Archive for May, 2012

The Sabah State Structure

The Sabah State Structural Plan is a written statement clarifying state policies and strategic proposals regarding land development and conservations. It includes measures to:
• improve the physical environment;
• improve communication and manage traffic;
• Improve socio-economic level, promote economic growth;
• enhance rural and country planning; and
• facilitate sustainable development
A structural plan must also contain suitable diagrams, images and sketches to clarify the presented policies or proposals. It aims to
• implement the National Physical Plan;
• provide a development framework for the local plan;
• determine a state’s main land use; and
• determine a state’s major projects



The three South East Asian growth triangles are:

  • • the Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore Growth Triangle (IMS-GT) linking Singapore with the Indonesian provinces of Riau and West Sumatra and the Malaysian state of Johor;
  • • the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) linking northern Sumatra in Indonesia with northern Malaysia and southern Thailand; and
  • • the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area(BIMP-EAGA) linking Brunei Darussalam with parts of eastern Indonesia, eastern Malaysia and the southern Philippines.

Of the three, only the IMS-GT is commercially operational at present. While the other two have received political commitment, they are still at a planning stage.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory by Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey

At a time of potentially radical changes in the ways in which humans interact with their environments – through financial, environmental and/or social crises – the raison d’être of spatial planning faces significant conceptual and empirical challenges.This Companion presents a multidimensional collection of critical narratives of conceptual challenges for spatial planning.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory by Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey

Contents: Introduction, Jean Hillier; Part 1 Conceptual Challenges from Perspectives on Spatial Planning: Introduction, Patsy Healey; Governance, space and politics: exploring the governmentality of planning, Enrico Gualini; Informality and the politics of planning, Ananya Roy; Coexistence; planning and the challenge of indigenous rights, Richard Howitt and Gaim James Lunkapis;….

Part 2 Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning Theory: Introduction, Jean Hillier; Cities and nations, Manuel DeLanda; Modulation of singularities – a complexity approach to planning competitions, …

Part 3 Conceptual Challenges for Spatial Planning in Complexity: Introduction, Jean Hillier; Governance and planning: a pragmatic approach, Niraj Verma; Coping with the irreducible uncertainties of planning: an evolutionary approach,…..

The authors draw on various disciplinary traditions and theoretical frames to explore different ways of conceptualising spatial planning and the challenges it faces. Through problematising planning itself, the values which underpin planning and theory-practice relations, contributions make visible the limits of established planning theories and illustrate how, by thinking about new issues, or about issues in new ways, spatial planning might be advanced both theoretically and practically.

There cannot be definitive answers to the conceptual challenges posed, but the authors in this collection provoke critical questions and debates over important issues for spatial planning and its future.A key question is not so much what planning theory is, but what might planning theory do in times of uncertainty and complexity. An underlying rationale is that planning theory and practice are intrinsically connected.

The Companion is presented in three linked parts: issues which arise from an interactive understanding of the relations between planning ideas and the political-institutional contexts in which such ideas are put to work; key concepts in current theorising from mainly poststructuralist perspectives and what discussion on complexity may offer planning theory and practice.

via The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory by Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey.

Cabotage policy keeping East Malaysians poor | Free Malaysia Today

They added that importers and exporters in Sabah had to pay more than RM1 billion for shipping services as a result, causing prices everywhere in East Malaysia to go up.

The MPs estimated that goods in Sabah and Sarawak were 20% to 30% higher than they were in the Peninsula.

“As a result, consumers in Sabah and Sarawak have to bear the burden of a higher cost of living as producers hike up prices to compensate the increase in cost of production.”

“This also poses problems to the local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). They are suffering and suffocating as a consequence of the rising production costs,” they said.

In a quick comparison, a manual-gear Proton Persona 1.6 B-Line model will cost RM46,713 in the Peninsula. The very same type will cost RM49,256 in East Malaysia.

Even foods are not spared. People eating out in East Malaysia can expect to pay RM1 or RM2 more for the same meal if it was served in the Peninsular.

Lower wages

Even the federal government, despite these concerns, does not appear to have taken this into account, as seen by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s recent minimum wage announcement.

On April 30, Najib said that the minimum wage for private sector employees in the Peninsula would be set at RM900, while the same employees in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan would get RM800.

It has been speculated that these issues have caused a number of young East Malaysians to leave their homes for the Peninsula in search of an easier life.

As a result, the country’s cabotage policy needed to undergo a ‘full liberalisation’, which they say, would allow importers and exporters in East Malaysia to enjoy low shipping costs.

“This in turn would translate into cheaper consumer goods, and also provide a boost to the local SMEs,” they said.

via Cabotage policy keeping East Malaysians poor | Free Malaysia Today.

Sabah Biodiversity Centre

Sabah Biodiversity Enactment 2000 SBE 2000 was enacted by the Sabah State Legislature in December 2000. Such an enactment provides a legal framework for the safeguarding of biodiversity and biological resources of the State. To implement such an enactment, SBE 2000 requires the establishment of the Sabah Biodiversity Council and Sabah Biodiversity Centre SaBC as institutional framework to ensure such biodiversity is managed in sustainable manner.

via Sabah Biodiversity Centre.

Seaweed Farmers, a photo from Sabah, East | TrekEarth

By: Rabani Ayub : Seaweed Farmers, a photo from Sabah, East | TrekEarth

It was like, the resting place of all the types of disposable plastic bottles, dumped to the sea and found themselves drifting from all over this part of the ocean to this water, off Bodgaya Island, an island 90 minutes off Semporna.

In this water, especially off the western shore of Bodgaya Island and Tatagan Island, acres of floating and bobbing plastic bottles and other floatsams, denote the seaweed and agar agar farms.

Underneath each bobbing bottle, which is tied using nylon monofilament to another floatsam a meter away, tethered a 0.5mm nylon string on which seaweed seedling is planted, with harvesting every two months.

It takes around 9kg of wet seaweeds to make 1kg of sundried seaweeds. A kg of sundried seaweed fetches RM1.40 or USD0.40 bought by local buyers for exports.

Photographic wise, this photo was not taken at its best. Taken from a fast moving boat from a telephoto shot at 400mm, it was lucky at best. WIth the boat pitching at every instances whilst the subject getting further every second, it is great to have a good camera and lens ( 350D/Tamron 28-300mm XR LD) just to get this in.

But usually, a scenery worth taking is when, the situation is just that unfriendly to photography.


Have you been to Semporna, Sabah? The Northern part of Borneo !

Semporna is well-known as the exit point for divers who head for Pulau Sipadan dive havens.

In the Bajau and Malay language, “semporna” literally means, “perfect”. The town with its feet in the sea, Semporna and its many islands are like a dream come true… pure white sandy beaches, coconut palms and tranquil waters lapping over colorful reefs in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Sulawesi Sea. The richness of the sea, fishes of all kinds, sea cucumbers, shells, pearls and in recent years, seaweed farming – all these have attracted seafarers and fisher-folks to Semporna and its islands.

The early Bajau people lived their entire lives aboard their boats. Today, most live along the coasts, perched on stilts over shallow reefs, where they continue their love affair with the sea. Every April, Semporna celebrates with a Regatta Lepa. Thousands sail into town in all kinds of boats including the gaily-decorated lepa and jungkong, their traditional boats, to compete for prizes. Arrangements can be made to explore the islands off Semporna to visit water-villages and seaweed farms, swim and snorkel. The Semporna people also boasts they have the best seafood in all of Malaysia, the freshest and least expensive!

via Semporna, Sabah.