KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wildlife Department today received a ten tonne truck fully equipped with an 8 ton crane costing RM597,000.00 for elephant rescue translocation. The donor who requested to remain anonymous was a visitor to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre two years ago. The vehicle was handed over to Sabah Wildlife Department director, Augustine Tuuga in a simple ceremony held at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and witnessed by SWD officers and guests.
In Sabah, human-elephant conflict threatens the survival of the Bornean elephants, thus translocating `problem-elephants’ has become an important human-elephant conflict mitigation. If the need really arise in translocating problem-elephants, it is essential to capture it by drug immobilization, transport by truck and release to a protected area and therefore, it was crucial that the department has enough experienced staff and a good truck equipped with a heavy-duty crane to lift a 6 to 9 foot elephant weighing about more than 2 tonne without the help of an excavator.
At present, the department has one very old and heavily used 22 years old truck which made it difficult to provide immediate assistance when needed and that there were many times when elephant problems had to be delayed due to the truck’s condition. It was also unsafe for both, staff and the animal.
While respecting the donor’s request to remain anonymous, the Sabah Wildlife Department would like to thank the donor for this great ‘gift’ to Sabah’s conservation effort and extremely honoured for having received this ‘gift’.
KOTA KINABALU, MONDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) through its BEFF365 programme presents a week-long online event dedicated to highlighting the global effects of climate change during Climate Week 2020 from the 21st to 27th of September, on its Facebook Page – Borneo Eco Film Festival.
A total of 4 highly acclaimed international film documentaries of climate conflicts will be screened online for viewing on BEFF’s Facebook page. During Climate Week, a series of Webinars have been tailored for audiences which feature discussions with the filmmakers and producers of the featured films, and local environmental warriors to share their expertise.
The Climate Week highlights the Asia Premiere documentary Climate For Conflict and will be screened on September 21st at 8.00pm, followed by a Live Q&A session with the director and producer of the short film, Laura Heaton and Beth Murphy – both tuning in from Sweden and Boston respectively.
CLIMATE FOR CONFLICT (2018, USA/SOMALIA/KENYA, 15 MINS), investigates how climate change is a catalyst for conflict in Somalia and will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty and migration. As one of the places hardest hit on the planet by climate change, Somalia is the canary in the coal mine for the rest of us. This film is part of a larger multimedia project that has been featured here: ABC News Nightline, Public Radio International, Foreign Policy.
Other films highlighted during Climate Week 2020 include South East Asia Premiere SunGanges (2018, INDIA, 75 MINS), Messages From the End of the World (2018, SWITZERLAND, 52 MINS) and Thank You For the Rain (2017, NORWAY/KENYA, 90 MINS). These films shed light on the on-going climate crisis that have drastically affected communities in many parts of the world, and are especially captivating for audiences who live in very different realities, in hopes to garner a greater urgency for climate action among all audiences.
Viewers are encouraged to enjoy the experience of these online film screenings from the comfort of their smartphones. All viewers are welcome to join in the conversation in the Facebook comments during the Live sessions with the invited speakers and filmmakers.
Borneo Eco Film Festival celebrates its 10th year anniversary with a series of online screenings and webinars this year. The first BEFF365 was held in July 2020 in conjunction with Shark Awareness Day. BEFF is a non-profit programme of activities organised by the voluntary society Melapi – the Society for Holistic Outreach, Research and Environmental Action. BEFF is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Movies That Matter (MtM), Shared Earth Foundation, and FINAS. BEFF is also a member of the Green Film Network (GFN) – a network of environmental film festivals around the world.
KOTA KINABALU, Sept 12, 2020:
Parti Bersatu Sabah acknowledges the ‘friendly contests’ between them and other Perikatan Nasional-friendly parties in the 16th state election.
“As conveyed to the PN leadership and the Sabah public, we have indicated that there would be friendly contests in some key constituencies where PBS’ grassroots position is strong, as proven in the past elections. But our mission is clear – we want to win all seats we are contesting,” said PBS Deputy President Datuk Seri Radin Malleh.
He said the matter was brought up for discussion in various meetings regarding seat allocations, and in the case of seat allocation carried out by Barisan Nasional, its Secretary-General Tan Sri Anuar Musa forewarned that there would be overlapping of seats with other parties of the coalition.
Accordingly, Malleh who is also contesting the N42 Melalap, said in the 15 seats allocated to PBS, three seats were also contested by Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah namely N5 Matunggong, N7 Tandek, and N11 Kadamaian
Malleh, who is tasked as the party’s Election Operation Director, further said that the seat of N2 Bengkoka and N42 Melalap were also contested by UMNO of BN.
“Of course we took this in good faith that the contest would be carried out in a manner to strengthen the position of PN in Sabah. These were the basic aims as discussed in meetings with both PN and BN.
“Therefore, after undertaking a close and critical analysis of the KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) areas, and based on the requests of our grassroots, we decided to enter into friendly contests in the seats of N42 Tulid and N38 Paginatan which we had even announced much earlier, N26 Moyog, N39 Tambunan, N40 Bingkor and N41 Liawan.
“Coincidentally, these seats were those allocated to STAR. In the seat allocation meeting chaired by PN’s Secretary-General Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, we had of course raised and appealed for our requests to contest in these seats, so it was not new,” said Malleh.
He further added that PBS decided, in response to the request of our Muslim grassroots, to enter into a friendly contest in the seat of N34 Lumadan, which is contested by UMNO of BN.
“We have done every effort to avoid collision with PN component parties that may be detrimental to our position, but we are also fully aware that it is difficult at times. In the seat of N7 Tandek that was left to PBS to contest, Sabah Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Sabah STAR) openly placed (incumbent Tandek Assemblywoman) Datuk Anita Baranting to defend her seat. Her proposer was the Divisional Chief of Sabah STAR while the seconder Treasurer of the Sabah STAR Tandek division.
“Overall, we take this as a friendly contest. What is important is that a PN component wins all seats,” Malleh stressed.
In addition to the 15 seats allocated by PN, PBS added another seven seats, which added to 22 seats.
Touching on the nomination of PBS candidates today, Malleh said the first hurdle is over, and now the party focuses on winning all seats.
“Nomination went smoothly. Our machinery is going in full gear with campaign programmes.
“We are happy with the outcome. Our goal is to ensure that win all seats, with the collaboration of other parties who are members of the PN coalition,” said Malleh.
He said that aside from winning its seats allocated, PBS will also be fully committed to working with PN and its components in ensuring victory for all seats in other constituencies throughout the state.
Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong has on Wednesday called upon the Chinese community to back Chief Minister Shafie.
In a gathering with the Chinese community at Kepayan, he said Warisan has delivered what both SAPP and LDP failed during their administration.
“There are two so called Sabah parties who are claiming to have defended the Chinese community. SAPP and LDP. Have they no shame?”
Junz elaborated a few key decisions under the Warisan administration.
“Both SAPP and LDP failed to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) throughout their administration, despite both Yong and Chong being Chief Ministers.”
“If they as Chief Ministers back then failed, how else can they perform now when being lackeys of West Malaysian right wing parties like UMNO, PAS and PPBM?”
“It was Warisan under the leadership of Chief Minister Shafie Apdal who recognised the UEC in 2019. You can even use the UEC to apply scholarships, placements in universities or even jobs in the civil service today.”
Junz also explained, while not many UEC students sought scholarships or civil service jobs from the State Government, it is the sincerity behind the recognition that counts.
“There are only roughly 1,800 UEC graduates annually. It is not that many. In fact most UEC students are quite well-off.”
“But what the Chinese community yearned from the government is recognition. The Chinese community have for decades yearned to be recognised for our contribution the development and wellbeing of Sabah.”
“Finally under the leadership of Shafie, the contribution of the Chinese community is recognised, specifically in education.”
“Shafie told me, he said education is a key pillar among the Chinese. And there is no reason not to recognise it. So in 2019, the UEC was finally recognised.”
Junz added, the consistency of Warisan is seen in the civil service.
“Can you recall any Chinese heading any civil service agencies or departments during Yong Teck Lee or Chong Kah Kiat’s terms as Chief Minister?”
“You cannot because there are almost none. The Chinese during SAPP and LDP’s terms as Chief Ministers were like second class citizens.”
“Yet SAPP and LDP have the cheek to claim to have defended the Chinese. Have they no shame?”
“Instead today under the leadership of Shafie and Warisan, we have so many Chinese heading various top civil service departments today.”
Junz listed the various agencies headed by a Chinese.
“Umder the Warisan administration, the head of the Economic Planning Unit, the head of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, and the Permanent Secretaries in four Ministries are Chinese.”
“Even the Head of the very powerful Land and Survey Department is a Chinese. And also the State Attorney General is a half Chinese with a surname.”
“Were any of these appointments possible under Yong Teck Lee or Chong Kah Kiat’s tenures as Chief Ministers?”
Junz said, this is proof of Warisan’s sincerity to all Sabahans, regardless of race and religion.
“This is not to say Shafie is pro-Chinese. What is more important is that we have a leader who is a Chief Minister for all.”
“As long as you are a Sabahan, your capabilities and contributions to society will be acknowledged and recognised.”
“Shafie does not care whether you are a Bajau, a Chinese, a Malay, a Kadazan a Dusun or whatever your race is. Warisan does not care whether you are a buddhist, a Christian, a Muslim or whatever your religious background is.”
“As long as you are a Sabahan and you can contribute to Sabah’s development and wellbeing, you will be appreciated and recognised.”
Junz who is also Warisan Vice President reminded the Chinese community not to be complacent.
“The Chinese community have lived comfortably for the past 26 months under the Warisan administration. No oppression no suppression.”
“But do not be complacent because all these will be lost in a blink of an eye if PN comes into power.”
“Just look at what is happening in West Malaysia under the leadership of UMNO, PAS and Bersatu.”
“Durian planters in Raub, Pahang are suddenly evicted. Is it because they happen to be Chinese? The supporters of UMNO, PAS and Bersatu even got their supporters to defend the eviction by telling the Chinese to go back to China.”
“Have we forgotten under UMNO’s administration, Bibles in the Malay language became a hot political issue?”
“Have we forgotten how UMNO and Pas’s supporters protested about crosses built in churches?”
“Have we forgotten UMNO asked what else the Chinese want?”
“Have we forgotten how UMNO supporters called the Chinese to return to China?”
“Where were SAPP and LDP when all of the above happened? They were with UMNO. Do not forget that.”
“All these will repeat if UMNO/PN returns to power.”
Junz ended his speech by urging the Chinese to make the right choice to defend what has been achieved today.
“As such, it is important for the Chinese community to unite and rally behind Chief Minister Shafie. Defend what we have achieved together today. Do not throw away what we have struggled for all these decades.”
KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional (BN), Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) agreed today to avoid competing against each in several constituencies in the Sabah election.
BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the parties will unite to face the Sept 26 polls as a team.
He said there are bound to be clashes after the parties announced their candidates yesterday, but “this will be resolved as soon as possible”.
Earlier, Zahid attended a meeting of more than 20 leaders from BN, PN and PBS with the Prime Minister and PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin at a hotel here.
Yesterday, BN and PN had named their candidates in eleven constituencies.
KOTA KINABALU: The combination of new and old candidates for the United Progressive United Organization (UPKO) party is a strong combination to help ensure the victory of Warisan Plus in the 16th Sabah State Election (PRN), on Sept 26.
UPKO Vice President Datuk Ewon Benedick said, all the UPKO candidates who have been featured each with various academic backgrounds have their own strength to garner votes.
“I am confident that the young candidates of UPKO have new ideas to develop in their respective areas and Sabah as a whole,” he said after the Launching Ceremony of the Warisan Plus’ Vision and Mission and the Announcement of the Warisan Plus Candidates in 16th Sabah PRN, at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC), here, today.
Ewon, who will be contesting for the N11 Kadamaian state constituency, hopes that the people of Sabah can make wise choices and give solid support to the Warisan Plus candidates to ensure the continuity of development in the state.
UPKO is also featuring a woman candidate, Georgina L. who is a Deputy Secretary General for N38 Paginatan seat.
UPKO President Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau will be contesting for the N15 Kiulu seat, together with Datuk Dr Lucas Umbul (N43 Kemabong), Secretary General Nelson W. Angang (N33 Kuala Penyu), and Treasurer General Datuk Dr Laurentius Nayan Ambu who is also the former Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department (N39 Tambunan).
Also contesting are UPKO Youth Chief Felix Joseph Saang for the N47 Telupid seat, Junsim Rumunzing (N2 Bengkoka); Padis Majingkin (N7 Tandek); Albert Aguir (N46 Nabawan), Dennis Tweening Rantau (N49 Labuk) and Benson Inggam (N 57 Kuamut).
TUARAN: The Borneo Lotud Meseum is embarking on a historic step to erect what will be known as “The Original Peoples’ Peace Oath Stone” (Batu Sumpah Perdamaian Orang-Orang Asal).
The museum’s proprietor, Pediman Jabau, made the announcement in his speech at two events, the officiation of the Borneo Headhunting History (Susui Sangod Borneo) exhibition, and the launching of the “Tuaran: Land of the Linangkit” exhibition, both events graced by the deputy chief minister, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius, Tangau, at the Upside Down House here on Monday.
The Susui Sangod Borneo exhibition began on last August 8, in conjunction with
World Indigenous Peoples’ is a collaboration between Muzium Lotud Borneo, Sabah State Museum and the Sabah State Archive and it is open until the last day of this year.
Explaining the objective of the oath stone, he said that it is way past the time for the original peoples of Sabah, who were involved in the gory practice of headhunting hundreds of years ago, to put behind the leftover grudges of the unfortunate period.
Pediman, who is also the president of the Sabah Lotud Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that most of the animosity of the headhunting era have been largely forgotten but many tribes still demand sogit (cooling compensation) when couples from two different tribes get married.
“Because of this need for sogit, the groom’s side would have to offer an additional buffalo on top of the required set of dowry,” he said. “This compulsory requirement for sogit still happens between several tribes, other than the fact that various tribes still have lingering grudges against each other, even calling each other ‘our past headhunting enemy (sangod)’ This persistent sogit over enmity that happened so very ago should be laid down to rest once and for all, and there is not better way than to erect a historic peace stone.”
“We will gather and get the participation and agreement of adat leaders of all the tribes involved in past headhunting practice to make the event a truly meaningful and lasting one,” Pediman said. “We want that in the future all grudges over the past and mention of headhunting must only be for the purpose of peace, brotherhood and mutual progress.”
Pediman also call on the government to start recognizing the name of the original peoples in official documents instead of continuing to refer to them as “others” (lain-lain).
In his speech, Tangau, who is also the member of parliament for Tuaran, expressed full agreement with the proposal of the peace oath stone for the sake of unity and the renewal of the spirit of brotherhood of all the state’s original peoples.
“With this renewed spirit we can move forward together for success and progress in various fields along with others in the state,” he said. He later handed over his donation to the , Sabah Ethnic Unity Association.
Present at the event were officials of the Tuaran Native Courts, ketuas kampong, leaders of the Tuaran United Tourism Association, Tuaran District Councilors, representatives of, Sabah Ethnic Unity Association, heads of the Tuaran JKDBs and PDMs, and members of the surrounding public.
Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong has followed up with the help for treetop girl, Veveonah Motisin.
In a Facebook posting on Tuesday, Junz said his officer Mr. Jobit from the Sabah Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and local community leader Mr. Maklin Masiau has paid a visit to Veveonah Mosibin and family over the weekend.
“The intention of the visit is to carry out follow up tests on the suitability of the area to build a bird’s nest house.”
“The results are very positive. The place is very suitable to build a bird’s nest house.”
He elaborated, “when Mr. Jobit amplified the sound of switflets, many swiftlets were attracted to the area. It can be seen as shown in the attached photos.”
A few photos of switflets circling the vicinity were also attached in the posting.
On accusations by Abdul Rahim Bakri, the PPBM Kudat MP cum Deputy Finance Minister’s accusations that Veveonah and family does not stay there, he said “UMNO and PPBM are wrong to say that Veveonah is a lying attention seeker.”
“The fact is, Veveonah and family actually stays in that Kampung. Her father taps rubber to stipulate the family’s income. They live in a tough condition in the most rural areas of Pitas. There are photos and videos as proof.”
A few photos of Veveonah’s house and rubber trees surrounding it were also uploaded in the posting.
Junz who is also caretaker Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry said, Veveonah and family are among the qualified Sabahans for the government’s free bird’s nest house programme.
“Veveonah’s fighting spirit and her resilience in wanting to improve the living conditions of her family and villagers have touched my heart. This spirit and resilience I think, should be emulated by Sabahans so that we may all progress and uplift our living standards together as Sabahans.”
“Through this bird’s nest house, Veveonah and family may one day venture into the lucrative bird’s nest industry, just like the 150 other recipients who got their free bird’s nest house in 2019.”
“Depending on grade, bird’s nest can fetch between RM8,000 to RM20,000. This is indeed a very very lucrative industry.”
He also said Pitas has good potential for swiftlet farming.
“To Veveonah’s benefit, the geographical location of Pitas is also very suitable for swiftlet farming. Swiftlets are attracted to the Pitas area and it can be a bird’s nest hub.”
Responding to accusations that this is an election ploy, he said that this has been running throughout Warisan’s administration.
“150 poorest and most marginalised Sabahans have received their bird’s nest houses in 2019.”
“There were no elections then.”
“I have even posted on Facebook and shared on WhatsApp a video called #CeritaOrangSabah last week. These are testimonies by the recipients of the bird’s nest house. There are names of the participants, name of the villages, application dates, recipient dates. You can see the house, see the birds, see the nest. These participants even shared how this Warisan-led Sabah Government has changed their lives through empowerment programmes.”
He concluded that the Opposition are running out of ideas to criticise the current administration.
“Just look at PCS. They claim to be pro-Sabahan. But instead of backing Veveonah, they are siding with UMNO and PPBM who insulted Veveonah.”
“Sabahans can see where they truly stand.”
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