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Khamis, 26 Julai 2012

Khamis, Julai 26, 2012

United Murut Community Organisation (UMCO) Sabah Murut organisation.

So finally the Murut community has thier own organisation. The newly formed Sabah Murut Comunity Organisation (UMCO) ends Muruts community participations in KDCA.

The indigenous ethnic Murut community in Sabah believes that it has been “sidelined” by political organisations and welfare bodies for the past 40 years.

Save for a handful of individuals, this community often referred to as “hill people” is still backward in all aspects compared to the Kadazan or Dusun and other native communities in this “Land Below the Wind”.

It is for this reason that a new organisation has been established whose main objective is to unite the Muruts.

The Muruts comprise 29 sub-ethnic groups living in the interior division of Sabah in the districts of Keningau, Tenom, Nabawan and Pensingan. They can also be found in the border areas of Sarawak, especially around Lawas, Limbang as well as in Brunei.

The new non-political movement called United Murut Community Organisation (Umco) was formed by a group of leaders in Keningau.

Umco is headed by Alizulfakar Salamat, 53, a retired civil servant.

Speaking to FMT recently, Alizulfakar said: “Despite being grouped in various Kadazan, Dusun and Murut organisations, the Muruts largely had not benefited anything.

“We [Muruts] are trailing behind politically, economically as well as in education,” he said, adding that Umco’s application was approved by the Registrar of Societies on June 27, this year.

He said currently the more popular organisations that listed Muruts as one of their group are the Kadazandusun Murut Cultural Association (KDCA), Sabah Murut Association (SMA), Sabah Kadazandusun Murut Welfare and Education Association (Pekadin).

This community is also prominently acknowledged by a political party, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko), which is helmed by Bernard Dompok, who is the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister.

‘No political agenda yet’

The KDCA was formed on April 29, 1966, and is headed by Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also the president of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) while SMA’s president is Rubin Balang, another politician and Umno assemblyman for Kemabong.

Lawyer-cum journalist Newman Tibin is president of Pekadin.

Umco, Alizulfakar said, will for now focus on the “preservation, development, enrichment and promotion of the Murut cultures”.

Asked if Umco was formed in view of the approaching 13th general election, Alizulfakar pointed out that at this point of time “politics is second in their agenda”; the priority being to unite the Muruts.

“We want to group the Muruts under one ‘house’. Once we are united, our voices will be louder, and we can decide which of the political parties the Muruts can support.

“Mind you, our people formed the majority voters in most of the constituencies in Keningau, Pensiangan and Tenom.

“For now, Umco will focus efforts on the preservation, development, enrichment and promotion of the Murut cultures.

“We will also do our best to protect our cultural heritage from disappearing, or being displaced by the ever-dominating modern cultures,” Alizulfakar said.

He said he and Umco secretary-general Jauni Anduoh were preparing for the inauguration of Umco scheduled for next month in Nabawan, near Keningau.

Source:freemalaysiatoday.com

Ahad, 27 Mei 2012

Ahad, Mei 27, 2012

‘Borneonisation’ suit to go ahead

KOTA KINABALU: The “Borneonisation suit” brought by two Sabahans against the Federal and State governments, for failing to Borneonise federal agencies in Sabah passed its first test yesterday when the High Court rejected a government application to throw out the case.

Justice David Wong Dak Wah dismissed the application of both the first and second respondents’ to strike out the suit brought by the duo last year. He fixed June 18 as a new mention date for the case which will test the relevancy of Sabah’s special rights and autonomy in the Federation of Malaysia.

Sabtu, 4 Februari 2012

Sabtu, Februari 04, 2012

Esplanade Sipitang

Kali ini saya hendak kongsi sedikit mengenai bandar Sipitang or Pekan Sipitang? Petang tadi baru balik dari Sipitang melaksanakan sedikit kerja. Kalau dikira, ini adalah perjalanan saya yang pertama sejak saya meninggalkan Sipitang pada tahun 2003, selepas lebih kurang 9 tahun.

Pada ketika itu pekan atau bandar Sipitang hanya ada berberapa baris kedai. Memang tidak ada apa di bandar Sipitang ketika itu. Hanya terdapat 3 buah bank beroperasi iaitu Maybank, MBF Bank dan Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN)

Selepas lebih dari 9 tahun, pada kunjungan hari ini saya melihat perubahan yang begitu ketara di Bandar Sipitang. Bandar ini sudah semakin cantik, teratur dan bersih. Kawasan tepi laut yang dahulunya semak, kotor dan menjadi tempat pembuangan sampah kini telah dibersihkan dan diperindahkan dengan siapnya Esplanade Sipitang yang begitu cantik. Pada waktu petang anda boleh duduk-duduk di kedai makan atau restauran tepi laut di Esplanade Sipitang, menghirup kopi sambil menyaksikan matahari terbenam (sunset). Sudah pasti ianya pemandangan yang indah.
 Aktiviti untuk pengunjung atau pelancong

Melihat Esplanade Sipitang yang cantik ini, saya terfikir adalah baik jika kita boleh promosikan produk pelancongan (tourism products) di Sipitang. Tetapi apakah produk pelancongan yang boleh diperkenalkan di Sipitang? Mungkin sekali sukan air (water sports) boleh di perkenalkan di Esplanade Sipitang dengan kadar bayaran yang berpatutan.

Pengunjung yang mengunjungi Sipitang juga mungkin boleh melawat Air Terjun di Mendolong (air terjun di dalam konsesi Sabah Forest Industries (SFI)) di bawah pengendalian dan selian SFI. Saya pernah melawat air terjun itu pada tahun 2002 dan ianya sangat cantik.

Sipitang juga adalah gateway ke Long Pasia sebuah perkampungan pedalaman yang terletak begitu berhampiran dengan sempadan Sabah dan Kalimantan. Di perkampungan ini ada banyak aktiviti untuk pelancong terutamanya yang berkaitan dengan budaya dan alam sekitar.
 Going to Labuan from Sipitang

Jika anda ingin melawat Pulau Labuan, anda juga boleh berbuat demikian dari Bandar Sipitang. Bot-boat laju ke Labuan berlabuh di jetty yang terletak betul-betul bersebelahan dengan Esplanade Sipitang. Saya pernah menggunakan perkhidmatan boat laju ini dahulu ke Labuan dan perjalanan memakan masa lebih kurang 45 minit.

Nampaknya Sipitang kini kelihatan indah dan sudah dipermodenkan. Harapan kita agar ianya diselengara dengan teratur dan baik untuk kegunaan orang ramai. 

Kepada anda yang berminat untuk bermalam anda boleh berbuat demikian. Ada banyak hotel-hotel di Sipitang atau Beaufort yang anda boleh pilih. 

Anda boleh membuat booking hotel DISINI

Khamis, 1 Disember 2011

Khamis, Disember 01, 2011

Sabah Job Expo 2011

Good news for those SPM/STPM leavers and graduates who are still looking for job to start their career in Sabah, Sabah Job Expo 2011 will be held in Suria Sabah.

Date: 3rd - 4th December 2011
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu

There will be 55 participiting companies will be there for walk-in interview to recruit staff. Resume writing skills and interview skills workshop will be conducted by KPSKTM and Jabatan Tenaga Rakyat (JTK) respectively.

The Sabah Job Expo 2011 will be launched by Datuk Dr. Yee Moh Chai, Menteri Pembangunan Sumber dan Kemajuan Teknologi Maklumat, Sabah.

Special appearance by Rey Kimara, Ebi Kornelius, Candy, Arnie Joba, Alvin MY, Raphiel Pinus, Jade Sisters, Vin P.O.P, The Ariez, Dayang Noraini, Felix Agus and Alex Raja Lawak on 4th December 2011.

Don't miss this opportunity, see you there.

Selasa, 8 November 2011

Selasa, November 08, 2011

Black Magic in Sabah

Yes and No. Some of my friends asked me, is black magic exist and still being practiced in Sabah. My answer was Yes and No.


Yes. Black magic indeed still exist and being practiced in Sabah. At least some people still resorting to it to accomplish certain thing. The most popular one is employing black magic to attract a women or improving your business.


This type of black magic is often referred to as 'Pugai' in local term. 


No. Black magic still exist but no longer popular or practiced. Since most people now believe in their respective religion, black magic users are also reducing dramatically to almost zero. So now at least you feel more comfortable visiting places in Sabah without have the feeling that somebody may employ black magic on you.


But I was told, black magics are still practiced in the interior of Sabah. I don't know how true it is but we hope that is only a hearsay. 


Last month, one of my friend told me that she got the feeling that somebody employed black magic on her. I adviced her to see somebody who has the ability to confirm it. She went and came back with the news that she was indeed under some sort of black magics sent by some one. 

The Ustad told her that she need to keep coming back to see him for 40 days for treatment.  I went there a couple of time with her just to confirm. And it was.


I wonder why some people are still keeping black magics with them. So black magics does exist in Sabah.

Khamis, 6 Oktober 2011

Khamis, Oktober 06, 2011

Tambatuon Dam rejected by Villagers

It is clear that the people of Kampung Tambatuon has rejected the proposed dam to be built in their village. And the government must listen to this. There are so many ways how to improve water supply to the people as well as for the agriculture purposes. Why must this government never listen to the people. Trying to bribe the people with money and a tour is not right. 


The villagers of Kampung Tambatuon in Kota Belud unanimously rejected the state government’s offer of an “annual gratuity” of RM500,000 as well as a study tour to Kedah as an inducement to make way for the construction of a dam in their village.

The mostly farming community, who have been battling the government relocation, plan pointed out that they are already earning far more from their agriculture activities which include padi and rubber plantations as well as orchards.

The amount offered by the state government works out to about RM500 for each of them annually. The village currently consists of 898 villagers.

According to Singkui B Tinggi, the former village chief of the picturesque and fertile village located at the foot of Mount Kinabalu, most villagers are currently earning between RM5,000 and RM10,000 per month.

He noted that a majority of the villagers there owned rubber plantations ranging from 10 acres to more than 20 acres, besides farms for other agriculture produce.

Two Barisan Nasional elected representatives have been pushing for the construction of a dam at the site which they said could generate RM500,000 for the villagers.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Singkui disclosed that the decision to reject the offer made by Kedamaian state assemblyman Herbert Timbun Lagadan in July this year was reached at an emergency meeting held by the Tambatuon Dam Action Committee (TDAC) at the village’s mini hall on Sept 11.

“We hereby reject all the offers made to us by Herbert and Abdul Rahman Dahlan (MP for Kota Belud). We do not wish to sell our village,” he said.

He reminded the two that the villagers voted for them in the last general election so that they could further improve the economy of the place, rather than threaten their livelihood and destroy their village.

Poor irrigation, not water shortage to blame

The Village Action Committee recently also submitted a memorandum on the matter to Chief Minister Musa Aman and his deputy Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Kampung Tambatuon is nestled on the banks of Sungai Kadamaian and Sungai Kilombon which are fed by waters running off Mt Kinabalu.

The place is popular with tourists who flock to the village to see the unique “tagal” practice in Sabah, a sustainable freshwater fishing practice that allows harvesting only once a year.

Since news of the proposed construction of the RM450 million dam first surfaced early last year, it has drawn strong protests and criticism from hundreds of villagers, environmentalists and academics.

Villagers said they would lose their homes, land and source of income if the project is to proceed while conservationists noted that it would affect the environment in the area, which is located near Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site.

The proposed dam would force the resettlement of around 600 villagers who have lived a relatively prosperous life without much government assistance.

However, Rahman is adamant that the village must make way for the dam to boost rice production in the Kota Belud plains, the rice bowl of Sabah, and avert a recurrence of the 2008 rice shortage.

He said that the construction of the Tambatuon dam would help to irrigate 25,000 hectares of unproductive paddy fields in Kota Belud.

Agriculture experts also questioned the cost of the project which is estimated to reach RM1 billion. They pointed out that poor irrigation rather than shortage of water is the main cause for the low yields from the area.

Suhakam’s 2010 report also criticised the government for failing to consult the villagers prior to proposing the dam.


When is this government ever listen to the people? We will have to kick them out. And this time we must kick them out of power for good. There is no two way about it. Any other option is not available. Kick the government out of power, replace them with new government, a government who works with the people.

Ahad, 2 Oktober 2011

Ahad, Oktober 02, 2011

Mt Kinabalu climbathon more challenging next year

KOTA KINABALU: Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is set to be even more challenging next year.

The new 23km route will require runners to race from Kinabalu Park up the mountain until Layang-Layang Hut. They will then go down the Mesilau trail before descending to Kundasang town at the foothill of the mountain.

Billed as the world's toughest mountain race, it is aimed at testing the endurance of competitors by running up and down Mount Kinabalu.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said next year's competition would be known as Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon: Adventure Series.

Come Oct 22 to 23, the 25th edition of the climbathon will be the final time that participants run the traditional 21km route up and down the 4,095m mountain.

The present route requires participants to run from Timpohon Gate the entry point to the summit trail to the peak and back.

Explaining the new route, Masidi said it was time for an overhaul of the race.

The new route will be thrilling and challenging for the runners.

He said the state wanted the competition to be a sports tourism event instead of just a sporting activity.

Meanwhile, those intending to climb Mount Kinabalu have an option to wear a climber tracker device thanks to an agreement between Sabah Parks, Celcom and its business partner Xtend Services Sdn Bhd.

Celcom will provide 50 devices for a trial period of three months to gauge their efficiency.

Masidi said climbers would have peace of mind knowing that in the event of a mishap, rescuers would know where to find them.

Source: TheStar.com.my

Sunduvan: Whatever it is safety should be the priority. Not by making the race more challenging and we are forgetting safety issues.

Selasa, 13 September 2011

Selasa, September 13, 2011

Kudasang Resort unsafe must cease operations

Kota Kinabalu: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun on Sunday said the operator of a resort in Kundasang must cease operations after it was found to be unsafe by the authorities.

He said several visitors checked into the resort about three days ago but moved out and stayed in another lodging elsewhere after knowing the precarious condition of the resort concerned.

He said the resort is sitting dangerously on a slope but its operator was adamant to continue operating business as usual.

"This should not happen because it just takes one fatal incident to wipe out the tourism industry there," he told reporters at the launching of Red Onion restaurant at Jalan Penampang By-pass.

Masidi also said if the highland resort do not cease operations, action would be taken against its operator.

Initial investigations showed many of the resorts or lodgings in Kundasang do not comply with the basic safety requirements.

To this, Masidi said the operators would be given until next year to comply, adding that a committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry has been formed to look into the matter.

"If the operators still failed to adhere to the instructions then, the Government might consider not renewing their licences.

We cannot gamble with the people's lives," he said.

Nevertheless, the Karanaan Assembyman said it is futile if they only enjoy a one-off profit and then proceed to lose everything in one day.

He said the tourism industry operates in a very competitive environment and, thus, players who disregard any directive from the Government will have to be dealt with.

Masidi said he wanted the committee to identify hotels or motels in Kundasang that do not have the occupational certificate (OC).

"Do not wait for people to complain," he said.

On another issue, Masidi said while it is important to clear the "conflict" as to the actual age of the nation, more importantly, there is a need to determine what has been done in the last 48 years after the Federation of Malaysia was formed. The current generation, he said, should evaluate the performance of the Government of the day and resolve how to improve the lives of the people and that of the country.

If the people continued to dwell on the issue, he said they would lose sight of what is more important to the country.(Source: Daily Express- Sept 12' 2011)

Sunduvan.com: So the next time you go to Kundasang please choose where you are staying carefully. Many of the resorts in Kundasang are unsafe for visitors and must be avoided according to the Sabah Minister of Tourism Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun. I think this is a very good advice. The government should come out with the list of hotels and resorts that allowed to continue business operation for the visitors to choose from when they are visiting Kundasang.

Ahad, 11 September 2011

Ahad, September 11, 2011

Closure of Kota Kinabalu (KK) Roads

The road leading to Wawasan Plaza roundabout to the Warisan Square roundabout will be closed from 6.30am to 11.00am on 16th September in conjunction with the state-level Independence Day celebration at Dataran Bandaraya.

The same road will also be closed on September 12-14 from 7.00am-10am to make way for the event rehearsal

A spokesperson for Kota Kinabalu City Hall announced this in a statement Saturday. Meanwhile, the Wawasan Bus Terminal will closed from Sept 13 to 14 and September 16 between 5.00am and noon to make way for the event. Buses will pick up and drop passengers at bus stop within the city according to designated bus route.

Also in conjunction with the Malaysia Night event on Sept 16 which will be at 7.00pm at the Padang Merdeka, Jalan Padang and Lorong Dewan will be closed from 5.00pm

The temporary Bus Terminal at Jalan Padang will also be closed on Sept 16 from 2.00pm. Road users are advised to follow the instructions by enforcement officers on duty.

Isnin, 4 April 2011

Isnin, April 04, 2011

TVi for Sabah and Sarawak

Sabah Lauds Initiative To Set Up TVi

KOTA KINABALU, April 4 (Bernama) -- TVi, a new channel to be launched on April 10, with 50 per cent of the contents will be on Sabah and Sarawak, will be a platform for the state government to promote its development programmes, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

Welcoming the move to set up the channel, Musa said it provided a good opportunity for the state government to inform the public about its activities in developing the state.

"This way the public will understand better what the government has been doing all this while," he told reporters after launching the ground-breaking ceremony of Wisma Bakisa here Monday.

He also thanked the Broadcasting Department and the Information Communication and Culture Ministry for making room for the two states to be featured in the new channel.

Last week, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the new channel would feature news from both states.

Acting Broadcasting director-general Datuk Norhyati Ismail, in a recent interview with Bernama, said TVi, or TV Interaktif, would be on Astro's channel 180 which currently airs Muzik Aktif.

Rais is expected to launch the channel at Kuching RTM on Sunday.

-- BERNAMA

My 2-cents: Just another tools for the ruling party to win the election in Sabah and Sarawak. This is just like any other TV channels in Malaysia, belong to the government so they have to serve their political master.

Isnin, 28 Mac 2011

Isnin, Mac 28, 2011

Fat Cat Cake House in Sandakan

Creative minded people are always welcomed in any business venture. Business move forward not just because of financial strength, good leadership but also from creativity.

I was in Sandakan recently to attend some business matters. Stayed overnight in Sandakan before I took a bus from Sandakan to Tawau. Taking a bus from Sandakan to Tawau is time consuming as it will takes about 6 hours to reach Tawau but it is a cheaper option. I don't want to create a big hole in my pocket. Taking a bus once in a while is not so bad anyway.

Sandakan has turned into a very busy city now. The seaside or they call it Sandakan esplanade is where you should go to in the evening. This is where bars, restaurant, couple dating point and many more are grouped together along the seaside. Along the sea side you can see so many young couples holding hand, probably saying some promises of a life time to their love one while watching the sunset. If you love a mug or two of cold beer you can get it here as well. It is located within a walking distant from Sandakan Hotel. Just walk towards the Sea from Sandakan Hotel.
Fat Cat Cake House Sandakan. Sandakan esplanadeAnyway one thing that I think the most interesting part is the photos shown above. I stumbled upon this Fat Cat Cake House when I was walking back to Sandakan Hotel from the seaside. At the first glanced I thought it was a place where you can buy a food for cat and get your cat really fat. I took a second look before I realized it was actually a cake house and nothing to do with a cat food at all.

This name stucked into my mind and until now I still remember clearly the color and the design of the front door of this cake house. I think this is a very creative way how to get people always remember your shop. It is simple but I think it works.

Isnin, 31 Januari 2011

Isnin, Januari 31, 2011

Karamunsing Shopping Complex Collapse Soon???

Karamunsing Shopping Complex Collapse.The news about Karamunsing Shopping Complex has been on the Sabah major newspaper in the past several days. The headlines about Karamunsing shopping complex is going to collapse soon is one of the most talked about news in town.

The first time I heard about the news I was like "oh shit, the Karamunsing shopping complex is not safe, I must avoid the building for the time being". I'm one of a regular visitor of Karamunsing shopping complex to get some computer gadgets for my laptop. However, on the other hand I was thinking about 'could it be only a gimmick so that there is a reason to vacate the bulding and reconstruct it?' I don't know. Let us wait for the second investigation by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) and Public Works Department (PWD). I'm sure they have a very good and qualified structural engineers.

The news about Karamunsing shopping complex collapse soon is still just a news. Let us hope for the best out of it.

Selasa, 4 Januari 2011

Selasa, Januari 04, 2011

Donggongon Road Bypass Dangerous!!!

Penampang Donggongon Road BypassDonggongon road bypass is really dangerous to all motorist. I went to Donggongon to pay up some bills today using Donggongon road bypass. The construction works along the road is still ongoing although it was started almost a year ago.

The very disturbing thing is the road could be very dangerous at night with all the machinery and construction materials are on the road which left only one lane is available. The road condition is also so bad that it could be very dangerous to smaller vehicle like Kancil and motorcycles.

I believe this issue had been highlighted last week but there are none been done to improve the situation. My friend who lives in Donggongon uses this road almost everyday told me that traffic jam in that area is very bad in the morning.

I wonder what the local government is doing to solve this problem. The flood or banjir in Kampung Kibabaig is still not solved until now. What is making them so slow in taking action to solve this problem?

Rabu, 10 November 2010

Rabu, November 10, 2010

Bukit Tengkorak Sabah's New Tourist Destination

Bukit Tengkorak in Semporna Sabah
A development project involving the Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill)  archaeological site in Semporna  is now complete and will be a new tourist attraction in Sabah.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin said the RM4.2 million project by the National Heritage Department was aimed at preserving the historical site which showed the area's civilisation, besides boosting the State's tourism industry.

"The Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry fully supports all efforts taken by the National Heritage Department to increase awareness and appreciation of historical sites and buildings.

"Historical sites and monuments will continue to be preserved and protected in line with the National Heritage Act 2005," he said during the handing-over of the completed Bukit Tengkorak development project site.
Earlier, National Heritage Department commissioner Prof. Emeritus Datin Paduka Zuraina Majid said Bukit Tengkorak was one of the sites in Sabah's east coast with the highest prehistoric value.

She said other areas of interest to the department were Mansuli in Lahad Datu and Tingkayu in Kunak.
Meanwhile, Sabah Museum Department Director Datuk Pounis Guntavid said the department would start filling up the foyer of the site's main building with prehistoric artefacts found in the surrounding areas.

He said Bukit Tengkorak was an important archaeological site in Malaysia and South-East Asia, situated 500 feet above sea level.

The hill, he said, was a volcanic rock cave and formed part of the rim of a 2km-wide volcanic crater, surrounded by numerous isolated hills and mountains.

Pounis said researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia's Malaysian Archaeological Research Centre, conducted a study with the Sabah Museum Department since 1994 and found pieces of porcelain, stone equipment and food remnants from various marine species aged over 3,000 years.

How to get there

As usual, if you are coming from Kota Kinabalu, you can fly into Lahad Datu and from Lahad Datu, board a bus to Semporna town. In Semporna you hire a taxi to Bukit Tengkorak.

Alternatively, from Kota Kinabalu city centre, you may go to Bus Terminal in Inanam town and board a bus to Semporna Sabah. It is more time consuming (8-12 hours journey) but a cheaper alternative.
Rabu, November 10, 2010

i-Peak Business Centre Lahad Datu's New Property Development Landmark

Lahad Datu Malaysia
Lahad Datu transforms under a new skyline with its i-Peak business centre, a two phase (Phase 1 and Phase 2) will be Lahad Datu's new property development landmark. This will be Lahad Datu's first and the only one and only commercial centre that's internet and CCTV ready. The developer for the said property is Purcon Resources Sdn. Bhd, Seri Kembangan Selangor.

When i-Peak business centre is completed, expect a triving commercial hub here, flaunting an urban contemporary facade and vibrant colours, CCTV on every floor and it's internet ready, all to complement the solid foundation of immense richness in natural resources. i-Peak business centre which is centrally located in the heart of Lahad Datu city, is going to bring the city its well-deserved boom!

i-Peak business centre enjoys an excellent frontage of bustling main roads and links directly to the POIC headquarters, Lahad Datu Port, Felda office, Lahad Datu Airport and major residential areas, drawing a constant flow of costumers.

Live, work and play in this one location because i-Peak is a modern intergrated development that spans 70 acres comprising 2,3 and 4 storey shop offices, semi-detached and detached showrooms cum warehouses, shopping mall, condominium, petrol station and 2 and 3-storey super link houses, semi-detached house and bungalows.

i-Peak will be the hub of high-end retailers, classy residents and corporation, here to fulfill their higher aspirations.  Don't let this commercial prosperity pass you by!

Now, if you are interested to get more information about i-Peak you may contact their sales office at MDLD 0763, Ground Floor, Block C, Ming Huat Light Industries, Dam Road, 91100 Lahad Datu Sabah or call them at +60 89 888911 / 886911/882911.

Sabtu, 6 November 2010

Sabtu, November 06, 2010

Sabah Tea Bites Biscuits a New Product from Sabah Tea.

Tracing its history back to the 1800s, the trade of tea and tea-related products have been pivotal to the growth of economies of many countries such as China, India, Japan and Tibet for its health benefits and use in traditional remedies

In fact, it was common knowledge that tea played a crucial role in the development of history of major countries where tea took precedence in traditions and rituals of life.

With this in mind, Sabah Tea Sdn Bhd (Sabah Tea) aimed to uphold the mentality and mechanisms of savouring tea by incorporating it with local elements to serve the market in Malaysia.

“We want to provide consumers and the public with a healthier choice of tea. Our Sabah Tea is 100 per cent pesticide free due to its strategic location, surrounded by the pristine rainforest around Mount Kinabalu,” said  Sabah Tea’s director Goh Mung Chwee in an exclusive with The Borneo Post.

With a defining motto – ‘From the Borneo Rainforest’ – the state government of Sabah, under Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh, was the visionary for the initiation of this venture.

Goh revealed that the plantation originally began as a socio-economic project by the state government to develop the then-forested Kampung Nalapak area to provide jobs to the local people.

Apart from selling tea and tea-related products, Sabah Tea also offered educational holidays and holiday packages for guests to visit its tea gardens.

“Tourism plays a critical role in educating people about the fact that our teas are grown without pesticides. This segment contributes immensely in establishing a strong Sabah Tea product brand.

“On the company’s revenue distribution, tea provides 80 per cent of sales while tourism contributes 20 per cent on a 4:1 ratio,” Goh revealed.

“All our tourism activities and packages have an educational component with responsible tourism practices such as pesticide-free and organic tea cultivation, role of rainforests in providing food to insects, guided nature walks, tea gift packs using leaves and so forth,” he added.

The tourism aspect also preserved the seven ethnic cultures of Sabah via its longhouses aimed at educating visitors about its history similar to the concept practiced at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong.

“Feedback from local and overseas visitors has been very positive as evidenced by the increasing number of tourists coming in. In 2005, we had 4,000 visitors, in 2009, we had 10,000 visitors, including day trips and overnights.

“Our focus is on nature lovers, people who want an escape from the hectic city life, travelers who want to learn something useful while on vacation, and group travelers,” he explained.

As Sabah Tea’s plantation plots were one of the few tea plantations in the world certified to produce organic tea, the group’s products faced strategic competition in the market with other drinks such as cordial drinks, coffee products and such.

Goh said, “Our Borneo Rainforest Organic Tea is the only tea grown organically in Malaysia and in Borneo. Sales are growing rapidly as international tourists and as well Malaysia visitors are choosing to buy our organic teas.

“Since our organic production is limited in volume, we rarely advertise our organic teas. We compete very well against heavy sugar-based beverages.”

As proof of the group’s innovative progress for its tea-related products, Sabah Tea was in the process of promoting its unique tea biscuits throughout November called Sabah Tea Bites at its outlet in Sabah as well as tourist gift shops throughout Malaysia.

“We are currently working on several new flavored teas as well. We already have unique flavors such as pandan, cinnamon, ginger, tongkat ali and geranium, and we plan to add these to our collection of tea gift packs.

Goh wrapped up the interview by confiding his future expectations for the company.

“We are exploring exciting projects which we hope to announce in 2011. Our goal is to make Sabah Tea’s garden a must-stop destination for visitors to the Kinabalu Park- Kundasang area.”