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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Speak English Week 2017

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The Unified English Clubcelebrated English language by holding their annual English week(31st July till 4th August 2017) where English related activities were organized. It was a week full of fun and excitement where students have had the opportunities to learn and use English language outside the classroom through engaging activities such as scrabbles, speech contest, treasure hunt and reader’s theatre contest.

Throughout the week, students had showcased their inner talents in all of the activities.  The week began with Scrabbles Competition, where 4 teams consisted of two persons in each team competed for victory. It was a highly anticipated moment where the remaining champion, spelled their way to secure the crown once again for the third time in a row.

The next day (1st August 2017) highlighted one of the most talked about event, which was the Speech Contest. A total of 11 students participated from Diploma in Early Children to Degree in Education, and the topics chosen ranged from 5 different themes respectively; Education, Social Media, Entertainment and Self-help. The participants captivated the audience with their own version of speech; each uniquely and confidently delivered, keeping the crowds and judges enthralled throughout the two hours. The competition was so intense that even the judges were having trouble in deciding the winner.  It was such an impressive competition that left the audience with wanting more.

The third day, marked another favourite event which was Treasure Hunt. There were about 9 competing teams, with no more than 6 members in a group. Held around the campus, the teams must figure out the clues while battling their ways through challenging obstacles, testing them on their endurance, stamina and teamwork; and at the same time, getting away from the wandering Japanese ghosts that were out to disqualify them. Amazingly, the winners emerged as an all-girls team, beating out their competitors who were mostly boys.

On the 3rd August 2017, a Reader’s Theatre competition was held where teams could take their pick from 4 different themes according to their choices. Each 4 teams delivered their stories, only with the help of their scripts and minimal props to the enthusiastic audiences. The classroom came alive as the participants assumed the roles of characters, making them alive with creative voice modulation, tone and pitch control and impressive employment of emotive expression. What was more impressive, most of the participants were first timers and had never performed in front of a live audience, especially in English. The competition was thoroughly enjoyed and received great reviews both by judges and audiences who never experienced this type of storytelling before.

The English week came to close with a closing ceremony, attended by Dr. Mornie Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman of SIDMA College), Mdm Azizah Khalid Merican, (CEO of SIDMA College), Mr. David Tiongin, (Chairman, SIDMA, Board of Governance), Mr. Lim Chin Tong, (Registrar, SIDMA College), the Head of Departments, staffs of SIDMA College as well as the committee members and participants.

Dr. Mornie Hj. Kambrie in his speech, emphasized the importance of learning and improving their English Language and taking parts in activities offered in English week will benefit the students especially in their careers in the long run. He also praised the wonderful efforts of the committee members, led by the programme director, Suliza Binti Muktar and the advisers of English Club, Ms Florence Ajadap, Ms Yvonne Barnabas. and Ms Constance Joy for their guidance and commitment in making the event a success. Dr Mornie also witnessed the presentation of prizes to the winners of each activity, starting from scrabbles, to speech contest, treasure hunt and last but not least, reader’s theatre contest.

The week had been a truly revolutionary, informative and entertaining one, witnessing the birth of hidden talents and achievements of students. It was amazing to see our students enjoying and participating in a whole range of activities, from scrabbles to reader’s theatre contest. Although it was regrettably short, it is hoped that everyone emerged wiser and more knowledgeable about English – a true celebration of the most widely spoken language in the world.

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SIDMA COLLEGE UNITAR Sabah Overall Champion in the MASISWA 2017 Again

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah emerged victoriously for the fifth time in the recently concluded 2017 Sabah Zone of the Private Higher Learning Institutions Sports Council (Majlis Sukan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Swasta (MASISWA)) Sports Carnival more popularly known as Masiswa 2017. The grand event which was held from 28-30 July 2017 at Tun Adnan Sports Complex, Yayasan Sabah was participated by seventeen (17) of Private Higher Learning Institutions based in Sabah.

During the event SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah captured a total of five (5) Gold, three (3) silver and two bronze medals to emerge as the Overall Champion of the year. The First Runner-up went to University College Sabah Foundation, whereas Institut Sinaran was placed third.

Among the games contested during the three days event were Badminton, Chess, Futsal, Netball, Ping-Pong, Tenpin Bowling, and Volleyball. SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah contingents participated in all the events and won the following:

No Events Category Result Contributors /
Team Leader
1 Chess Individual Gold Jonathan Turumut
2 Chess Group Gold Jonathan Turumut
3 Volleyball Female Gold Syurinah Nandu
4 Volleyball Male Gold Amos Borine
5 Netball Female Gold Winnie binti Sompot
6 Chess Male Silver Rizan Bin Ali Maldan
7 Chess Female Silver Meldah Binti Siapat
8 Futsal Male Silver Normansah Bin Mansur
9 Bowling Female Bronze Dyane Donatus Justin
10 Futsal Female Bronze Fifierna Abi Wedne

Hon. Datuk Louis Rampas (Chairman, Sabah Sports Board) who represented Hon. Datuk Tawfiq Bin Abu Bakar Titingan (Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports) during the closing and prize presentation ceremony congratulated the athletes for being good sportsmanship throughout the competition. He too encouraged them to continuously improve themselves, be physically, mentally and spiritually fit and be ever ready in order to achieve high sporting spirit. Malaysian youths need to be fully involved and participates in all state and national activities such as this to be more competitive as it can contribute in various ways to their community and to the nation.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) congratulated SIDMA’s contingent for capturing the overall championship trophy of the event for the fifth time, despite the college not having any playing field for the athletes to making their necessary tactical preparation. He also took the opportunity to convey his special appreciation and thanks to SIDMA College staff, particularly, Mr Terence Boyd Stephens (Acting Head, Students Affairs Department), as well as all other staff who were involved directly and indirectly in building the students teamwork, mental, physical and spiritual preparation prior and throughout the competition. He, too, especially praised Madam Salumah Nain for continuously nurturing her netball team, and since 2013, the team has been bringing home Gold Medals for the college – an impressive five gold medals for 5 years in a row.

He took the opportunity to announce that SIDMA College has agreed to host the game in 2018, and he hoped that SIDMA Community will make all the necessary preparation in advance to keep with its slogan “SIDMA College – Champion of Change”

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SIDMA College Semester June 2017 New Students Completed their EEP.

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The Semester June 2017 English Enhancement Programme (EEP) for SIDMA College student was recently completed. Although the programme was being conducted during SIDMA College 7 weeks short semester, the 67 new students who were selected to participate in the EEP managed to complete their 28 contact hours of “ACE English” programme; a specially tailor-made English Enhancement  Programme to improve student’s academic English skills. It focuses on improving the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing through engaging and interactive lessons both in and out of the classroom environment.

SIDMA College’s EEP is fully funded by SIDMA College through Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) Corporate Social Responsibilities’ (CSR) and was conducted with the collaboration by various departments such as the Students Affair Department (STAD), Property Administration Department (PAD), Finance Department, Information Technology and Media Department, Academic Department and others.

Madam Jenifah Abdullah, a former Senior English Language Officer with the Sabah State Education Department, who has the privilege to attend and has conducted numerous intensive English Language Teaching and Learning courses at state, national and international level during her past 38 years of services; has been hand-picked by SIDMA Board of Management to develop various study modules for the programme. For this June 2017 semester students, she added outdoor learning environment whereby students were given opportunities to use English in informal setting outside the classroom, such as while in the college’s bus, in the Sabah State Museum, shopping malls, and more.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) who was the guest of honour during the Closing and Certificate Presentation Ceremony, was amazed by the presentation put forth by the participants of the programme. A video recording of some of the activities conducted were recorded and shown during the ceremony and Dr Morni praised the students for their effort to use English, but advised them that they should be more careful in using words which they don’t really understand or has no related meaning. No proper learning will take place if they simply speak the English word just because they have to complete the programme and ignore it after completing it. Overall, he praised them for their effort to try to use English, but they need to maximise on their understanding on the meaning from their English usage.

He took the opportunity to thank the various departments who have collaborated and contributed to ensure the successful implementation of the programmes which indirectly assisted our students’ learning and thus elevate the good name of the college for producing graduates with high proficiency of English.

Dr Morni particularly praised Madam Jenifah for her willingness and readiness to share her experiences and knowledge with the college students and he hoped that the students will find the importance of mastering the fluency of English which indirectly will also encourage their future studies and learning to use English more frequently and in a correct manner.

Earlier, Madam Jenifah, in her welcoming address thanked the various managers, particularly Mr Terence B Stephen (STAD), Madam Nancy Pishori (PAD), Mr Iwan (IT), Madam Rukidah (Finance), and Mr Louis Jais (Academic) for the collaboration on ensuring the success of the programme despite it being held during short semester. She also congratulated the students for their commitment to improve their English and performance well in this college.

Christer Munlook, student representative, on behalf of all the students conveyed their sincere appreciation to Madam Puan Jenifah for her time, effort and her personal contributions to motivate their English mastery. On behalf of the students he too hope that there will be a continuation on advance English courses for them to further improve their English usage.

Also present during the closing ceremony were Puan Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) and Mr Louis Jais (Academic Manager).

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“Financial Intelligence Programme” for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Students.

Monday, July 31st, 2017

SIDMA College collaborated with CIMB Foundation and GEM Systems Sdn Bhd to conduct a financial literacy training programme for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students at SIDMA College on 25 and 26 July 2017. The programme, being the first of its kind, is aimed at providing fundamental financial literacy programme to Malaysian youths especially towards for SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah students. Realizing the importance of the programme, Mr Terence B. Stephen (Acting Head, Student Affairs Department (STAD) and assisted by the Student Representative Council (SRC) identified more than 70 candidates to receive first-hand information from the event. These students are expected to cascade their knowledge to all the college students through various group gathering sessions to be held throughout the year.

Key speakers of the event, Ms Syamsiah  Hamdin  (GEM Systems Sdn Bhd, Kuching) and Ms Christine Chan (GEM System Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur) stressed that the basic focus of the training is to equip participants with a wide range of money management lessons such as delayed gratification, goal setting with Financial IQ, Risk Assessment and Profiling, Property Investment, Debt Management, Financial Lifestyles Changes, Unit Trust Investments, Wealth Multiplier Lifestyle, Budgeting and Tracking, Share Investments, Financial and Investment Planning, and more; for the participants to prepare themselves and able to move forward a smooth and successful  life journey especially upon getting their own salary/income.

The two days’ workshop kicked-off with the speakers highlighting some statistical figures on the current Bankruptcy rate in our country, and encouraged the participants to reflect their current lifestyle financial management, as well to orient themselves and make the necessary lifestyle changes needed in order to be more financially independent; thus indirectly mitigating the growing number of bankruptcy among youths today.

The workshop itself is both engaging and entertaining as it combines very fundamental interactive lectures with fun simulation games such as Property Investment Games, Unit Trusts Investment Game, Shares Investment Game, and more; and the participants reacted positively throughout the two days’ workshop.

Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman, SIDMA College) during the closing session thanked the programme coordinator, Ms Julia Layam Empari (GEM Systems Sdn Bhd) for the comprehensive module and the very informative training programme. BeSMART Financial Intelligence Programme is a very recently launched programme, and till to date, only 9 of such training sessions have been conducted for Sabah and Sarawak by GEM Systems Sdn Bhd; and Dr Morni thanked Ms Julia for giving priority to SIDMA College Sabah and Sarawak for being among the first 9 centres in the region to receive such training.

He also conveyed his special appreciation to Mr David Lo (Manager, CIMB Bundusan Branch) and Ms Siti for their valuable time to present themselves during the plenary discussion on related local financial issues with the workshop participants. Dr Morni also conveyed his thanks to Mr Abdul Rashid Abd Rahman (CIMB Foundation Coordinator) for the holistic financial literacy programme to facilitate and shaping the Malaysian youths of today.

Dr Morni also took this golden opportunity to emphasize to the participants on the management and the usage of their PTPTN study loan, and later when starting their career, plan on proper usage of their salary as well as the settlement of their study loan, and other related loan before incurring into more debts such as on expensive car, house loan and more.

He also thanked Mr Terence for the smooth coordination of the event and congratulated the students for being selected to participate in this dynamic event. He hoped these students will be cascading this very important to the other students efficiently.

He also announced that Bank Negara Malaysia will be conducting the first of its kind Financial Carnival at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall  from 4th – 6th August 2017, to further educate and expose the general public on proper financial management. He added that SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah will participate in the programme, and that majority of the participants are expected to be selected from the current participants based on certain criteria to be determine by STAD.

Most of the event participants found the programme very useful and important as it has equip them with the right knowledge, habits and mind-set on how to take charge of their finances and achieve financial independence. They all hope that they be given opportunities to attend more of such future courses.

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SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah Entrepreneurship Month.

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Semester June 2017 Entrepreneurship Month for Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons), Bachelor of Education (Hons), Bachelor of Management (Hons), Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Hons) students taking Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship, collectively organised an Entrepreneurship Month in July 2017 at SIDMA Atrium to showcase their entrepreneurship skills as well as their ability to meet the social need of the community.

According to Mr Zain Azrai, Lecturer for Social Entrepreneurship subject who is also the advisor to this semester’s UNITAR Sabah 2017 Entrepreneurship Month, and Mdm. Bibiana Buayie, Lecturer for Entrepreneurship subject and the co-advisor to the event, the main purpose of this programme is to provide students with hands-on practical knowledge with regard to the process of starting up their own business, to inspire and excite students for entrepreneurship. Specifically for the social entrepreneurship student, they will try to fulfil their social mission through entrepreneurial activity which in this case to provide item/food required by the nearby community.  This programme is designed to help students to acquire the skills of how to plan their business, present their proposal, manage their finances, to manage a small business, or a partnership, as well as on how to promote their business products and also how to use relevant pricing strategy in setting the price for their products.

You may have heard the saying, “Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Social entrepreneur on the other hand would argue, “Give a man the tools and resources to create a fishing business, and his whole village can thrive for generations.” That is the main idea behind social entrepreneurship.

For this July semester, this event is held on every Monday to Friday at SIDMA Atrium from 07.00 am to 5.00 pm daily. The kiosks they set up at the atrium were packed with these young social entrepreneurs’ and business entrepreneur with their unique set-ups of creative and innovative products ranging from local art and crafts, accessory items, home-made, mouth-watering food and beverage; as well as local delicacies, ranging from “kuih-muih” to “nasi lemak” and other local food products. These young and upcoming entrepreneurs showcase their creative and contemporary products, or demonstrate their innovative promoting and marketing skills by advertising their products online such as using their personal Facebook, WhatsApp or distributing pamphlets well before the event.

Most lecturers and staff were amazed by this semester’s student’s ingenuity in creating their sales accompanied by their excellent communicative skills during their promoting and marketing. Their eagerness was reflected through their early preparation, teamwork and collaboration with staff and lecturers of the college as well with their colleagues. It was also interesting to note that they were able to conceptualize innovative ideas and present it in the form of educational innovation, or related product to suit their client’s social needs.

The lecturers also encouraged all students to harbour dreams of venturing into new path of self-employment, such as launching business enterprises related to their field of studies, reflecting from their knowledge gained during their engagement with young entrepreneurs from diverse communities.

From record, the Higher Education Ministry targets that by 2020, 15% of students will venture into entrepreneurship while they are still pursuing their studies at institutions of higher education, with around five present of them harbouring the intention of becoming entrepreneurs upon graduating.

This was stated by the Deputy of Higher Education Minister, Hon. Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching to reporters after launching the Siswapreneur Showcase 2017 recently. Datuk Yap added that the entrepreneurship programme in higher education institutions under the Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020, were carried out with the concept of “Learn and Earn” with the opportunity to earn personal income while studying.

Uniquely for social entrepreneurship, the sector will have to be self-sustaining, equitable and people-centric as mentioned by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the launching of the Malaysian Social Enterprise Blueprint 2015-2018, a three-year strategic roadmap for developing a social enterprise ecosystem with clear aim is to empower the Malaysian social enterprise sector to be self-sustaining, equitable and people-centric, and to create more impact-driven entrepreneurs by the year 2018.

“The role of social entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable and equitable economic growth has been a focus of many governments around the world,” Najib said in the foreword of the blueprint, which was unveiled at the Cyberjaya headquarters of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Social enterprise is a new wave of enterprise that operates on a model that not only unleashes value through economic wealth creation, but also through creating beneficial impact to society and the environment. The Blueprint outlines the strategic thrusts needed to accelerate the development of the social enterprise sector in Malaysia and identifies three main building blocks: Social enterprises and social entrepreneurs; the ecosystem itself; and institutions including public and private players. It is hoped that these three strategic thrusts would in turn inspire the social enterprise movement, create an enabling ecosystem and affect systemic changes in the society

Mr Zain and Mdm. Bibiana conveyed their appreciation to all college students who had turned out in full force as a show of support to their mates and to the event. They hoped that through such initiatives, more students will be inspired to pursue the path of creative, hardworking entrepreneurs of the nation. The event can also act as reminder to everyone that we all benefitted from the hard work of entrepreneurs, thus it’s our duty to enhance the entrepreneur spirit and to provide quality education to the students in order to mould them into creative, thinking and visionary individuals and can make significant contributions to the country’s economy in the future.

For more information about SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah 2017 Entrepreneurship Month, please call 088-732 000 or 088-732 020; or visit our SIDMA College Website.

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Over 50% of terminally ill die at PCA cente

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: The Palliative Care Association (PCA) needs a larger space to cater for more patients and to hold its activities and training.

The association needs about two acres of land for its daycare and training centre, said PCA president Morna Chua at the annual PCA charity dinner and show last night.

She added that their present site was inadequate to cater for their growing number of patients and equipment.

“We anticipate more patients in the future,” she said.

In her speech, Morna also said that they now had five full-time nurses, a doctor and administrative staff.

She also said that most of the patients suffering from terminal illnesses preferred to stay at home during the remaining days of their life.

And more than 50 percent of their patients do die at home, she said.

“We empower the carers of the patients to look after them,” she added.

Thanking all the donors for their assistance, Morna said the cost of the medical equipment delivered to the homes of palliative care patients had risen due to the lower ringgit exchange rate and tax.

She said that nationwide, about 56,000 people would need palliative care but only 10 percent would have access to it.

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SIDMA College Celebrated Eid Al-Fitr 2017.

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

In conjunction with the festive celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid Mubarak, Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) though SIDMA College collaborated with SIDMA Islamic Student Club (GAMSIS), Student Representative Council (SRC) and Restoran SariBonda, (a restaurant located at Jaan Bundusan); organised a “Ramah-Tamah Aidilfitri” at SIDMA Atrium on 18 July 2017 for all SIDMA staff and students to mark the end of month of Syawal and also the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebration at the college.

Hari Raya celebration in Malaysia, as in all other festive celebrations, are unique as it focuses on building on relations, the existing and new ones; SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, being a miniature multi-cultural and multiracial democratic institution where everyone live, study, share, play and enjoy live together in harmony. As a college with many cultural background, the college celebrates many festivals annually; and what makes this a 1SIDMA Affair are the “open house” concept held during each of the festival, be it Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Kaamatan Festival or Christmas; where both staff and students of the college mingled together in harmony without much protocol.

Dr Morni in his officiating address expressed his pride in the college for celebrating such annual events meaningfully. He encouraged all SIDMA community to continue practicing selflessness, humility, openness, inclusiveness, and patience as such universal values are very much in line spirit the Ramadhan and Aidilfitri celebration. During such gathering, many will ask for forgiveness between them for misdeeds done in the past, which means that we can start building a closer bond or relationship together and be much more united.

He too took the opportunity to convey his appreciation towards GAMSIS. SRC, Madrasah Jamiatul Fathi, Al-Mughni Orphanage Management Association, staff and students for their collaboration in assisting the college to implement various religious and Corporate Social Responsibilities through programmes such as the distribution of “bubur lambuk” to assist the needy and the deprived individuals during the month of Ramadhan, as well building closer bonding with the stakeholders and the general community.

Earlier in his welcoming address, Mr Mohd Faridzwan Bin Abdul Salleh (Chairman, GAMSIS) on behalf of the organising committee convey their appreciation to Dr Morni for giving them the full mandate to implement such a big function. He added that it’s through conducting such activities that provide them continuous interaction between their colleagues, lecturers, tutors and friends that has enable to get access to quality learning in increasingly diverse contexts as well as equipping them with soft skills especially in organising an annual event that can be utilised or applied in the real working world once they graduated.

The organising committee also selected various creative and innovative activities for their guest ranging from Malay Quatrain Competition, Guess the Word, Guess the Song, Finish my Sentence, Musical chair as well as several performance from the student music band; and to keep them entertain, several lucky draws and mystery gift were given out during the event.

Apart from fostering closer relationships from all rank and files, during such activities various types food ranging from “ketupat” “lemang”, “nasi pandan”, and “rendang” to cakes and “kuih raya”; and the highlight for the food served was the specially prepared delicious and fulfilling “Nasi Biryani” cooked by Dr Morni specially for the event were served for everybody’s out to have a great time in the presence of good food and great company.

“Full of Love, Peace and Prosperity,

On Hari Raya Aidilfitri,

Salam Aidilfitri,

Maaf Zahir dan Batin”

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Kadazan Language Public Speaking and Conversational Class Completed

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Kadazan Language Public Speaking and Conversational Class for the second cohort, that was recently organised by SIDMA Kadazandusun Language Club at SIDMA College, which began on June 4th2017 quickly came to an enjoyable ending last Sunday; 16 July 2017.

This cohort saw interesting personalities such as Miss Kerinah Mah (Sabah Kaamatan Queen 2017), Miss Allysa Jimeh (candidate for Bazad-bazad Papar 2017), Miss Elena Laurel Moujing (recently crowned Miss Sabah Air 2017), and Miss Sherrylyn Jane R. Pailus (Miss Sabah Earth Fire 2017) were among the more than 20 participants who registered to participate in the programme. Their presence added meaning and vigour to the event and all the participants anxiously attended and participated in all the activities set, without the slightest worry about their mastery of the Kadazan language.

Ms. Juliana Jimis, (Chairlady, Kadazan Society Sabah, Putatan Branch) with her dynamic skills and personality and her excellent command of the language, seized the opportunity and conducted various group activities based programme and immersed these eager participants to learn the language by having the fun and play element. All the participants were given a Kadazan nickname that suit their personality, and they were required to role-play their role well.

During closing ceremony, Dr Mornie Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College as well as Patron to the SIDMA Kadazandusun Language Club) and Mr David Tiongin Lumbok (Chairman, SIDMA College Kadazandusun Language Club) due to other official commitment that they had committed earlier were represented by Madam Brenda Alexius Liaw. She thanked all the participants for their commitment to attend the Second Cohort of the “16 Hours Kadazan Language Challenge” without fail despite it being held in the weekend during the months of Ramadhan and Syawal.

She also congratulated Ms. Juliana for her excellence skills and creativity in conducting the session single-handedly as well being able to attract personalities to the course.

SIDMA Kadazandusun Language Club thanked Dr Morni for allowing the course to be held at SIDMA College premise and using its existing facilities without any charges as well as subsidising the light refreshment held throughout the programme whereby the coordination of the light refreshment and venue was done by Madam Brenda Alexius Liaw.

SIDMA Kadazandusun Language Club welcome the general public to register themselves for the upcoming SIDMA Kadazan Language Public Speaking Intensive courses. The September 2017 intake will be offered soon and participants will be selected on “first come first serve basis”. Interested parties are welcomed to contact the following SIDMA KadazanDusun officers for enquiries and registration exercise.

  1. Mr Bonaventure Wences : 088-732 186
  2. Mr Dellson J Joingin : 088 732 000 Ext 244
  3. Ms Sylla Severinus : 088-732 000 Ext 221
  4. General Line : 088-732 020
  5. Fax : 088-732 015

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Memorable farewell for lone sailor

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Local Facebook fans and well wishers turned up in droves to wish Philadelphia-hailed sailor Jonathan Selby, 70, farewell and have selfies taken as he prepares to sail to his next destination, Kuching.

“I have been here about a month and two to three weeks. The response has been great and we had a few presentations in schools and churches with good feedback and people said they wanted a open house get together and someone suggested a concert as well.

As a former teacher he also wanted the children to join in the fun as well and so included games and activities for them, he said, at the Foochow Association Building on Sunday.

Asked about his next plan, Jonathan said it was to ready up (fix) his boat to sail and meet up with Sidma College Chairman Prof. Dr Morni Kambrie (who will be escorting Jonathan in another boat) and resume the journey towards Kuching.

“My boat still needs some work which is why we are going to put some pontoons on it so it floats a bit higher and get a radio so I can transmit in an emergency and a few other miscellaneous things to make the journey a little more safe and seaworthy before I make the jump to Sumatra Indonesia next (after Kuching) where I have to cross about 60km or so of ocean.

“Hopefully by the time I get down there I will be prepared for that crossing.” After Kota Kinabalu, Jonathan said he hadn’t decided which coastal areas along the way to Kuching he would anchor for the night but would decide when the sun starts to set.

“I don’t have any particular goals or deadlines. I just have a long term goal to make it to Israel following the coast toward Indonesia before crossing to Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and on to India, Saudi Arabia, through the Suez Canal and to the Mediterranean sea.”

by Neil Chan

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Voyager (Express made me famous) holding farewell party tomorrow

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Solo American adventurer Jonathan Selby, 70, said he had no idea how effective the Daily Express is until he was swarmed by well wishers who said they chanced upon his story on the front page of the June 13 issue under the heading “Lone Traveller’s World Trip In A Boat He Built.

“People were intrigued to read about me and and looked for me. Daily Express made me famous,” he said, and expects some 500 people to attend his farewell party tomorrow (Saturday, July 1).

Jonathan plans to move on to Labuan after the event and will be escorted by two boats under the auspices of the Founder and Chairman of Sidma College, Sabah, Dr Mornie Hj Kambrie.

“Dr Mornie will be in one of the escort boats,” he said excitedly.

He said his farewell “Open House” would be from 5 to 8pm. event. “It is my Journey (A Man Sailing All His Heart With God) KK Farewell Party.

“All KK people are welcome…those who did not get to meet me earlier or did not attend my presentation at Makab Nasional and the Church of Mary Immaculate.

“Admission is free, food is also free. The doors are open from 4.45pm. I want all you friends to please come and enjoy with us as I share my story and journey with you in songs and videos,” he said, adding he had paid for the hall (venue at Foo Chow Association Building, along Jalan Kolam).

“It’s a public event where I get to personally meet, greet and share with all the great people I have been meeting here and Facebook friends, and my going away party. Well wishers are also welcomed to bring a snack or dish along if they want to do so.”

The programme is: 5pm-6pm (Social Time – Games for Children), 6pm-7pm (Snacks, Fingerfood, Social Time & Photo Session), 7pm-8pm (Sharing Session Jonathan’s Journey).

Jonathan is likely to relate the story of how he was stopped by the Philippine Coastguard (for fear that he might fall prey to the notorious Abu Sayyaf while attempting to get to the Malaysian side from Palawan.

“I had to sail back to Palawan and was escorted by three fishing-boats in a 10-hour cruise to Pulau Banggi,” he recalled, adding that he paid US$400 (RM1,200) for the service.

by Mary Chin.

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