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Ahad, 4 September 2011

Ahad, September 04, 2011

Kudat-Kota Belud Road a death trap?

I stumbled upon this news from borneocolours.com posted by Adriana_81. Looking at the title of this article and also the picture confirmed that Kudat-Kota Belud road or some people says 'Kudat-Kota Belud Highway' a death trap is indeed true.

I've been using this road for so many years. Huge amount of money had been spent to repair this road but I wonder why it is still in such condition.

So the government put the blame on GOD. Remember what Sammy Velu said last time? They said, it is because of the weather. I remember going through roads in Queenstown area in New Zealand, passing through countless snowy mountainous area BUT the road there are good! There are no pot holes along the road. It is because the road was built with good quality materials and the job specification/road specification was strictly followed. The person who was given the job to monitor the work did a good job.

So are we still blaming God for this? May be we should blame ourselves or perhaps the government of the day. There are many reasons as to why those roads are in such condition. There are many reason, and obviously the budget was not one/part of it. I heard the budget allocated was adequate if not more than enough.

Standard road/highway specification is that, there must be a road shoulder. Can you see any road shoulder in our roads around Sabah? Where does the money for the road shoulder gone to? It can't be into my pocket!

Along Kudat-Kota Belud road, we can see earth works going on all the time but road condition is still the same. What they did all this while? They 'tampal or patching' here and there making the road surfaces uneven.

It is time for us who live in the northern part of Sabah to deliver a strong message to the government that we are not happy with their performances. They have no choices but to improve or be changed. Do we need more people died on this death trap road before we do something? I don't think so!

Kudat-Kota Belud road a death trap

KOTA MARUDU: The phase one upgrading work from Kota Belud to Langkon has been completed with a cost of RM5.9 million but the completed upgrading work at Ulu Kukut is still dangerous and treacherous to ply with virtually a ‘death trap’ – that can seriously injure an unwary road user, damage the vehicle and injure or even kill the occupants inside.

The trunk road from Kg Mangaris 1 to Kg Mangaris 3 and from Kg Mangaris 3 to Ulu Kukut and Kg Mantanau is still riddled with deep potholes, protruding road surfaces and criss-crossed with many deep uneven surfaces.

Many motorists complained of shock while traversing the road especially during bad weather condition after stumbling deep uneven road surfaces and large potholes.

“This is very disgusting and dangerous as any time accidents can happen.

“We really hope the relevant authority can rectify the shoddy upgrading repair and maintenance work,” said some motorists met on the way but who wished to remain anonymous for personal reason.

“The approximately 5km stretch of road from Kg Mangaris 3 and the road going downhill to Kg Ulu Kukut and Kg Mantanau is treacherous and dangerous as these sections of the trunk road has many large potholes, crevices and deep uneven surfaces that makes a ride very bumpy and inconvenient,” said Awang Arshad who is a regular passenger of Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) Van from Kudat to Kinabalu.

Awang’s opinion was supported by Sharifah Razi who urged the relevant authority to undertake rectification work on the completed road upgrading repair and maintenance work.

“For the sake of road users and motorists as well as commuters plying the road daily, the shoddy work must be rectified.

Accidents also can be prevented from happening or befalling anyone using the road if the road is of good condition.

By any standard, the repair and maintenance undertaken is of very low standard,” claimed Sharifah, who is also a regular road user of the road.

Sabtu, 27 Ogos 2011

Sabtu, Ogos 27, 2011

Girl was raped at 5th Floor, Karamunsing Parking Lot

Kes rogol Karamunsing parking lotWalking around in Sabah is really unsafe now. I feel that every time I walk alone and all the time even when I'm at home.

Today there is a news going around about girl was raped at 5th floor Karamunsing parking lot recently and the culprit still roaming free. Where is the police?

Although this news have not confirmed or verified as there are no official statement from the police yet but still this is something we all should beware about.

"ALERT !!!! to Ladies and young girls. Please be extra careful especially when you are alone. Always lock your car and beware of stalkers. A young lady was raped at Karamunsing Car Park on Saturday 07.00pm 5th Floor. No confirmation from management of the complex but the source is reliable…please share among your friends…"
Please share this news to your friend and take care always.

Rabu, 24 Ogos 2011

Rabu, Ogos 24, 2011

Singapore shuns workers from Sabah and Sarawak?

Singapore banned workers from Sabah and SarawakI don't know if the above is true or not, but for sure this is one of the thing that our government should think hard. Sabahan and Sarawakian used to be the most sought after and respected workers in Singapore but what happened now?

If Singapore is going ahead with the plan to ban workers from Sabah and Sarawak, is the Sabahan and Sarawakian is to be blamed or the government?

According to the report Sabahan and Sarawakian cousing many social problems in the republic. Excessive drinking, fighting and got involved in drugs are some of the problems caused by workers from Sabah and Sarawak, according to the report.

The question now is what is next? Below is the report about Sabahan and Sarawakian workers in Singapore.

S’pore shuns workers from Sabah, Sarawak
By Luke Rintod - Free Malaysia Today

SINGAPORE: Employers in Singapore are shunning unskilled Sabahans and Sarawakians applying for work in the city-state mainly because they are causing problems in the republic.

Unrestrained drinking, frequent fightings in public places and other activities have been cited as the reason for the downturn in demand for workers from these two states.

While there are no official announcements or rules, rumours are rife here that employers cannot employ workers from the two Borneo states.

It is understood that preference is being given to others for jobs in shopping malls, restaurants or any service-based businesses here.

This has not always been the case.

Just two years ago, employment agents in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching were doing a brisk business recruiting and sending Sabahans and Sarawakians, some as young as 16, to work in Singapore.

An employer here, who hired Sabahans, told FMT that it was now more difficult to get work permits for fresh young Sabahans to work in many of the service sectors in Singapore.

“Three years ago we could. Now it is more difficult.

“In fact, in some cases only those aged above 35 get in or those who already have a good work record here manage to have their permits renewed to continue working,” said the employer who preferred to be known as Tan.

Tan said he did not know the reason why Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) was making it more difficult to obtain permits for workers from Sabah and Sarawak.

Strict immigration laws

But it is common konowledge here that some workers in the affected sectors are known for their heavy drinking, fighting, indiscipline and even involvement in drugs.

The republic, which has strict immigration laws, has already adopted alternative measures to mitigate the shortage of workers in various sectors.

Workers from Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan as well as India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, the Philippines and China are now being welcomed into the state.

From June this year, in order to ensure potential workers understand the regulations, Work Permit In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for foreign workers must be printed in the workers’ native language.

It is part of an ongoing government effort to make its communications to employers and their foreign workers clearer and more transparent, MOM said in its website.

It is not known how many Sabahans and Sarawakians are currently working in Singapore, but industry sources said they could be in the hundreds, if not thousands.

Lester Gualan, a Sabahan, who worked in a restaurant in Singapore for awhile, told FMT he was keen to go back but he could not get a work permit.

“I was told by my friends that only those Sabahans above 35 years are able to get permits now,” he said.

A quick look around here found many Sabahans and Sarawakians, young and old, loitering around City Plaza, their favourite rendezvous over weekends.

They were also seen loitering ear the red district of Geylang, well known for its night life.

In the past, some Sabahans and Sarawakians have complained that their Singapore employers were working with recruiting agencies in the two states to exploit them and that the employers and agents rarely fulfilled their contractual obligations to the workers.

So what is our government going to do about this, or, they will pretend that is something not important and maintain 'golden silent' over the issue.

Jumaat, 19 Ogos 2011

Jumaat, Ogos 19, 2011

Tamu Pekan Sikuati Kudat

Pekan Sikuati. Tamu SikuatiBaru-baru ini ada berberapa cadangan supaya tamu Pekan Sikuati ditukar ke pagi hari Jumaat. Ini kerana hari Ahad tidak begitu sesuai memandangkan majoriti kaum Rungus di sekitar Kudat yang beragama Christian sembahyang pada pagi Ahad dan tamu Sikuati yang dijalankan di sebelah pagi sedikit sebanyak akan menyebabkan ramai peniaga beragama Christian tidak dapat pergi ke gereja atau Church untuk bersembahyang.

Hari yang dicadangkan ialah sebelah pagi pukul 6.00 pagi hingga 10.30 pagi pada setiap hari Jumaat setiap minggu.

Saya agak bersetuju dengan cadangan tersebut. Ini boleh memudahkan semua pihak di mana semua orang boleh menghadiri dan membeli belah di tamu Sikuati pada sebelah pagi dan menunaikan kewajiban iaitu sembahyang. Yang beragama Islam boleh pergi ke Masjid selepas membeli-belah pada sebelah pagi dan yang beragama Christian pula berpeluang pergi ke Church pada hari Ahad.

Tamu Sikuati dijalankan pada hari Ahad dulu semasa era pemerintahan USNO di mana pada masa itu berlaku aktiviti pengislaman secara aftif di Sabah. Justeru kerajaan pada masa itu telah menetapkan supaya tamu Sikuati itu dibuka pada hari Ahad mungkin juga sebagai usaha untuk tidak menggalakkan yang beragama Christian pergi ke church pada hari Ahad.

Hari ini era itu telah berlalu. Hari Ahad adalah hari yang baik untuk ke church atau bersama-sama keluarga sepanjang hari untuk mengeratkan lagi hubungan kekeluargaan. Cadangan untuk memindahkan tamu Pekan Sikuati ke pagi hari Jumaat kelihatan sebagai satu pilihan yang menarik dan perlu difikirkan dengan hati terbuka dan positif.

Secara peribadi saya agak bersetuju dengan cadangan ini.

Selasa, 14 Jun 2011

Selasa, Jun 14, 2011

Persatuan Kebudayaan dan Warisan Rungus Sabah (SARUCHA)

Persatuan Kebudayaan & Warisan Rungus Sabah (SARUCHA) is a Rungus new association focusing on promoting and preserving Rungus culture and heritages. The association was formed and registered this year.

Currently, they are busy recruiting new members and planning SARUCHA future activities. I was made to understand that SARUCHA will concentrate on promoting Rungus cultural and heritages activities and will not overlap with the activities of SAMORA or Rungus Cultural Association (RCA).

However, I think the three association should sit down together to discuss how they can work together.

If you are interested to be SARUCHA member, you can do so by visiting their blog at HERE or SARUCHA. I will support anything that good for the people of Rungus.

Rabu, 20 April 2011

Rabu, April 20, 2011

Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK)

SPCA KK ADOPTION PROGRAMME, Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK) memberships,SPCA KK memberIf you are looking for more things to do you can join Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK). 'Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves' is the theme of SPCA KK.

SPCA promotes 'The Five Freedoms for the welfare of all animals as follows:-

1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from fear and distress
3. Freedom from discomfort
4. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
5. Freedom to behave naturally

If you are interested to know more about SPCA KK you can visit their webpage at www.spcakk.org.

I think this is a perfect group you can join to if you loves in doing volunteer works related to animals.

Rabu, 6 April 2011

Rabu, April 06, 2011

Posting ads on the walls of buildings in Kota Kinabalu

Posting ads on building wall in Kampung Air area Kota KinabaluI was walking around Kg Air area in Kota Kinabalu recently and was surprised and impressed with the beautification efforts done by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK). I saw that the area infront of the Indian restaurant had been beautified. I was happy with it.

I sat on one of the chair waiting for my friend to arrive to pick me up. I believe that this beautification efforts cost money, off course tax payers money.

Around Kampung Air area, I saw so many new hotels. Compared to the last time I went to this area, Kampung Air in Kota Kinabalu now looks much more organize, clean and safe for the people or tourist. I wonder when will a police post will be station there to further ensure the area are safe for everyone all the time.

More hotels in this area means more tourist or travelers coming around Kampung Air area. That translates into many business opportunities for the people especially businesses such as eating outlets, SPAs, Cybercafes, taxi services and many more. More business means more job opportunities for the people.

I took the opportunity to went around one coffee shop by the name Restaurant Fun Sen, where people come here for the Ikan Bakar (BBQ fish) and satay. Next to the restaurant there is a bakery shop. It is not the bakery shop that managed to grab my attention, but the wall outside of this bakery shop was full with business advertisements.

The wall become so dirty and looking ugly with old and new advertisement papers are sticking out around it. With all the money and efforts to make sure Kampung Air area looks beautiful, there are some irresponsible people, thinking only about themselves making the walls looks old, dirty and ugly.

I wonder if those advertisement papers had been given approval to be there by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK). If it is not, then DBKK should take a drastic and continous action to stop all the ads posting activity on building walls around the city.

To track down the culprit is not that hard. They just need to take note those phone number on the ads, call up those guys and charge them. If there are no such law available for this, they can propose a new by-law or something.

But we can't blame the people who did it 100%. In other countries like Australia and New Zealand, there are public notice board provided for it. I haven't came across such notice board yet in Kota Kinabalu.

Whatever it is, I think DBKK should stop all those posting ads on building wall around Kota Kinabalu as soon as possible.