Wednesday, January 16, 2008


One-stop collection, marketing centre for local products


The Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry will be setting up a one-stop collection and marketing centre here for local products from the east coast region.
Its parliamentary secretary, Datuk Samsu Baharun Haji Abdul Rahman, said the district was picked because of its strategic location between Sandakan, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau.
The one-stop collection and marketing centre would benefit entrepreneurs from the east coast region, said Samsu yesterday.
"We can start with collecting and marketing sea products from the entrepreneurs," said Samsu when closing the two-day product quality development and enhancement exhibition here.
He said the setting up of the one-stop collection and marketing centre is still at the planning stage, including identifying a suitable site for the project.
Samsu said his ministry had set up such facility in Lenggong, Perak as a collection and marketing centre for preserved fish with the brand name of "Aroma Lenggong".


Child Watch in all states immediately

Sabah Law Association Women and Children's Right (SLAWCR) said the setting up of the "Child Watch" is timely.
Its chairperson, Nilakrisna James, said she totally supported the call by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye for the setting up of "Child Watch" in this country, and reckoned that the idea should have been meted out and enforced immediately after Nurin Jazlin Jazimin's case last year.
Child Watch should comprise officials of the Home Ministry, the police force, RELA and activists for child protection and prevention of child abuse.
According to Nilakrisna, there is no point inviting the entire community to participate in a totally voluntary body committed to combating crime against children because the people will face the same problems such as lack of commitment, procrastination and ultimately, irrelevance.
She said that if statistics showed a serious increase in child abuse, missing children and child murders which are prevalent also in neighbouring countries, then this signifes a serious need for Malaysia to cooperate with Interpol to track down blacklisted suspected paedophiles or child traffickers so that they can be identified by the Immigration before these criminals enter Malaysia.
"My immediate fear is that the recent kidnappings and murder may signal the work of sexual perverts and serial murderers who are actually Malaysian citizens.
"These people may be harder to track down because the authorities may not have a previous blacklisted profile on them. However, the police should start looking into criminals with previous convictions for child rapes who may have been released from prison after serving their time, especially those who have recently been released from prison. They should be followed as potential suspects as they can be repeat offenders," Nilakrisna suggested.
She also reckoned that the Child Watch should also have regular programme slots on primetime television doing reconstruction of the crimes and showing photofits of suspects.
"This would trigger a more vigilante culture in Malaysian society and our people and children would be taught through this programme basic safety measures to tackle and avoid
such crimes," she said. "Ultimately Child Watch needs to be totally proactive
as a think tank to come out with immediate and positive measures to not only tackle
crime against children but mobilize the Government departments, enforcement authorities and the media to create greater awareness in the community. "Everyone in the society from parents, neighbours, carers and teachers need to be extra sensitive to the safety of children at all times and education is key.
"Police need to cooperate with the Education Ministry and Child Watch officials to carry out a nationwide programme of visiting schools to give talks to children on how to protect themselves against strangers and abusers. This should be done every year in January at the school assemblies. This will give Child Watch the opportunity to create posters to be placed in all schools as well as create a 'DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS' campaign," she added.
As such, Nilakrisna felt that the Child Watch must be set up immediately in every State in the country with the head office in Kuala Lumpur's Bukit Aman.
Sulaman-UMS Roadfull of potholes

A motorcyclist from Taman Indah Permai has pointed out that the stretch' of road near Alam Mesra along the Sulaman-UMS Road is in bad condition.
Amri said it is riddled with potholes and the condition poses a safety hazard to motorists as well as causing damage to cars and motorbikes.
He claimed that the matter has been reported to the authorities concerned but nothing has been done to repair the road yet.
He said most motorcyclists are finding it difficult to pass through the area, especially at night.
"Even drivers of small vehicles like Kancil have to be careful to avoid the potholes and this is slowing down the traffic flow," he said.
"The situation is worse at night as the road is sometimes dark. Those who are not familiar with the road could hit the potholes hard and damage their vehicles," h( said.
"Those who use motorcycles like me risk losing control of the machines and fall off as well as suffer injuries, he added.
A spokesman for the Public Works Department, when contacted over the complaint, said he would forward the matter to the relevant unit for further action and he thanked the complainant for highlighting it.
The person-in-charge of road maintenance at the area said they are doing their best to maintain the place every year.
"We are doing our best to maintain the road every year. Tomorrow (16 Jan) we have a meeting with the Kota Kinabalu City Hale, Alam Mesra, IBorneo and the Drainage and Irrigation Department t) discuss about the matter," he said.



The Moyog water treatment plant in Penampang would be shut down for 32 hours from 2pm
yesterday and lOpm today.
Water Department director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib said the shutdown is to facilitate the cleaning of the raw water pipeline from the Babagon Dam to the water treatment plant as the flow of the raw water had dropped to a critical level.
Consumers in the KK City, Luyang, Likas, Karamunsing, Sembulan, Tanjung Aru, Taman Kingfisher,Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus, Inanam, Kolombong, Kepayan, Penampang, Kinarut, Petagas and Putatan would be affected by the water interruption during the cleaning period