Goirim Rampasan posted on Facebook, and tagged the District Education Officer, on 2nd January 2014 that a primary school in Tuaran district had distributed the following textbook to his child:
2nd January was the first day of school in Malaysia for 2014.
Immediately social media was flooded with photos like these:
Jadda SGilong D’Kanju posted photos on Facebook that he took from Inobong Substation just after 12 am on 1st January 2014, showing Kota Kinabalu city amid some fireworks.
Fireworks can be seen from the direction of Sutera Harbour on the right, and what appears to be fire from an oil rig on the left
I think it must be De’ Grand Orchard Hotel, where the listed address is 81-83, Medan Bunus, Off Jalan Masjid India, Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur. Reviews I read beforehand warned of the difficulty in finding it, and true enough, when we decided to stay there, the taxi couldn’t find it, and a hotel staff had to come out and fetch us.
I think the reasons why it’s so hard to find includes the following:
In all probability, not many people will choose to climb the mountain this way.
In April 2009, rock climbing pros Conrad Anker, Kevin Thaw, Mark Synnott, Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold rappelled down Low’s Gully and climbed up a 762m granite wall, the first time such a feat had ever been done.
Blog of the feat, with breathtaking videos.
The most heart-stopping moment could be the following video at 1:07 where Honnold jumped from one side of the rock face to the other.
Low’s Gully is at the bottom
In June 2012, Yuji Hirayama, Daniel Woods, James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini achieved a series of unique ascents on Mount Kinabalu.
Daniel Woods on the top crux of Tinipi 9a+
Grade 9a+ is one of the hardest grades in free climbing.
My favourite photo is of Caroline on Alanga (Fr 8b / 5.13d)
I wonder if Honnold’s task could be made easier if one wore g-tek gloves.
I finally visited the Great Wall of China earlier this month.
When I first saw it in front of my eyes, I felt the same emotions as when I first saw the Silver Star at Bethlehem, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Big Ben, or the Eiffel Tower : places / monuments I’ve learnt and read about since I was small, formed my own imaginations of what to expect should I see them for real.
The section has been renovated, and hence look very pretty indeed, I half expected to see cast stone fountains on the sides.
Yes, I saw countless graffiti on the wall itself, but I saw some clearly from Malaysia that made we wonder: do you really need to mention your place of origin as you write on the inner walls of one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and of course UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Here are 2, pixelations mine:
Only irreverent ones, in a somewhat playful way, will be posted, those that I deemed have crossed the line will be rejected.
Youngest candidate: Daniel Wa Wai How (MCA), 25
Oldest candidate: Maimun “Tok Mun” Yusof, 94
Biggest majority: Has anybody ever surpassed Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad’s winning margin in the Johor Bahru parliamentary constituency in the 2004 general elections? He polled 46,792 votes more than his nearest challenger, who polled 7,281, a respectable amount indeed, but due to the staggering difference in sheer numbers, the challenger still lost his deposit.
Gelang Patah (Johor): Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman (UMNO) vs Lim Kit Siang (DAP)
Ghani has been Menteri Besar of Johor since 1995, and is UMNO supreme council member. Lim is a prominent member of the opposition.
Jempol: Tan Sri Isa Samad (UMNO) vs Wan Aishah Wan Ariffin (PAS)
Isa was Federal Territories Minister, UMNO VP, and Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar for 22 years. Aishah was a popular singer in the late 1980s to early 1990s – she made history by being the first ever artiste to stand for parliament.
Segamat: Datuk Dr. Subramaniam (MIC) vs Dato’ Chua Jui Meng (PKR)
Subramaniam is the current Human Resource Minister, and Deputy President of the MIC. Chua was the Malaysia’s Minister of Health from 1990 to 2004, and Johor PKR chief.
Lembah Pantai: Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin (UMNO) vs Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR)
Nong Chik was the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being.
Putrajaya: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) vs Datuk Husam Musa (PAS).
Tengku Adnan is UMNO’s Secretary-General. Husam is PAS’ vice president.
Shah Alam: Khalid Samad (PAS) vs Datuk Zulkifli Noordin
Pasir Mas: Ibrahim Ali (Independent & incumbent) vs Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Mat (PAS) vs Che Johan Che Pa (UMNO)
Keningau: Joseph Pairin Kitingan (PBS & incumbent) vs Jeffrey Kitingan (Star) vs Stephen Sandor (PKR)
Tuaran: Wilfred Bumburing (PKR/APS & incumbent) vs Wilfred Madius Tangau (Upko) vs Erveana Ansari (Independent)
Penampang: Bernard Dompok (Upko & incumbent) vs Darell Leiking (PKR)
5 May – Election Day
20 April – Nomination Day
Dr Joachim Gunsalam is the PBS candidate for Kundasang, probably causing this:
Pairin makes an about turn, where he announces that Louis Rampas & Johnny Goh, who he had announced as PBS candidates on the 16th, are dropped, with Joniston Bangkuai & Joseph Paulus Lantip replacing them.
PKR candidates official announcements.
Notable personalities dropped: Ansari Abdullah, in favour of Wilfred Bumburing (APS), who will contest in both Tuaran parliamentary and Tamparuli state seats. Of all Ansari’s list of 7 candidates, only Anthony Mandiau (Tandek) and Jonathan Yassin (Ranau) made it to the official list.
BN candidates official announcements.
Notable personalities making a comeback:
- Isa Samad (Jempol), who was suspended by Umno between 2005 & 2008 for money politics;
- Mohd Ali Rustam (Bukit Katil), disqualified from contesting for Umno presidency due to money politics.
Notable personalities dropped:
In Sabah: Karim Bujang (Umno), Justin Guka (Upko), John Teo (Upko), Donald Mojuntin (Upko).
In Semenanjung: Ibrahim Ali, Rais Yatim, Ng Yen Yen, Ong Tee Keat, Radzi Sheikh Ahmad.
The 3 former Perak PR ADUNs – Hee Yit Foong, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu – who jumped ship in February 2009 and contributed to the collapse of the Perak PR government.
Notable personalities not contesting:
Dr Chua Soi Lek (MCA president), Koh Tsu Koon (Gerakan president) and Peter Chin (SUPP president).
PBS Secretary General, Henrynus Amin, who was not listed as a candidate, reportedly protested by updating his Facebook profile to say “former PBS Secretary General.”
Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib joins PAS. He is the former Umno vice-president, Rural and Regional Development Minister, UMNO information chief and Menteri Besar of Selangor, contested the post of UMNO deputy president in 2009 (lost).
Ansari pre-empts PKR central leadership by listing 7 candidates, reportedly because “PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has promised the state autonomy in making decisions pertaining to Sabah.” The candidates are: Ansari (Tuaran), Dr Chong Eng Leong (Sepanggar), Mazhry Nasir (Putatan), Anthony Mandiau (Kota Marudu), Mursalim Tanjul (Kudat), Saidil Simoi (Kota Belud) and Jonathan Yassin (Ranau).
Dissolution of Parliament and most state assemblies.