Archive for January, 2012

Half Sabah’s population is aged below 40

Published on: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kota Kinabalu: Youths aged between 15 and 40 account for about half the population of Sabah. This is based on the Sabah Monthly Census Bulletin which shows there were 1.6 million youths under the said age category in Sabah as of February this year.

And of this only 120,000 are currently members of either Sabah Youth Council (MBS), the MBS’ 10 affiliate members or the affiliated youth associations at divisional level. This was disclosed by Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Peter Pang En Yin, at the opening of the State Youth Consultative Council Series 1/2011 meeting at the Pacific Sutera here Tuesday.

In terms of association, he said the Registrar of Societies’ (ROS) statistics up to April this year showed there are 279 registered youth associations in Sabah, an increase from 255 associations registered until December last year. Nevertheless he wants this to be given serious attention, urging the campaigners and leaders of the youth associations in the State to work closely with the Ministry in the effort to increase the number of youth associations and membership, apart from on understanding the needs of the group.

“Active participation and involvement by youths in the State in associations will reflect strength, apart from showing the practice of healthy lifestyles and culture among our younger generation,” he said.

Pang also hoped youth organisations and associations in the State will remain positive in dealing with any sort of youth-related challenges while always working together in reducing the negative impacts of any social problems and crimes for the benefit of all youths. The said bulletin’s statistics showed that out of 3.214 million people in Sabah, some 1.6million are youths, of whom 366,000 are those aged between 15 and 19 years old; 329,000 (aged 20-24); 322,000 (aged 25-29); 309,000 (aged 30-34) and 281,000 (aged 35-40).

Assistant Sport and Youth Minister Datuk Jahid Jahim, among others, was also present.

via Daily Express Newspaper Online, Sabah, Malaysia..

Sabah can be the future model of growth

With 80 per cent of the population involved in farming, Sabah’s future revolves around agriculture. Except for rice which is still imported, Sabah is trying to attain self-sufficiency in food production and produces surplus vegetables both highland and lowland vegetables, surplus of poultry and eggs, surplus of marine fish, surplus of milk, but, the fact remains that the State still has a large proportion of population which is poor and there is still poverty.

I actually encouraged to do this through the BERJAYA era...

I was encouraged to do this ever since the BERJAYA era...

The challenge therefore is on how to bring a synergy between agriculture and food security; on how to turn agriculture economically and ecologically sustainable in a manner that it does not lead farmers in distress to sell off their land to ‘outsiders’ and become landless and at the same time provide food and nutrition for the masses. A healthy agriculture is also the first line of defence against poverty.Sabah therefore needs to discard the Green Revolution approach. It has to stop poisoning its soils, contaminating the water bodies and the environment and pushing more and more farmers out of agriculture. Sabah needs to shun the industrial model of farm growth, and build an ecologically sustainable farming model driven by a futuristic vision. Agriculture has to be re-designed and linked with its own traditional time-tested public distribution system – where the communities have been in control and have managed the food needs in a kampong.Instead of chemical fertilisers, vermi-composting as a cottage industry has to be encouraged on a massive scale. This will restore soil health, increase crop productivity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also generate more rural employment. Chemical pesticides need to be eliminated besides its so expensive, I know I was in this industry in the past.

Sabah can learn from the ‘Non-Pesticides Management’ system of agriculture from Indonesia and Thailand. No chemical pesticides are applied in over 50,000 hectares in Indonesia, and yet the crop yields are very high. Driven by its increasingly successful adoption by farmers, Indonesia plans to raise the area under no-pesticides agriculture to half-million hectares by the year 2014. If this can happen in Indonesia, there is no reason why Sabah cannot learn from its success. Sabah can create history by showing a development path that is not only sustainable in the long-run but also brings prosperity and happiness to the masses.

Adopted from:  Selvarajasomiah’s Weblog.

Elaun KK Semenanjung dan Sabah berbeza sebab jawatan

KOTA KINABALU: Kadar bayaran elaun Ketua Kampung (KK) di Semenanjung dan Sabah adalah berbeza disebabkan KK di Semenanjung memegang dua jawatan, kata Menteri Kerajaan Tempatan dan Perumahan Datuk Hajiji Haji Noor.

Beliau berkata, elaun KK di Semenanjung ialah sebanyak RM800 sebulan manakala KK di Sabah menerima RM650 sebulan kerana KK di Semenanjung juga menjawat jawatan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung (JKKK).

“Dengan lain perkataan, di Semenanjung satu orang memegang atau menjawat dua jawatan iaitu KK dan Pengerusi JKKK. Manakala bagi Sabah jawatan KK dan Pengerusi JKKK dipegang oleh orang yang berlainan.

“Oleh itu, kerajaan negeri telah menetapkan bahawa kadar elaun KK di Sabah ialah sebanyak RM650 sebulan berkuatkuasa 1 Januari lalu,” katanya pada sesi soal jawab, persidangan dewan undangan negeri di Dewan Undangan Negeri di sini, kelmarin.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab soalan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Sulabayan Datuk Haji Harman Haji Mohyammad yang bertanya berapakah jumlah perbelanjaan yang ditanggung oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan Persekutuan untuk membayar elaun KK berikutan kenaikan elaun mereka baru-baru ini.

Hajiji berkata, jumlah perbelanjaan yang ditanggung oleh Kerajaan Negeri dan Persekutuan untuk membayar elaun KK ialah sebanyak RM24.70 juta setahun berbanding dengan kadar lama sebanyak RM17.12 juta.

“Daripada jumlah itu kerajaan negeri menanggung sebanyak RM4.40 juta setahun manakala kerajaan persekutuan sebanyak RM20.30 juta setahun,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, sejak Kerajaan Barisan Nasional memerintah negeri Sabah, elaun ketua kampung telah dinaikkan sebanyak tiga kali iaitu yang pertama pada Julai 1996 daripada RM150 kepada RM210 sebulan, kali kedua pada 1 Mac 2006 daripada RM210 kepada RM450 sebulan dan kali ketiga pada Januari tahun ini daripada RM450 kepada RM650 sebulan.

Sementara itu ketika menjawab soalan tambahan Herman, yang bertanya sama ada kerajaan bercadang untuk menaikkan elaun pemimpin masyarakat akar umbi iaitu Ketua Daerah (KD), Ketua Anak Negeri (KAN), Wakil Ketua Anak Negeri (WKAN) dan Ketua Masyarakat Cina, Hajiji berkata: “setakat ini, kerajaan belum mempunyai cadangan untuk menaikkan elaun KD, KAN dan WKAN kerana elaun ketiga-tiga kategori itu telah dinaikkan baru-baru ini”.

“Bagaimanapun kementerian mempunyai cadangan untuk menaikkan elaun seramai 150 Ketua Masyarakat Cina. Perkara ini akan kita kaji dan bawa kepada pengetahuan kerajaan,” katanya.

via New Sabah Times.

Sacked for doing his job asa Ketua Kampung!

Re post from: Aki Momogun

SINGKUI TINGGI (pix showing the termination letter) thought he was only doing his job as a village head when he appealed to the State Government to reconsider the proposed Sungai Kadamaian dam project in the interest of more than 800 villagers in Kampung Tambatuon, Kota Belud Sabah.

But, his bravery to speak up instead saw him getting a one-month service termination notice for the post that he had been holding for the past 28 years from the Local Government and Housing Ministry last month.

Singkui, 78, said they were really hoping that proposed dam construction would be deferred in order to save their homes and properties in the village that had been in existence for the past three centuries from ending up being submerged in water.

In his statement in March, Singkui had said that as voters and staunch supporters of the government the people in Kampung Tambatuon had high confidence on the government’s leadership to protect their welfare and future.

He said that even though they were paid compensation for the loss of their properties and land, it would not be able to guarantee the future of their generation.

The letter dated April 16, 2010 and signed by Datuk Haji Awang Sharin Alimin on behalf of the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, however, did not state the reason for Singkui’s service termination.

via Aki Momogun: Sacked for doing his job asa Ketua Kampung!.

Ketua Kampung dipecat kerana isu empangan

Ditulis oleh: SINGKUI TINGGI

Mantan Ketua Kampung Tambatuon Kota Belud En. Singkui Bin Tinggi pada tarikh 26.09.2011, telah membuat ulasan mengenai kenyataan Datuk Herbert Timbun Lagadan di dalam Daily Express pada 14.07.2011 mengenai pembinaan empangan di Kg. Tambatuon yang mampu menjana RM500,000.00 setahun kepada penduduk kampung tersebut. Ulasan yang kedua ialah diberi peluang melawat ke penempatan empangan di Kedah.

Pada tarikh 11.09.2011, jam 2.00 petang kami telah mengadakan mesyuarat tergempar di Mini Dewan Kg. Tambatuon dan kira-kira 140 orang perwakilan termasuk Badan Bertindak Pengurus Jehim Singkui, WKN Sayhui Sumbin, KK Yamin Goling, PJKK Sindih Giong turut hadir bagi menyuarakan pendapat masing-masing.

Keputusan kedua-dua cadangan Kerajaan yang memberi wang dana empangan sebanyak RM500,000.00 setahun dan melawat ke kedah, adalah sebulat suara masyarakat Kg. Tambatuon tidak menerima dan menolak sama sekali cadangan Kerajaan tersebut. Ini kerana apabila Badan Bertindak menilai dan membahagi wang dana tersebut kepada 898 orang dan setiap seorang hanya mendapat RM42.00 sebulan.

Adakah wang yang sedikit ini (RM42.00) dapat menampung keperluan hidup sekeluarga selama sebulan, sedangkan pendapatan masyarakat kampung pada masa ini tidak kurang di bawah RM5,000.00 atau ada yang dibawah RM10,000.00 sebulan daripada hasil getah dan padi sawah serta bukit. Tanah pekebun getah semuanya dibawah 10 ekar dan kebanyakkannya lebih dari 20 ekar, 15 ekar dan lain-lain buah-buahan serta tanaman sayur-sayuran, dan sampai sekarang semuanya rancak bergerak menambah keluasan tanaman getah serta lain-lain usahawan.

Kedua-dua cadangan Kerajaan seperti tawaran meletak penempatan empangan Kedah, kami sangat meminta maaf kepada Kerajaan terutama kepada Datuk Herbert Timbun Lagadan ADUN N.7 Kadamaian dan YB Datuk Rahman Bin Hj. Dahlan, Wakil Parlimen Kota Belud. Ini kerana kami tidak mahu tawar menawar atau seperti menjual dan membeli kampung kami. Semua tawaran Kerajaan secara langsung tidak boleh diterima.

Saya menegaskan kepada kedua-dua Wakil ADUN dan Wakil Parlimen, pada pilihanraya yang lalu, Kami memberi kemenangan mereka supaya dengan tujuan agar mereka memajukan Ekonomi kami dan bukannya mengancam kami atau menyusahkan kami dan mahu kami meninggalkan kampung kami serta harta kami sekaligus menghapuskan Kampung Tambatuon. Kami adalah Manusia biasa dan kami juga orang tempatan, orang asli tulin dan rakyat Malaysia yang perlu dihormati dan dipelihara oleh Kerajaan seperti kemajuan kampung lain.

Kami mohon YAB Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk Seri Musa Hj. Aman agar memberi pertolongan serta membatalkan rancangan pembinaan empangan tersebut, dan juga YB Datuk Herbert Timbun Lagadan ADUN N.7 Kadamaian agar berfikir semula dan berpihak kepada kami.

Badan Bertindak seramai 10 orang telahpun menghantar surat memorandum kepada Ketua Menteri dan Timbalan Ketua Menteri YB Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan agar menjawab surat pembatalan pembinaan empangan tersebut sehingga masyarakat Kampung Tambatuon bebas daripada delima pembinaan empangan tersebut.

Sekian, terima kasih.

SINGKUI TINGGI

via Ketua Kampung dipecat kerana isu empangan.

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

1. Change

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

2. Control

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

4. Action

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

5. The present

“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present.”

6. Everyone is human

“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

7. Persist

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8. Goodness

“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

9. Truth“Happiness is when what you think what you say and what you do are in harmony.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

10. Development

“Constant development is the law of life, and a man/woman who always tries to maintain his/her dogmas in order to appear consistent drives him/herself into a false position.”

Rice Grown In United States Contains Less-dangerous Form Of Arsenic

ScienceDaily (May 19, 2008)— Rice grown in the United States may be safer than varieties from Asia and Europe, according to a new global study of the grain that feeds over half of humanity. The study evaluated levels of arsenic, which can be toxic at high levels, in rice worldwide.

Yamily J. Zavala and colleagues point out that rice is a potentially important source of human exposure to arsenic, especially in populations with rice-based diets. Arsenic in rice is of special concern because it accumulates in much higher concentrations in rice than other staple grain crops. The researchers discovered that arsenic contamination of irrigation water was more important than soil contamination in increasing arsenic levels in rice.

Using global arsenic data, the researchers classified rice into two types, where the predominant arsenic forms were either organic or the more toxic inorganic forms. They found that rice from the United States largely contains organic arsenic, which is less easily absorbed into the body and excreted more rapidly than inorganic arsenic.

Rice contaminated with inorganic arsenic prevails in Asia and Europe. The study suggests that breeding new rice varieties that convert inorganic arsenic to organic arsenic would be an “important risk reduction strategy, especially for countries like Bangladesh and India with arsenic contaminated environments and high rice consumption rates.”

via Rice Grown In United States Contains Less-dangerous Form Of Arsenic.