Monthly Archives: February 2009

Hamid Jasmin should be Sabahan of the Year

Here’s a modern-day folk hero.

Hamid Jasmin could’ve remained as anonymous as any villager in the hinterlands of Sabah, if not for his deeds being reported in the media.

Rather than waiting around for the authorities to get cracking in supplying electricity to his village, Kampung Libang Laut of Tambunan, he went one better: building a mini hydroelectric power plant (hygen) so that his village can enjoy 24-hour electricity, with enough power to run even fridges.

He did it with several thousand ringgit out of his own pocket, not a small amount.

He made 2 generators: the first one took 4 months to build. The second was completed late 2004.

He used scrap metal for the water wheel and a discarded gear box for the water wheel speed controller. Only the dynamo was bought.

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Papier Mache live at “The Beginning 2009 Concert”, 13th March 2009, KDCA Penampang

Up and coming local band Papier Mache, who released their debut album in September 2008, will be performing in arguably their biggest concert ever, supporting national-level artistes, hugely popular Akademi Fantasia celebrities Stacy (season 6 champion), Felix (season 3 runnerup) and Lotter (season 4 runnerup). Add to the mix popular local songstress Ivye Alexandra and SuriaFM’s DJ Othoe, it’s going to be an interesting night.

The concert’s titled “The Beginning 2009″ and will be held 13th March 2009 (Friday) starting 7.30pm at KDCA Hall, Penampang.

Tickets are available at D’Angels’ Music & Education Center, Donggongon, Penampang (telephone: 088-731971, 088-731975), although I think it should also be available at the venue itself on the day of the concert, if there are any left!

Ticket prices:
RM15 [Gallery Seat]
RM75 [Table Seat - Middle]
RM100 [Table Seat - Front].

More details and discussion at Facebook and Kadus Entertainment.

Help make Sipadan one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

UPDATE 23 July 2009

A note from Sabah’s Minister of Tourism:

After being voted into the second round, experts appointed by the organisers did not pick Sipadan to go into the final round of voting. Sipadan was beaten by Galapagos (Ecuador), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Maldives and Jeju (South Korea). Sipadan is a unique creation of God, but God also created other natural wonders in other parts of the world. Thanks for your support.

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Sipadan Island, pride of Sabah and of course Malaysia, and arguably the world’s top dive destination has been shortlisted as one of the contenders to make the New7Wonders of Nature list, which seeks to determine the world’s top seven “clearly defined natural sites that have neither been created by nor significantly altered by humans for aesthetic reasons.”

Sipadan is Malaysia’s only oceanic island, rising 600m from the seabed. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone. This took thousands of years to develop. Rarely seen diving sights are a common occurence in Sipadan: eg, schools of greenback turtles & big-eye trevally in tornado-like formations.

We will be up against heavyweights such as:
(i) the Galapagos Islands, famed for their vast number of endemic species and was visited by Charles Darwin, contributing to the his theory of evolution by natural selection.
(ii) Bora-Bora Island, some say this is the world’s most beautiful island.
(iii) Rock of Gibraltar
(iv) Mount Everest
(v) Grand Canyon
(vi) Ayers Rock
(vii) The Amazon
(viii) Black Forest
(ix) Niagara Falls
(x) Danube River
(xi) Dead Sea Lake
(xii) Great Barrier Reef

So as you can see, this is not about being terbilang anymore, this is firmly in tersohor realm, so every vote counts.

The organisers are the very same ones who organised the wildly successful New7Wonders of the World campaign, where more than 100 million votes were cast.

It is likely that this new campaign would receive at least the same level of attention, bringing Sipadan to a much bigger audience.

According to the organisers, the purpose of the campaign is to

significantly raise awareness of the incredible variety and beauty of nature around us. As our slogan says, “If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it!” This is something that is very important – more awareness and more tourism income means that these natural treasures can be better preserved for future generations.

Voting is open to the world, hence, it is imperative that we do our part to help Sipadan make it as far as possible.

So far, Sipadan has made it to the second phase (out of 4), where 261 national and multinational nominees from 222 countries fight it out in order to be among the top 77 by 7th July 2009 – and qualify for the third phase.

In the third phase, the New7Wonders of Nature Panel of Experts, led by Professor Federico Mayor (former Director-General of UNESCO) will go through the top 77 and choose the 21 finalists, which will be announced 21st July 2009.

General criteria to make the top 21:

1. Unique beauty;
2. Diversity and distribution;
3. Ecological significance (in terms of either stand-alone eco-systems and/or their significance for human beings);
4. Historical legacy (relation that human beings and/or indigenous populations have or have had with the site);
5. Geo-location (even distribution of the 21 Official Finalists between all continents). That means Sipadan has to be the best in Asia.

In the fourth and final phase, the 21 will again be put to popular vote. Voting will continue throughout 2010 and into 2011. During this period, the New7Wonders World Tour will visit each finalists, in order for them to present themselves to worldwide voters.

The final 7 will be announced sometime 2011.

Each human in the world is entitled to one vote in phase 1, 2 and 4.

Voting is online: www.new7.wonders.com/nature

Spread the news far and wide!

… since it’s only for 6 months, I suppose the person who gets the job doesn’t need to bring in too much luggage

Art at the Euro Fun Fair flouted Malaysian decency laws?

The Euro Fun Fair at Kota Kinabalu located next to Wisma Tun Fuad just ended its stint on 8th February 2009.

Some of the art deployed were quite interesting.

For example, the backdrop to the popular Tagada ride:

The last time I visited this fun fair was 3 years ago, on 15th January 2006 (it was then located at the construction site of Suria Sabah), they used the same backdrop for the Tagada, but with even less clothes on:

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How to be a criminal and never fear getting caught

Requirements: you must have an identical twin.

How: when committing a crime, tail your sibling, but don’t get involved in the act. If the police catch him, only then you make your appearance.

Case study: Identical twins R Sathis Raj and R Sabarish Raj, 27.

They looked alike and since they are identical twins, their DNA is identical.

On 5th August 2003, one of them drove with 166kg of cannabis and almost 2kg or raw opium to a house. The police were waiting, and arrested him. The other brother arrived shortly later, then also arrested.

The High Court, through testimonies or DNA tests, failed to decide which brother arrived first at the house (hence the owner of the drugs), hence acquitted both. Justice Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim said she could not “send the wrong person to his death,” although there’s no doubt one of them is guilty.

Would this give the guilty one ideas to delve back to a life of crime?

Source
The Star, 7 Feb 2009

… that means these guys could walk around with stolen Bluetooth headsets without any worries …

Majestic views of Mount Kinabalu from various locations

Update 10 August 2013

As seen along Ranau – Kundasang Road:

Mount Kinabalu Jalan Ranau - Kundasang
[source: Ajay Banar]

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6 February 2009

Mount Kinabalu is visible from many places around Sabah, and it looks majestic from any angle.

From the beach of Borneo Paradise resort, Kinarut around 7.30am in mid January 2009

From Tuaran Crocodile Farm, Tuaran sometime afternoon on 27th January 2009

From Rose Cabin hotel, Kundasang, at almost 6pm on 19th Feb 2007

… the mountain looks very inviting doesn’t it; it just begs to be conquered, but if you’re on the wrong side of the weighing scale and need to get up there in a hurry you probably need to pop a weight loss pill or two first …

Sabah Bloggers Association established on 25th January 2009

Bloggers’ associations seems to have been around for some time.

In the US, the Media Bloggers Association (MBA) has been in existence since at least 2006, and is a “non-partisan voluntary association” that “supports the development of ‘blogging’ or ‘citizen journalism’ as a distinct form of media”.

However, the Singapore Bloggers Association is in trouble before it’s even launched.

In Malaysia, the Perak Bloggers Association seems to have existed since at least last year.

How about Sabah?

Back on 23rd August 2008, as a result of a newsreport in Daily Express it seems the general consensus is that there’s no need for such an association.

Well, a recent development is that local social activist and blogger Mutalib MD (probably most famous for his book “IC Palsu: Merampas Hak Anak Sabah” published 1999) mentioned that several bloggers had a meeting on 25th January 2009 and established the Sabah Bloggers Association.

Its objective is to [in its original language (Malay) so as not to lose the intended meaning] “memelihara kepentingan ahli mengikut Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan Perlembagaan Persatuan daripada kekekangan, penindasan dan layanan tidak adil daripada pihak berwajib.

Activities would commence once the paperwork is done at the Registrar of Societies.

The pro-tem committee members are:

President: Mutalib MD [1] and [2]
Deputy President I: Ismail Mohd Rosli a.k.a. Endra
Deputy President II: vacant
Deputy President III: vacant
Vice President (Human Capital): Mohd Adlie Ayob
Vice President (Welfare): Maklin Masiau
Information Chief: Rozie Jumat
Treasurer: Hassnar Ebrahim
Secretary: Zainuddin Hassan
Assistant Secretary: Ibrahim Tabir
Committee Member – Economics Bureau: Kibin Samad
Committee Member – Social Bureau: Johnny Amit
Committee Member – Information Bureau: Datuk Halik Zaman [1], [2], [3]
Committee Member – Communications and Youth Bureau: Mohd Fadzly Eman

Address: Persatuan Blogger Sabah (PBS), LOT G59, Kompleks Asia City, Kota Kinabalu.

What are your comments on this development?

… by the way, I came across this news purely by coincidence – it’s not as if there’s a huge digital signage announcing the formation of the said association …

Acobay: social network site with a difference

Rather than grouping people together via (mostly) social connections, Acobay in contrast connects people with “things” they have in common.

The “things” can be cars, mobile phones, games, televisions, camcorders, portable media players, tourist sites visited, film; you get the idea, it’s basically anything!

Having established the connection of common interest, they can then take it to a higher level, for example by discussing in more depth about their gadgets in order to get more out of it.

Hence, you can say it’s a consumer network site.

Hint: you can even use it as a tool to promote your own blog as you share more information and write more reviews.

The most unusual house in Kota Kinabalu (or even Sabah / Malaysia)

If you are driving from the direction of Rafflesia Medical Centre towards Lido, this house should be visible on the left side, just before the junction to Kepayan.

Approximate location at wikimapia.org – not visible there yet.

Deliberately unsymmetrical designs.

Have you ever seen a stranger house than this in Sabah?

Side view:

Detail of back:

Front view:

Detail of windows:

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