Archive for May, 2018

1MDB – Where’s the billions?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The Finance Ministry (MoF) on Sunday raised more questions on investments worth US$8.33 billion (US$1 = RM3.98) made by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) between 2009 and 2013 and asked former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to account for several transactions.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said rather than debating whether 1MDB’s RM6.98 billion payments were a bailout by the MoF, it would be “more productive” if Najib answered the new query.

In his statement Sunday, he posed three questions:

Where has the US$1.83 billion invested with Petrosaudi International Ltd between 2009 and 2011 gone to? Where has the US$3.5 billion raised in 2012 for the purposes of acquiring power plants in Malaysia gone to? Where has the US$3 billion raised in 2013 for the purposes of investing in the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) gone to? On the RM6.98 billion paid by the MoF on behalf of 1MDB, Lim said the payments were made in relation to borrowings that were completely unrelated to the latter’s real estate projects, including Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) and Bandar Malaysia.

The payments were instead made to service coupon interests for three bond issuances – US$3.5 billion worth of 10-year bonds issued in May and October 2012, RM5 billion 30-year bond issued in 2009 and US$3 billion 10-year bond issued in March 2013 – and repay fully the US$1.2 billion advance from Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Corp (IPIC).

The US$3.5 billion bond was intended for acquiring power plant assets. However, although the assets have been disposed of and the proceeds have been fully utilised, the bonds remain outstanding.

The RM5 billion bond was mainly used for 1MDB’s failed investment with PetroSaudi International. As for the US$3 billion bond, it was intended to fund the development of TRX; but the Auditor-General reported the funds raised were not used for that purpose.

Lastly, the advance from IPIC was taken in April 2015 to repay US$975 million of borrowings from a Deutsche Bank-led consortium.

Lim, therefore, questioned why any returns from the real estate projects, the land for which was originally acquired cheap from the government, be used to “cover up the financial holes created by all of 1MDB’s other financial misadventures and shenanigans?”

“Hence, given all of the above facts and figures, there could be no other description for the RM6.98 billion worth of payments by the MoF on behalf of 1MDB to date, other than to describe it as the single largest bailout in history carried out by the government of Malaysia,” he said.

Lim was responding to Najib’s denial that the payments of RM6.98 billion were a bailout of 1MDB. The former Prime Minister pointed out that 1MDB had transferred all its real estate assets to the MoF, saying these should be construed as “compensation”.

In concluding his statement, Lim said the MoF would work hand-in-glove with the 1MDB Special Committee set up by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to “uncover the complete truth behind 1MDB in order to recover as much of the lost and stolen funds as possible to plug the debts and deficits created by the Najib administration.”

BERNAMA.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/24040

46 beauties to vie in Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2018

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Image result for photos of 2018 Unduk Ngadau Finalists

KOTA KINABALU: Forty-six Sabahan beauties from all over the State as well as Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) branches registered for the State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan pageant, in Kota Kinabalu, yesterday.

They were Azecquline Lajukim / Johnius who is representing Beaufort, Chrissy Jamil (Beluran), Jine Zifora Minsin (Kota Belud), Geraldine Jilliam (Klang Valley), Marylyn Bundoi (Keningau), Wendy Inggu (Nabawan), Martiny Talu (Pitas), Ivy Clair Jaibet (Kiulu), Mary Grace Lojuki (Kota Kinabalu), Grace Sinidol (Tenom), Jascinta V.Pilos (Semporna), Helen Leong Siau Phing (Tamparuli), Dorothy Patrick (Membakut), Mery Hendricus (Tongod), Dorizah Noh (Sandakan), Shellenni Madawal (Penang), Sereena Henry (Lahad Datu), Christine Regina Carmelita Manjaji (Tuaran),

Vanessa Audrey Gilbert (Putatan), Madeleine Sophie Binidip (Johor), Puang Hui Ling / Arin Puang (Ranau), Feyrajoyce Stannis (Labuan), Nicole Alphonsus (Karambunai), Wedylin PG Batala (Likas), Olivia Chin Mei Fung (Pagalungan), Ornealla Ayub (Sook), Clerice Olvia Augustine / Justin (Kota Marudu), Annie Gabrela Joslin (Banggi), Deveygrayc Justin (Tambunan), Hosiani James Jaimis (Inanam), Annfoneska Jumin (Kunak), Juviniajoewy Ruran (Sipitang), Irein Sialid (Tungku), Geneieve Claire Johmen (Paitan), Shyvorne April Jones (Matunggong), Avy Marian Peter (Papar), Didy Yani Dinoh (Tawau), Sherrylyn Jane Rannytho (Penampang), Raynie Raymond Jury (Menumbok), Wenanita Wences Angang (Kuala Penyu), Fanny Wong Syi Yee (Telupid), Tanessja Shanelle Mojitoh (Kapayan), Marcella Lennie Michael (Kinabatangan), Azlyn Jatris (Kudat), Vercey Vexcency Alexius (Kemabong), and Cherlena Merlyn Henry (Libaran).

Also present during the registration was State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan (UNK) 2017 Kerinah Mah. The UNK is a traditional pageant that will be the main highlight of the annual two-day State-level Kaamatan Festival celebration at the Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, on May 31, and scheduled to start at 11.30am.

Interestingly, beauties contending for the State Level Unduk Ngadau competition this year will have a bigger prize waiting for them if they win.

The contestant crowned as the Unduk Ngadau shall bring home RM12,000 in cash apart from educational scholarship from Asian Tourism Institute and the North Borneo University College (NBUC).

By ERSIE CHELL ANJUMIN.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/24045

and http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/05/28/battle-for-2018-unduk-ngadau-title-began-yesterday/

Saluting dedicated educators

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Aminudin (in white shirt) and Tengku Nasariah (fifth from right) with the teachers during the Petrosains’ Teachers Day celebration.

Aminudin (in white shirt) and Tengku Nasariah (fifth from right) with the teachers during the Petrosains’ Teachers Day celebration.

IN conjunction with the national Teachers Day celebrations, Petrosains, The Discovery Centre organised a special event to honour teachers for their dedication and invaluable contribution towards the younger generation.

The celebration was held together with the prize giving ceremony of the “2018 Petrosains Science Laboratory Challenge” competition.

A total of 200 teachers and educators from around the country attended the event.

Education deputy director-general (Education Operations Sector) Aminudin Adam gave away prizes to the main winners of the competition.

During the event, singer Dayang Nurfaizah sang, “Greatest Love of All” for the teachers.

They were also treated to a special showcase by the top 10 finalists from the competition.

The competition is one of Petrosains’ initiatives to encourage teachers to be more creative in science to improve the quality of learning among students and their interest towards science.

The competition was organised in collaboration with the Education Ministry’s Boarding School Management and the Schools of Excellence Division.

Tengku Nasariah in her speech said: “As an informal learning institution, Petrosains is the support for teachers to help produce students who will have higher order and critical thinking skills of the 21st century.”

“Petrosains has always been the backbone of support teachers in the strengthening of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives in the nation,” she said.

The competition was organised in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025. Sixty nine entries were received. The top 10 finalists competed in the final round and were assessed by experienced judges.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2018/05/27/saluting-dedicated-educators/#EaSgMHlogQfmjJ2Q.99

Being human with STEM, STREAM

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
The end-game is to make the education system respected and relevant. FILE PIC

STEM, a new term coined this century, means Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

When I was schooling in the 1970s, it was called science stream, arts stream or commerce. Then, we had vocational subjects in schools far from town centres.

Being chosen to enter the science stream was a novelty and we felt proud carrying thick Physics books around to show people that we were science stream students.

We had to look for frogs and buy kits to dissect white mice. Everybody had fun performing the mini operation at the laboratory.

For Biology class, we went into the jungle to observe ferns. I still remember the fern named Selaginella.

We had Mathematics and Additional Mathematics too. Mathematics was simple compared with Additional Mathematics, which always carried a red mark in my report card.

It was very difficult to understand, what more to score. Anyway, we enjoyed our school life and all of us secured good jobs.

Today, the curricula focuses on linguistic, mathematical and technological literacy for jobs in the future.

Students make interdisciplinary connections. They develop global citizenship values, including empathy and good character traits. As business magnate Robert Kuok said: “I do not look for MBA or PhD, I look for attitudes.”

Students must have problem-solving, critical thinking, computational thinking, project management and creativity skills.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said:” “Everyone should know how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”

Technical and Vocational Education and Training is another solution for it.

STEM should start from pre-school to primary and secondary schools, as stated in the Ma-laysian Education Blueprint (2013-2015), right through to tertiary education.

At preschools, nurture and inspire interest; primary schools, make connections or build foundations; secondary schools, develop STEM skills; and tertiary education institutes, improve STEM skills.

Computational thinking skills should be integrated into the primary and secondary syllabus.

For primary and secondary school students from Year 6 to Form 1 (ages 12 to 13), Scratch, a free programming language, has been introduced.

In Form 4 (where students are 16), they are introduced to Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Basic, HTML, Java, and JavaScript. They are encouraged to develop multimedia applications.

Learning should be fun and less exam-oriented at this stage.

To advance STEM at the university level, for example, the School of Chemistry at Universiti Sains Malaysia, has developed a micro-scale kit suited for Forms 4 and 5 chemistry experiments. The micro-scale team has been promoting the kits in schools in the northern region.

With this kit, schools could save about 70 per cent of chemicals and time.

The experiments can also be carried out anywhere in the school compound and not necessarily in a lab. The micro-scale kit won the gold medal at the
i-IDeA Innovation Competition 2018.

STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. This is aimed at balancing the Science and Arts subjects.

The Arts skills are based on subjects such as music, literature, arts and craft, sewing, sports, cake-making or culinary arts.

In the United States, it is called liberal education.

For example, an engineering student could sign up for Arts subjects.

It is free and open to undergraduates, according to their interest, as long as it makes up the credit hours in addition to the core subjects and compulsory subjects. I hope Malaysia can emulate this higher learning institutions. m, STREAM means Science Religion Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics.

Our national philosophy aims “to create individuals who are well-equipped intellectually, spiritually and emotionally”.

“This effort aims to produce knowledgeable, ethical and responsible citizens who can contribute to the harmony and prosperity of the community and nation”.

From here, we have Moral and Religion (Islamic) classes in schools.

At university level, our syllabus must cover these subjects in order to fulfil the accreditation purposes.

The subjects are Bahasa Kebangsaan, English Communication Skills, Learning Skills for University Studies, Decision-Making Skills, Tamadun Islam and Tamadun Asia, Ethnic Relationship, Comparative Religions, Parenting and Family Issues, and Co-Curriculum.

The end-game is to make the education system respected and relevant.

By implementing STEM, STEAM and STREAM, we want to produce graduates who acquire moral and knowledgeable characteristics that consist of spirituality, leadership skills, national identity, language proficiency, thinking skills and knowledge.

As stated by Harry Lewis, in his book Excellence Without a Soul, what it means with the terms is to be human.

We also want to be on a par with Asean countries in terms of Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) and other evaluations.

By Dr Rozinah Jamaludin.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/05/373738/being-human-stem-stream

Governance: Ideals of democracy

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Parliament is a crucial part of the democratic process as it passes laws that are implemented by the executive, and counter-balanced by the judiciary that interprets these laws. FILE PIC

THE definition of democracy as the government of the people, by the people, and for the people is not always realised. For democracy everywhere is tainted by partisan political and corporate interests.

Democracy does not always practise equality, for the system thrives on inequality, with the elites controlling the masses through the practise of capitalist economy in which the masses work for wages while the capitalist class (elites) controls the means of production.

A viable and ideal democratic system focuses on the wellbeing of the people, as well as allowing and encouraging profit-oriented private initiatives and enterprises. While the capitalist economy offers opportunities to accumulate wealth, it should also ensure an equitable distribution of wealth by addressing the economic plight of the lower-rung masses.

It should also discourage the unrestrained accumulation of wealth that negates its equitable distribution.

A viable democratic system that is based on the ethical principles of accountability and integrity would ameliorate the inequality of income and other opportunities for the wellbeing of the people.

But a democratic system is only as good as the people who run it, for human weaknesses influence the character of the governance. Thus, the integrity of the instruments of governance that are created to serve the people will depend on the ethical and moral bent of the authorities.

As a result, there are various manifestations of democratic governance, which vary from those that are closely aligned to the democratic principles to serve the people to those that exhibit elements of feudalism, totalitarianism or dictatorship.

A proper democratic system incorporates the three major divisions of governance: legislature, judiciary and executive. These are separate and independent entities that act as checks and balances.

In reality, the separation is often breached, especially in Third World developing democracies. First-World democracies respect this separation of governance and each branch is administered by people of integrity and accountability.

And the legislature or Parliament is the crucial and integral part of the democratic process for it passes laws that are implemented by the executive and counter-balanced by the judiciary, which interprets these laws. The designation of parliamentary democracy testifies to its singular importance in a democracy.

It is an august house that supersedes the executive and judiciary, and a place in which the peoples’ representatives concern themselves with matters that address the needs and wellbeing of the people.

It is also a place where the voices of the people — their grievances and grouses — are given hearing through elected representatives, as well as to redress any malfeasance.

Besides Parliament, the media, in the spirit of freedom of expression, plays a crucial part in highlighting the people’s grievances.

It must be independent and robust to report without fear or favour. And journalistic integrity must not be sacrificed for partisan interests.

There should not be any legislative constraint that curbs freedom of speech. And most important is the people’s right to choose a government through free elections.

This right is the core expression of democracy of the government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

In the final analysis, a democracy is an organisational system, an algorithm that sets out the procedure to an orderly, safe and secure existence that regulates human (and even flora and fauna) interaction and engagement in a sane and respectful manner, without infringing on individual and communal rights.

However, the algorithmic expressions of democracy are dependent on the nature and character of those who manage and input the system.

Democratic expressions vary according to the cultural milieu, which may reflect vestiges of former systems of governance, such as feudalism, socialism, communism or dictatorships.

By MOHAMED GHOUSE NASURUDDIN.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2018/05/373751/governance-ideals-democracy

Customs DG tells businesses to reduce prices with zero-rating of GST

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
(Stock images for illustration purposes) Sales and Services Tax (SST) will not be implemented on June 1 despite the government’s decision to set the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at zero percent the same day. Pix by Muhammad Sulaiman

PUTRAJAYA: The Sales and Services Tax (SST) will not be implemented on June 1 despite the government’s decision to set the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at zero percent the same day.

In saying this, Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said the date of SST’s implementation will be announced later.

Subromaniam also said businesses are required to reduce the prices of their goods and services in accordance with the zero-rating of GST.

“This will be in effect nationwide until further notice. All businesses registered for GST must adhere to the zero-rating of GST,” he said in a statement today.

“Businessmen are urged not to exploit the government’s wish to reduce prices and benefit consumers.”

(File pix) Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said businesses are required to reduce the prices of their goods and services in accordance with the zero-rating of GST. pix by Muhammad Sulaiman

Subromaniam reiterated that beginning June 1, all local and imported goods and services will be zero-rated.

He said failing which, the government will take stern action under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

He said businesses are encouraged to find out more about the zero-rating of GST by visiting www.customs.gov.my or www.gst.customs.gov.my.

By Suhaila Shahrul Annuar.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/373879/customs-dg-tells-businesses-reduce-prices-zero-rating-gst

Salahuddin: No shortage of food supplies, prices should remain reasonable

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
(Stock image for illustration purposes) “Preparations to ensure main food supplies like chicken, meat, fish, vegetables and fruits are sufficient to cater for the festive season have been ongoing for the past three months,” said Salahuddin Ayub. Pix by Mikail Ong

PUTRAJAYA: The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Ministry has given its assurance that food supplies are sufficient for Ramadan up until Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Its minister Salahuddin Ayub said since there will be no shortages, the prices of food items at the markets, specifically pasar tani should be reasonable despite there being an increase in demand during the festive season.

He added that the ministry had been taking pro-active measures to ensure adequate supplies including increasing the output of locally manufactured goods, increasing import quota for selected food items as well as imposing a ban on overseas fish export.

“Preparations to ensure main food supplies like chicken, meat, fish, vegetables and fruits are sufficient to cater for the festive season have been ongoing for the past three months,” he said in a statement today.

(Stock image for illustration purposes) The ministry had been taking pro-active measures to ensure adequate supplies including increasing the output of locally manufactured goods. Pix by Muhammad Asyraf Sawal

Salahuddin informed that during Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the estimate output for major food items are 49,733 metric tonnes for meat (local and import), 351,046 metric tonnes for chickens (local) and 2.8 billion chicken eggs.

Apart from that, the estimate output for round cabbages are 15,000 metric tonnes and fish (various species) were 108,500 metric tonnes.

In the event of supply shortage or an increase in prices, consumers are advised to report the matter to the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Ministry and the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK).

“Enforcement will be increased with the cooperation of KPDNKK to ensure there are no elements of profiteering and to ensure traders display the prices of their goods.

“For reference, consumers can download the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority’s (FAMA) MyHarga Tani and Go Pasar Tani applications, and KPDNKK’s Price Catcher application to obtain information and compare prices,” Salahuddin said.

By Suhaila Shahrul Annuar.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/373886/salahuddin-no-shortage-food-supplies-prices-should-remain-reasonable

Carrybeans to live stream Unduk Ngadau

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The finale of the State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2018 will be on live streaming by Carrybeans, a home-grown digital information provider, on its Facebook page on May 31, starting from 10am to 8pm.

Viewers will be able to catch the cultural festivities happening at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Hongkod Koisaan in off Penampang Road here.

Carrybeans will take viewers inside the four walls of the KDCA hall to witness the crowning of the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2018 winner in real time.

In 2017, Carrybeans provided a similar live streaming and recorded more than 285,000 local and international viewers.

“This year, we hope to reach 300,000 viewers and bring the Unduk Ngadau experience right into people’s homes.

“We are always looking for ways to bring Sabah’s rich heritage and culture beyond the local space. This live streaming initiative enable viewers not just in Sabah, but in West Malaysia and around the world to watch the Kaamatan merriment live,” Carrybeans chief executive officer Samuel Chiew yesterday.

He said the KDCA Sabah State-level Unduk Ngadau Committee, which approved this initiative, is excited at the prospect of making Unduk Ngadau accessible to more people.

The KDCA Women’s Council and KDCA Youth Council also lent tremendous support to this initiative, he added.

“As this is a non-profit initiative, we are grateful to the KDCA Sabah State-level Unduk Ngadau Committee, KDCA Women’s Council, KDCAYouth Council, Sabah Tourism Board, our anchors, technical experts, media partners and corporate sponsors who have come on board to make Unduk Ngadau accessible to all,” said Chiew.

Last year, viewers who tuned in to Carrybeans’ Facebook live streaming commented that it was their first experience watching Unduk Ngadau in real time and expressed their delight at being able to be part of the event, he said.

The Sabah Tourism Board is the official supporter of the initiative while the corporate Sponsors are Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad (Platinum), Hotlink RED (Gold) For highlights and pre-event content, visit Carrybeans’ Facebook or Instagram (@Carrybeans).

By PAUL MU

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/24017

They’re not legally protected

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

The 40,000ha Matang mangrove forest in Taiping, Perak, is one of the world’s best-managed sustainable mangrove ecosystems and home to numerous mammals and bird and fish species, and river dolphins.

MANGROVES and seagrasses possess distinctive characteristics with remarkable adaptation features, allowing them to naturally occupy Malaysia’s fragile tropical coastlines. Their presence is significant in terms of providing multiple benefits and ecosystem services to the nation, particularly for coastal protection against oceanic and climatic catastrophes, and securing the livelihoods of coastal communities.

Mangroves are a natural habitat for a diverse type of plant and are home to myriads of animals and marine fauna. They are the breeding and spawning grounds for marine and coral fishes, a sanctuary for over a thousand known species of molluscs, bivalves, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals. This includes dolphins, otters, crocodiles and mudskippers.

Malaysia’s mangroves store 90 per cent of all known and described Indo-West Pacific’s mangrove plant species, making it the third largest mangrove-holding nation in the world. Adjacent to the mangroves, particularly on the eastern and southern coasts of Peninsular Malaysia, as well as on the coasts of Sabah and Sarawak, lie numerous beds and meadows of seagrasses.

All 14 species of seagrasses found in Malaysia are well-adapted to highly saline conditions and they are the specific grazing grounds for dugongs and other marine mammals and creatures. Seagrasses provide the ecological link and habitat connectivity, particularly on nutrient exchange and dynamics with the neighbouring mangroves and coral reefs.

One important thing in common for both mangroves and seagrasses is that they are identified as an efficient carbon sequester. Hence, together with saltmarshes (commonly found in subtropical coastlines), mangroves and seagrasses are known as the blue carbon ecosystems. Particularly for mangroves, they are found to be four-times a better carbon storage compared to their terrestrial counterparts. Through photosynthesis (a process in which plant uses light, water and carbon dioxide to generate food and energy for growth, releasing oxygen as a waste product), mangroves and seagrasses fix a significant amount of atmospheric carbon by storing it in their above-ground bodies, and in their roots and soil underneath.

This process of carbon sequestration is vital to assist in our combat against climate change.

Considering all of the benefits and services provided by these ecosystems, it is unfortunate to note that mangroves and seagrasses are not legally protected. They fall in the loopholes of natural resource governance, partly due to their habitat locations, and partly due to our ignorance in recognising their ecological importance.

The National Forestry Act provides protection for mangroves within the gazetted forest reserves. However, approximately 1,000 sq km of mangroves are not (yet) gazetted and are put solely under the jurisdiction of the state governments.

Similarly, the National Fisheries Act does not include mangroves in the protection and enforcement, although it is a known fact that fish and seafood resources are highly dependent on mangroves for their survival.

Seagrasses, on the other hand, are totally not covered by the two important legal tools, except for the ones located within the boundaries of the marine parks, in which coral reefs are the main emphasis. This is a worrying scenario.

In the nation’s plight to protect our coasts from being eroded due to obvious climatic factors, human development continues to encroach on these habitats without careful consideration.

Land reclamation, urban expansion and coastal development are identified as the primary anthropogenic factors contributing to the loss and the degradation of our mangroves and seagrasses. Coupled with the extreme climatic conditions, the future of Malaysia’s mangroves and sea-grasses seems vague.

It is hoped that the ongoing formulation of the National Wetlands Policy would address and solve these issues. The conservation of mangroves and seagrasses has already been mentioned in the National Policy on Biological Diversity, but, again, without a strong supporting enforcement tool like an act or a regulation, mangroves and seagrasses may still not be efficiently protected.

The Environmental Quality Act does have a provision to regulate this through the implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment by the Department of Environment. However, many destructive coastal development went on without solid mitigation measures and monitoring. Strict enforcement of rules and regulations should control anthropogenic disturbances on these habitats.

The Forestry Department, The Department of Marine Park and The Department of Environment are already placed under the same roof, that is the Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry

Therefore, it is hoped that the ministry is able to strengthen smart partnerships and collaborations, and to allow for flexible enforcement mechanisms in between departments in order to protect these important intertidal habitats — our mangroves and seagrasses and all their ecological significance.

By DR A. ALDRIE AMIR.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2018/05/373438/theyre-not-legally-protected

SMK Perempuan Likas PTA and SIDMA College Sabah jointly organised Iftar Ramadan

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) also known as PIBG and Islamic Education Committee of SMK Perempuan, Likas, in collaboration with SIDMA College Sabah collectively held an Iftar Dinner “Iftar Ramadan Bersama SIDMA College” in conjunction with the retirement of Madam Hajah Norulashikin Mohd Taib, Principal of SMK Perempuan Likas, Kota Kinabalu.

The event which was held at Dataran Srikandi, SMK Perempuan, Likas on 23 May 2018 was attended by more than 300 people consisted of SMK Perempuan Likas PIBG Central Committee, students’ parents, School Principal and the management committee, SMK Perempuan Islamic Education Committee,  teachers and staff as well as Dr Morni Hj Kambrie (Chairman and Founder of SIDMA College), SIDMA Board of Management and staff and local Likas community.

Earlier in the evening, the Form III and Form V students that attended the dinner also performed a Solat Hajat, to seek God gracing and forgiveness for them to sit for the coming PT 3 and SPM examination with confidence and success.

In her welcoming speech, Madam Hajah Norulashikin thanked the School Parent Teacher Association, teachers, staff, parents students of SMK Perempuan Likas for their undivided cooperation and loyalty shown to her throughout her term of service as the Principal of the school, and hope that they will continue to so with the new administration.

Hajah Norulashikin also thanked SIDMA College for their collaboration in organising the Iftar Dinner which has given her the opportunity to enjoy Iftar dinner with the school’s staff and SIDMA College as well as all the parents; which was held in conjunction with her retirement. She appreciated their genuine efforts in organisation of the event, as well as their moral support during her service with the Education Department; and she prayed that God will reward them accordingly.

Dr Morni in return thanked Madam Hajah Norulashikin, the school management, teachers, staff & the school PIBG, SMK Perempuan Islamic Education Committee; and conveyed his pleasure to be given the opportunity to co-host the Iftar dinner at the school. He said through such opportunity, he was able to meet and get to know more friends as well as the local Likas community.

He also thanked the Likas community and the school for being active stakeholders of SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah, and added that that the college will ensure that it will continue to produce relevant and quality graduates to meet current and future job market of the country.

To ensure the success of the event, Dr Morni among other things, contributed bubur lambuk and smashed chicken rice (nasi ayam penyet). During his speech, he also announced that he will contribute a set of PA system for Dataran Srikandi compound as a gesture of his appreciation to the school.

Read more @ http://www.sabah.sidma.edu.my/index.php/all-bulletin/89-news/157-smk-perempuan-likas-pta-and-sidma-college-sabah-jointly-organised-iftar-ramadan