heard any news regarding their application since then.
"The association submitted its application to City Hall as the land owner to upgrade the area, using the RM4 million in funds they were given by the Federal Government," she said, referring to the funds channelled through Sedcovest Holdings Sdn Bhd.
Lipah said the proposal submitted by the SWCBHA focused on improvements on the facilities available to its members in an effort to improve their businesses.
"If we get profit, we can provide better education to our children and in turn this will help improve the image of Bumiputras. We expect our leaders to practise the fardu kifayah, which means to boost Bumiputra-owned businesses," she said. Lipah noted that relocating their premises is out of the question as the association believes it would have a bad effect on its members' business.
"We hope the application can be considered as quickly as the proposed KK Waterfront project. We want the Government to decide whether or not the proposal is beneficial to the people before the coming elections.
"Hopefully the Government will review the agreement signed with the selected developer ... we believe the Government is always ready to listen to, the people," she said.