Monthly Archives: May 2012

Earliest humans originated from Sabah?

According to the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, anatomically modern humans came into being in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and reached behavioral modernity about 50,000 years ago. They then migrated quickly to Europe and Asia 60,000 years ago.

Then, in April 2012, according to Prof Dr Mokhtar Saidin, Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) director of the USM Centre for Global Archaeological Research, archeologists found, in 2003, a human settlement containing a thousand stone tools believed to date back 235,000 years in the forests of the Mansuli Valley in Sabah’s east coast Lahad Datu district.

The research was carried out by Universiti Sains Malaysia and Sabah Museum.

As of the time of writing, the exact age has not been verified, but if so, would that mean Adam and Eve were Sabahans?

Best Kadazan / Dusun songs of the 21st century

This is my list of the best Kadazan / Dusun songs that were released beginning in the year 2001, songs that have blared on the car audio quite a few times.

It is in no way complete – so your suggestions & comments are most welcome.

The hugely popular song Sayang Kinabalu does not make this list because it was originally released in 1997, and was re-released in 2001 with Malay lyrics – I only heard the fully Kadazan/Dusun lyrics later.

Fabian William – Id Pagandadan (song/lyrics: Fabian William)

Jimmy Palikat – Tanak Kampung [actually released 2010]
Joseph George – Iziau Nodaa (song/lyrics: Joseph George)
S Welly – Boros Nu Di Tohuri Noh

S Welly – Tongkiad Noh Koupusan
Dunstan Peter – Muli Oku Bye Bye (apparently first made the airwaves at the end of 2007. Off his Rombituon album)

Ridah Malanjang – Sopirosi-rosi (songwriter: Peter Poninting)
Ronn – Esther (song/lyrics: Ronn)
Jovell – Sosol Ku Doho
Jimisius Manggata – Pinupusan Nu Piginawaan
Fhilix Don – Iso Konoh Id Ginawoku

Linda Nanuwil – Tupus Olidang
Benn S Bukag – Binsorou Mamatos Kolungguyan
Sakril Sidik (Adi) – Timbok Tinggur Bulawan
Linda Nanuwil – Mitongkiad Kito

Benn S Bukag – Piombolutan Au Kosiliu Piupusan (music: himself) [this is probably the longest Kadazan/Dusun pop song ever, at well over 5 minutes]
Benn S Bukag – Noromuk Piupusan [off the Yahai LP]
Hain Jasli – Nokuro

Petronella Suan – Insan Tadau Kopiruba Wagu

Ivy Alexandra – Hiti Oku Poingandad (melody: Sekar Madusa)
Felix Agus – Nokosuai Ginawoku

Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas – Koupusan (music: herself, words: her mum)
Clarice John Matha – Adaa

Hain Jasli – Nobolou Nangku Iti Tupusku (music/words: himself)
Danny F. Malinggi – Kada Oku Sundualai

Jestie Alexius – Kosorou Kopo Nangku Doho
Francis Landong – Biris Punya Biris (please tell me whether this song was released in 2002 or 1992)

Please remind me what year the following were released
George Lian – Aiso Katapatan (2003?) (words/lyrics: himself)
Ateng – Norubat Piginawaan (words/lyrics: himself)
John Moduli – Nung Karati Ko (2004?) (words/lyrics: himself)
Clare Petrus Edwin – Id Topiumananku (song/lyrics: Petrus Edwin Edin)

If I had to choose the best of the lot, it would have to be Petronella Suan’s Insan Tadau Kopiruba Wagu.

The dinner that broke the bank

Of all the birthday dinners as kids birthday gifts that I ever paid for, the one in April 2011 stands out – that was when we went to a nice place to eat dinner to celebrate my eldest daughter’s 12th birthday. On a whim, or perhaps the restaurant owner was that good at marketing, on top of the usual stuff, I ordered something I have never paid for myself before.

The lobster cost RM373.

That was the dinner whose cost will live in infamy.

Place: Lucky Street Restaurant, Penampang.

Black cicada / tacua speciosa downstairs

The entomologists / insect fan in me came to the fore when I saw this beauty downstairs on Monday 16th April 2012 around 6.20am:

black cicada sabah malaysia

Yes, the Emperor Cicada thought that my house’s worthy of a visit :-)

The fluorescent green colour was what struck me most.

Apparently it’s rather rare and has 3 bright colours along its body: yellow-green collar, red thorax & turqouise-blue abdomen.

Definitely one of the most beautiful insects I’ve ever seen.

The typical cicada/tongil/tangil I see almost every day – but this one I don’t see too often, I think only twice in the past 18 months.

Most unique name in Malaysia

Updated 18 January 2013

Apparently the following is the MyKad of someone from Sarawak:

Power Rangers Malaysia

23 May 2012

Malaysians can check the electoral rolls at the Election Commission of Malaysia’s website.

If you enter “420513125054″ you’d get:

Timun Babi

“Timun Babi” literally means “Cucumber Pig” – what a classic name indeed.

Some more:

670511135277 : Umno bin Tinggal
S binti Rusli

The Election Commission of Malaysia’s website
The Star, 21 May 2012

Newsreport oops: The Star, 20 April 2012

This newsreport was apparently published in The Star, Malaysia’s top selling English language newspaper on 20th April 2012, which was a Reuters article about the world’s richest hip hop artistes:

Is it saying that the USA’s fifth richest hip-hop star, 50 Cent, is only worth RM1.50?

In fact, the article actually stated that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, 36, is worth USD$110 million.


Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB) Master Prospectuses

Must read before you purchase any of them.

This book used to be only available in ASNB agents’ premises.

It describes each fund in detail, starting with their fund categories/types, then on to what kind of investor best suits what fund

Perhaps not many would know the following:
ASN / ASN2: equity/growth
ASN3: Equity and other capital market instruments/Balanced
ASB: Equity/Income

The prospectuses

Controversial Harian Metro report on the Penans

Harian Metro (Malaysian daily tabloid in Malay language) published an article entitled “abang kahwin adik sendiri” (elder brother marries younger sister) and “ibuku isteriku, bapaku suamiku” (my mother is my wife, my father is my husband) on 13th May 2012 which suggested that a group of Penans in Ulu Baram, Sarawak practises incest.

The article has been deleted from their website, but as at the time of writing, still available on Google cache.

Amid intense criticism, the paper issued a rather half-hearted apology if anyone was offended by the report, but basically stood by what they published.

The criticisms continued, asking that the article be retracted. The fact that it was located in an inner page didn’t help. At this point, one could safely assume that the writer of the article might have some issues getting no exam term life insurance.

Finally, the paper issued another apology, this time located on a front page. It admitted that it made factual errors and hence fully retracted the article.

Cuepacs to dialogue with grade 41 & 44 Sabah state civil service officers

Purpose: to look into career advancement issues of the grade 41 & 44 officers, especially in the Sabah state civil service. Some have been stuck in their grade for between 10 and 20 years.

Chairman: Datuk Omar Osman (Cuepacs president)
Date: 21 May 2012 (Monday)
Time: 2-5pm
Place: Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu
For more information, contact Laurence Vun, Cuepacs Sabah secretary at 013-8988393 or 088-242126.

The Borneo Post, 11 May 2012