Archive for May, 2016

The communities in Sabah should reflect on the significance of Tadau Kaamatan or harvest festival in order to close ranks and strengthen unity for the progress of the state.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said this was because the annual festival, commonly celebrated by the Kadazandusun Murut community on May 30-31, was associated with giving thanks for a bountiful rice harvest that contributed to friendship among the various indigenous and ethnic groups in the state.

“Although the planting of paddy is no longer a major agricultural practice, this festival is still an integral part of our local culture. Communities here respect and celebrate it as a mark of gratitude,” he said in his Kaamatan message here Sunday.

Musa said over the decades, Sabah has experienced growth and progress in terms of infrastructure and also has more bustling urban centres today.

He said locals now have better access to education and training opportunities and were contributing to the state through their chosen fields.

“This, combined with the fact that we are a melting pot of more than 30 ethnic groups, gives us a competitive advantage within Malaysia and the region.

“Our steadfastness in staying united and our commitment to work together encourage us to learn from one another and are positive factors in our quest to achieve more progress for Sabah,” he said.

In this regard, the chief minister reminded the people not to give in to attempts by certain quarters to damage ties among the people of various backgrounds.

“I call on Malaysians in Sabah to not succumb to such thinking. Calls by certain quarters for Sabah to leave the Malaysian federation are irresponsible and will only lead to division among the people,” he said.

Musa also said Sabah was on track in achieving the various developments outlined in the State Development Agenda or Halatuju introduced over a decade ago, with a focus on agriculture, tourism and manufacturing.

“The Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) launched in 2008 has further strengthened our quest to focus on the three areas outlined by the State Development Agenda.

“We are also participating actively in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the Malaysia Plans, as a way to bring holistic and meaningful progress to the people of Sabah, regardless of where they live,” he said.

He also noted that Sabah was a large state making it necessary to close the gap between regions, especially those located in the interior, by continuing to focus on poverty eradication programmes and ensuring more school-leavers get the opportunity to study at a higher level, including at skills centres.

Musa also called on youths in Sabah to explore the opportunities available and help turn the state into a vibrant region within Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

To ensure successful implementation of the state government’s plans and policies, the chief minister said security remained the state’s priority, with the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) always ensuring that citizens and visitors felt safe while in Sabah.

Sabah has never recognized or acknowledged any claim by the Philippines or any other quarter on the state, said Chief Minister Musa Aman today.

He said Sabah has never recognised or acknowledged any such claim and will continue to be a part of the Malaysian federation.

“Let me clearly state that Sabah is in Malaysia and has chosen to be and will continue to be a part of this sovereign nation since its formation,” he said in response to Philippines incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s intention to pursue the Sabah claim.

Musa added that the people of Sabah are enjoying peace, stability and economic prosperity within Malaysia.

“Our allegiance is to the Malaysian flag. The claim is irrelevant,” he added.

Earlier, Duterte was quoted by the Philippine Star as saying that he will pursue the Philippines’ claim on Sabah.

Duterte also said he will recognise the claim of the Sulu sultanate as “what has been the policy will always be the policy of the government, especially those for the interests of the country”.


The State Government has officially gazetted 898,762.76 hectares in the northern seas of Sabah as the TUN MUSTAPHA MARINE PARK.The move comes after more than 13 years of preparatory work led by Sabah Parks with government agencies, local communities, international partners and with support from non-governmental organisation i.e WWF-Malaysia.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun tweeted the new marine park, Thursday, as being the biggest in the country and the newest conservation initiative carried out by the State Government.

“Its done! Tun Mustapha Marine Park in northern Sabah is gazetted,” he said, accompanied by a photo of the state gazette dated May 19.

The park is located off Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas right up to the Straits of Balabac, where the Sulu Sea and South China Sea meet in the northern part of Sabah.

With the declaration, the size of protected marine parks in Sabah now stretches to about two million hectares.

“Efforts to gazette the park has been carried out through consultations with various parties with interest in the area,” he said.

The area covers 50 islands and includes the three main ones of Pulau Banggi, Pulau Balambangan and Pulau Malawali with more than 180,000 people living in the coastal areas and islands.

It was earlier reported that such a move was the only means of protecting sharks in the area due to the reluctance of the Federal Government to legislate a ban on shark hunting.

” The area is rich in various marine life and located within the coral triangle covering waters within Luzon Island in the Philippines, Bali in Indonesia and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

” The triangle area has over 500 species of corals that is the habitat of numerous marine life. This includes 243 invertebrate species, 550 fish species, four species of turtles, dugongs, crocodiles and sharks,” he said.

As an open marine park, the Tun Mustapha Marine Park will be managed through a collaboration between various bodies involving both government and non-governmental organisations, as well as local communities, said Masidi.

Towards this end, he said the areas are divided into six zones, involving a conservation zone, community-use-zone, multi-use zone, commercial fishing zone, special fish management zone and aquaculture zone, adding that the park was gazetted under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Category Six.

This involves protected areas being set up to conserve ecosystems and habitats, together with associated cultural values and traditional natural resource management systems.

The marine park was first proposed in 2000, with the State Government approving its establishment on March 5, 2003.

The gazetting of the park had undergone various stages like public hearings from 2012 to 2015 as well as public consultations on the park zoning from 2012 to 2013.

The framework of management plan was drafted in July 2012 and was completed along with its gazetting plans, with the government planning to launch the new marine park in June this year.

Tun Mustapha Park is evidence of Musa Aman’s commitment to the Coral Triangle Initiative and contribution towards meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Target of at least 10% marine areas protected and managed.

Superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil gangster drama Kabali, which is slated for theatrical release on July 1, will be dubbed and released in Malay language.

“The film’s Malaysian distributor Malik Streams has decided to dub and release the film in Malay. On Saturday, the film’s teaser was dubbed and released in Malay, and the fans went gaga over it. It was trending on social media for several hours,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

“Kabali is said to be the first Indian film to be dubbed in Malay,” he added.

Besides Malaysia, Malik Streams will also release Kabali in Indonesia and Singapore.

Directed by Pa. Ranjith, the film also features Radhika Apte, Kalaiarasan, Dinesh, Kishore, Dhansikaa and Ritwika.

This is an interesting piece about Donald Trump by The Times of India. Just wanted to share with all you guys….

WASHINGTON: Most Presidential elections in America have a pivotal campaign moment — some sublime, others ridiculous — that makes or mars a candidate’s prospect. Often it is a single visual (Michael Dukakis looking comical in a helmet, riding an Abrams battle tank; “the photo-op that tanked” it was called); or Gary Hart’s escapades on a yatch aptly called “Monkey Business”; or an aging Reagan destroying a youthful Walter Mondale on live television (“I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”)

No such electric moment has occurred in the 2016 election campaign already brimming with invective and name-calling. But the politically savvy comedian Jon Stewart surcharged the liberal set on Monday by called presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump a “man baby,” in a deft swipe at his limited powers of expression and lack of intellectual heft or vision.

“I’m not a constitutional scholar, so I can’t necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby, or a baby-man?” Stewart told former Obama advisor David Axelrod during a live-taping of his Axe Files podcast on Monday. “He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”

Stewart also shredded Hillary Clinton in the hour-long interview that saw him emerge briefly from retirement as a trenchant political commentator, calling the presumptive Democratic candidate “a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are.” But he was quick to clarify that her flaws were not on the same magnitude as those of Trump, who he called an “unrepentant, narcissistic asshole.”

However, it was the “man baby” moniker that went viral within hours on social media surpassing anything Trump’s rivals coined for him (bully, con artist, phony etc) or what Trump has tied to his rivals (Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted, Crooked Hillary. Goofy Elizabeth). Considering he is openly vain about his looks and his manhood, the #manbaby moniker could well become the signature taunt of his critics in an election that is already being fought through #hashtags.

Many pundits concur that Trump has lived up to the charge of being shallow and immature with his off-the-cuff outbursts (expressed without much clarity or consistency) and lack of any policy depth. On Monday, Trump said people like the newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan could be an exception to his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, because, he rambled infelicitously, he was doing a “good job.”

“Because I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example,” Trump rambled incoherently with what critics say is the vocabulary of a high-schooler. “If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.”

Khan, in any event, snubbed Trump, saying it wasn’t about him alone and he did not want an exemption from “ignorant” Trump’s Muslim ban.

from The Times of India

I have been reading recently a little on the holocaust deaths, a recent interest. It makes we wonder, Nazi Germany killed over 17 million people in cold blood mostly in concentration camps. Many of these concentration camps were just outside large German towns. Yet after the war most Germans feigned ignorance of happenings in the death camps.

Sachsenhausen, a notorious death camp was only 22 kms from Berlin. Over 200,000 were killed here. Yet after the war few Berliners acknowledged knowing anything about what went on there, despite trainloads of prisoners and smoke belching from the stacks. For camp after camp, Allied documentation reveals, similar stony silence. This is not a condition peculiar to Germans. Most nationalities have shown a similar stoicism and indifference. Which is why cruel despotism prevails in so much of the world. Which is why tens of thousands get killed and there is no memory of them. Collective amnesia!

In Indonesia when Suharto seized power over a million people were massacred with the most primitive tools within a few weeks. Cambodia is another example. So is Rwanda. Is there a museum or recorded history to tell us what happened, besides anecdotal tales? There is nothing uniquely evil in Germans. Its a common human condition.

In Malaysia, we also have our share of Collective amnesia and it is fast enveloping us in.