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Monday, January 31, 2011

Serikin (Bandung In Sarawak)

In Serikin town of Malaysian Borneo, Indonesian traders come to sell their cheap goods & products to Malaysian every Saturday & Sunday morning. The local authority allows them to sell their stuff on the street of Serikin, less than 2 km from the border

Thursday, January 27, 2011



The Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be hitting store shelves in March, and Sprint will be launching a WiMAX version later on this year, but what about the 3G variant promised at the launch announcement? Yeah, you’ll be able to tether a BlackBerry smartphone for 3G access on the Wi-Fi tablet, but that won’t do for folks who just want a tablet with no more strings attached than maybe a wireless contract. Luckily for them, rumour has it that AT&T is prepping a 3G version of the PlayBook to launch in late March or early April, and that the LTE variant should be available shortly thereafter.

A 3G PlayBook is great news since it will eliminate the need to tether (and hopefully Bridge, if an OS update is available by that time), and won’t be as dependent on coverage as WiMAX or LTE. One can only assume that if AT&T is getting an LTE PlayBook, Verizon will be too, but I’m not quite as sure about T-Mobile, who insists HSPA+ counts as 4G too. It would be nice of RIM to make a pseudo-4G tablet for them, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Hearing that a 3G PlayBook is on the way is good news for those of us outside of the U.S., since 4G networks are few and far between internationally.

In any case, the AT&T rumour lines up well enough with the various other launch windows we’ve heard about, so it doesn’t sound altogether unreasonable, even if there’s no documentation to back it up.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tsunami Alert System

Tsunami alert system in Sabah, Sarawak ready

KOTA KINABALU: The government has completed implementation of the National Early Tsunami Warning System that also covers the coastal regions of Sabah and Sarawak, at a total cost of RM34 million.

STRATEGIC LOCATIONS: Map of Borneo showing locations where early tsunami warning equipment are installed off the coasts of Sarawak and Sabah.

The Borneo Post learned here yesterday that the implementation of the project by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, through the Malaysian Meteorological Department, started in 2005, months after the disastrous Indian Ocean earthquake.
The second phase of the project started in April 2008 in order to further enhance the monitoring and information systems related to natural disasters.

EARLY DETECTION: A tsunami buoy installed at Sipadan, off Semporna town on the east coast of Sabah.

That earthquake on Dec 26, 2004 triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people in 14 countries.
Those tsunamis were among the deadliest natural disasters recorded in history, with Indonesia being the hardest hit, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
Malaysia lost 68 people, mostly fishermen, when the 2004 tsunami hit the north-western coastline.
A research conducted
by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and relevant bodies has shown that the tsunami high risk areas in Malaysia include coastal areas of Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Selangor.
ear at a total cost of RM7 million,” Abdul Malik Tussin, Sabah director of the Meteorological Department, disclosed here in an interview at his office.
He said among equipment installed include broadband and short-period seismic sensors, coastal cameras, tidal gauge stations, tsunami buoys at sea and warning sirens at strategic locations.
In the case of Sabah and Sarawak, a total of six seismic broadband sensors have been installed, at Kuching, Sibu, Bakun, Tawau, Sapulut and Lawa Mandau.
At the same time, three seismic short-period sensors in Sabah and one in Sarawak were installed, have been fixed at Lahad Datu, Telupid, Kudat and Bintulu.
He explained that the broadband and the short-period seismic sensors are equipment for detection of earthquakes.
A total of eight tidal gauge stations have been installed in these two states on Borneo Island; three in Sarawak and five in Sabah, located at Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Labuan, Sepangar, Kudat, Lahad Datu and Tawau.
Elsie Benedict Jaimin

These are instruments that detect changes in sea water levels at coastal areas and in support of them two tsunami buoys have also been installed off Sabah, one at Layang-Layang on the west coast and at Sipadan, off Semporna on the east coast.
The buoys are designed to monitor deep ocean water levels.
Besides, a total of nine beach cameras or CCTVs have been fixed, three in Sarawak at Mukah, Bintulu and Miri and six in Sabah, at Labuan, Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Sandakan, Semporna and Tawau.
The actual location of the tsunami-watch camera in the state capital is installed at Menara Tun Mustapha, the 32-storey building of Yayasan Sabah at Likas Bay.
Malik Tussin said another form of tsunami alert equipment put in place are a series of nine warning sirens for the two states — at Miri, Labuan, in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Tawau and Semporna.
Abdul Malik Tussin

The siren is fixed at the SAFMA wharf in the case of Kota Kinabalu, whilst those elsewhere are mostly located at mosques facing the sea.
He explained that all information and data from the system are received and monitored directly by the department’s head office at Petaling Jaya.
Should there be need for any early tsunami warnings, they would be issued by the National Disaster Management Agency in Kuala Lumpur through the department’s headquarters.
Malik said officials from his department, including his deputy Elsie Benedict Jaimin, has conducted several campaigns in various towns of Sabah in the last four years to promote public awareness of severe monsoon, weather, floods, earthquake and tsunami.
Among towns covered by the department are Semporna, Keningau, Tawau, Sandakan, Kudat, Ranau, Lahad Datu, to ensure that these local communities are aware of such natural disasters and to familiarise them with the functions of the early tsunami warning system.
The system, that provides early warnings on tsunamis generated in the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, is target-specific and has been developed to meet local conditions.
It forms part of the coordinated network of related tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean.

Sources of information from the borneo post  

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kuching International Airport

Kuching Airport completed in May this year

KUCHING: A total of 3.5 per cent more work to upgrade the Kuching International Airport (KIA) are still not ready, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.
He said the upgrading works involve the construction of only nine aircraft parking bays, three remote stand, three cargo stand, widening the runway, the addition of check-in counters, commercial lots, Mas Cargo Centre and the provision of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA ).
"Only 3.5 per cent living alone that have not completed the majority of whom are involved work related to the modernization of the base of the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF).
"The runway extension project and development related to the terminal building was completed and a lot of related work has been completed," he said in a press conference after his la-native to KIA yesterday.
He is also upgrading KIA, costing RM850 million would be completed in mid-May this year.
"The total cost is nearly RM850 million of which we can see that the construction cost alone is enough to reach RM794 million, and if it includes the cost of payments to consultants, Telekom Malaysia(TM), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), it is estimated to cost up to RM850 million.
"We have given an extension until mid-May and the mean of about three months from now so we're sure the contractor is able to complete it on schedule," he saidHe added, to maintain quality of the upgrading works, the contractor has been subject to conditions to establish the warranty period of 10 years."Before this there was a complaint that there keretakkan here (KIA), but the contractor and the consultant has taken the necessary steps."The contractors are also provided for setting up 10-year warranty and if something happened in that period, they (the contractor) will still be accountable," he saidAt the same time, he was told, with the completion of the upgrading works KIA later, he is expected to be able to accommodate up to six million passengers.At this time only KIA been able to accommodate up to 3.5 million passengers.In addition, according to him, KIA is the third most important airport in the country after the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)"With this development, many airline companies from abroad took the opportunity to bring foreign tourists to come to Sarawak, which is one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.
"With this position, he placed third KIA important in this country, where we found out that KIA also linked to several international destinations, especially in the territories of Japan," he saidHe earlier told the press about 3,658,713 million passengers were recorded last year, an increase of 2009 percent compared to 2:01 with only 3,586,629 million.Also present at the press conference were Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Transport Aviation Division, Wan Said and Senior Manager KIA, Sunif Naiman.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Taman Sahabat,Kuching

Zheng-He (Cheng Ho), 1371-1433, was an admiral, diplomat and explorer during China’a Ming dynasty. He was born in 1371 to a poor ethnic Hui (Chinese Muslims) family in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. Emperor Yong Le selected him to lead the first of seven epic expeditions (1405-1433) to South East Asia.
In 1405 Zheng-He started the world’s first biggest naval expedition. His fleet consisted of over 300 ships with over 60 treasure ships measuring 150 meters in length and 83 meters in width and equipped with more than 28,000 crew. Zheng-He made one last voyage (1431-1433) during the reign of Emperor Zhu Zhanji when his fleets visited more than 37 countries in the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Africa.
Zheng-He made a total of seven voyages within a period of 23 years.
According to the Malay Annals, Zheng-He escorted a contingent of 500 court maidens together with a princess called Hang Li Po to marry the Sultan Mansur Syah of Malacca. These 500 maidens eventually settled in Bukit Cina in Melacca. The descendants of these mixed marriages with  local natives in Malaysia are know today as “Baba and Nyoya”


Taman Sahabat project situated at Jalan Song Kuching was completed in 2005 and officially opened to public on 18.5.2006 by the YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak. This unique and picturesque park is the product of a close relationship between Kuching City and Kunming City of China. Due to its unique features, it is gaining popularity for the locals as well as tourists.
There are a few facilities in the parks including pavilions are given to the Council as gifts by the various Chinese agencies including Kunming Municipal Government, as symbols of friendship between China and Malaysia, between Kunming and Kuching. It is a pride and joy to the residents in MBKS for such contribution in this park.
These pavilions were designed, fabricated and constructed and supervised by the Chinese Landscape technicians and artisans. They used timber which, in China, have lasted hundreds of years. Unfortunately they were very susceptible to our weather and humidity. Such problem was deliberated in-depth and suggested to refer to the donor.
In this regard, the Council has drawn the attention of the donor who produced these beautiful structures and appealed for their rectification in July 2007. We are very grateful that the Chinese Consul General has taken a very active concern on the matter and we hope things can be resolved soon.
However, the Council noted with regret the statements and sentiment issued by YB Chong Chieng Jen and Violet Yong in the recent Press questioning the MBKS authority that if the deterioration of pavilion columns were built according to specification. Making such a wrong assumptions and also the criticism of using sub-standard quality wood in the press is a very unhealthy practice and it is very disheartening to the excellent effort put in by the many Chinese agencies in supporting the success of this Park. In order to avoid similar recurrence, the Council would urge the two YBs' to find out the fact correctly in future before calling the press to make a press issue against any authority.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pasir Panjang Beach ,Kuching


SuNsET Pasir Panjang Beach

Pasir Panjang Beach is located about 30km from Kuching City.

You can also rent a taxi or a car. The road is excellent and the directions are easy.
There is no public transport to the Beach.You can also rent a taxi or a car. The road is excellent and the directions are easy.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bako National Park

Bako National Park

Oldest national park in Sarawak was established in 1957, covers an area of 27 square kilometers is located about 37 km from Kuching.

The Park is famous for its stunning natural environment, habitats, vegetation and wildlife.

The main attraction here is teluknya sheltered and rocky headlands with magnificent steep cliffs facing the South China Sea.

Waves, salt water and wind have carved stone arches and pillars at the base of the cliffs, some riding the sea like a dragon head. Formation sandstone on the banks appear pink with iron.

In the inland, waterfalls flowing into the reservoir of fresh water pools of security accompanied the fresh green forest environment.
Bako National Park is renowned as the most easily accessible in Sarawak for the Netherlands or watch monkey 'Proboscis Monkey. "


Petra Jaya Bus No.6 and regular minibuses plying from Kuching to Kampung Bako, a charming fishing village near the park. Visitors can also take a taxi to Kampung Bako.

From Kampung Bako, you can hire a boat from a counter at the jetty to go to the park headquarters. The boat ride is an exciting adventure to see the stunt driver controls the fast-moving boat cut through waves.